Fellowships

The MA in Climate and Society awards a limited number of fellowships annually. The majority of students fund their studies privately or through students loans. 

The program offers a limited number of partial fellowships annually. The fellowships are awarded based on merit and offered to a limited number of applicants. The average award is $10,000. 

Every student who applies to the MA in Climate and Society is automatically considered for a fellowship and there is no separate application. If a student is awarded a fellowship, they will be notified in their offer letter. 

The Diamonstein-Spielvogel Foundation affirms that climate change is one of the most pressing issues of our time. To assist the Columbia Climate School in achieving its mission of educating future leaders committed to supporting the public good by addressing this issue, it established the Diamonstein-Spielvogel Fellowship in 2021 to fund graduate students in the MA in Climate and Society at the Columbia Climate School.

Two Diamonstein-Spielvogel fellowships were established: one in honor of Columbia University President Lee C. Bollinger, and one in honor of Columbia Climate School Founding Dean Alex N. Halliday. Both Diamonstein-Spielvogel Fellowships provide the full cost of attendance at the Climate School, including tuition, fees, and living expenses.

Apply to the Diamonstein-Spielvogel Fellowship.

The program funds a number of graduate research assistantships (GRAs) that are available exclusively to Climate and Society students and involve work with members of Columbia's climate research community. GRAs require an average of 10-12 hours of work per week and pay $3,000 per semester. GRAs are available in the fall and spring semesters only.

All interested students will be invited to apply for positions during the first month of the program. 

Students admitted to the MA in Climate and Society are encouraged to apply for external funding and fellowship opportunities. Columbia University, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and the Earth Institute maintain a list of external funding opportunities.