Call 2016 Application Guidelines

The Alliance Call 2016 for Doctoral Mobility
is available in .pdf format is available here.


DEADLINE EXTENDED - JULY 7, 2016

Alliance Call for Doctoral Mobility

The Alliance Call for Doctoral Mobility is intended to support and finance transatlantic research projects of the highest quality, in all disciplines, from doctoral students affiliated to one of the four partner institutions.

Doctoral students are encouraged to pursue their research abroad for a period of one to three months under the supervision of a host faculty member: students from the three French institutions can complete a research period at Columbia University while students from Columbia can complete a research period at the École Polytechnique, Sciences Po, or Panthéon-Sorbonne University.

Each project will be funded with a maximum limit of $5,000.

A. ELIGIBILITY

The Alliance Call for Doctoral Mobility is open to students enrolled in a PhD program at Columbia University, the Ecole Polytechnique, Sciences Po, and Paris 1 Pantheon Sorbonne University.
All students will be required to prove their eligibility by providing a student ID from one of the 4 institutions.

Applications will be accepted from all disciplines.
*Please note there is additional requirements for Columbia University Law School and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Please refer to Paragraph C of the call.

Grants are up to $5,000 on expenses reimbursement basis.

B. APPLICATION SUBMISSION

APPLICATION MUST INCLUDE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTS
Application required documents must be sent in English, to rsvp.allianceprogram@gmail.com (in this order).

a.    Curriculum vitae of the applicant

b.    Student ID from the Graduate School of one of the 4 Alliance institutions: Columbia University, the Ecole Polytechnique, Sciences Po, or Paris 1 Pantheon Sorbonne University.

c.    Letter of recommendation from the Ph.D. Supervisor from the home institution:
For confidentiality matters, this letter should be sent directly to the Alliance Program by email rsvp.allianceprogram@gmail.com.

d.    Letter of Invitation:

For Students from Ecole Polytechnique, Sciences Po or Paris 1 Pantheon Sorbonne:

Letter of invitation with the sponsorship of a Columbia University Faculty member: Scholars can be invited with the sponsorship of a Columbia faculty member. These sponsors agree to provide guidance regarding a visitor’s research. The faculty member will be the student academic supervisor during the research stay. It is strongly recommended that the PhD. supervisor establishes the contact with the host faculty member.

For confidentiality matters, this letter should be sent to the Alliance Program by e-mail rsvp.allianceprogram@gmail.com.

For Columbia Law School and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences; students must submit a copy of the Visiting Scholars application. Please refer to paragraph C.

For Students from Columbia University

Letter of invitation from an Ecole Polytechnique, Sciences Po, or Paris 1 Pantheon Sorbonne Faculty member:

The professor will be the academic supervisor during the research stay.
For confidentiality matters, this letter should be sent to the Alliance Program by e-mail rsvp.allianceprogram@gmail.com.
It is strongly recommended that the Ph.D. supervisor establishes the contact with the host faculty member.

  1. Research project description:

The research project description should indicate how the visit will contribute to the knowledge within the applicant’s field, and how the stay at the partner institution will help the progress of his/her dissertation.
Any additional information on the student’s specific interest for a visit at the partner institution (take courses, do field work, write an article, etc.) may be included.
The research project description should not exceed three pages (single-spaced, size 12).

  1. Dates of the stay
     
  2. A photo ID and short biography:

If the scholar is selected the photo ID and the biography will be published on our website under PhD Mobility recipients.

A description of the Alliance Doctoral Mobility program is available on the Alliance website for download. Applicants’ supervisors/advisors shall forward this document when contacting potential faculty sponsors

C. ADDITIONNAL REQUIREMENTS FOR COLUMBIA LAW SCHOOL (CLS) AND THE GRADUATE SCHOOL OF ARTS AND SCIENCES (GSAS)

  1. Columbia Law School (CLS)

In addition to required application documents by Alliance, all prospective Visiting Scholars must submit an application form and the supporting materials following instructions on below link.

http://web.law.columbia.edu/international-programs/visiting-scholars-program

  • We encourage PhD Mobility program applicants to conform to the deadlines listed on Columbia Law School website listed below:

Fall intake - Candidates who propose to join the program in the Fall term should submit their applications no later than April 1, 2016.
Spring intake – Candidates who propose to join the program during the Spring term should submit their applications no later than September 1, 2016.
Summer intake – Candidates who propose to join the program during the Summer break should submit their applications no later than March 1, 2017.

Program Fees Waived: only when a CLS faculty member--through the Columbia Law School internal process-- formally confirms that he will sponsor a PhD Mobility candidate and a fee waiver.

  b. Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS):

In addition to required application documents by Alliance, all prospective students applying to come as Visiting Scholars to the Columbia University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences must submit an application to Columbia University GSAS.
Please follow the instructions for incoming International Exchange Scholars on following link:

 http://www.gsas.columbia.edu/content/non-degree-special-students-and-visiting-scholars

D. REVIEW PROCESS

A reviewing team of faculty members will help select awardees.

The review process will take into account the overall academic quality of the proposal, the level of support from the two faculty members, the significance of the project to the field, the feasibility of the project and the contribution of the stay at the partner institution to the progress of the dissertation.

Results will be announced in December 2016.

All Columbia University students and faculty members that will travel internationally within an Alliance granted project will refer to the International Travel Planning Policy, and are encouraged to register their travels through the University’s Global Travel website.

CONTACT

Alliance Program
alliance.columbia.edu
Columbia University, 1208 International Affairs Building
420 West 118th Street, New York, NY 10027, USA
Phone: +1 (212)-854-2056
rsvp.allianceprogram@gmail.com