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 must comply with 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. Those who do decide to travel must gain approval from the university before we can release fellowship funds.
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 become available in November. For most fellowships, the application deadline is February 1, 2021. 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 1, 2021
*PhD candidates must have passed their comprehensive exams by the time the fellowship takes effect. Harriman fellowships are considered internal fellowships by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. PhD students are encouraged to apply only after they have used all years of GSAS financial support.
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 1, 2021
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 1, 2021.
Pepsico Fellowships for Research Travel / Study
*We are now accepting Fall Pepsico Travel and Research applications. Please note that you must gain travel approval from the university before we can release funds. This is for fall travel only and funds will not be disbursed until late September 2021.
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.
Deadline: June 14, 2021
Summer Graduate Research Fellowships in Russian, Eurasian and East European Diaspora Studies
We are pleased to announce a new fellowship opportunity open to all graduate students. The Harriman Institute will offer support for summer research focusing on diasporas of different Slavic, Eurasian, and East European nations in the United States and other nations. This fellowship is meant specifically for those who are traveling to a location outside of Russia, Eurasia and Eastern Europe. Domestic travel is also allowed and encouraged.
Deadline: June 14, 2021.
Summer Padma Desai Fellowship
*Because of Columbia's restrictions on travel during the pandemic, Harriman is currently unable to offer Padma Desai Fellowships.
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.
Summer Civil Society Graduate Fellowship
*Because of Columbia's restriction on travel during the pandemic, Harriman will only be able to support remote internships. Harriman is currently unable to support travel.
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, 2021.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.