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Proposal Process

Proposal Process

PLEASE NOTE: If you are interested in planning a Winter Break civic engagement project, we will be accepting proposals in September 2014. We will also begin accepting Spring and Summer Break Proposals in the fall. Please heed the following guidelines as you begin working on your proposal. Any questions should be directed to Thank you for your interest in the ABP.  



In order to service as a Project Leader and submit preliminary and final proposals, you must currently be a CC, CE, BC, or GS undergraduate at the time of your submission.

Each team must have two Project Leaders.

Students who are studying abroad in the fall semester may apply as a co-Project Leader for spring and summer projects as long as there is one Project Leaders located at Columbia’s Morningside Heights Campus.

Proposal Process

  1. Once all Preliminary Proposals are submitted, the ABP Student Advisory Board reviews them. After all proposals are reviewed, they are returned with comments and suggestions to each potential project leader.
  2. Those who have submitted a proposal are either invited to submit a Final Proposal, or rejected. Outright rejections are rare and most often occur because the idea is dramatically unrealistic, the idea is not civic-engagement  and/or team based. 
  3. Once all Final Proposals are submitted, the ABP Student Advisory Board may request an interview to seek further information. 
  4. The ABP Student Advisory Board, in consultation with Student Engagement, determine grant amounts for each proposal. 
  5. The ABP Student Advisory Board notifies those who have submitted a proposal whether or not they have been accepted with financial support, or accepted without financial support, or rejected. 

*Please view Important Dates and Deadlines for the proposal process schedule.

Alternative Break Program


515 Alfred Lerner Hall
2920 Broadway
New York, NY 10027

Call: 212-854-1371

Fax: 212-854-6972

9:00 a.m.–5:00p.m.