Presidential Global Fellowship

Student Programs
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Columbia Global Centers | Beijing

Twelve first-year students in Columbia College, The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science and General Studies have received 2014 Presidential Global Fellowships. The students, whose academic interests range from Art History, French and Sociology to Applied Mathematics, Computer Science, and Industrial Engineering to Physics, Sustainable Development and Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies, were selected from a pool of more than 100 for the University’s new undergraduate global summer program.

The Presidential Global Fellowship program, funded with a seed grant from Columbia University President Lee C. Bollinger, covers the program fee associated with a Columbia global program, as well as a stipend to cover round-trip airfare and living expenses, for students to study in a location at or near one of the Columbia Global Centers. It is open to rising sophomores in Columbia College, The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science and General Studies.

Applicants were chosen for the opportunity by a faculty committee after demonstrating their interest for issues surrounding globalization and how their global studies will be guided by that interest, as well as how being a Presidential Global Fellow would benefit fellow students and the greater Columbia community. They will be spending the summers in locations including Amman, Jordan; the Atlantic State Park in Brazil; Paris France; Beijing and Shanghai, China; Venice, Italy; and on a combined program in Amman and Paris.

“We are thrilled to announce the 2014 Presidential Global Fellows, who have a range of interests and experiences and come from all over the country and the world,” said Michal Pippenger, dean of undergraduate global programs. “The cohort is a dynamic and diverse one in every respect — intellectually gifted, relentlessly curious, and committed to Columbia’s global vision. They are leaders on campus and will be outstanding global ambassadors of our community.”

The program is unique in that it will include a specialized group orientation and advising sessions to help fellows identify how their global opportunities can enhance their experiences at Columbia and their future intellectual, professional and personal goals. The program will include a meeting with President Bollinger, where the president will share his global vision and hear about the fellows’ global interests.

“This program prepares students to be involved and effective global citizens and global ambassadors for the Columbia community,” said James J. Valentini, dean of Columbia College and vice president for undergraduate education. “These students showed promise and understanding of the importance of a global experience, and we are looking forward to hearing about their summer experiences and benefiting from the new perspectives and understandings they bring back with them next fall.”

In 2014, three fellows came to China, they are Wina Huang, Neha Jain, and Andres Soto. To read more please go to

To read one of the Fellow in Shanghai Wina Huang's reflection on the experience, please go here

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