Undergraduate Student Funding

The Harriman Institute provides financial support towards research projects and travel for undergraduate students from Barnard College, Columbia College, and the School of General Studies through a variety of grants and fellowship awards.

*Given the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the global response, Columbia will not approve undergraduate travel to Belarus, Moldova, Russia, and Ukraine for the foreseeable future. As this is an evolving situation, the list of impacted countries may change. If you have any questions about travel to these or bordering countries, please contact utrc@columbia.edu.*

Harriman Institute Undergraduate Fellowships

The Harriman Institute Undergraduate Fellowship Program is designed to provide research support on a competitive basis to juniors and seniors who have a serious interest in the post-Soviet and/or East-Central European regions. It is expected that students will use the fellowship to assist them in researching and writing their senior theses or to complete an equivalent major research project.

Successful candidates may receive up to $3,000 to offset their field research expenses in the region. The competition is held twice per academic year with the expectation that the research will be conducted over winter or summer break. Fellows will have the opportunity to attend all Harriman Institute events for the academic year and will be required to present the results of their own research at a public seminar hosted by the Harriman Institute in Fall 2022. Those seeking to apply for support for research to be conducted over Summer 2022 should be advised that the fellowship competition will be held during the Spring 2022 semester.

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 unofficial 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.

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.