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External Fellowship Opportunities… They keep coming so we keep posting.

The Richard A. Horovitz Fund for Professional Development

The Horovitz Fund is dedicated to African artists and scholars in the humanities and social sciences.  The winner(s) receive an award to defray educational costs for one academic year, renewable for a second year based on satisfactory academic performance and continued need.  The award amount ranges anywhere from $10,000 to $17,000 depending on market performance. The funds may be used to cover thesis research, tuition, living costs, etc.  The amount of the award depends on the funds available from the investment performance of the endowment.


Jahresstipendien für Aufbaustudien

The annual stipend for postgraduate students is granted for German nationals that want to pursue a master degree in the United States. The scholarship consists for a monthly payment, a traveling allowance as well as a contribution to the tuition fees.


ERP Fellowship Program

Distinguished universities in the USA present an option for taking up a one or two-year Master’s course or planning a research visit after completion of a degree in Germany. For projects of this kind the well-endowed ERP Fellowship Program provides financing: fellowships for subsistence from 12 to 21 months and subsidies towards academic fees up to a maximum of 25,000 dollars per year.

Candidates have to apply for admission to the top American universities themselves. In order to be granted a fellowship, they should submit an application prior to receiving notification of admission, documenting their history to date and giving convincing reasons for wishing to spend a longer period of time in the USA. An independent commission decides on the applications in a two-stage process. Since 1994, the program has been financed by funding from ERP special assets which are administered by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi). These special assets derive from the European Recovery Program, also known as the Marshall Plan.

International Dual Degrees Explained

A while ago we posted an entry on the nuances of our dual degree programs with other Columbia schools.  In that entry I made mention of the fact that we also have partnerships with schools in other countries.  We refer to these dual degrees as international dual degrees.  The following entry is meant to provide information on these programs.  For information on the Columbia programs, please see this previous entry.


SIPA has partnered with a number of international institutions around the globe to offer a variety of dual degree programs.  Such programs allow students to study public policy from two different academic, cultural, and professional perspectives. After a two-year program of study, students are awarded both the relevant SIPA degree and a degree from our partner institution, thereby earning two masters degrees in the same amount of time it takes to obtain one.

SIPA currently offers dual degree programs with its Global Public Policy Network partners, which include Sciences Po Paris, the London School of Economics and Political Science, and the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the University of Singapore. We also have partnerships  with the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, Fundação Getulio Vargas Escola de Administração de Empresas (FGV) in São Paulo, and the University of Tokyo Graduate School of Public Policy.

There are two types of Dual Degrees: Flexible Dual Degrees and Fixed-Track Dual Degrees. Each type has a specific application process.

In the case of the flexible dual degrees, students who are already admitted to either SIPA or a partner institution apply to a dual‐degree program during the course of their first year of study. If admitted, they study at the partner institution in their second year.  For example, you have been accepted to SIPA for a Fall 2011 start date and during your first year at SIPA, you decide to apply to the Dual Degree program with the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKYSPP).  You apply to the program in Spring 2012 and upon acceptance, pursue your second year of studies in Singapore, beginning in Fall 2012. At the end of the two years, you receive a degree from both SIPA and the LKYSPP.

In the case of the fixed-track dual degree, students apply to both SIPA and our partner institution at the same time. Their application is reviewed by a joint-committee comprising of representatives of both schools.  If admitted, students begin their course of study at SIPA and proceed to the partner school in year two (with the exception of the Sciences Po MIA – students start in Paris and finish in New York).  For example, you apply to the SIPA MIA or MPA/LSE MPA program for a September 2011 start date. You submit your application in January 2011 and are notified of the decision in April. Upon admittance, you begin your studies in New York and finish in London during the 2012-2013 academic year. At the end of the two years, you receive a degree from both SIPA and the LSE.

Flexible Dual Degrees are offered for the following programs: the LSE MPA, Sciences Po MPA, LKY Master of Public Policy (MPP) and the Hertie School of Governance MPP. All programs are open to MIA and MPA students at SIPA.  This means that you can apply to the LSE MPA program in the spring of your first year at SIPA, whether you are enrolled in the MIA or MPA program. At the end of your two years, you will earn either an MIA or an MPA from SIPA and an MPA from LSE.

Fixed-track Dual Degrees are offered for the programs outlined above, as well as: the Sciences Po MIA, Fundação Getulio Vargas MPP or Master in International Management, and Tokyo University MPP. Unlike flexible dual degree programs, this is a fixed sequence of study. In other words, if you apply to the Sciences Po/SIPA MIA program, you will earn an MIA from Sciences Po and SIPA. You cannot switch into the MPA program for your second year SIPA.

Note that the language of instructions for all programs is English, except for the Sciences Po MIA, which is conducted in French and the Fundação Getulio Vargas MPP track, which holds instruction in Portuguese.

You may be wondering what the pros and cons of each track are. While the flexible track is more, well, flexible, you need to plan your course of study carefully to make sure that you will be able to fulfill the requirements at both schools. The fixed-track lays out clearly your course of study at both institutions. Admission rates vary depending on the program, fixed versus flexible, and the strength of the competition in any given year. Finally, regarding tuition: it’s paid to the institution you are enrolled in.

For more information on dual degrees, visit the GPPN website, or contact Tan Nguyen, Assistant Dean, Office of External Relations:  tn2102@

APSIA Western Europe Graduate Fair Circuit

Next week the APSIA Western Europe Graduate School Circuit takes place, giving those living in or around Berlin, London, and Paris the opportunity to speak with admission representatives.

I hope to meet you if you are able to make it.  If you are going to attend, complete the free registration process and obtain the specific location of the events by clicking the links below.

Berlin: Monday, November 16th from 6:00 – 8:00 P.M. at the Hertie School of Governance

London:  Wednesday, November 18th from 6:00 – 8:00 P.M. at the Holiday Inn London Bloomsbury

Paris:  Thursday, November 19th from 5:00 – 8:00 P.M. at Sciences Po – Institut d’Etudes Politiques


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.

"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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