Graduate Institutional Aid

Institutional aid at Columbia University may include scholarships, fellowships, assistantships, stipends and low-cost institutional loans. They can be awarded based on need and/or merit and can vary in amounts and availability by school. For more information on school-specific institutional aid, please contact the Financial Aid Office for your school.

The interschool fellowships are need-based institutional awards that are not restricted to students in one Columbia school or college. The annual amounts of these awards are generally in the range of $1,000 to $5,000. These annual awards are released in two even disbursements, at the start of the fall term and at the start of the spring term.

Interschool Fellowships

Clifford and Siegfried Upton Scholarship

This scholarship is intended to benefit the children, adopted children, and step-children of the employees of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Company (Boston-based), its subsidiaries, or successor companies. The minimum amount of the scholarship is $1,000 for a school year, and increased according to the needs of the candidate.
This fellowship is available to graduate or undergraduate students.

Required documentation:

  • Letter from employer verifying eligibility

George W. Ellis Fellowship

The George W. Ellis Fellowship is available to graduate students who are residents of Vermont or who have graduated from an accredited Vermont college or university.

Required documentation:

  • Residents of Vermont should provide a copy of taxes, driver’s license, or voter registration
  • Graduates from a Vermont college should provide a copy of transcript

Leta Stetter Hollingworth Fellowship

This fellowship is available to graduate students at Columbia, preferably, but not necessarily, to a woman graduating from or graduated from the University of Nebraska.


Required documentation:

  • A copy of the student’s transcript from the University of Nebraska
  • A letter of reference from a faculty of the University of Nebraska

Lydia C. Chamberlain Fellowship

The Fellowship is available for students who have resided at any time in the State of Iowa and graduated from a college or university located in the State of Iowa. The award is based on scholastic standing, seriousness of purpose, moral character and the real need of financial help and used to pursue advanced and graduate studies in Columbia University.
Any person(s) awarded a Graduate Fellowship shall give to Columbia University due notice in writing of acceptance of the fellowship AND shall also state acceptance of the intention to return to the State of Iowa for a period of at least two years upon completion of studies at Columbia University or upon the expiration of the fellowship.
If any person so appointed shall fail to register at Columbia University in accordance with its generally applicable rules for timely registration, his / her fellowship is deemed vacant and a new fellow will be appointed in his / her place. The stipends provided by this award are intended for the payment of the tuition and fees at Columbia University.
Please note: this award is open to all students EXCEPT those students studying law, medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine or theology.
Required Documentation:
  • A copy of the student’s transcript from the Iowa institution
  • Upon acceptance of the award, applicant must submit in writing the intention to return to the State of Iowa for period of 2 years.


Paul Nichoplas Scholarship Fund

This scholarship is to benefit a male or female student in any area of the University who has attended college or university in Greece.

It is available to graduate or undergraduate students for two years.

Required Documentation:

  • A copy of the student’s birth certificate
  • An affidavit or transcript

Richard T. Wamser Fellowship

The Richard T. Wamser Fellowship is available to male and female undergraduate students of Native American descent. Students must work at least 10-20 hours per week during the term they receive assistance from the fund.

Required Documentation:

  • To verify that the student meets this criterion, please provide one of the below:
  • Certification of Report of Birth issued by Dept. of State (DS-1350)
  • U.S. Citizen ID Card (I-197 or I-179)
  • Native American tribal documents
  • Students involved in athletic activities should include a written statement outlining their participation. 

Vladimir and Olga Poder Fund

This fellowship is to benefit an Estonian-speaking students attending Columbia. The fellowship cannot be greater than $2,000 annually.

It is available to graduate or undergraduate students.

Required documentation:

  • To verify that the student speaks Estonian, please submit a letter from the NY Estonian House located at 243 East 34th Street, New York NY 10016


Application Deadline

Students interested in applying for any of these fellowships must contact the Financial Aid Office for their school. Please submit all the necessary documents as required by each fellowship. The submission deadline for 2018-2019 school year is 4 PM on Friday, June 22, 2018. 


All applications are submitted to your school's financial aid office for review and submission. Please contact your school's financial aid office with any questions you may have.

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Institutional Loan Disclosures: 2015-2016

In accordance with the Truth in Lending Act, students borrowing institutional loans must receive three required disclosures at the following stages:  at awarding, at acceptance and prior to disbursement. Please click on the link below that corresponds to your institutional loan to see the first required disclosure and the necessary next steps.

All Schools

Morningside Schools

Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, & Preservation

School of the Arts

Graduate School of Arts & Sciences

Graduate School of Business

Fu Foundation School of Engineering & Applied Science

School of International and Public Affairs

Graduate School of Journalism

School of Law

School of Social Work


Medical Center Schools

College of Dental Medicine

School of Nursing

Programs in Occupational & Physical Therapy

College of Physicians & Surgeons

Mailman School of Public Health

Prior Year Loan Disclosure Statements

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