Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life (IRCPL) Fellowships for 2012
Each year, IRCPL awards fellowships to graduate and undergraduate students at Columbia University to travel abroad or within the United States to conduct research on their dissertations and senior theses.
View guidelines and eligibility requirements for 2012 fellowship applications.
Applications for 2012 fellowships are due Monday, February 13, 2012, at 5 pm. Please e-mail or deliver applications to Emily Brennan: 80 Claremont Avenue, Room 203, MC 9611, New York, NY 10027. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Up to six fellowships are available to Columbia doctoral students who are preparing proposals or conducting research for their dissertations. The fellowship provides each student $4000 to cover expenses directly related to research, including, travel, lodging and materials. Students are also expected to make oral presentations on the results of their research.
Eligibility: Applications are welcome from students in Ph.D., J.S.D. and Ed.D. programs at Columbia’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Law School, or Teachers College, who are preparing prospectuses or chapters for their dissertations. Preference is given to students who are doing international research and need to travel abroad. In compelling cases, travel within the U.S. to consult archives or conduct research in particular communities is considered.
Application: Please provide 1) a letter of reference from a faculty member who will serve on your dissertation committee; 2) a three-page description of the research project, which includes travel plans and a schedule for completion of the dissertation; 3) an itemized budget; and 4) a curriculum vitae. Please include your departmental affiliation and up-to-date contact information.
Up to five fellowships are available to Columbia undergraduate students to conduct research that contributes to their senior theses for the following academic (2012-2013) year. The fellowship provides each student $4000 to cover expenses directly related to research, including travel, lodging and materials. The student should select a faculty member, who will help develop the details of the project and potentially serve as a thesis adviser. Students are also expected to make oral presentations on the results of their research.
Eligibility: Applications are welcome from Columbia College, General Studies and Barnard juniors in good academic standing.
Application: Please provide 1) a letter of reference from a faculty member who knows your research and may serve as your senior thesis adviser; 2) a printed transcript; 3) itemized budget; and 4) a three-page description of the research project, which includes the following information:
• Name, Departmental Affiliation and School
• List the courses you have taken you feel are relevant to IRCPL’s mission.
• List all the languages you speak and your level of proficiency in each of them.
• Describe a potential project for summer research and where you propose to do the research.
• Describe a potential senior thesis topic and answer why working with this faculty member will help your thesis research and writing.
• Describe in one paragraph your interest in this field.
• Detail travel plans and a schedule for completion of thesis.
In 2011, Five graduate and three undergraduate students at Columbia were awarded fellowships to conduct research for their dissertations and theses. View past fellowship recipients and guidelines for 2012 fellowship applications, due February 13, 2012.
IRCPL provides Columbia faculty members with funding to hire graduate and undergraduate students as assistants for their research projects.
2011-12 Research Assistants
- Toleration Working Group, headed by professors Alfred Stepan and Karen Barkey, receives research assistance from doctoral candidate Sandipto Dasgupta (Political Science).
- The media project Religions of Harlem, headed by professors Josef Sorett and Obery Hendricks, receives research assistance from doctoral candidate Laura McTighe (Religion) and undergraduates Lindsay White (Classics), Adam Deutsch (Philosophy), Josslyn Luckett, and Natalie Shibley (African-American Studies).
Any faculty member whose research reflects the goals of the institute is welcome to seek funding to hire a student for a period of time that can range from several weeks to a semester or a summer session. While the student assistants will report directly to the faculty members, IRCPL will be in charge of paying them: $18 per hour for graduates and $15 for undergraduates. Faculty members are responsible for selecting their student assistants. They may do so on their own, or they may solicit applications from students by publicizing the position on the IRCPL’s newsletter and Web site.
To apply, a Columbia faculty member must submit a short proposal that includes: a summary of his/her research and its expected outcomes, such as an article, a book, or a public conference or talk; a description of the student’s duties; the expected length of the project; and the number of hours per week the student will work. It is also recommended that the student submit a one-page statement on why this professor’s project would be useful to his/her own research.
Proposals for the 2011-12 academic year are accepted on a rolling basis.