Columbia Institute for Ideas and Imagination Fellowship

The Columbia Institute for Ideas and Imagination opened its doors in Paris in September 2018. Its annual cohort comprises seven Columbia University fellows and seven fellows - scholars, writers, and creative artists -  from outside the United States. Its purpose is to question the established ways in which knowledge is defined, produced, and taught. 

About the Columbia Institute for Ideas and Imagination

The Columbia Institute for Ideas and Imagination opened its doors in Paris in fall 2018. Offering residential fellowships, its annual cohort comprises seven Columbia University fellows and seven fellows - scholars, writers, and creative artists - from outside the United States. Bringing together scholars from across the humanities and sciences with artists of all kinds, its purpose is to question the established ways in which knowledge is defined, produced, and taught.  The Institute encourages applications in all disciplines and on any topic from candidates interested in participating actively in a residential community of scholars, artists, and thinkers. The fellows each receive $37,500 per term, or $75,000 for a full academic year (September through May), an office at the Institute in Paris, and access to Columbia’s libraries and various research facilities in Paris and in Europe. We welcome projects from those working in any area of the humanities, the humanistic social sciences, and conceptual dimensions of the natural and applied sciences, as well as composers, visual artists, filmmakers, writers, and other creative thinkers. Recent Columbia PhDs who have defended their dissertation between Sept 1, 2017 and Sept 30, 2019 are eligible to apply. 

We are especially keen to receive applications from non-US based candidates. Long-term US residents who are not applying by virtue of their affiliation with Columbia are ineligible to apply.

In order to be eligible to apply, Columbia faculty should indicate their school and departmental affiliation. Recent Columbia PhDs should indicate the date of defence of their dissertation [between Sept 1, 2017 and Sept 30, 2019]. At least one fellowship annually will be earmarked for a recent Columbia PhD, should a suitable candidate present themselves.

For the non-Columbia fellowships, scholars must have received their doctorate and demonstrate a record of publication; creative writers (novelists, poets, playwrights, journalists, essayists) must demonstrate a record of publication; visual and sound artists, composers and performers must have a significant body of work that has been exhibited or performed in public. We welcome group projects although each participant in the group must apply individually and will be considered on his or her own merits. 

To apply for the 2020-21 II&I fellowships, please click here.

For questions please email us at ideasimagination@columbia.edu
 

Further Fellowship Possibilities with the Society of Fellows in the Humanities at Columbia University

There may be opportunities for recent PhD fellows at the Institute to apply for a second year’s fellowship at the Society of Fellows, located in the Heyman Center for the Humanities, on Columbia's Morningside Heights campus in New York City. For more information about the Society of Fellows, please visit the website: http://societyoffellows.columbia.edu/