Past Projects

The President’s Global Innovation Fund (PGIF) awards grants for faculty members to collaborate with Columbia’s network of global centers. The program aims to enable the development of new projects and scholarly collaborations across global centers, in order to increase global opportunities for research, teaching, and service. 

PGIF 2015

  • Covering Religion: A Global Perspective
    Ari L. Goldman, Professor, Graduate School of Journalism and Yogi Trivedi, Adjunct Professor, Graduate School of Journalism

  • Building Human Capital in Developing Countries: An Interdisciplinary Research Program with Adaptive Technologies
    Supreet Kaur Anand, Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics and School of International and Public Affairs 

  • Building a South Asian Public Health Network: A Collaboration of Columbia University's Global Center, Mumbai, India and the Mailman School of Public Health
    Cassie Landers, Assistant Professor of Population and Family Health, Mailman School of Public Health

  • Colonization and Decolonization in the Making of the Modern World: an Intensive Summer Course Taught in Rio de Janeiro and New Delhi
    Mae Ngai, Lung Family Professor of Asian American Studies and Professor of History

  • Should I Stay or Should I Go? A Longitudinal and Cross-­national Study of the Effects of Retirement on Health
    Ursula Staudinger,Robert N. Butler Professor for Sociomedical Sciences and Professor of Psychology; Director, Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center

  • Digital Justice: Public Discourse, Censorship, and the Technologies of Dissent
    Dennis Tenen, Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literature

  • Advancing Sustainable Waste Management in Latin America and Disseminating the Results to Other Developing Regions
    Nickolas J. Themelis, Stanley Thompson Professor Emeritus; Director, Earth Engineering Center

PGIF 2014

  • Global Mental Health Research Consortium and Scholars Program
    Kathleen Pike,Professor of Psychology and Education in Psychiatry and Epidemiology at CUMC, College of Physicians and Surgeons and Mailman School of Public Health
  • Screenwriting and Creative Producing Workshops for Columbia Global Centers
    Ira Deutchman, Professor of Professional Practice, School of the Arts

PGIF 2013

  • Global Public Management
    William Eimicke, Professor of Professional Practice in International and Public Affairs, Executive Director, Picker Center of Executive Education, Brian Keith Perkins Senior Lecturer and Director, Urban Education Leadership Program, Teachers College and Michael Sparer, Professor of Health Policy and Management

  • Global Leadership Matrix (GLeaM) Project
    Sheena Iyengar, S.T. Lee Professor of Business, Research Director at the Jerome A. Chazen Institute of International Business

  • Children’s Global Oral Health Initiative (CGOHI)
    Shantanu Lal, Associate Professor of Dental Medicine, Director, Predoctoral Program in Pediatric Dentistry 

  • Ifriqiyya: The Indian Ocean and Trans‐African Slavery Networks
    Mahmood Mamdani,Herbert Lehman Professor of Government and Professor of Anthropology

  • Global Mental Health Research Consortium and Scholars Program
    Kathleen Pike, Clinical Professor of Psychology in the Departments of Psychiatry and Epidemiology

  • The Columbia Global Humanities Project
    Sheldon Pollock, Arvind Raghunathan Professor of South Asian Studies

  • Global Migration Network
    Julien Teitler, Associate Professor, School of Social Work and Sandro Galea, Chair, Department of Epidemiology, Anna Cheskis Gelman and Murray Charles Gelman Professor of Epidemiology

  • Regional Foodshed Resilience: An Interdisciplinary and International Practicum
    Nicola Twilley, Director, Studio-X NY

MDEP | Access to Achievement was a collaborative, five-year demonstration project of the Center for Sustainable Development, The Earth Institute, Columbia University, New York and housed at the Columbia Global Centers | Mumbai. The project worked with the Government of India and key education stakeholders in selected rural districts of India to develop, recommend, monitor, and evaluate a high quality, cost-effective, transferable and scalable model of primary education. To know more, click here.

The Model Districts Health Project was initiated to work with state and district governments to strengthen service delivery on the ground and scaling up of successful interventions. It advocated and focused on the use of data driven planning at all levels of the health systems to address gaps. To know more, click here.