Archive for Scholarships

Straus Historical Society and American-Scandinavian Foundation Scholarship Opportunities

Enrolling at SIPA – and living in New York City – represents a serious financial obligation. SIPA has made a firm commitment in recent years to devoting more resources to scholarship and fellowship programs, and fundraising efforts continue so that we can make a SIPA education more affordable.

External resources available as well, from all over the world, and SIPA students annually find millions of dollars in such scholarships each year. Our Office of Financial Aid maintains a searchable database of such scholarships, along with providing links to other free scholarship search sites, and we encourage all applicants to search for these funding opportunities throughout the application process and even once they are enrolled.

We have recently come across two awards that may be of interest to some applicants, but please check our website and keep updated with this very Admissions Blog for many more opportunities: 

Straus Historical Society

The goal the Straus Historical Society scholarship program is to help support the continuing education of a student or students whose professional goal is in the field of public service.  The Society defines public service as employment in government, the uniform services, public interest in non-governmental research and/or educational and nonprofit organizations, such as those whose primary purposes or to help needy or disadvantage persons or to protect the environment.  Columbia University is one of only three schools selected for applications for the 2019/2020 school year. The application can be found on the Straus Historical Society website.

Application deadline: November 1, 2018.

The  American-Scandinavian Foundation

The Foundation offers over $500,000 in funding to students from Iceland, Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Norway to undertake graduate level study and research in the United States. Awards are made in all fields. See this website for more information.

The application will open in November, with a deadline of April 1, 2019.

Here’s what SIPA means by ‘early action’

The early action or early decision deadline means different things depending on the institution and level of study. Some programs require a binding commitment to the program of admission (and withdrawal of applications at other institutions upon admission), while others just give you an admission decision sooner without a binding commitment. At SIPA, we use the terms interchangeably, and I’m pleased to share we’re part of the flexible camp. So if you’re admitted to SIPA as an early-action candidate, then it means your decision is non-binding. (Yay for you!)

When is the early-action deadline? Well, it’s coming up pretty soon: November 2, 2016 11:59 p.m. EST. To be eligible for this deadline, all of your application materials must be submitted on time. There are a couple of advantages to meeting this deadline:

  1. You apply early, so you get a decision early: typically by the first week of January. (Type A personalities unite!)
  2. If you’ve applied for an outside fellowship, like the PPIA or another program, you typically need to tell the granting organization that you’ve been admitted to graduate school earlier in the year than when most admissions applicants are due. Thus, that’s where Advantage No. 1 comes into play.
  3. You’re still eligible for SIPA’s merit-based scholarships/fellowships. In rare circumstances you’ll hear about your fellowship decision at the time of admission, but most students have to wait until after the final Fall application deadline. So most of you will hear about your fellowship consideration in early March when the remainder of admissions decisions are released.

There you have it; in a nutshell that is what we mean by “early action.” If you have any questions about this process, as always give us a call at 212-854-62126 or email at sipa_admission@columbia.edu. For specific questions regarding fellowships and/or financial aid, email our financial aid department at sipa_finaid@columbia.edu.

A few scholarships to note

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Each year, many of our students receive financial support from sources other than SIPA and Columbia University. But they didn’t stumble upon those sources by chance. We’ve realized that it can be time consuming searching the web for potential sources of financial aid, and want to offer you a helping hand. Below are five outside funding opportunities with deadlines that are fast approaching.

You can find many external funding sources by checking out our External Funding Page, where there are more than 240 different outside scholarships, grants and fellowships available for our outstanding students and those interested in public policy programs. Just keep in mind that external or outside awards may affect eligibility for student loans. There are also external funding sources that SIPA provides partial matches for, increasing recipients’ funding. Thus, notify the SIPA Financial Aid Office if you’ve received any additional funding, so that  you do not miss out on any other funding opportunities.

If you have any questions about financial aid, contact us at 212-854-6216 or at sipa_finaid@columbia.edu

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Every dollar counts — here are 2 scholarships to consider

Grace LeGendre Fellowship For Graduate Study

The BPW/NYS Grace LeGendre Endowment Fund, Inc. is now accepting applications for Graduate Study Fellowships of $1,000. Each year, fellowship applications must be postmarked on or before February 28. Applications received after the February 28th deadline will not be reviewed

 Qualifications

  • Women who are residents of New York State and citizens of the United States.
  • Completed Bachelors degree
  • Currently registered in graduate studies, and within two years of completing studies in a graduate degree program at an accredited college or university located in the state of New York.
  • Show evidence of scholastic ability and need for financial assistance.

Qualified candidates may go to the Grace LeGendre Endowment Fund web site:

http://www.gracelegendre.org/Portals/0/docs/GLEF2015FellowshipApplicationSept2014.pdf

 

Also, there is a HIF Scholarship

The Hungary Initiatives Foundation is accepting applications for the “HIF Scholarship in the US” again. Interested and qualified individuals can apply for grants up to $10,000 per semester. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Priority given to applications received by November 30th (Spring Semester).

More details: http://www.hungaryfoundation.org/programs-projects/current-applications/20140608_SCHOLAR_USA

 

IIE — heard of it?

An email crossed our path yesterday from the Institute of International Education (IIE) regarding emergency funds available for Filipino students studying in the U.S. with urgent financial needs due to the impact of typhoon Haiyan.  Unfortunately, the deadline to apply is tomorrow (wish we heard of this earlier so we could share it with you before now).

Anyway, we dug around a little more and realized that IIE (if you haven’t discovered it yourself) offers many funding opportunities for students interested in education… studying or conducting research.  You should definitely take a look through their website and see if there is an award that you qualify for.  Just keep in mind there are fast approaching deadlines so don’t put this on the “back burner” for another day.

Our advice of the day (if we haven’t said it enough), SEARCH FOR FELLOWSHIPS EARLY AND OFTEN.

"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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