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CUSP Summer Enhancement Fellowships

Can my CUSP Advisor complete the SEF Recommendation Form for me?

CUSP Advisors cannot complete the Recommendation Form for the CUSP Summer Enhancement Fellowship. However, if you have a good relationship with our Graduate Student Mentors (GSMs), then they can complete the Recommendation Form at your request.


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

Yes. Please prepare a complete application listing the different internship/research positions (and the dates) that you will be engaged in during the summer. For further information, please see a CUSP Advisor.


Who chooses the fellowship awardees?

The CUSP Fellows Selection Committee selects the SEF awardees.


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.


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.


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

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.


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

Scholars without secured internships can still apply for the internship fellowship, and should list in the application all of the internships they have applied for. Scholars are required to inform the CUSP office by May 30th to provide an update on what internship was finally secured for the summer. Please speak with a CUSP Advisor if this applies to you.



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