Partnership PhD Mobility Program

The Partnership PhD Mobility Program is a funded exchange program that allows Columbia PhD students in Arts and Sciences programs to conduct research at the London School of EconomicsNational University of Singapore, or Sciences Po Paris.

Each exchange will be limited to a 2-3 month time period. Columbia will fund up to two exchanges at each of the three partner institutions per year.  Students will receive a $2,500 stipend to help with living expenses and travel to any of the other three partner institutions. This $2,500 award is on top of any other support that the student may have already received and is not subject to the funding cap described in the GSAS external award policy.

Program Objectives

Program objectives include the following:

  • To offer Columbia PhD students additional research resources (archival and advisory), and to introduce them to the academic culture, professional contacts, and employment opportunities of another country
  • To offer Columbia PhD students an opportunity to visit another institution and to work informally with one or more advisors on their PhD research and/or on related publications and presentations, and to attend conferences and workshops both at the host institution and within the wider regional/national academic community
  • To further enhance links between the partner institutions

How to Apply

A complete application consists of the following materials:

  • A one-page single-spaced statement of academic purpose explaining their progress towards completion of their research, why a visit to the host partner institution would benefit them, and what they intend to do there; outlining a timetable for their work during the visit; and indicating the scholar(s) with whom they hope to work
  • A short letter of support from their Columbia PhD supervisor(s)
  • An up-to-date curriculum vitae including visa status, country of citizenship, and place and date of birth
  • Evidence of competence in written and spoken languages that might be necessary at the host institution

Columbia PhD students should submit their application for travel/study no later than three months before the start of travel. The application should be marked “Partnership PhD Mobility Program Application” and either 1) emailed to Andrea Solomon, Vice Dean and Dean of Academic Affairs, at [email protected], or 2) mailed/delivered to the following address:

Andrea Solomon
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Columbia University
109 Low Library, MC 4306
535 West 116th Street
New York, NY 10027