Deadlines vary based on the World Area of Concentration selected in the online application:
- Middle East: February 12, 2018, 11:59 P.M.
- East Asia: February 12, 2018, 11:59 P.M.
- South Asia: February 26, 2018, 11:59 P.M.
Late or incomplete applications will not be considered after the deadline. Please read the directions and information carefully for the online application. The applicant must upload all items electronically with the exception of the letters of recommendation, which are uploaded by the recommenders or mailed to GSAS.
If you are applying to more than one fellowship through this application portal, you will need to upload all items for each fellowship application, and recommenders will have to submit a separate letter for each fellowship application.
Applications must include the following items:
- Completed GSAS online application form
- Statement of purpose: The one- or two-page statement of purpose should describe your academic purpose, the role of the proposed language, and how you intend to use the language. Describe how the language and area study will relate to your educational and career goals. Also indicate previous language experience, both formal and informal.
- Two letters of recommendation: GSAS prefers that recommenders submit their letters of recommendation electronically to expedite processing. When the applicant enters the name and email of recommenders, the recommenders will automatically receive a letter with a link with the upload information. Applicants can resend a request by clicking on the "Send Reminder" button. A paper form is available for those recommenders who do not find it feasible to do an electronic submission. You must submit two letters of recommendation, preferably from instructors who can comment on your work in the target language and appropriate world area. It is the applicant's responsibility to make sure that recommenders are given ample time to submit recommendations by the deadline, and to notify recommenders if applying for more than one fellowship.
- Academic transcripts: You must upload scanned copies of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts.
Below are some suggestions on how to upload a transcript:
- Scan at the lowest DPI that results in a legible document (we recommend using 200 DPI or less whenever possible).
- Ensure that the institution name and other identifying marks are not missed during the scanning process and that your scanned copy is clearly legible and can print on letter size paper (8 ½" x 11").
- Include the transcript legend (found on the final page, in many cases).
- Save your document as a PDF file.
- Make certain that its size is less than 1 MB. Scanning in “grayscale” or black and white may produce the best results.
- If the scanned file is too large, make a photocopy first (experiment with different settings until you find one that results in the smallest file size), then scan the photocopy.
- You may upload an institutional web-based transcript/academic record.
- The GSAS Fellowship application does not accept encrypted files for upload. If you receive an error message noting that your file is encrypted, please print your transcript, scan it, and then upload the scanned copy. Note: Official Columbia transcript PDFs are encrypted; you may order a paper copy through SSOL or print the official transcript PDF you receive from Parchment, then scan and upload it.
Recommended but not required:
- Curriculum vitae (CV)
- Letter of language evaluation: For applicants who are at the intermediate or advanced level of proficiency, but not enrolled in a language department, a letter of language evaluation from a language instructor attesting to proficiency in the language of application is recommended but not required. Evaluators must submit their letters electronically in the manner described above for letters of recommendation.
If you have questions that are not answered here, please check the FLAS FAQs on the GSAS website. If you require further information, please email gsas-finaid [at] columbia.edu.
Note: Columbia students travelling abroad to conduct research, enroll in foreign language or other courses, or attend conferences must register with International SOS, an emergency services program that helps with unexpected medical or security issues, prior to departure.