Funding Opportunities

We offer two types of grants throughout the academic year: Student Travel Grant, intended to support students who will give conference presentations, and Student Initiative Grant, intended to support a wide variety of school-related events.

Intended to support graduate students who are presenting in conferences. Our deadlines are based on when conference proposals have been accepted (as opposed to actual conference dates):

  • For acceptance letters received May 1 - September 21 2018:
    • Application due September 21 2018
    • Recipients announced by the end of September
  • For acceptance letters received September 14 - November 21 2018:
    • Application due November 21 2018
    • Recipients announced by the end of November
  • For acceptance letters received November 14 2018 - January 25 2019:
    • Application due January 25 2019
    • Recipients announced by early February
  • For acceptance letters received January 18 - April 26 2019:
    • Application due April 26 2019
    • Recipients announced by early May

HOW TO APPLY

The application is simple: please complete the Student Grant Travel Application Form. Please note that many of the questions have a character limit (including spaces); we suggest that you write your response in a word processing program that keeps track of the character count and then paste it into the form.

REIMBURSEMENT PROCEDURE

Funding is on a reimbursement basis, i.e., you must submit receipts for expenses up to the amount awarded by ASGC. This must be done by preparing a reimbursement packet, affixed with a paper clip, of the following (in this order):

  1. The ASGC Travel Grant award letter (email).
  2. A completed Columbia Travel and Business Expense Report (opens in a new tab).
    • The person to be reimbursed is the Payee.
    • Complete the box labeled “overall business purpose.” The description should be comprehensible to an Accounts Payable auditor. For example: “Roundtrip airfare between JFK and LAX on DATE to present paper at X conference”
    • Do not forget to sign and date the report
  3. An advertisement for the conference (preferably listing your name).
  4. Original receipts documenting all of the expenditures approved for the grant. For expenses in a foreign currency, please document how you converted them to US dollars.
    • Tape (not staple) each receipt to a separate piece of 8.5″ by 11″ paper; more than one receipt per page is allowed as long as it is clearly marked and legible.
    • Arrange the receipts in chronological order

To receive a reimbursement, deliver a printed copy of the reimbursement packet to Harold Ansah in 109 Low Library and fill out the Student Travel Grant Reimbursement Form within 30 days following the conference.

 

Student Initiative Grants provide support for events that bring together students, academically or socially, from various departments of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS). Types of events supported by the Student Initiative Grant funding include, but are not limited to: academic conferences, discussion groups, social events, cultural events, and community service initiatives.

    ELIGIBILITY & REGULATIONS

    Deadlines: October 13th, 2018 (applications for Fall 2018) and February 23rd, 2019 (applications for Spring 2019). 

    The following criteria must be met to obtain a Student Initiative Grant:

    • Groups must either be officially recognized by us OR officially representing a GSAS department, institute, or student council/ government to receive funding.
    • Events must occur in the future and cannot be funded retroactively.
    • Applications are due October 13th for the fall (Oct 20th – Feb 28th) and February 23rd for the spring/summer (March 1st – Oct 20th).
    • Groups may apply for events in the Spring (or a full year of continuous events) during the Fall application cycle, however they will be given lower priority. If groups do not receive their full requested funds in the Fall, they may reapply for more in the Spring.
    • Individual student groups or departments are limited to $1000 in each academic year.
    • The grant may not be used for speakers’ honorarium, airfare, lodging or any travel fees.
    • The event should not be political or religious in nature.
    • Reimbursements must be requested within 30 days following the event for which the expenditure was used (please see below for more details).
    • A concluding report must be submitted to the Budget and Finance Chair using the Student Initiative Concluding Report Form upon completion of the grant project. Reports are due February 28th for Fall grants and October 31st for Spring/Year grants. Failing to submit a report will hinder future ASGC funding.
    • Sponsorship by the Arts and Sciences Graduate Council must be acknowledged at the event and in all publicity.
    • All sponsored events must be open to all constituents of the Arts and Sciences Graduate Council.

    HOW TO APPLY

    Application is simple: fill out the Student Initiative Grant Application Form. Please note that many of the questions have a character limit; we suggest that you write your response in a word processing program that keeps track of the character count and then paste it into the form.

    REIMBURSEMENT PROCEDURE

    Funding is on a reimbursement basis, i.e., you must submit receipts for expenses up to the amount awarded by ASGC. This must be done by preparing a reimbursement packet, affixed with a paper clip, of the following (in this order):

    1. The ASGC Student Initiative Grant award letter (email).
    2. A completed Columbia Travel and Business Expense Report (opens in a new tab).
      • The person to be reimbursed is the Payee.
      • Complete the box labeled “overall business purpose.” The description should be comprehensible to an Accounts Payable auditor. For example: “Food for monthly X group meeting on DATE; 15 attendees.” If there were 10 or fewer attendees, list each by name.
      • Do not forget to sign and date the report
    3. An advertisement for the event (preferably a flyer).
    4. Original receipts documenting all of the expenditures approved for the grant.
      • Tape (not staple) each receipt to a separate piece of 8.5″ by 11″ paper; more than one receipt per page is allowed as long as it is clearly marked and legible.
      • Arrange the receipts in chronological order

    To receive a reimbursement, deliver a printed copy of the reimbursement packet to Harold Ansah in 109 Low Library and and fill out the reimbursement request form within 30 days following the event for which the expenditure was used.

    Q: Are there any other travel grants available at Columbia that I can apply to? 
    A: We suggest that you apply to the GSAS conference matching travel fund before applying to ASGC. The GSAS travel grants are guaranteed for the eligible candidates. Check our Useful Links page for other grants.

    Q: I already attended the conference, can I still apply for a travel grant? 
    A: Yes. Remember that you must have original receipts to apply for reimbursement. If you didn’t save your receipts, you shouldn’t apply because you won’t get reimbursed.

    Q: I submitted an application and haven’t received an email saying whether or not I was selected to receive a travel grant. 
    A: ASGC only emails the recipients, if you’re wondering whether they’ve been selected check on this webpage.

    Q: I am a 10th year student in the _____ department, am I eligible to apply? 
    A: All current GSAS students are eligible to apply as long as they meet the eligibility requirements listed above.

    Q: Can I use the travel grant to attend a conference other than the one that was listed on my original application? 
    A: No.

    Q: If only 5-7 grants are awarded, why should I bother to apply?
    A: The application process is quite simple, what do you have to lose?

    • 2018 Fall:
      • Christina McGrath, Italian
      • Nikita Shepard, History
      • Langyi Tian, ISERP (QMSS MA Program)
      • Clare Marie Somsel Kobasa, Art History and Archaeology
      • Javiera Irribarren Ortiz, Latin American and Iberian Cultures
      • Tal Ardon Ish Shalom, Classical Studies
      • Timothy Lundy, English and Comparative Literature
      • Jess Engebretson, English and Comparative Literature
      • Kimberly Takahata, English and Comparative Literature
      • Zo√´ Pollak, English and Comparative Literature
      • Mario R. Cancel-Bigay, Music 
      • William Dougherty, Music
      • Steven Mohammed, Astronomy
      • Julia Hamilton, Music
      • Brendane Tynes, Anthropology
      • Sonja Gleason Wermager, Music 
      • Verena Meyer, Religion
         
    • 2018 Summer:
      • Sarika Ann Khanwilkar (Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology)
      • Gavin Healy (East Asian Languages and Cultures)
      • Yan Liu (East Asian Languages and Cultures)
      • Danielle Drees (Theatre (English))
      • Yijun Wang (East Asian Languages and Cultures)
      • Cameron LaPoint (Economics)
      • Anna Kirstine Schirrer (Anthropology)
      • Russell Joseph O'Rourke (Music)
      • Megan Goldring (Psychology)
      • Howard Taylor (Anthropology)
      • Tristan Revells (East Asian Languages and Cultures and History)
      • Miriam Schulz (Germanic Languages/Yiddish)
      • Li Qi Peh (English and Comparative Literature)
      • Aaron Plasek (History)
      • Jane Traynor (East Asian Languages and Cultures)
      • Campbell Johnston Birch (English and Comparative Literature)
      • Dara Huggin (Psychology)
      • Joseph Romano (English and Comparative Literature)
      • Rosa E. Schneider (English and Comparative Literature)
      • Alyssa Manz (Chemistry/CTL)
      • Elizabeth Bailey (Chemistry/CTL)
      • Eamonn Bell (Music)
      • Mia Florin-Sefton (English and Comparative Literature)
      • Shulamit Shinnar (History)
      • Darold Cuba (Oral History)
      • Alexis Fabrizio (English and Comparative Literature)
         
    • 2016 July – December:
      • Margot Brandt
      • Brian Glasenapp
      • Michael Weinstein-Reiman
      • Ana Isabel Keilson
      • Haixing Li
      • Chirag Gheewala
      • Jordan Brensinger
      • Michael Duffy
      • Jen Tinsman
      • Ronna Popkin
    • 2016 January – June:
      • Grace Delmolino
      • Kate Turetsky
      • Beyza Bulutoglu
      • Brittany Pheiffer
      • Ling-wei Kung
      • Helen Tran
      • Dongxin Zou
      • Juan Guillermo Londono Lozano
      • Burcu Baykurt
      • Charles Halvorson
      • Trevor Hull
      • Michael Kideckel
      • Jaclyn Lerea
      • Rachel Elizabeth Weiden Boyd
      • Caitlin Beach

     

    • 2015 July – December 
      • Giulia Bonasio
      • Sung Ryong (Ryan) Kim
      • Elliott Scott Cairns
      • Ruijun Zhu
      • Christine Soo-Young Kim
      • Andrew Lebovich
      • Benjamin Joseph Kindler 
    • Spring 2015
      • Bryan J. Gonzalez – Institute of Human Nutrition
      • Seth Williams – English and Comparative Literature
      • Mashura Akilova – Social Work
      • Laurel Gabard Durnam – Psychology
      • Peng Liu – East Asian Languages and Cultures
      • Sarah Beckhart – History
      • Elizabeth Hibbard – Oral History
      • Agnese Codebo – Latin American and Iberian Cultures
      • Noah Rosenblum – History
      • Liane Francesca Carlson – Religion
      • Laura Vargas – Social Work
      • Isabel Kaeslin – Philosophy
      • James Jones – Sociology
      • Olga Yarychkivska – Genetics and Development
      • Tamar Blickstein – Anthropology
      • Alexander Hall – Music
      • Sharvil Patil – Electrical Engineering

     

    • Fall 2014
      • Joseph Blankholm- Religion
      • Madeleine C Elish- Anthropology
      • Raha Hakimdavar- Civil Engineering
      • Chenshu Liu- Pathology and Cell Biology
      • Victoria Gabrielle Gross- Anthropology
    • Spring 2014
      • Amanda Hall- International and World History
      • Hyun Seung Cho- Political Science
      • Gregory Scruggs- ILAS
      • Eli Klinigstein- Physics
      • Manuel Alejandro Bautista- History
      • Gina DeStafano- Genetics and Development

     

    • Fall 2013
      • Meghna Agarwala- E3B
      • Elizabeth Angell- Anthropology
      • Valentina Duque- Social Work
      • Beatriz Goubert- Music
      • Chih-yu Twu- Anthropology
      • Natalia Zakharova- Earth and Environmental Sciences
    • Spring 2013
      • Megha Vyas- South Asia Institute
      • John Seeley- Microbiology and Immunology
      • Ama Abeberese- Economics
      • V Hariharan- Biomedical Engineering
      • Katherine Wert- Nutritional and Metabolic Biology
      • Spiro Pantazatos- Physiology and Cellular Biophysics
      • Rashmi Sahni- English
      • Elyakim Kislev- Sociology
      • Simon Stevens- History

     

    • Fall 2012
      • Felix Muchomba- Social Work
      • Dianne Helerie Dapito- Nutrition and Metabolic Biology
      • Kyle Kaniecki- Genetics and Development
      • Todd French- Religion
      • Christopher Hayes- Earth and Environmental Sciences
      • Jonathan Dingel- Economics
      • Rae-Hyuck Lee- Social Work
    • Spring 2012
      • Juliet Davidow- Psychology
      • Jordan Muraskin- Biomedical Engineering
      • Maya Rossin-Slater- Economics
      • Jennifer Walz- Biomedical Engineering
      • Jang Wook Huh- English and Comparative Literature

     

    • Fall 2011
      • Udi Halperin- Religion
      • Ashley Shuler- Earth and Environmental Sciences
      • Yonatan Brafman- Religion
      • John Templeton- Earth and Environmental Sciences
      • Sara Snyder- Music
    • Spring 2011
      • Lucas Leemann – Political Science
      • Simran Jeet Singh – Religion
      • Elliott Wimmer – Psychology
      • Phally Chroy – Anthropology
      • Han-Peng Ho – East Asian Languages and Culutres

     

    • Fall 2010
      • Christopher Alley – Sociomedical Sciences
      • Nathan Hutto – Social Work
      • Leo Douglas – Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology
      • Josh Greenfield – Economics
      • Molly Flexman – Biomedical Engineering
    • Spring 2010
      • Lauren Flood – Music
      • Ahmed Gilani – Biological Sciences
      • Vivian Valencia – Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology
      • Christine Varnado – English and Comparative Literature
      • Christal Vitiello – Microbiology, Immunology & Infection

    PREVIOUSLY AWARDED STUDENT INITIATIVE GRANTS

    Spring 2016

    • Graduate Association of Latin American & Iberian Cultures (GALAIC)
    • Religion Graduate Student Association
    • 92% Alliance
    • Society for Biomaterials
    • GSAS Parents Group
    • Department of English and Comp. Lit.
    • English Department
    • Columbia Biotechnology Association
    • Sustainable Development Society, SIPA
    • Columbia Open Labs (pending approval)
    • Nursing Doctoral Students Organization
    • Columbia University Neuroscience Outreach (CUNO)
    • UAEM Columbia Chapter
    • ISAC-Indian Students’ Association at Columbia
    • Columbia Laboratory Energy Efficiency Network
    • CGCC (Columbia Graduate Consulting Club)
    • Columbia Statistics Club
    • Department of Statistics
    • Human Rights Graduate Group

    Fall 2015

    • Medieval Colloquium (previously Medieval Guild)
    • Columbia Biotechnology Club
    • East Asian Languages and Cultures
    • GSAC-approved Student Group
    • Nursing Doctoral Student Organization (DSO)
    • Human Rights Graduate Group
    • Xingzhihui Chinese Studies Graduate Student Group
    • Robotics Club
    • Columbia Laboratories Energy Efficiency Network
    • Women in Science at Columbia
    • Columbia Philosophy Department
    • Students of Color Alliance
    • Sustainable Development Doctoral Society
    • Graduate Student Parents Group
    • Indian Students Association at Columbia
    • Music Department and Computer Music Center

    Spring 2014

    • Women in Science at Columbia
    • French Graduate Student Association
    • Anthropology
    • Columbia University Renewable Energy Society
    • GALAIC
    • Religion Graduate Students’ Association
    • MEDIEVAL COLLOQUIUM
    • Columbia Music Scholarship Conference
    • Graduate Students, Statistics Department
    • Middle Eastern, South asian and African Studies
    • ICLS Graduate Student Conference
    • Latin American History Student Association
    • OASIES
    • Kurdish Studies Student Association
    • Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race
    • Society for Biomaterials
    • Sustainable Development Society