The Summer Language Fellowships for International Students supports international PhD students in the humanities and social sciences who need to study a foreign language abroad during the summer. International students in the humanities and social sciences at GSAS who are NOT permanent residents are eligible to apply for these funds. The fellowship award maximum is $3,000.
How to Apply
Deadline: 11:59 p.m. on Friday, March 3, 2017
Please read the directions and information carefully for the online application. The applicant must upload all items electronically with the exception of the letters of recommendation, which are uploaded by the recommenders or mailed to GSAS.
If you are applying to more than one fellowship through this application portal, you will need to upload all items for each fellowship application; recommenders will have to submit a separate letter for each fellowship application.
Applications must include the following items:
- Completed GSAS online application form.
- An up-to-date GSAS transcript (official PDF transcript from the Office of the Registrar). Note: The GSAS Fellowship application does not accept encrypted files for upload. Official Columbia transcript PDFs are encrypted; you may order a paper copy through SSOL or print the official transcript PDF you receive from Parchment, then scan and upload it.
- A curriculum vitae (three pages maximum).
- Statement of purpose: The one- or two- page proposal should describe your academic plans. Describe how the language and area study relate to your academic and professional plans. Please also indicate previous language experience, both formal and informal.
- Budget proposal detailing anticipating expenses (maximum one page). The budget proposal should include anticipated travel expenses, language program enrollment fees, and living costs. Please list a budget that does not exceed the maximum award amount of $3,000.
- One letter of recommendation, preferably from an instructor who can comment on your work in the target language and appropriate world region. GSAS prefers that recommenders submit their letters of recommendation electronically to expedite processing. When the application enters the name and email of the recommender, the recommender will automatically receive a message with a link with the upload information. Applicants can resend the request by clicking on the "Send Reminder" button. A paper form is available for those recommenders for whom it is not feasible to complete an electronic submission. It is the applicant's responsibility to make sure that recommenders are given ample time to submit recommendations by the deadline, and to notify recommenders if applying for more than one fellowship.
Below are some suggestions on how to upload a transcript:
- Scan at the lowest DPI that results in a legible document (we recommend using 200 DPI or less whenever possible).
- Ensure that the institution name and other identifying marks are not missed during the scanning process and that your scanned copy is clearly legible and can print on letter size paper (8 ½" x 11").
- Include the transcript legend (found on the final page, in many cases).
- Save your document as a PDF file.
- Make certain that its size is less than 1 MB. Scanning in “grayscale” or black and white may produce the best results.
- If the scanned file is too large, make a photocopy first (experiment with different settings until you find one that results in the smallest file size), then scan the photocopy.
- You may upload an institutional web-based transcript/academic record.
- The GSAS Fellowship application does not accept encrypted files for upload. If you receive an error message noting that your file is encrypted, please print your transcript, scan it, and then upload the scanned copy. Note: Official Columbia transcript PDFs are encrypted; you may order a paper copy through SSOL or print the official transcript PDF you receive from Parchment, then scan and upload it.
Note: Columbia students travelling abroad to conduct research, enroll in foreign language or other courses, or attend conferences must register with International SOS, an emergency services program that helps with unexpected medical or security issues, prior to departure.