Columbia University’s new Community Scholars Program is seeking nominations and applications for its inaugural class. The Community Scholars Program is being originated as one of the benefits and amenities to be provided to the local community as part of Columbia’s Manhattanville Campus Expansion. The inaugural cohort will be made up of 5 Scholars and the program will begin in Fall 2013, with an application deadline of April 18, 2013.
The Community Scholars Program offers independent, community-based scholars from Northern Manhattan access to a suite of Columbia University services and resources in order to work toward the completion of a particular project or to attain skill in a particular area. The program will allow these scholars a formal opportunity to participate in the intellectual life of the university, providing opportunities for interaction with faculty, students, and other visiting scholars. It will help to foster and deepen ties between the University and the many independent members of the cultural and intellectual community surrounding it.
Scholars will be appointed for terms of up to three years, and will be selected by a committee that may include senior staff, deans and faculty and may also include leaders from local cultural institutions.
At the end of each Scholar’s appointment, the tangible outcome of his or her term at the University would be submitted to remain accessible for future Community Scholars and others to review.
Eligibility: New York City residents of Manhattan living north of 96th Street and currently not affiliated with Columbia University; High School Diploma, GED or equivalent. Download the application here.