Applying for external fellowships is an important part of graduate education. Funds from a successful application can be used to supplement funds provided by GSAS, and the application process can aid both in clarifying the aims of a research project and in the cultivation of grant-writing skills.
Doctoral students are required to apply for an external fellowship within their first four years of study; the External Fellowship Policy page outlines how funds from a successful application may be disbursed.
Resources for Applying for External Fellowships
All GSAS students have access to the following fellowship databases through subscriptions from the university:
- InfoEd SPIN — database of research grants and funding opportunities from InfoEd Global; requires login from a Columbia IP address
- Candid — database of foundation and public charity programs that fund students, artists, researchers, and other individual grantseekers; requires login from a Columbia IP address or an active UNI and password
In addition to using Candid's online database, GSAS students may also find it helpful to visit the library at the New York branch:
Candid – New York
32 Old Slip
New York, NY 10005
The following databases are maintained by other institutions but are publicly searchable:
- Cornell University
- Duke University
- Harvard University
- H-Net — humanities and social sciences opportunities
The sites listed below are provided as possible resources; the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences is not responsible for content on external sites and does not endorse products or services.
- International Education Financial Aid (IEFA) — information for international students who wish to study in the US and for US citizens who wish to study in a foreign country
- International Scholarships
- Summer Funding Opportunities