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Frequently Asked Questions

CUSP Summer Enhancement Fellowships

Can I apply as a senior?

No.  Currently this fellowship is only for Scholars in their first, sophomore, and junior summers.

Can I apply for this as a team project with other people?

yes you may apply for a joint project. However, each Scholar has to submit a separate application.  We always encourage Scholars to work collaboratively where applicable.

Can I apply to this fellowship if I have not secured an internship/research position by the deadline?

Scholars without secured internships may apply for the internship/research position but will not be considered until the position is official.  Please speak with a CUSP Advisor if this applies to you.

Can I get credit on my transcript for my summer internship?

Columbia College and Columbia Engineering do not provide credit for internships.

Can I indicate more than one internship/research position on the fellowship application?

Yes. Please prepare a complete application packet listing the different internship/research positions .  Please submit only one set of recommendations.  For further information, please see a CUSP Advisor.

Can I use this money anywhere in the world?

Yes.  This fellowship can be applied anywhere in the world.

Can my CUSP Advisor write a letter of recommendation for me?

CUSP Advisors cannot write letters for the CUSP Summer Enhancement Fellowship. However, they are happy to write for any other fellowship or internship.

Do we have to research with a Columbia faculty member?

No.  While we encourage Scholars to seek and develop relationships with Columbia faculty, we support research endeavors with faculty from other universities as well.  If you have chosen a research advisor who is not a professor at an accredited institution, please see a CUSP Advisor before submitting your application.

Does this cover summer school?

This fellowship does not cover traditional summer school (i.e. courses to meet CORE/major/graduation requirements); however, some summer programs will be considered if they contain a strong research, fieldwork, or experiential education component.  Please see a CUSP Advisor prior to submitting your application if your project falls in this category.

How do my recommenders submit my reference letters?

Recommenders can submit reference letters directly to the CUSP Office by emailing Laura Schiraldi (ls3126).

I am a SEAS student. Do I have to apply to the CUSP-ACEC program?

No.  SEAS Scholars are welcome to apply for the internship and/or research grant.

I am applying for the CUSP ACEC Program. Can I apply as well to the CUSP Summer Enhancement Program?


I am not a SEAS student. Can I apply to the CUSP-ACEC program?

No.  This opportunity is only open to Engineers.

If I apply for the fellowship this year, will it hurt my chances of winning next year?

No.  Scholars can apply annually for this fellowship until their year of graduation.

If I get an internship abroad, will my airfare be paid?

All grants are based on availability of funds. Please note that CUSP cannot guarantee that you will receive the full amount that you requested.

If I secure a low-paying internship, can I apply to supplement my expenses?

Yes.  Yes, you can apply. Please be sure to include all sources of funding that you have secured for this internship and please note that CUSP cannot guarantee that you will receive the amount that you request.

What is the average amount awarded?

The average amounts awarded vary.  All grants are considered based on availability of funds.  Please note that CUSP cannot guarantee the amount that you request. 

Who chooses the fellowship winners?

The CUSP Fellows Selection Committee selects the CUSP Fellows.

Will there be interviews?

Applicants will be asked to interview with the committee.

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