Eligibility and Guidelines

Columbia Institute for Ideas and Imagination - 2019-20 Application

  • Award Period: September 1, 2019–May 31, 2020
  • Application Deadline: October 26, 2018 (5:00 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 and Barnard College faculty: tenured and tenure-track University faculty from any School are eligible as are adjunct teaching faculty whose appointment extends beyond the fellowship year. With the exception of tenured and tenure-track faculty in Arts & Sciences and Barnard College, all applicants should submit as part of their application a letter of support from their School Dean. (We are happy to respond to queries regarding faculty eligibility); 2) Scholars and creative artists of any nationality who are not based in the United States. The fellows will each receive a stipend of $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. Faculty fellows may be eligible for additional support. We welcome projects from those working in any area of the humanities, the social sciences, and conceptual dimensions of the natural and applied sciences, as well as from visual artists, filmmakers, composers and sound artists, writers and other creative thinkers. Recent PhDs are also welcome 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 and sound artists, composers and choreographers 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. Residents of the United States who are not affiliated with Columbia University are ineligible to apply.

The Institute for Ideas and Imagination is a residential program. 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. Regular participation within the community of fellows is vital to the success of the Institute. We therefore ask that other professional obligations such as teaching, 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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