The Class of 1939 Summer Research Fellowships provide funding for Columbia College 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 research. The fellowship’s intent 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.
Eligibility is limited to current first-years, sophomores and juniors in Columbia College.
If you are awarded a Class of 1939 Summer Research Fellowship, you may be asked to speak at an information session for interested prospective applicants and will be required to present a poster of your research in October as part of an undergraduate research symposium.
This fellowship was established by alumni in the Class of 1939 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of their graduation.