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Columbia HBCU Fellowship Program

The mission of the Columbia HBCU Fellowship Program is to prepare talented, high-performing HBCU graduates to lead, innovate, drive community impact, and advance their professional industries through program engagement, mentorship, and career development opportunities.

Now Accepting Nominations

Nominations for applicants are open through October 4, 2021.

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The vision of the Columbia HBCU Fellowship Program is to:

  • equip HBCU graduates with the academic and cultural competencies to navigate their respective industries while also empowering them to be change-makers;
  • build on the intellectual excellence and supportive community at the School of Professional Studies by enrolling cohorts of Columbia HBCU Fellows from diverse backgrounds who are dedicated to academic merit and community engagement;
  • invest in high-touch mentorship, networking opportunities, and professional development, in order to position Columbia HBCU Fellows as competitive candidates with the ability to make lasting contributions and impact in their careers as well as their local and global communities;
  • provide access to the greater Columbia University network, and create a rich alumni base committed to furthering the legacy of HBCUs and expanding the reach and impact of the Columbia HBCU Fellowship Program; and
  • encourage Columbia HBCU Fellowship Program alumni to uplift, support, and mentor current and future Fellows through continued engagement, community building, and professional relationships.

Application Timeline

  • August 4, 2021: Nominations Open
  • September 22, 2021: Virtual Open House for Nominators
  • September 23, 2021: Virtual Open House for Nominees
  • October 4, 2021: Nomination Deadline 
  • January 4, 2022: Master’s Program Application Deadline
  • January 10, 2022: Columbia HBCU Fellowship Program Application Opens (only nominees may apply)
  • February 2, 2022: Columbia HBCU Fellowship Program Application Deadline
  • Late March: Admissions Decisions Released 


To be eligible, students must meet the following qualifications. 

  • Current HBCU senior or recent graduate (Bachelor’s degree requirements completed Fall 2020 or later) 
  • Nomination by HBCU faculty or administrator

Master’s Program Application Requirements

Please visit the website for your program of choice and carefully read the Application Requirements for the program. Each program has a unique prompt for the statement of academic purpose and supplemental essay (where applicable), and other requirements, such as the need to provide standardized test scores, may also differ.

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Questions Regarding Admission

All HBCU students are welcome to apply. For more information about admission, please contact Olivia Austin, Admissions Counselor or Naima d'Ennery Dejoie, Admissions Specialist: hbcu-fellowship [[at]] sps [[dot]] columbia [[dot]] edu

Educational Institutions and Organizations Interested in Getting Involved

Please contact Imani McDonald-Isles, Executive Assistant, Office of the Dean at hbcu-fellowship [[at]] sps [[dot]] columbia [[dot]] edu.

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