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Fellowship: Frequently Asked Questions

What are the residency periods?
Fellows spend four months: either the Fall term (September-December) or the Spring term (January-April). Some scholars are invited to spend the full academic year (September to April).

May I collaborate with scholars/laboratories? Will the Academy help me make these connections?
Candidates should contact labs/scholars at Columbia directly, to gauge their interest, before applying to the Academy. Collaboration is encouraged, but not necessary --except in the case of scientific researchers who need to work in a Columbia lab (such researchers must have an agreement before applying to the Academy).

What is the word limit for the proposal?
The Project Proposal should not exceed 1300 words (excluding references).

What if I’m just getting my Ph.D. degree?
The degree must be awarded before August for Fall term Fellows, and before December for Spring Fellows.

Do you accept recommendation letters in Italian?
Yes, recommendation letters may be in English or in Italian.

Do you accept projects and CVs in Italian?
No; English is required.

What are the stipend and benefits?
We offer A) a gross salary ranging from $4,500 to $7,000/month (you may pay tax on this; you must consult your accountant for advice); B) a travel allowance to cover the airfare to & from New York; C) a portion of health-insurance costs.

Do you give us housing, or pay our rent?  
No, but we assist our fellows in applying for Columbia Housing (note that the University does not guarantee spaces for every Fellow).

Is the deadline for reference letters flexible?
Your referees may have delays, but we do need letters before April 30, 2017, for candidates in the field of architectural preservation.