Columbia University in the City of New York

Padma Desai Summer Fellowship

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

Application Details


All applicants must meet current Columbia University travel requirements (see Travel Notice below).

Fellowship recipients are required to submit a brief trip report within six weeks of their return and may be asked to meet with Harriman donors supporting this fellowship.



  • Proposal – (2 page max.) Please include a description of your planned research project/language course/internship opportunity. Please include any arrangements you have made with the host institution or organization where you plan to work.
  • Itemized budget – Please include the actual cost of airfare, lodging, and other related costs.
  • Curriculum vitae/résumé – Must include information on academic standing, as well as your Columbia PID number.
  • One confidential letter of recommendation (emailed directly by your recommender to Katrina Papouskaya at

How to Apply

Email application materials in a single message to Katrina Papouskaya. Please send all documents as PDFs.

Next application deadline: April 1, 2024

Travel Notice

All international travel must follow Columbia University's travel policy.  Students must present proof of trip registration and/or approval by Columbia Global Travel before funds will be released.

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