The Undergraduate Program
Fellowships & Senior Thesis Funding Opportunities
CHA Research and Fellowship Panel
The Columbia History Association (CHA) hosted a fellowship panel February 10, 2023. The event discussed opportunities supporting historical research and included the History Director of Undergraduate Studies, Columbia College’s Dean of Columbia’s Research and Fellowships, and current History students.
- Recording of the event
- Running list of funding opportunities (courtesy of the CHA)
- Research and fellowship presentation (courtesy of CC)
American Studies: O’Neill Fellowship
Eligibility: Applicants must be in their second or third year in Columbia College or General Studies at Columbia University
Award: $7,000, with an additional $500 honorarium for the faculty advisor
Application deadline: May 12, 2023 at 5 PM
The Center for American Studies at Columbia University is pleased to announce the O’Neill Fellowship. The fellowship is intended to support a student pursuing a summer research project for 8-10 weeks at the Jay Heritage Center (JHC). The JHC is an educational nonprofit and the steward of the Jay Estate in Rye, New York, a 23-acre National Historic Landmark site and public park, which hosts programs in American history, social justice, environmental stewardship, architecture, and historic preservation. Learn more at www.jayheritagecenter.org.
Please note this new summer fellowship opportunity, providing support to a Columbia student pursuing a summer research project at the Jay Heritage Center, the former estate of John Jay in Rye, N.Y.
How to apply:
The application consists of a proposal and a letter of support. The proposal must include: (1) a description of the research project noting how the applicant will make use of relevant resources at the Jay Heritage Center (750-800 words); (2) a resume; (3) a short bio paragraph (50-100 words); (4) a current academic transcript. Please submit the application as one PDF file sent by email to email@example.com.
Applicants should also contact a potential Columbia faculty advisor to request a brief letter of support for the project, to be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summer Research Fellowship Program 2023
Eligibility: CC and GS sophomores and juniors who have officially declared History as their major or concentration
Application deadline: Monday, March 27th, 2023, at 5:00 PM (local time)
The History Department Summer Research Fellowship Program is for sophomores and juniors who have officially declared History as their major or concentration (CC & GS only). To be considered, you must be available to work with the faculty member for at least 60 hours during the available research dates for a given faculty member. Compensation will be $1290. Graduating seniors are not eligible to apply.
For the summer of 2023 there are two opportunities available, one with Professor Stephanie McCurry and the other with Professor Camille Robcis. Project details can be found here.
Applications can be submitted via the links below:
Please note: Students can apply for both opportunities but can only be hired for one.
Senior Thesis Fellowship – Research in European Archives
Eligibility: Junior History majors in CC, Barnard, and GS working on a senior thesis topic that can be researched through sources currently located in Europe. Full details here.
Award: Includes a $5,000 stipend
Application deadline: March 24, 2023
The Research in European Archives supports 6-8 students for 4-6 weeks of research in European archives. Program includes a workshop in Paris in July to troubleshoot and consult with Columbia faculty and graduate student instructors. Join the mailing list for the latest news and updates!
Sample prospectus: sample 1 / sample 2
Questions: Contact Prof. Charly Coleman (email@example.com), Prof. Lisa Tiersten (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Heath Rojas (email@example.com).
Introductory info session on zoom: Friday, January 27th, 10am EST
Topic: Thesis Program Info Session
Zoom link and details can be found here.
Columbia Research Initiative on the Global History of Sexualities Summer Research Fellowship
Eligibility: Preference given to CC and GS junior history majors conducting research for the senior thesis, but applications from other students conducting historical research are welcome.
Award: Up to $5,000
Application deadline: March 24, 2023 @ 12:00 PM (download application)
The Columbia Research Initiative on the Global History of Sexualities (CRIGHS), with the generous support of Paul D. Lerner, CC ‘83, and Stephen Reis, provides 1-2 summer research fellowships to support 4-8 weeks of research in LGBTQ history and the history of sexuality. Students wishing to conduct research in New York may wish to consult the CRIGHS research guide.
The 2022 Department of French Undergraduate Research Fellowship
Eligibility: CC and GS juniors preparing for writing a senior thesis related to France or the francophone world. The project must require a research trip in a francophone region to be completed in summer 2022.
Award: Up to $1,500
Application deadline: Friday, March 25, 2022 at 4:00pm
The Department of French at Columbia University is pleased to announce the Undergraduate Research Fellowship. The fellowship is intended to support students majoring in the humanities or the social sciences pursuing research in France or a francophone country or region during the summer between their junior and senior years. Resources permit fellowships of up to $1500.
How to apply: The application consists of a proposal and a letter of support sent to (firstname.lastname@example.org). Full details here.
Questions concerning this research fellowship may be addressed to the Director of Undergraduate Studies in French, Eliza Zingesser (email@example.com).
Edwin Robbins Summer Research Fellowship
Eligibility: Junior majors (Columbia College ONLY) who intend to write a thesis
Award: Up to $2,500
The department offers two fellowships of up to $2,500 each year to support summer research in preparation for writing a senior thesis. Interested students must identify a faculty member willing to supervise the research project and submit a proposal of no more than 1,500 words.
- Edwin Robbins Summer Research Fellowship Application (Deadline – April 12 @ 10:00 AM)
In the application please submit 2 plans:
- To use in travel during July and August
- To be used for research expenses in local libraries (no-travel) such as scanning, photocopying etc.
CC/GS Senior Thesis Funding
Eligibility: Seniors (Columbia College and General Studies) who are enrolled in a senior thesis seminar or independent senior thesis section in the fall term
Columbia College and the School of General Studies both offer grants towards writing senior theses. Grant amounts normally range from $50 to $250 (with grants up to $500 occasionally granted) and cover expenses like photocopying and traveling. The two schools have different deadlines, which vary year to year and will be communicated to thesis students by October of their Senior Fall, but the applications can be found below, for student interested in completing the form ahead of time.