Detail of Tarrafal series by João Pina

The 2024-25 application portal is now closed. Please visit this page again in early summer 2024 for information about the 2025-2026 fellowship cycle. 

Each year the Institute brings together a cohort of 15 Fellows, half of them Columbia faculty and post-docs, the other half artists and writers from around the world, to spend a year together in work and conversation.

The Fellowship stipend is $75,000 for a full academic year at Reid Hall in Paris (September through May). Fellows also have their own office at the Institute, administrative and research support, and access to Columbia’s libraries and various research facilities in Paris and in Europe.

We accept two categories of applicants, you will be asked to indicate under which category you are applying.

Creative artists of all kinds (including visual artists, film-makers, writers, composers, poets, and others), from anywhere in the world excluding USA residents. Creative writers (novelists, poets, playwrights, journalists, essayists) must demonstrate a record of publication; visual artists, musicians, and sound artists must have a significant body of work that has been exhibited or performed in public. There are no higher education requirements for this category of applicant.

Faculty and recent PhDs from Columbia University (plus Barnard College and Teachers’ College). Tenured and tenure-track University faculty from any School are eligible as are adjunct teaching faculty whose appointment extends beyond the fellowship year. At least one fellowship annually may be awarded to a recent Columbia PhD who has defended his or her dissertation between September 2021 and December 31, 2023. Faculty should notify their department chairs or Dean of their intention to apply for this fellowship. The Institute staff can, upon request, direct applicants to the appropriate university office to discuss the financial implications of an award. Only faculty are eligible to apply for a single semester fellowship.

Please note: We cannot accommodate groups.

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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