Fellowships and Financial Aid

for graduate students

First Year Fellowships

There are merit-based fellowships available for first-year students. There is no need to fill out a separate application, the GSAS application will be used by the admissions committee to award the fellowships.

Second Year Fellowships

There is significant funding for the second year of study for MARS-REERS students. The Institute’s Fellowship Committee makes all fellowship decisions. Candidates may apply for more than one fellowship.

Fellowship competitions that involve international travel including Pepsico Travel and Research fellowships are currently paused as a result of Columbia University’s travel policy. Due to the global impact of COVID-19, all Columbia affiliates are strongly urged to postpone any non-essential international travel at this time. For students, all upcoming travel outside the United States organized, led, or financed by Columbia is suspended until further notice.

Please Note: Awards may cover partial or full tuition. Stipends, if awarded are limited to 15,000 per year for MA students. We encourage all students to apply for as many funding opportunities as possible

Academic-year Fellowship Applications will become available in November. The deadline is February 15, 2020. Awards are announced in early April.

For information regarding fellowships and the application procedure, please contact Rebecca Dalton (Room 1211 IAB; 212-854-6239).




















Academic Year Junior Fellowships

The Institute’s Junior Fellowships are awarded annually for a period of one academic year to qualified candidates enrolled in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) *, to candidates enrolled in the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), who are entering their third semester, and to candidates from other graduate divisions and professional schools at Columbia. Junior Fellowship Awards may cover partial or full tuition. Stipends, if awarded, are limited to $15,000 max for MA students and $27,500 max for PhD students. To apply, use the Harriman Institute Academic Year Fellowship Application.

Deadline: February 15, 2020.

*PhD candidates must have passed their comprehensive exams by the time the fellowship takes effect.

Academic Year PepsiCo Junior Fellowship

The PepsiCo Junior Fellowship is awarded for a period of one academic year to outstanding Certificate and/or MARS candidates. Candidates should have completed two semesters of graduate studies by the time the fellowship period begins and should be in good standing with their departments or schools. The Fellowship supports one year of course work.

Pepsico Junior Fellowship applications are included in the Academic Year Application. Awards may cover partial or full tuition (for PhD students M&F). Stipends, if awarded, are limited to $15,000 max for MA students and $27,500 for PhD students. To apply, use the Harriman Institute Academic Year Fellowship Application.

Deadline: February 15, 2020.

Academic Year Harriman Program Assistant Fellowship

The Harriman ProgramThe Harriman Institute Program Assistant Fellowship is available to full-time second-year students enrolled in SIPA or pursuing an MA in Regional Studies- Russia, Eurasia, and Eastern Europe. The fellowship provides $18,000 in tuition credit and $6,000 stipend. Working with Harriman staff, Program Assistants aid in organzizing and facilitating Harriman events. PAs are expected to work 13-15 hours per week. Evening availability is required. Preference will be given to students planning to enroll for the entire academic year.

Deadline: February 15, 2020.

Pepsico Fellowships for Research Travel / Study

PepsiCo Fellowships are awarded annually to support semester and summer travel to and research in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. Open to all Columbia faculty and students. To apply, submit a written proposal that outlines a program of study or research. Applicants should also include a detailed budget for the fellowship period.

Deadlines: November 15th for spring awards, February 15th for summer awards, and May 15th for fall awards.

Summer Language Study Fellowships

The Institute’s Summer Language Fellowships are awarded to Columbia undergraduate and graduate students for intensive study of the languages of Russia, Eurasia, and East Central Europe in either the region or the U.S. Open to all Columbia University students. Summer Language Study support will be given in amounts not exceeding $5,000. Please include an unoffical transcript and a 500 word personal statement along with a budget. Have one letter of recommendation sent directly to Xan Faber at xlf2101@columbia.edu.

Deadline: March 27, 2020.

Summer Padma Desai Fellowship

The Padma Desai Summer Fellowship supports travel and living expenses for summer research, travel, language training, or internship opportunities for undergraduates and/or graduate students whose interests include Russian and/or Soviet Studies. Students from the fields of Economics, Political Science, and History may apply. While preference is given to students who plan to use their fellowships in Russia, other locations that enrich a students’ understanding of Russian and Soviet Studies will also be considered.

Deadline: April 1, 2020.

Summer Civil Society Graduate Fellowship

The Harriman Institute Civil Society Graduate Fellowship supports graduate students from across Columbia University on a competitive application basis. The Fellowship supports travel and living expenses for unpaid practical summer internships at any international or non-governmental organization that benefits civil society in any of the countries of the Russian, Eurasian, or East-Central European region. Deadline: April 1, 2020.

Work Study Opportunities

Work-Study Opportunities

Under the Work-Study Program, students who are U.S. citizens (or who have permanent resident status) may work up to 20 hours per week during the academic year program period (September-May) and up to 35 hours per week during the summer program period. Eligibility for this program depends on financial need. Applications to determine College Work-Study eligibility may be obtained from the Financial Aid Office of your school. For further information about the program, eligible students should contact Rebecca Dalton at rld2130@columbia.edu.

Other Financial Aid Sources

Other Financial Aid Sources

GSAS, SIPA, and Columbia’s other graduate professional schools offer comprehensive programs of student financial aid. For further information on award descriptions, application deadlines and procedures, students should consult the appropriate graduate school admissions bulletins. Applicants are also urged to compete for the many national, regional and foundation fellowships, which are often larger than those granted by the University.

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