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Presidential Global Fellowship
Multiple Locations, Multiple Locations (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
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Restrictions: Columbia applicants only
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Columbia Administered Program, Fellowship Program
Program Advisor:
Fay Ju: fjj1@columbia.edu
Eligibility: CC/GS/SEAS current first year students only Application Notes: You must also apply separately to a Columbia Summer Program.
Program Description:

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Read more about the 2014 Presidential Global Fellows!  

Overview

Funded by a generous grant from President Lee C. Bollinger, the Presidential Global Fellowship offers first-year undergraduates who are seeking to develop a strong global foundation and a deeper understanding of the world around them with a unique opportunity to enrich their Columbia education beginning in the summer after their first year.

The Fellowship will provide funding for participation on a Columbia summer study abroad program to a highly select group of intellectually curious students who are able to imagine how an overseas experience can influence their examination of critical issues and who are committed to finding meaningful ways to engage a broad range of global topics throughout their undergraduate career.

To accommodate a broad range of interests, the Fellowship provides structured advising and enhanced programming that supports the development of individualized global education plans. These customized plans help guide the Fellows while they study abroad and when they return so they may make the best use of the University’s global networks on campus and in the world beyond College Walk.
 


Intended Outcomes

Presidential Global Fellows will:

• Discover a new perspective about an academic discipline, body of knowledge, or specific issue;

• Build a knowledge base and network that empowers them to continue exploring global opportunities and supports them as they integrate their experiences into life back on campus;

• Develop core global competencies such as cultural knowledge, foreign language skills, critical thinking, and cross-cultural communication skills.

 


Features and Highlights

Each Presidential Global Fellowship includes:

• A scholarship that covers the program fee for a Columbia summer study abroad program.

• A stipend to cover round-trip airfare to and from the program site plus living expenses recommended by the program.

• Enhanced advising that focuses on how the Fellows can channel their global experiences into future intellectual, professional, and personal pursuits. This includes specialized academic, career, and fellowship advising sessions that allow the Fellows to develop individualized global education plans and to outline a strategy for achieving their goals.

• Faculty mentoring to help shape the individualized global education plan in the context of an intellectual pursuit in the Fellow’s chosen area of study.

• Alumni mentoring in the Fellow’s summer host country or region to connect students with local networks and provide insight into the host culture and community.

• Activities before and after the study abroad program that deepen the relationships between Fellows, including group advising, shared reflection sessions, and meetings with the President of Columbia University.

• Access to the Columbia Global Centers network.

 


Eligibility

Candidates for the Presidential Global Fellowship must:

• Be a matriculated student with first-year standing in Columbia College, the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, or the School of General Studies during spring 2015,

• Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better by the end of the fall term,

• Apply and be accepted to a Columbia Summer Study Abroad Program for summer 2015, and

• Be committed to the goals of the Fellowship.

 


Apply

Application Deadline: December 15

Applicants must apply to both Columbia Summer Program as well as directly to the Presidential Global Fellowship.

Note:  The Presidential Global Fellowship application deadline may be earlier than the program deadline. Applicants should complete the Fellowship application by the Fellowship deadline. Applicants are also responsible for completing a Columbia Summer Program application by February 1 or the program deadline if it is earlier.

Note: Selected applicants must be available to participate in a pre-selection interview during late January/early February.

1. Apply to the Presidential Global Fellowship.

The application includes:

• Presidential Global Fellowship Questionnaire

• Recommendation from a faculty member, instructor, an advisor, a supervisor, or another person who you feel can articulate and support your ability and motivation to develop and follow through on your vision and effort to globalize your Columbia education.
This person does not have to a Columbia faculty/advisor and may be someone who you worked closely with in high school or in another capacity.

2. Apply to a Columbia Summer Study Abroad Program that meets your academic and personals goals.

Click on the following to learn more about each program. Summer 2014 applications are available.

Columbia Summer in Amman: Arabic Language
Information session: November 21 from 5:30-6:30 in 403 Knox

Columbia Summer in Beijing: Chinese Language
Information Session: November 19 from 4:30-5:30 in 403 Kent


Columbia Summer in Istanbul: Art History and History
Information Session: TBA

Columbia Summer in Kyoto: KCJS Japanese Language

Information Session: November 15 from 2:30-3:30 in 403 Kent

Columbia Summer in Paris: French Language and Culture
Information Session: November 26 from 5:30-6:30 in Maison Francaise East Gallery

Columbia Summer in Rio: Portuguese Language and Culture
Information Session: November 20 from 4:30-5:30 in Casa Hispanica Room 201

Columbia Summer in Italy : Archaeological Fieldwork at Hadrian's Villa
Information Session: November 20 from 4:00-5:00 in the Italian Academy Library

Columbia Summer in Shanghai: Business Chinese and Internship
Information Session: November 7 from 4:30-5:30 in 403 Kent


Columbia Summer in Venice: Italian Studies and Art History

Information Session: February 5 from 4-5 pm in 501 Hamilton

Columbia Summer in Tokyo: Film Studies at Waseda University

Information Session: January 28 from 4:30-5:30 in 403 Kent

SEE-U Jordan

SEE-U Brazil


 


Program Responsibilities


Presidential Global Fellows are required to participate in all activities that will be scheduled before and after the summer study abroad experience. Fellows are expected to complete all reading and writing assignments in order to make the most of the enhanced advising and the overseas experience. To that end, Fellows will:

• Participate in predeparture advising meetings after their acceptance to the Fellowship (Spring 2014)

• Attend an on-campus predeparture orientation session for the summer program (Spring 2014)


• Meet with President Bollinger to discuss topics related to globalization (Spring 2014)

• Connect with alumni mentor before and during the overseas experience (Spring 2014 and Summer 2014)

• Complete the summer study abroad program by fully participating in the academic program while simultaneously utilizing the time abroad to begin pursuing the goals of the individualized global education plan (Summer 2014)

• Prepare written materials on the overseas experience in advance of a post-summer reflection session (Fall 2014)

• Meet with President Bollinger to discuss their goals and/or outcomes for the Fellowship (Fall 2014 or Spring 2015)

• Engage in advising sessions with faculty to integrate the study abroad experience into their academic development (ongoing)

• Participate in advising sessions to explore future international opportunities, including internships, fellowships, study abroad, and research during their tenure at Columbia and beyond (ongoing)


• Assist in building the Fellowship program by mentoring future Fellows and participating in program-related activities (ongoing)

 


Frequently Asked Questions

I am not a first year student. Am I eligible to apply?

What is considered first year standing for School of General Studies students?

Are non-U.S. citizens eligible to apply?

Am I eligible to apply if I plan to study on a summer program not administered by Columbia?

How can I choose a program that might be appropriate for me?

Can I apply to more than one Columbia Summer Program?

Who can I ask to write my recommendation?

How many students will receive the Fellowship?

What is included in the Fellowship?

What is the selection process and timeframe?

Who can answer my questions?


 


I am not currently a first-year student. Am I eligible to apply?

Only current first year students in CC/SEAS/GS are eligible for this Fellowship. The goal of this program is to foster a greater understanding of the world among undergraduates and to help students envision new ways of engaging with global topics and opportunities throughout their time at Columbia. First-year students who are influenced early on by their global experience will bring these new perspectives back to campus and share these with their classmates through interactions both inside and outside of the classroom.

Other opportunities are available to sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Please check the following websites for more information:

Center for Career Education

OGP Fellowships Office

Office of Global Programs

What is considered first-year standing for School of General Studies students?

GS students are considered current first-year students and are eligible to apply to this Fellowship if by the end of spring 2014, they have no more than 36 cumulative points including transfer credit.

 
Are non-U.S. citizens eligible to apply?

Yes, non-U.S. citizens are eligible to apply.


Am I eligible to apply if I plan to study on a summer program not administered by Columbia?

In this pilot year, the Presidential Global Fellowship is only available to select students who plan on studying on one of the Columbia summer programs as a way to strengthen the network of global relationships among members of the Columbia community. 

How can I choose a program that might be appropriate for me?

Please click on Columbia Summer Programs chart which provides basic information about each eligible program.

For more detailed information, please go to the Office of Global Programs website and click on “Programs”. Check each program’s website for more specific information.  In general, most of the courses that were offered in summer 2013 will be offered in summer 2014. However, there may be additional courses added or new programs that will launch next summer. Final summer 2014 information will be available by December 2013.


Note: If the program is not on the chart, it is not an eligible program. Currently the Global Scholars Program Summer Research Workshop is not open to first year students.
 

Can I apply to more than one Columbia Summer Program?

No, you can only apply to one Columbia Summer Program.

Who can I ask to write my recommendation?

You should ask someone who you feel can articulate and support your ability and motivation to develop and follow through on your vision and effort to globalize your Columbia education. This person can be a Columbia faculty, advisor, or someone who you worked closely with in high school or in another capacity.

How many students will receive the Fellowship?

This will depend on the pool of applicants but it is anticipated that 10-15 students will be awarded a fellowship.

What is included in the Fellowship?

The Fellowship will provide specialized advising sessions and programming to help fellows identify global opportunities and how they can enhance their experiences at Columbia and their future intellectual, professional and personal goals.

Each Fellow will be awarded a scholarship that covers the program fee for a Columbia summer study abroad program in addition to a stipend to cover round-trip airfare to and from the program site plus living expenses recommended by the program. Details about the disbursement will be provided to each awardee at a later date.

What is the selection process and timeframe?

A committee will review both the Fellowship application and the program application to select a group of candidates who will be interviewed in early March. Fellowship awardees will be notified by mid-March. These finalists will also be notified about acceptance to the Columbia summer program by mid-March. For some summer programs, the decisions might be made earlier than the Fellowship decision.


I have more questions and I would like to speak with an advisor. Who can answer my questions?

The following advising sessions are available:

1. Presidential Global Fellowship walk in advising hours (no appointment necessary):

Dates:   Mondays (January 27, February 3, February 10) and Tuesdays (January 21, January 28, February 4, February 11)
Time:     4-5 pm
Place:    606 Kent


2. Fellowships advising:

If you still have questions and need to speak to an advisor, you can drop by during the OGP Fellowships Office open office hours on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 2:00-4:00 pm beginning January 23 except February 13.  The office is located in 606 Kent.


3. Center for Career Education quick questions:

Center for Career Education holds daily meetings that are ten minutes long from 1-4 pm and allow students to meet with a counselor without a prior appointment for answers to quick questions.

 

Columbia Dates & Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline/Columbia Clearance Deadline Decision Date & Deadline Note Start Date End Date
Summer 2015 02/15/2015 02/15/2015 TBA TBA