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Scholarship Program for Colombian Applicants

Applicants from Colombia who are admitted to SIPA have the opportunity to apply for funding through a special program run by the Colombian government. The objective of the COLFUTURO program is to help Colombian students study abroad with the goal of promoting the economic and social development of Colombia. For information on the program, click here.

Admitted applicants who are citizens of Colombia can fill out the paperwork to be considered. Please see their Web site for specific details.

SIPA Fellowships – A Primer

I like to be as transparent as possible concerning admissions and financial aid at SIPA – I am not a cloak and dagger type of guy.  I like two button sport coats, bright ties, and sneakers . . . but this is not about my fashion sense.

I know that paying for school is a big issue, both from a personal and professional standpoint.  As I stated in a recent entry, I attended graduate school and borrowed a substantial amount of money to do so.  Professionally, it is almost impossible to talk with a prospective student and not have the topic of the cost of education come up.

In order to provide some additional insight into the situation at SIPA I thought I would post some basic information about fellowships.  There are a lot of words in this entry and no pictures, so hang in there and read carefully and I think you will find the information valuable.

First I will note that we are not able to give out near the amount of money we would like to give to first year students.  Each year we award approximately 15% of incoming students funding and the average award is around $15,000.  Below are two examples of common emails we receive after admission decisions have been sent out:

  • I am very happy to have been admitted to SIPA, however is there any way that the admissions committee can reconsider me for fellowship funding (or increase an award I have been given)?
  • I have been admitted to SIPA and to another school and the other school is offering me funding.  Can SIPA match the funding provided by the other school?
  • Can I work as a program assistant or teaching assistant at SIPA to earn money?

The SIPA Admissions Committee actually spends twice the amount of fellowship money we have.  Why do we do this?  Because history shows that not everyone we award funding to will attend.  Thus we greatly overspend which means that if an applicant declines their award, we cannot simply shift that money to another applicant.

Regarding the second question, each school has a different committee, different applicant pool, and different budget.  In my Apples and Oranges entry a while back I talked about how comparing an offer from one school to another may seem like a logical thing to do, but the comparison is fraught with complications and variables.  And as stated above, as much as we are excited about having you come, we simply cannot base our decision on the capability of another school to provide funding.

So what about the second year?  I am happy to say that the majority of second year students at SIPA that are qualified to apply for fellowship do receive funding.  So how do you qualify?  In order to apply for second year funding at SIPA a first year student must have a 3.2 GPA at the end of the first semester.  If you meet the GPA requirement, you will submit an application to the Office of Student Affairs at SIPA in March of your first year.  Roughly 70% of those who apply are awarded funding and the average award is around $20,000.  The highest second year awards are roughly $42,000 for the year.

Second year students who are awarded fellowship funds typically have some sort of work requirement associated with the fellowship.  This can include working for a professor as a teaching assistant (TA) or in administrative department such as admissions, career services, or institutional technology as a program assistant (PA).

This relates to the third question – TA and PA positions at SIPA are reserved for second year students.  First year SIPA students are welcome to apply for positions across the university (Columbia University is made up of 17 schools) however the positions at SIPA are reserved for students in the second year of the program.

This is a good time to put in a plug for our summer math tutorial.  Since second year funding is so dependent on academic performance, it behooves you to do all that you can to make sure you do well in the first semester –  a semester in which you will be taking a heavy dose of core requirements which are quantitatively heavy.  In May admitted applicants who have chosen to enroll will be sent instructions on how to participate in an on-line summer math tutorial.

I cannot recommend highly enough that applicants who plan on enrolling participate in the summer math tutorial.  Even if you took many quantitatively oriented classes in the past, it would do you well to knock off a little bit of rust.  Again I can speak from personal experience.  I started my graduate program when I was 28 and boy was it a shock to my system when the syllabus of the first class hit my desk.

And for those who might not have completed an economics sequence, high level math class, or a statistics class, taking a summer class from a college near you is a great idea.  Courses might include microeconomics, macroeconomics, statistics, linear algebra, precalculus, or calculus.

I hope this gives you a bit of insight into the process at SIPA and please click here to explore information related to cost of attendance at SIPA.  The financial aid staff in my office will work on getting aid information out after admission decisions are published on the application site.

Coming off of the weekend I am going to spend a good portion of Monday evaluating our decision publishing schedule this week and will provide an update soon so stayed tuned.

World Bank International Essay Competition

The World Bank is sponsoring an essay competition on youth unemployment and is welcoming individuals 18-25 to enter.  The topic is introduced as follows:

Current world population includes an estimated 1.2 billion young people between the ages of 15 and 24 years, which is about 24.7% of the world’s working age population. Worldwide youth unemployment is high, almost three times higher than the adult unemployment rate. With the economic downturn, the worldwide youth unemployment is expected to reach 15% in 2009 (International Labor Organization, 2008). In certain parts of the world, i.e., Sub-Saharan Africa, youth unemployment rates can be as high as 60%. More than one third of the young people in the world are unemployed, have completely given up looking for a job or are working but still living below the $2 a day poverty line (ILO), or have migrated. Young job seekers face increasing difficulties finding work in the current economic scenario.

How can youths be part of the solution?

For full information on the competition, which does include the opportunity to submit a video, visit the essay competition Web site.   The deadline to apply is March 16th.  Winning a competition like this certainly would look good on a résumé  submitted as part of a SIPA application or would be a nice start on helping an admitted student pay for school.

World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program

As shared in a previous entry SIPA does partner with a number of organizations to provide scholarship funding.  The process is always competitive and we cannot guarantee funding to all applicants who are affiliated with partner organizations or specific scholarship programs.

We identify most candidates through a mechanism on the the admission application.  In the fellowship portion of the application each applicant has the chance to choose from a drop down list of organizations or scholarship programs they might be affiliated with or for which they have submitted an application for funding.

SIPA does partner with the World Bank to provide scholarships and we highly encourage eligible applicants to apply.   The scholarship selection process involves both an application to SIPA and an application for the World Bank scholarship program. Below is a brief description of the program from their Web site:

The Joint Japan/ World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP), is in its 23d year. The Program awards scholarships to individuals from World Bank member countries to undertake graduate studies at universities renowned for their development research and teaching. In its Regular Program, the JJ/WBGSP has awarded scholarships to 3,153 scholars chosen from a total of 58,944 applicants.

To apply for a JJ/WBGSP scholarship under the Regular Program, an applicant must:
* Be a national of a World Bank member country eligible to borrow.
* Be born after March 31, 1970.
* Have, by March 31, 2010, at least 2, preferably 4 to 5, years of recent full time professional experience acquired after a university degree, in the applicant’s home country or in another developing country.
* Hold a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent.
* Be in good health.
* Be of good character.
* Not be a permanent resident or a national of any industrialized country.
* Not be residing in an industrialized country for more than one year.
* Not be an Executive Director, his/her alternate, staff of the World Bank Group (the World Bank, International Finance Corporation, International Development Association, Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency, and International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes), consultant, or relative of the aforementioned.

Full details and the application can be found by clicking hereThe deadline to apply is March 31st, 2010.  Again, to be considered an admission application to SIPA must be submitted and a separate application for the World Bank Fellowship must be submitted.  After admission selections are made SIPA then works with the World Bank to review qualified candidates for consideration.

Good luck and please remember that the SIPA Fellowship Database is a great place to look for additional funding opportunities.

Are you from Brazil?

feEstablished in 1991, Fundação Estudar is a non-profit institution that invests in the development of Brazil through the encouragement of education and the training of future leaders.

To do this, it promotes a merit-based selection process that allows the identification of young people with potential to become leaders in their areas of expertise and help in the growth of the country.

Once approved, these young people receive scholarships for the best universities in Brazil and abroad for undergraduate and graduate courses in areas such as Business, Law, Economics, Engineering, Public Policy, International Relations, among others.

Fundação Estudar scholars also count on a Career Development and Networking structure, focused on ensure their professional and personal both during their academic life and post-commencement.


Brazilian students already accepted in the best undergraduate programs (Business, Economics, Engineering, Political Science, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics, among others), MBA, M.A., MSc, LL.M, MPA and MPP programs, with great intellectual and professional potential, leadership spirit, entrepreneurial drive and commitment to Brazil.

2010 Applications:

Undergraduate Programs – from January 1st to March 14th

Graduate Programs – from January 1st to March 21st

Further Details and Apply Online:

"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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