GSAS Fellowships in Academic Administration

The GSAS Fellowships in Academic Administration program allows advanced doctoral students in Arts and Sciences departments to apprentice in administrative offices across Columbia's campuses. This program is intended to enhance graduate student career preparation by supplementing the training GSAS students receive in research and teaching with an introduction to the day-to-day operations of the university. The experience allows students to cultivate a stronger professional profile and to develop administrative skills in preparation for any future career.

Student Fellows are in years three through seven of an Arts and Sciences doctoral program. They apprentice in an administrative office for a semester or more, mentored by an experienced administrator, guided in using their writing and organizational skills and research training to advance meaningful projects in their host office. Depending on the project, Fellows will be expected to spend five to ten hours per week at the host office, and to attend professional development workshops over the course of the semester.

The application process for Fellowships in Academic Administration is competitive. GSAS provides a single $2,000 stipend to all Fellows in their first term in a host office. Assignments may be renewed for a subsequent term, provided that the host office agrees to cover the stipend for the Fellow's second semester. Host offices that wish to extend the fellowship for a second term should inform GSAS before the conclusion of the first semester. Students who fail to complete the assignment or attend the required professional development events will forfeit a pro-rated portion of the semester stipend.

Please write to Sarah Jackman, GSAS Graduate Student Affairs Officer, at s.jackman [at] with any questions about the program. 

Application deadline for Summer 2019: Thursday, May 16, 2019

Participating Offices

Click here for descriptions of fellowship positions in the host offices participating in Summer 2019 cycle. Fellows apprentice in a single office during a given semester. Students are permitted to note a second placement choice on the application. For general information about participating offices, follow the links below.

If you are interested in apprenticing in an office not listed here, or if you work in a University office interested in hosting a Fellow, please contact Sarah Jackman at s.jackman [at] ().

How to Apply

Candidates must be in years three through seven of an Arts and Sciences doctoral program, and in good academic standing. Students may participate for up to a total of four semesters, provided that they continue to meet the eligibility requirements. Students may not serve as a Fellow for more than two semesters in the same office. We recommend that you discuss your interest in pursuing this opportunity with your sponsor before submitting an application. 

Application Materials

Candidates must submit an online application, which should include the following materials combined into one PDF attachment:

  • A cover sheet with your full name, UNI, department or program, first semester of enrollment in GSAS, anticipated graduation date, and the two offices to which you are applying
  • A brief personal statement (maximum of 500 words). The personal statement should not act as a cover letter. It should instead describe your professional goals and how participation in the program will help you to attain them.
  • A résumé. Please note that a résumé differs from an academic CV. You may wish to consult the Center for Career Education's (CCE) guide to converting your CV to a résumé. For additional assistance with your résumé, you may also schedule a counseling session at CCE.
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