The fellowship information provided here applies only to Arts and Sciences PhD programs. PhD programs in the Schools of Architecture, Business, Engineering, Journalism, Nursing, Public Health, Social Work, College of Physicians and Surgeons, and Teachers College are administered and funded through the dean’s offices of each respective school. PhD students in these programs should consult the dean’s offices of their individual schools to learn about the policies and resources that apply to them.
The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, through individual departments, awards fellowships solely on the basis of demonstrated academic merit in recognition of academic achievement and in expectation of scholarly success. Students admitted to an Arts and Sciences PhD program receive a commitment of multiyear support as indicated in the official letter of admission from the dean. This multiyear support is composed of a combination of fellowships and teaching or research assistantships.
All departments provide a nine-month standard stipend, the level of which is established each spring for the following academic year. Natural Sciences departments may supplement the stipend and/or provide summer research appointments. Humanities and Social Science departments also provide annual summer fellowships. Multiyear fellowships also cover tuition, the Health Services Fee and basic medical insurance premiums under the University's Student Health Insurance Program, the University Facilities Fee, and the International Service Charge (if applicable); students will be responsible for all other fees, such as the Student Activity Fee and the Document Fee. Tuition and all fees will be assessed for students who are not covered under a GSAS fellowship.
Incoming students may apply for university housing through the university's Office of University Apartment Housing (UAH). Students who sign a UAH lease are eligible to remain in housing for up to five years. UAH policies govern the application process as well as the terms for remaining in university housing.
In signifying acceptance of a fellowship award from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, a student acknowledges his or her understanding of the fellowship regulations stated on the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences website regarding registration and maintaining New York City residence.
Students should refer to the Fellowship Categories page for additional policies governing their awards. Funded doctoral students in Arts and Sciences programs who are appointed as student officers may not spend more than 20 hours per week in the discharge of the responsibilities associated with their fellowship and those associated with any other activity within or outside Columbia for which they are compensated. Students on a first-year or dissertation fellowship (which have no service responsibilities) may spend up to 10 hours per week on such non-fellowship activities. Furthermore, federal regulations prevent international students on F-1 visas from working more than 20 hours per week under all circumstances during the school term. University and academic holidays must be observed; reasonable requests for time off made with sufficient notice should be generally granted.
Continuing support is contingent upon the fellow's making a good faith effort to obtain outside funding and meeting the standards for performance and satisfactory progress established by the program and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Failure to maintain satisfactory progress or, in the case of student officers, failure to discharge responsibly pedagogical or research duties may result in the loss of funding. Upon completing the multiyear package, students still within their seventh year of study may be eligible for limited additional support that is awarded on a competitive basis.
Students who win external funding should refer to the External Fellowship Policy. It is the responsibility of the fellow to report outside awards to the GSAS Office of Financial Aid.