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Do we have to research with a Columbia faculty member?

No.  While we encourage Scholars to seek and develop relationships with Columbia faculty, we support research endeavors with faculty from other universities as well.  If you have chosen a research advisor who is not a professor at an accredited institution, please see a CUSP Advisor before submitting your application.

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Can I apply for this as a team project with other people?

No. Currently, each Scholar has to submit a separate application.  However, we encourage Scholars to work collaboratively where applicable.

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Can I apply to this fellowship if I have not secured an internship/research position by the deadline?

Scholars without secured internships may apply for the internship/research position but will not be considered until the position is official.  Please speak with a CUSP Advisor if this applies to you.

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Does this cover summer school?

This fellowship does not cover traditional summer school (i.e. courses to meet CORE/major/graduation requirements); however, some summer programs will be considered if they contain a strong research, fieldwork, or experiential education component.  Please see a CUSP Advisor prior to submitting your application if your project falls in this category.

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If I get a paid internship abroad, does this cover my airfare?

The fellowship will cover airfare and other transportation expenses only if these items are listed on the Budget Request Form.

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Is there a limit to the amount granted?

The average grant awarded varies from year to year.  Funding is limited due to resources but CUSP will try its best to support each awardee. 

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How do my recommenders submit my reference letters?

Recommenders can submit reference letters directly to the CUSP Office via regular US Mail (please DO NOT use Campus Mail), email to Sophia Sattar (ss4413@columbia.edu), or hand delivery to the CUSP Office.

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Can I apply as a senior?

No.  Currently this fellowship is only for Scholars in their first, sophomore, and junior summers.

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