Apply for a fellowship at the Institute

The application portal for the 2020-21 fellowship competition is now closed. The 2021-22 competition cycle will open in early summer 2020. 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. Recent PhDs are also invited to apply.

We are especially keen to receive applications from non-US based candidates; longterm U.S. residents who are not Columbia faculty are ineligible to apply.


In order to be eligible to apply, 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. Scholars applying who are not from Columbia must have received their doctorate and demonstrate a record of publication. 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.