The Graduate Program
PhD Exchange Program with Sciences Po
Apply to be nominated for academic-year exchange to conduct PhD research at Sciences Po in Paris.
February 1: Deadline for PhD Students to email application materials to DGS.
Each year GSAS exchanges one PhD student with Sciences Po in Paris, Fondation Nationale des Sciences Politiques et l’Institut d’Etudes Politiques. History, Political Science, and Sociology Departments participate in the exchange.
GSAS invites eligible PhD students from these three Departments to apply by February 1 to be nominated by their Department to spend the following academic year (October through June) at Sciences Po in Paris.
Students are eligible if they:
- have completed all requirements for the MPhil
- have a dissertation topic that would benefit from a year of research in Paris
- have received departmental approval of the PhD dissertation proposal
- are not beyond year 6 in the program
- are a multi-year student who will be on a dissertation fellowship during the exchange year
- have good written and oral French skills
Students must email the following documents to their DGS by the deadline to be considered for the nomination by the deadline:
- a Curriculum Vitae in French or English
- a statement of purpose in French or English explaining why the student wishes to pursue his/her PhD research at Sciences Po
- a summary of his/her research project in French or in English
- a letter of academic recommendation from his/her PhD Faculty Sponsor
The Director of Graduate Studies emails the nomination materials to GSAS Associate Dean Terrien by February 15. GSAS chooses one applicant and forwards the nomination to Sciences Po.
Description of Exchange for GSAS Students
One Columbia PhD student on a dissertation fellowship travels to Sciences Po in Paris for the academic year (October through January). NOTE: This award is substitutional for the dissertation year fellowship the GSAS exchange student to Sciences Po would receive if he/she remains in New York.
Upon approval by GSAS and Sciences Po each spring, the Columbia PhD student is promised from Sciences Po free tuition and a stipend in Euros comparable to the amount that Columbia would have awarded for the academic year 2007-08. Columbia will pay health insurance so that the student is covered in the U.S. (in case the student travels to the U.S. during the year) and the student is required to carry approximately $200 French health insurance in Paris.
In Paris, the GSAS exchange student is assigned a faculty adviser and invited to participate in a Sciences Po seminar designed specifically to socialize international students. In the seminar students share their doctoral research with faculty and students. The student has access to all research services and other Sciences Po benefits and may be considered eligible to apply to teach a topic seminar on his or her dissertation topic in English for an adjunct salary in addition to the stipend.
Ph.D. Student Exchange at the London School of Economics
To offer Ph.D. students additional research resources (archival and advisory) and to introduce students to the academic culture, professional contacts and employment opportunities in the UK.
The exchange offers Columbia PhD students in year 3-6 an opportunityto work with LSE faculty,conduct research in nearby archives and libraries, and attend conferences and workshops both within the School and elsewhere in the UK and Europe.
Duration of each exchange
Each exchange will be for a minimum of one 10-week LSE term or a maximum of one academic year.
The Columbia-LSE Joint Teaching Committee is responsible for administering the exchange, including accepting applications. The deadline for the fall semester, or the full academic year, is April 30. If you wish to spend the spring semester in London the deadline is August 31.
For Columbia students going to LSE
Columbia students should submit to the MA committee chair (see below) a dossier containing the following materials:
§ A one-page single-spaced statement of academic purpose explaining their research interests, why a visit to LSE would benefit them, and what they intend to do there, including which scholar/s at LSE they hope to work with. This statement should make clear the preferred length of the visit – a minimum of one ten-week term, or a maximum of one academic year.
- A letter of support from a Columbia advisor.
- A note from the prospective LSE academic advisor(s) confirming that they will be able to assume this role at the time of the student´s visit.
- An up-to-date curriculum vitae.
- Visa status, country of citizenship, place of and date of birth
- A letter demonstrating that the student has sufficient funds to live on during the time on the exchange.
- A completed LSE Graduate Application form (which can be downloaded from the LSE web site: http://www.lse.ac.uk/collections/graduateAdmissions/apply/applyByPost.htm
MA Committee Chair:
Spring 2011 – Professor Volker Berghahn, email@example.com
Fall 2011 – Professor Adam McKeown, amm2009@columbia..edu
PhD Exchange Program with Department of History, Classics and Archaeology, Birbeck, University of London
To offer PhD students enrolled in the Departments of History, Classics and Archaeology at Birkbeck UL (i.e. its research students in History), and PhD students enrolled in the Department of History at Columbia University, access to the research resources, including seminars, lectures and supervisions, that are available to PhD students at the corresponding university.
Specifically, the exchange offers PhD students an opportunity to participate in workshops, seminars and discussions at Birkbeck UL and the Institute of Historical Research, University of London. Columbia PhD students will receive supervision on their dissertation from members of the History Department at Birkbeck UL.
Likewise, the exchange allows PhD students in History at Birkbeck UL to participate in workshops, seminars and discussions in the History Department at Columbia University, to receive supervision on their thesis work from members of the History Department at Columbia University, and to attend open History seminars at other universities in the New York area.
Eligibility (at the time of going to the partner institution):
Birkbeck PhD students who have completed their course requirements for their upgrade from MPhil student status to full PhD student status (i.e. from year two of their doctoral studies).
Columbia PhD students in their third through seventh years who have completed all course work, oral examinations, and language requirements, for the MPhil.
Duration of each exchange
Each individual student will visit for two Birkbeck terms, or one Columbia University semester. In general, Birkbeck students could go to Columbia beginning the first semester of their third year (having received the promotion to PhD student status), and Columbia students will go to Birkbeck in January-July (two terms) after the completion of the MPhil.
Students from Columbia attending Birkbeck UL for the two terms will be eligible to study in the UK without applying for a student visa under the UK Border Agency’s (UKBA) Tier 4 of the Points Based System. Columbia students will need to apply for a Student Visitor visa which will entitle them to join a programme of study lasting less than six months in duration.
Those on a Student Visitor visa to the UK must observe all restrictions relating to the UKBA’s conditions for this type of visa, including restrictions on taking employment, taking part in an internship or work placement, or extending their stay beyond the maximum 6 months allowed.
For further information on student visitor visa see;
Number of exchange students per year
The number of exchange students is set at a maximum of two persons per year in each direction. If there is not a Birkbeck student eligible to attend Columbia in any given academic year, Columbia students are eligible to apply directly to the 6 month Visiting Research Student Programme in the Department of History, Classics and Archaeology at Birkbeck UL (and pay the pro rata fee for this course) – details from Dr Sean Brady (Course Director, Visiting International Research Student Programme, HCA) at firstname.lastname@example.org
For Columbia students going to Birkbeck UL.
Columbia students should submit to the Director of Graduate Studies in History at Columbia a dossier containing the following materials:
- A one-page single-spaced statement of academic purpose explaining their progress towards completion of their research, why a visit to Birkbeck would benefit them and what they intend to do at Birkbeck, outlining a time-table for their work during the visit and indication of which scholar/s at Birkbeck they hope to work with.
- A letter of support from their PhD sponsor, together with a second academic reference.
- A note from the Head of the Department of History at Birkbeck College confirming that the academic advisor(s) with whom the student intends to work will be able to assume this role at the time of the student’s proposed visit.
- An up-to-date curriculum vitae.
- A statement of visa status, country of citizenship, place of & date of birth
- English Language certificate if the student is not a native English speaker and/or has not studied at University level in the English medium for at least a year.
- A certified copy of their University transcripts to date.
- A letter demonstrating that the student has sufficient funds to live on during the time on the exchange.
If nominated by Columbia, the student will then need to complete Birkbeck’son-line postgraduate application form http://www.bbk.ac.uk/hca/prospective/postgraduate
The Director of Graduate Studies in History at Columbia forwards a copy of Columbia’s nominated dossiers to the Course Director for the International Programmes in the Department of History, Classics and Archaeology at Birkbeck College.
Once a student is accepted by the Department at Birkbeck, the following steps are taken:
- The Department’s Research Committee issues a formal offer of admission to the student
- The Vice Dean for the Department at Birkbeck may then send an additional note confirming the acceptance and enclosing any other information.
Columbia students visiting Birkbeck UL will continue to register with Columbia University and pay fees to Columbia University as if they were in full-time attendance. At Birkbeck they will be registered as Visiting International Research Students. No fee will be payable by Columbia students at Birkbeck UL (if there is a student to exchange). They will be entitled to attend lectures, seminars and other academic activities on the same basis as other registered research students at Birkbeck UL. They will work with a designated advisor (supervisor) and they will be expected to join in the regular departmental activities for research students. Their advisor (supervisor) will write a brief evaluation at the end of each term and at the end of the visit, which will be discussed with the student. A copy will be countersigned by the Head of the Department of History, Classics and Archaeology at Birkbeck UL, and sent by the advisor to the Director of Graduate Studies in History at Columbia University for inclusion in their file.
Birkbeck students visiting Columbia will continue to register with Birkbeck and pay fees to Birkbeck as if they were in full-time attendance. At Columbia they will be registered as non-degree exchange students (GFNDGX) by the Assistant Dean for Admissions, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. No fees other than the mandatory Columbia International Students and Scholars Office fee [$100] and Columbia health insurance/fees will be payable by Birkbeck students at Columbia [$2,040]. They will be entitled to attend lectures, seminars and other academic activities on the same basis as other registered research students at Columbia. They will work with a designated advisor (supervisor) and they will be expected to join in the regular departmental activities for research students; they will have the opportunity to take part in the Thesis Preparation Seminar. Their advisor (supervisor) will write a brief evaluation at the end of each term and at the end of the visit, which will be discussed with the student. A copy will be countersigned by Director of Graduate Studies in History at Columbia and sent by the advisor (supervisor) to the Head of the Department of History, Classics and Archaeology at Birkbeck UL for inclusion in their file.
Support services and institutional privileges
Columbia University students at Birkbeck UL will have the same rights and responsibilities as other registered research students. They will be entitled to library privileges, use of the computer rooms, and a university email account. They will have access to the History Department’s networked computers for research students. The department does not provide students with telephones.
Birkbeck students at Columbia will have the same rights and responsibilities as other registered research students. They will be entitled to library privileges, use of the computer rooms, and a university email account. They will have access to the research students’ departmental work-station, which houses networked computers. The department does not provide students with telephones.
Exchange/visiting students must abide by the rules of the host institution just as a degree-seeking student does.
Funding and costs
There is currently no university-level funding to support this exchange. Students will be responsible for their fees at both the home institution and the exchange institution, for living costs, for health insurance, and will be expected to make their own arrangements for housing. However, each department will endeavour to help students with accommodation. For each student coming to Birkbeck UL from Columbia, the department at Birkbeck (through Ms. Sharon Duorno, administration team leader) will make an application to University of London Housing Services, should the Columbia student require UL accommodation. Places in UL accommodation is limited, and students who come from Columbia Jan-July are most likely to be accommodated on a short-term basis. The University of London Housing Service also offers advice directly to students with regard to accommodation.
Health cover for Columbia students
Overseas (non EU) students participating in a course of less than 6 months duration in the UK will not qualify for comprehensive NHS treatment. The relevant programme co-ordinator at Columbia must ensure that students coming to the UK to study on the International Visiting Research Students’ Programme at Birkbeck UL have taken out private medical insurance. Students on this programme will be entitled to free emergency hospital treatment, but only the given in a NHS accident and emergency department is free of charge. Once admitted onto a ward or given an outpatient appointment, charges will apply. It is therefore very important that students on this programme take out medical insurance for the duration of their visit to the UK. For further information, visit:
Living costs for Columbia students coming to Birkbeck UL.
Birkbeck UL recommends that students have access to approximately £1000 per month for living costs in order to cover accommodation, food, local travel, and a modest social life. Other organisations, such as the British Council or the UK Council for International Student Affairs, offer additional guidance on living costs in the UK.
British Council at www.educationuk.org/UK/Article/Budget-planning-in-the-uk
UKCISA at www.ukcisa.org.uk.student/living_costs.php
The current estimated costs of living in London and New York can be found on the Birkbeck and Columbia University web-sites
- Columbia’s off-campus housing web site: http://www.columbia.edu/cu/ire/ocha/
- Columbia’s GSAS financial aid site: http://www.columbia.edu/cu/gsas/cs/main/pages/wel/index.html
- Columbia’s International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) web site for obtaining a visa: http://www.columbia.edu/cu/isso/admit/
- Columbia’s Health Insurance web site: http://www.health.columbia.edu/
- Columbia’s GSAS downloadable application form: http://www.columbia.edu/cu/gsas/admissions.html
- Birkbeck’s residential accommodation site: http://www.bbk.ac.uk/prospective/pgtaught/full-time/services/ft_accom
NB. Applicants should contact the Department of History, Classics and Archaeology’s Course Director for International Visiting Research Students, and Sharon Durno, the department’s administrative team leader, directly regarding accommodation email@example.com
- Birkbeck’s site for postgraduate applicants:
- Birkbeck site on postgraduate life at the University http://www.bbk.ac.uk/hca/
- Birkbeck’s site for international students: http://www.bbk.ac.uk/prospective/international/
The Director of Graduate Studies in History at Columbia University and the Chair of the Research Committe for the Department of History, Classics and Archaeology at Birkbeck will be responsible for maintaining effective communications with each other. It is expected that any disagreements and problems can be resolved on an ad hoc basis between the two Directors. If any problems cannot be resolved in this way they will be referred to the Head of Department, Department of History, Classics and Archaeology at Birkbeck UL, and the Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Columbia University.
Duration of agreement
This agreement will take effect from 1st March 2011 and will be reviewed towards the end of its first year of operation, with a decision then made by both parties to continue, revise or abandon it.
Either partner has the option of withdrawing from the agreement by giving a year’s notice.
Columbia Contact Information:
Director of Graduate Studies, Department of History
1180 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10027
Telephone: 212 854 4646
Fax: 212 851 5963
Assistant Dean of Admissions
Columbia University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
108 Low Memorial Library
535 West 116th Street
New York, NY 10027
Telephone: 212 854 4737
Birkbeck Contact Information:
Course Director, International Visiting Research Student Programme,
Department of History, Classics and Archaeology,
Birkbeck College, University of London,
London WC1E 7HX
Telephone: 00 44 (0)20 7631 629