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HBCU 2019-2020

Columbia HBCU Fellowship

Columbia University's School of Professional Studies aims to be a bridge between talented African-American students and the Fortune 500 companies looking to employ them.


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35% More likely that diverse firms will have financial returns above their national industry median
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45% More likely that diverse firms report market share growth
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70% More likely for diverse firms to capture a new market

Source: Harvard Business Review

About the Fellowship

High-achieving undergraduate seniors selected by partner HBCUs are eligible for fellowships granting full tuition and housing for a range of master’s programs at Columbia University’s School of Professional Studies.

Eligible Degree Programs

**Offered through Columbia University's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

Fellowship Benefits

  • Full tuition
  • Housing
  • Assigned industry mentor
  • Internship*
  • Career coaching and guidance
  • Community service
  • Access to a 2,500+ member Columbia alumni network
  • New York City experience 

*All internships are granted based on a successful application process with each employer. Internships are contingent on academic success in program of study, 3.0 GPA or better.

Application Timeline

  • October 2, 2020 – Nominations from Institutional Partners Due
  • October 7, 2020 – Nominee Webinar for Applicants
  • December 30, 2020 – Program Application Due for all applicants to be eligible for the HBCU Fellowship program
  • February 1, 2021 – Fellowship Application Due
  • Early March 2021 – Decisions Communicated to Applicants

Application Requirements

To be eligible, students must meet the following qualifications. 

  • Current HBCU seniors and recent graduates
  • Nominated by an administrator at an institutional partner
  • Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better 

Application requirements and statement prompts vary by program. Please review the application requirements for your selected program by referring back to their application requirements page at All of the application documents are required to be submitted by the Application Timeline dates:

  • All Post-Secondary Transcripts
  • Two to three letters of recommendation
  • Résumé
  • Admissions interview
  • Statement of academic purpose
  • Supplemental essay
  • Official GRE or GMAT scores
  • Ability to demonstrate critical thinking and leadership skills

We continually hear from top companies who are striving to diversify their workforces. The HBCU fellowship creates a direct pipeline of motivated students for our corporate partners, and fosters long-lasting relationships between the two."

Jason Wingard, Ph. D., Dean Emeritus and Professor of Professional Studies in Human Capital Management, Columbia University School of Professional Studies

Internship Sponsors

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