Financing a graduate education is a challenge. To assist in this regard, SIPA’s Office of Admissions and Financial Aid works with SIPA students to explore their options for loans, fellowships, and work study programs. SIPA’s fellowship and assistantship funds (funds that do not have to be repaid after graduation) are very limited.
Therefore, you should be looking for external sources of funding. A great resource to begin your search for such awards is the SIPA Database for External Grants and Fellowships that can be accessed at: www.sipa.columbia.edu/fellowships/. The database is updated regularly whenever we hear of new fellowship opportunities. Recently, we added a new fellowship opportunity (EFN) for prospective applicants who are from Malawi, Mozambique, Nepal or the Eastern Pacific Ocean region. We recommend that interested applicants start to search for fellowships, as soon as possible and not wait until you receive admission into a program to start the search process so you do not miss any deadlines.