The Columbia Global Policy Initiative (CGPI) offers an Undergraduate Global Policy Fellowship to Columbia juniors who seek to conduct policy-oriented research for a senior thesis that is truly global in nature. This fellowship was established to assist students in addressing problems that impact not just one country or region, but that reflect the challenges of the globalized world in which we live.
The Columbia Global Policy Initiative, as conceived by President Lee C. Bollinger and led by founding director Professor Michael W. Doyle, brings together eminent Columbia faculty members and distinguished policy professionals from the widest range of relevant disciplines. For further information about the Columbia Global Policy Initiative, please see here.
Eligible senior projects must be research-based (including but not limited to fieldwork or laboratory research); global in nature (having cross-border origins, consequences, or implications); responsive to the needs and voice of stakeholders; and be strong in searching for effective solutions that can be practically implemented. While it is not expected that students achieve all the goals set out in their research, their proposal and thesis must specify policy targets and recommendations that add value to the research field.
Applicants must be current juniors who fulfill their department’s requirements for a senior thesis project within Columbia College, Columbia Engineering or the School of General Studies. Average awards are $3,000-$4,000 per fellow and are intended to be used for domestic or international research. Students with an expected summer earnings contribution, as determined by their financial aid award, may be eligible for additional support on a case-by-case basis.