Eligibility and Guidelines

Columbia Institute for Ideas and Imagination - 2018-19 Application

  • Award Period: September 3, 2018–May 27, 2019
  • Application Deadline: January 8, 2018 (11:59 PM EST - New York City time zone)

The Columbia Institute for Ideas and Imagination’s purpose is to question the established ways in which knowledge is defined, produced, and taught. The Institute encourages applications in all disciplines and on any topic from candidates interested in participating in a creative community of scholars, artists, and thinkers.

There are two categories of fellows: 1) Columbia University faculty from any School, 2) Scholars and creative artists who are not based in the United States. The fellows will each receive $37,500 per term, or $75,000 for a full academic year (September through May), an office at the Institute in Paris, and access to Columbia’s libraries as well as associated research facilities in Paris and elsewhere. Fellows affiliated with Columbia University’s School of Arts and Sciences may be eligible for additional support. We welcome projects from those working in any area of the humanities, the humanistic social sciences, and conceptual dimensions of the natural and applied sciences, as well as visual artists, filmmakers, writers, and other creative thinkers. Recent PhDs are also invited to apply. We are especially keen to receive applications from non-US based candidates. US residents who are not Columbia faculty are ineligible to apply.

In order to be eligible to apply, scholars must have received their doctorate and be able to demonstrate a record of publication; creative writers (novelists, poets, playwrights, journalists, essayists) must demonstrate a record of publication; visual artists, musicians, and performers must have a significant body of work that has been exhibited or performed in public. We welcome group projects although each participant in the group must apply individually and will be considered on his or her own merits.

Fellows are required to work at the Columbia Institute for Ideas and Imagination in Paris. There will also be opportunities to host workshops and conferences and to teach Columbia students. Regular participation within the community of fellows is vital to the success of the Institute. We therefore ask that other professional obligations, speaking engagements, and research trips be kept to a minimum for the duration of the fellowship. The Institute reserves the right to pro-rate a fellow’s stipend for extensive absences.

The Institute for Ideas and Imagination will not accept dossier letters in place of new letters of recommendation.

Applications to the fellowship competition must be in English. Although we aim to foster a multi-lingual environment, the working language of the Institute is English.

The Columbia Institute for Ideas and Imagination is made possible by the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, and individual donors.
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