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External fellowship — Boren Fellowship for U.S. citizens

Are you thinking about applying to SIPA as an international dual degree candidate or are you already enrolled as a student here but plan to study abroad?  You may be eligible to apply for a Boren Fellowship.

You are eligible to apply for a Boren Fellowship if you are:

  • A U.S. citizen at the time of application
  • Either matriculated in or applying to a graduate degree program at a U.S. college or university located within the United States and accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.  Boren Fellows must remain matriculated in their graduate programs for the duration of the fellowship and may not graduate until the fellowship is complete.
  • Planning an overseas program that meets home institution standards in a country outside of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand.  Boren Fellowships are not for study in the United States.

Boren Fellowships are funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP).  Boren Fellowships provide up to $30,000 to U.S. graduate students to add an important international and language component to their graduate education through specialization in area study, language study, or increased language proficiency.

For more information on the Boren Fellowships, click here.  The Boren Fellowship deadline is January 31, 2013.

Columbia Approves New SIPA Dual Degree In Brazil

FVG-166x250Columbia’s University Senate has approved SIPA’s establishment of a dual degree in São Paulo, Brazil with the Fundação Getulio Vargas Escola de Administração de Empresas de São Paulo (FGV). Pending approval from the state of New York, SIPA and FGV plan to enroll the first class in the fall of 2010.

SIPA and FGV have designed a unified two-year curriculum, drawing on each school’s strengths, cultures and traditions. During their first year of study, students will complete the core curriculum in public policy in New York or São Paulo, developing analytical skills in economics, statistics, and political systems and gaining an overview of public and nonprofit management. Students will then move to the partner school for a second year of study during which they can choose from a wide array of public policy and business fields to develop a specialization, and graduate with a degree from both institutions. SIPA already offers dual degrees in partnership with Sciences Po Paris, the London School of Economics and Political Science, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore, and Hertie School of Governance in Berlin.

Additionally, SIPA is in the process of developing new exchange programs in Moscow, Cairo, and Mexico City, and a program with INSEAD, one of the world’s leading and largest graduate business schools, with campuses in France, Singapore and Abu Dhabi. These partnerships will complement SIPA’s existing exchange programs with Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE) in Mexico City, the University of Tokyo Graduate School of Public Policy, and the School of Finance at Renmin University in China. The exchange programs allow students to transfer credits toward their degree at SIPA.

Since 2006, SIPA has participated in the Global Public Policy Network (GPPN), a partnership between Columbia University, Sciences Po Paris, the London School of Economics and Political Science, and the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. The mission of the GPPN is to address the most pressing public policy challenges of the 21st century. It aims to have policy impact, be influential in public policy education and training, and to be innovative in teaching and research through dual degree programs, student and faculty exchanges, collaborative research and publications, and more.

Julius G. Blocker, MIA ’56, Donates $3.5 Million for Exchange Program

SIPA is pleased to announce the Julius Blocker Scholars Fellowship Program. Through a $3.5 million bequest from the estate of alumnus Julius G. Blocker, MIA ’56, SIPA will endow a program to “fund and foster an international student exchange program between SIPA and a German university.”

Mr. Blocker was a Fulbright scholar in West Berlin while he was at Columbia University. Of the Fulbright experience, Mr. Blocker stated that “it was one of the best years of my life.” He strongly valued the experience and the opportunity to immerse himself fully in the language and culture of Germany and Berlin.

His gift to SIPA will allow students to have the same opportunities that he had studying abroad. As part of the Global Public Policy Network (GPPN), SIPA has a partnership with the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin and will implement the Blocker Scholars program in the next academic year.  This scholarship will cover the cost of tuition, transportation, room, board, health insurance, and living expenses. Students will be selected in a publicly announced competition. Mr. Blocker divided his estate between his undergraduate school, Hobart and William Smith College, and SIPA. The School is truly grateful for this transformational gift.

Official Transcripts

In order for an admission file to be complete and forwarded to the Admission Committee for review we do require that official transcripts from any college or university attended be mailed to our office. Even if an applicant only took a few classes at a school, we still need official transcripts. Another way to look at it is this: if the college or university is listed on your résumé or on the application, we need official transcripts.

For the majority of schools we work with this means that the college or university seals the transcripts in an envelope for delivery to our office. However we work with schools from all over the world and realize that policies vary. The point is that transcripts mailed to our office (we do not accept electronic delivery) must be authentic and official and this can be defined by schools differently. Examples of ways that schools certify transcripts can include:

  • A heat responsive stamp
  • An embossed school stamp
  • Official stickers or ink stamps placed on the transcripts by a university or authorized official
  • A signature of an authorized official across the sealed flap of the envelope

Transcripts do not need to be sent directly to our office but if transcripts are sent to you, please do not open them prior to sending them to our office.  There are two circumstances where we can allow for you to open the transcripts and both involve third party translation or authorization.

Some schools will only provide one official transcript to a graduate.  In this case we recommend that you hold on to the official copy since we do not return documents submitted to our office.  If your school will only release one copy, take the official copy to a notary public and have them copy the transcripts, authenticate the copy, and seal the copy in an envelope for delivery to our office.  Contact information for the official who copied the transcripts should be included in the envelope.

The same would apply for transcripts that need to be translated into English.  If your transcripts are not in English, deliver them to an authorized official for translation and have the translated copy certified and sealed for delivery to our office.  A common organization we recommend for transcript translation is World Education Services.

If you participated in an official exchange program and this is noted on the transcripts of your home school, we do not need official transcripts from the exchange school.  However, if there is no official relationship between the home school and exchange school, we need copies from both schools.  The reason for this is that each school may use different codes and grading systems.  These codes and grading systems are typically explained on the reverse side of the transcripts.

Finally, if your school does not use a 4.0 grading scale and you are wondering what to put on your admission application, you may input a GPA of 0.0.  The GPA listed on the application is self reported and does not influence your evaluation.  Indicating a score of 0.0 will alert the Committee to pay attention to the scale used by the schools you have attended.

"The most global public policy school, where an international community of students and faculty address world challenges."

—Merit E. Janow, Dean, SIPA, Professor of Practice, International and Economic Law and International Affairs

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