Call for Doctoral Mobility
The Alliance Call for Doctoral Mobility is intended to support and finance intercontinental 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 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 École Polytechnique, Sciences Po, or Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University.
Each project will be funded with a maximum limit of $5,000.
DEADLINE: October 16th, 2020
DEADLINE: November 16th, 2020
Application form available below.
All students will be required to prove their eligibility by providing a student ID from one of the four institutions.
Applications will be accepted from all disciplines. Grants are up to $5,000 on expenses reimbursement basis.
* Please note that Columbia University does not provide housing for Visiting Scholar, but Visiting Scholars have access to the Off campus housing website.
**There are additional requirements for Columbia University Law School and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Please refer to the third paragraph of the call.
Application materials include the following documents and must be submitted in English on the Doctoral Mobility Application Form:
1. Curriculum vitae of the applicant
2. Student ID from the Graduate School of one of the four Alliance partner institutions: Columbia University, École Polytechnique, Sciences Po, or Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne University.
3. Letter of recommendation from the Doctoral (PhD) Supervisor from the home institution
For confidentiality matters, this letter should be sent directly to the Alliance Program by email at [email protected].
4. Letter of Invitation
For Students from École Polytechnique, Sciences Po or Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne University
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 on the 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 directly to the Alliance Program by e-mail at [email protected] by the Columbia Faculty member.
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 École Polytechnique, Sciences Po, or Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne Faculty member:
The professor will be the academic supervisor during the research stay.
For confidentiality matters, this letter should be sent directly to the Alliance Program by e-mail at [email protected] by the French institution Faculty member.
It is strongly recommended that the PhD supervisor establishes the contact with the host faculty member.
5. 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).
6. Dates of the stay
7. 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.
Application deadline: November 16th, 2020
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 link below.
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.
Spring intake: Candidates who propose to join the program during the Spring term should submit their applications no later than September 1 of the previous year.
Summer intake: Candidates who propose to join the program during the Summer break should submit their applications no later than March 1.
Program Fees Waiver: 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.
2. 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 International Exchange Scholars on link below:
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.
All Columbia University students and faculty members that will travel internationally with 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.