Apply for a fellowship at the Institute

The application portal for the 2020-21 fellowship competition is now closed. Due to the Covid-19 crisis, we will be announcing the opening up of the 2021-22 competition cycle later in the year. If you wish to be notified, please sign up to our mailing list.

Bringing together scholars from across the humanities and sciences with artists of all kinds, the purpose of the Institute is to question the established ways in which knowledge is defined, produced, and taught. The Institute encourages applications in all disciplines and on any topic from candidates interested in participating in a creative community of scholars, artists, and thinkers. The fellows will each receive $37,500 per term, or $75,000 for a full academic year (September through May), an office at the Institute in Paris, and access to Columbia’s libraries and various research facilities in Paris and in Europe.

We welcome projects from those working in any area of the humanities, the humanistic social sciences, and conceptual dimensions of the natural and applied sciences, as well as composers, visual artists, filmmakers, writers, and other creative thinkers.

Eligibility

There are two categories of fellowships. Please indicate which category you are applying for:

[A] This category is reserved for faculty and recent PhDs (who have defended their dissertation between Sept 2018 and Sept 2020) from Columbia University (including Barnard College and Teachers' College). Applicants may work in any area of the University, including the creative arts, so long as their work is compatible with the goals and aims of the Institute.

In order to demonstrate their eligibility, Columbia faculty should indicate their school and departmental affiliation. They should also let their chair of department or Dean know of their intention to apply.

Please note that recent Columbia PhDs who are in a tenure-track position at another university are not eligible to apply.

[B] This category is open to creative artists of all kinds (including visual artists, film-makers, fiction and non-fiction writers, composers, poets, thinkers and others), from anywhere in the world excluding the USA. Only in exceptional circumstances are academics considered, and long-term US residents are not eligible to apply. Creative writers (novelists, poets, playwrights, journalists, essayists) must demonstrate a record of publication; visual artists, musicians, and performers must have a significant body of work that has been exhibited or performed in public. We welcome group projects although each participant in the group must apply individually and will be considered on his or her own merits.

Preference will be given to applicants proposing to stay for the full year.

Application materials include:

  • Personal information (address, citizenship, education, affiliation)
  • CV
  • A project description (1500 words)
  • A sample of your work
  • Three letters of recommendation

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