Fellows must be either (1) Columbia University and Barnard College faculty and recent PhD students. Tenured and tenure-track University faculty from any School are eligible as are adjunct teaching faculty whose appointment extends beyond the fellowship year or (2) Scholars and creative artists of any nationality who are not based permanently in the United States.
International scholars applying who are not from Columbia 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 artists, musicians, and performers must have a significant body of work that has been exhibited or performed in public. Group projects are welcome although each participant in the group must apply individually and will be considered on his or her own merits.
The Fellows will 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.
The Columbia Institute for Ideas and Imagination’s 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 in a creative community of scholars, artists, and thinkers.
There will be opportunities to host workshops and conferences. Regular participation within the community of fellows and mutual intellectual support are vital to the success of the Institute. The Institute, therefore, ask that other professional obligations such as teaching, speaking engagements, and research trips be kept to a minimum for the duration of the fellowship.