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 independent research or to qualify as assistants in on-going laboratory projects over the summer at a location of their choosing. Students are expected to carry out this research under the supervision of a faculty member from Columbia (preferably from the Faculty of Arts and Sciences) who will be required to sponsor the project and provide advice before, during, and after the period of the research. 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 a faculty member.
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.
Eligibility is limited to current Columbia College students.
Students interested in any of these opportunities 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 email@example.com no later than the deadline shown. Only one application is needed to be considered for all fellowships.
Please note, a letter of sponsorship should act as a letter of recommendation from the faculty member who will be your mentor during the summer—this should indicate that you and your mentor 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