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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

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Fellowship: Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program

The 2015 Rangel International Affairs Graduate Fellowship competition is open.  They are looking for college seniors or graduates who want to begin their two-year graduate programs in fall 2015; not those who are already in a program.  You must also be a U.S. citizen.

The Rangel Program will expand this year to offer 30 fellowships, up from 20 last year. The Rangel Fellowship will provide up to $21,500 per year for tuition and mandatory fees to each fellow’s institution, $16,000 annual stipends for other educational and living expenses.  The program will also arrange internships  on Capitol Hill and at U.S. embassies, and provides mentorship and professional development support.

The Fellowship welcomes applications from individuals who want to make a difference in the world through service as Foreign Service Officers in the U.S. Department of State.

Information and application materials can be found at

Application Deadline: January 14, 2015
Finalists selected by the end of February
Fellows selected by mid-March


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


  • 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:


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:


Looking for funding? These Columbia scholarships should be on your list.

SIPA students are eligible to apply for a number of interschool funds that are not administered by SIPA but by another school or department within Columbia University.   Some of these scholarships may not apply to new incoming students but keep them in mind when considering all your funding options as a continuing student.

FLAS Fellowships: Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships are available for either the summer or the academic year and open to Columbia University students who are U.S. citizens, nationals, or permanent residents in a program that combines training in select foreign languages with international or area studies.  The FLAS Fellowships are administered by the Columbia University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS).  The application deadline for FLAS fellowships is Friday, February 28, 2014. For more information, see the GSAS website, or email for more information.

Harriman Institute: The Harriman Institute offers fellowships to Columbia University graduate students committed to the study of Russia, Eurasia and Eastern Europe.  A number of different awards are available, with an application deadline of February 14, 2014.  For more information, go to

Weatherhead East Asia Institute: Offers language fellowships and the Y.F. and L.C.C. Wu Fellowship that is available to all graduate students with a preference for students from Hong Kong, Taiwan, and China, and for U.S. citizens of Chinese, Hong Kong, or Taiwan descent.  The Wu Fellowship provides an academic year support of $5000.  The application deadline is February 28, 2014.  For more information, click here.

Lemann Foundation Interschool Fellowships: The Lemann Interschool Fellowship is a new award administered by the Provost Office and should not be confused with SIPA’s own Lemann funding.  The application deadline for continuing SIPA students is  Feb 1Incoming new students applying to the SIPA Lemann Fellowship will also be considered for the Lemann Foundation Interschool Fellowship.

Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fellowships: The fellowship is available to graduate students at various universities around the country.  Candidates from Columbia University are selected by the Provost’s Office; application deadline in December.

University Graduate Fellowships: These small awards (generally in the range of $1000 to $5000) are available University-wide based on very specific eligibility criteria (including children of Houghton-Mifflin employees, Univ of Nebraska alumna, Greek descent, students who speak Estonian, and residents of Vermont).  The application deadline is usually June 1.  For more information, see the SFS website.


Can’t say it enough

[As the saying goes] To put your best foot forward, below are some helpful tips to be aware of as you prepare your SIPA application.

  • Graduate School is expensive so finding money to fund your education is important.  Begin your search for scholarship early – Don’t wait until you have been admitted into a program before beginning that process – It may be too late by then to even be considered for some of the funding opportunities.  Many times scholarship application deadlines occur around the same time as an application deadline for the program you seek entrance.
  • Along the lines of scholarships, SIPA considers all admitted applicants for all applicable first-year fellowships. The only requirement for most awards is to complete and submit the admissions application and all supporting materials by the appropriate deadline.  SIPA also offers first-year students an opportunity to compete for additional named fellowships that require a separate application*; there may be specific eligibility requirements for each of these scholarships.    You will be able to access the scholarship application once you have submitted your fall admissions application, which will appear once you click “submit”.  This opportunity will offer applicants an additional chance to secure funding for their education at SIPA.  Awards vary with each scholarship.  *Available SIPA scholarships for first year students outside of the first year Merit Scholarship process: Dasturdaza Doctor Jal Pavry Award, Financial Women’s Association (FWA) Scholarship, Harriman Institute Fellowship, International Fellows Program, Ipeknur and Shwan Taha Fellowship, Julie Rasmussen Fellowship, Karen Klitzman Memorial Fellowship, Magzhan Auezov Fellowship, Ranjit Jayanti Fellowship, Rachel Spear Fellowship, Robert Kopech Fellowship, Romita Shetty and Nasser Ahmad Fellowship, Sainsbury Fellowship, Sara Jacobs Fellowship, the Most Honorable Bapsy Marchioness of Winchester Award, Robert Legvold Fellowship
  • Please make sure you proofread and edit your personal statement/essays before submitting them.  Tailor your essays to the school, even if it means writing different essays for each school you apply — Make sure you use the right school name if you are submitting similar essays to multiple schools.  And make sure you address the questions asked.
  • Recommendation letters – If the recommender cannot submit it online, they can email it to the SIPA Admissions Office.  Make sure you send them a reminder if they have not submitted the recommendation letter by the end of December — Give them enough time to write and submit it before the application deadline if they haven’t done so already.  And remember you do not need to wait for your recommendations to be received to submit your application.
  • While we do not have a minimum score for the GRE/GMAT, we do have one for the test that measures your English language proficiency (TOEFL/IELTS).  There is a minimum score needed for your application to be considered for admission.  So be mindful of it when you submit your application.  SIPA’s TOEFL/IELTS minimum scores are: TOEFL ibt: 100, TOEFL (computer): 250, TOEFL (paper): 600, and the IELTS is 7.0.

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

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