Near-Peer Leadership Initiative

United States
Term: Summer

Student leadership committee who seek to support their fellow community members in putting their best foot forward into a fellowship or research endeavor.

Near-Peer Leaders are student leaders who seek to support their fellow community members in putting their best foot forward into a fellowship or research endeavor. Peer Leaders provide a supportive, safe, creative, and encouraging space for students to brainstorm ideas, receive peer feedback, and think about how to best articulate and authentically present themselves, their research ideas, and/or their professional aspirations and community engagement on paper.

Peer Leaders will work directly with Undergraduate Research & Fellowships, whether in facilitating peer-to-peer connections and dialogue around globally focused research topics or questions, or in encouraging their peers to apply for research or fellowship opportunities, on- or off-campus.


  • Participation in a cohort workshop and training session, designed to provide professional development and training in offering constructive feedback, facilitating group feedback sessions, and learning more about campus resources that are beneficial to fellowship applicants;
  • Agree to facilitate at least one virtual, interactive peer platform on brainstorming one aspect of a fellowship application (e.g. talking through leadership examples, brainstorming or narrowing research topics, peer/group facilitated feedback for abstracts or resumes, group virtual meditation or de-stressing session to help visualize the larger research project, etc.) prior to August 31, 2020;
  • Agree to maintain availability for individual or small group peer sessions, focusing specifically on application material/essay feedback prior to August 31, 2020;


  • Applicants must be rising or graduating seniors of Columbia College, The School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, or General Studies;
  • Possess a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher;
  • Have previously applied or plan on applying in Fall 2020 to at least one fellowship program;
  • Familiarity with the various resources on campus that may aid fellowship candidates in a fellowship or research application process (e.g. writing tutors, faculty in your field, URF, the CSA, and other resources on- , or even off- , campus).

Fact Sheet

Arts and Architecture, Foreign Language Learning, Humanities, Social Sciences, STEM
Columbia Alumna/us, Columbia College, Columbia Engineering, Columbia General Studies, Columbia Undergraduates, Fellowships, Junior, Not U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident, Senior, U.S. Citizen, U.S. Permanent Resident
Fellowship Type:
Experiential, Public Service, Summer Opportunity
United States

Dates & Deadlines

Application Deadline: 
Monday, May 18, 2020