Undergraduate Research and Fellowships (URF) oversees the awarding of several summer research fellowships for Columbia College students. These fellowships include the Class of 1939 Summer Research Fellowship, the Lubar Family Research Fellowship, the International Affairs Research Fellowship, and the Yatrakis Summer Research Fellowship.
Fellowships provide funds for students to pursue an independent, self-designed research project at a location of their choosing, to qualify as assistants in on-going laboratory projects of their choice, or to apply to join a faculty project currently accepting applications from undergraduate students for the summer.
The intent of this funding is to give students the opportunity to pursue their intellectual goals, gain valuable research experience, and cultivate stronger relationships with academic experts in their field. Conducting research under the supervision of a Columbia faculty member is encouraged, but applications for research at other institutions is also eligible.
Individual awards usually range from $500 to $5,000, depending on the budget required for each project. Awards cannot be used for the completion of formal coursework or structured internships. Fellows will be required to present their research in poster format at the annual undergraduate research symposium in the Fall, and may be asked to speak at information sessions for interested prospective applicants.
Please note, this opportunity funds full-time research (meaning a minimum of 35 hours/week), and is therefore not compatible with coursework. If you plan to register for a Summer Session, please plan to undertake your research at another point in the summer.
Eligibility is limited to current Columbia College students.
Students interested in applying need to complete the online application (click "Start an Application" at the top of the page) and have your letter of sponsorship submitted directly to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than the deadline shown. Only one application is needed to be considered for all fellowships.
Please note, a letter of reference from the faculty member who has agreed to supervise your research project this summer should be emailed directly to email@example.com by the deadline provided. This letter should indicate that you and your supervisor have agreed upon a research project together, and may comment on your suitability for the experience. It is not intended to be a confidential letter of recommendation.
Students interested in applying to work on any of the advertised on-going faculty projects should plan to meet with a URF advisor, prior to submitting their application for funding. On the application, be sure to list the name of the project and why you are interested in that area of research. (The list of currently available faculty projects is accessible within the application portal.)