Fellowships & Financial Assistance
The Harriman Institute awards a number of student fellowships every year. The Institute's Fellowship Committee makes all fellowship decisions. Candidates may apply for more than one fellowship. For information regarding fellowships and application procedures, please contact Rebecca Dalton
(1211 IAB; 212-854-6239) or Barbara Singleton
(1215A IAB; 212-854‑6219).
Academic Year Fellowships
The Harriman Institute awards a number of student fellowships every year. The Institute's Fellowship Committee makes all fellowship decisions.
Please note the following restrictions:
● Measurable progress toward the certificate OR demonstrated commitment to the study of the region is a prerequisite for fellowship consideration, with the exception of the Hazard and Shkilnyk Fellowships, which are open to all Columbia graduate students.
● PhD students in thier 8th year and beyond are not eligible for academic year funding.
● All Columbia students may apply for travel support and postdoctoral fellowships.
The Harriman Institute awards a number of Academic Year Fellowships, including Harriman Junior Fellowships, named fellowships, and the Pepsico Junior Fellowship. Junior Fellowships fund the study of the region; named fellowships may be found by following the link below; and the Pepsico Junior Fellowship is described in the following section. Students may apply for all Academic Year Fellowships with one application.
*** Please Note: Awards may cover partial or full tuition (M&F for PhD students). Stipends, if awarded, are limited to $15,000/year max for MA students and $27,500/year max for PhD students. Award amounts vary from year to year. We encourage all students to apply for as many funding opportunities as possible.
Academic-Year Fellowship Applications are due by February 15, 2017. Awards are announced in early April.
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) (PhD candidates must have passed their comprehensive exams by the time the fellowship takes effect), 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. 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. Deadline: February 15, 2017.
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. Deadline: February 15, 2017.
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. Application deadlines are: November 15th for spring awards, February 15th for summer awards, and May 15th for fall awards.
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 a budget with your application. Deadline: March 27, 2017.
Padma Desai Summer 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, 2017.
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, 2017.
The MARS Student Fellowship is awarded annually to one full-time first-year student and one full-time second-year student. The fellowship provides partial tuition.
MARS Student Fellowship applications are included in the Academic Year Application. Please note: Incoming MARS applicants will automatically be considered for the Student Fellowship, and should not submit an additional fellowship application.
The MARS Program Assistant Fellowship is awarded annually to one full-time second-year student. The Fellowship provides a tuition credit of $8,100 per semester plus a stipend. Program Assistants work 13-15 hours per week at the Harriman Institute. Applications are due February 15, 2017. Please note: Only continuing students qualify for the MARS Program Assistant Fellowship.
Harriman Curriculum Development Grant
The Harriman Institute at Columbia University invites proposals for the development of new curricular offerings on Russia in the Social Sciences. They are open to PhD (ABD) students. Please follow the link below for more information including eligibility and application instructions. Deadline: February 28, 2017
Harriman Russian Studies Research Grant
The Harriman Institute at Columbia University invites proposals for research in Russian Studies. PhD (ABD) students are welcome to apply. Please follow the link below for more information including eligibility and application instructions. Deadline: February 28, 2017
Student employment opportunities are available at the Harriman Institute through the university's Work‑Study Program. Under this 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.