International Student Fellowships

Barnard students have the opportunity to apply for many fellowships and scholarships which provide funding for undergraduate or post-graduate international research. Please see below for more information on select international individual fellowships and scholarships.

Opportunities for Undergraduate International Fellowships:

Tow Fellowship Travel Grants

Tow Fellowships support travel related to research for the senior thesis. Candidates apply to the Committee on Honors (CoH) in the spring of their junior year to seek support for travel that will take place during the summer between the junior and senior years. The awards generally range from $1,000 - $4,000. Interested students should see Dean Runsdorf during the fall semester. More information can be found on the Dean of Studies Website here:

Lucyle Hook Travel Grants

Lucyle Hook Travel Grants provide funding for travel related to research for the Barnard senior thesis (endowed by a late, emerita Barnard faculty member). The award amount varies, but normally ranges from $100-$500. Candidates apply to the Faculty Committee on Honors, which typically awards four or five grants each year. Interested students should speak with Dean Runsdorf by early October of the senior year and obtain the Committee guidelines for application from him at that time. Decisions will be announced by mid-December. More information can be found on the Dean of Studies Website here:

Earth Institute Travel Grants

Through the travel grant program, initiated in 2005, the Earth Institute allocates funding to support travel by students matriculated in Columbia University degree programs who are engaged in research projects dealing with issues of environmental and sustainable development. This travel can be domestic or international and is for projects directly related to degree studies at Columbia University. The maximum travel grant award is $750 per person, and students must use this to cover the cost of their travel for research they are conducting to meet specific degree requirements.

More information about the travel grant program is available HERE.  The application is available HERE.  The deadline to for the fall is October 19.  Please contact Nathan Rudder, Senior Program Manager, at for more information.

Opportunities for Undergraduate International Scholarships:

National Security Education Program David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarships

Boren Scholarships support U.S. undergraduate students studying abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Easter Europe, Eurasia, Latin America and the Middle East. Preference is given to undergraduate applications proposing a full-year academic study. Summer-only programs are limited to science, technology, engineering and mathematic students. In exchange for scholarship funding, all Boren Scholars must agree to work in the Federal Government in a position with national security responsibilities for one year within three years of graduation. Awards range from $8,000 for summer study, $10,000 for a semester and up to $20,000 for an academic year. The on-campus deadline for this scholarship is around early January and the national deadline is usually in early February. Interested students should look at the Boren website and contact Dean Young for more information.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program

This award provides "U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies abroad. Such international study is intended to better prepare U.S. students to assume significant roles in an increasingly global economy and interdependent world." Applicants must be Pell Grant Recipients. The scholarship awards up to $5,000 for U.S. students to study abroad for up to one academic year. Students who receive the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study abroad are eligible to receive an additional $3,000 Critical Need Language Supplement from the Gilman Scholarship Program, for a total possible award of up to $8,000. The deadline every year for the spring semester is around early October and it is in early March for the fall and full-year programs. Interested students who are Pell Grant recipients should contact Dean Young in early September or late January, depending on their study abroad plans. Applications and more information can be obtained on the Gilman website.

Recent winners of a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship include:

  • Natalie Hernandez, who studied in Italy in the Fall 2011
  • Nicole Jabanoski , who studied in Senegal in the Fall 2011
  • Jade Kendrick, who studied in Madagascar in Fall 2011 
  • Anayvelyse Allen-Mossman, who studied in Agentina in Spring 2012
  • Charlotte Kostelic, who studied in Russia in Spring 2012
  • Alexandra Lisonek, who studied in Italy in Spring 2012