Opportunities at the Center

Co-sponsorship Guidelines

At CSER, we welcome and look forward to collaborating with other academic units in a wide range of activities, including conferences, lecture series, and workshops, among others.

As CSER receives many requests, we have devised a simple way to ask for our support.

To begin the process, please email us the following information:

Once received, CSER's director and executive committee will evaluate all proposals. Note that requests that arrive by or before the beginning of the Fall semester are more likely to be supported, as CSER generally makes most of its commitments before that point.

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Affiliate Faculty Membership

Affiliate faculty are important to CSER, and the Center is always open to considering additional petitions.

An affiliate faculty is defined as a faculty member who is not on the core faculty and who is committed to regularly teaching at CSER, raising funds for CSER, advising students, and/or participating in joint programs with CSER core faculty.

Columbia faculty members in all disciplines who have a research and teaching interest in the study of ethnicity and race are invited to request affiliate status.

The process to become an affiliate faculty member of CSER can be initiated by CSER's director or by an interested candidate. A candidate may petition affiliate status by sending the following materials:

Affiliate status lasts three years. The status may be extended through an invitation by CSER's director or by requesting an extension.

Affiliate faculty are generally not compensated by CSER.

An affiliate faculty member has voting privileges at regular CSER meetings, if elected to the Executive Committee.

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Adjunct Teaching at CSER

On average, CSER's faculty includes seven adjunct professors per academic year. As CSER receives a growing number of requests to teach, we have devised a simple of way to submit a teaching proposal.

To begin the process, please send us the following information:

Once received, CSER's director and executive committee will evaluate all proposals. Note that requests that arrive before the beginning of the Fall semester are more likely to be supported, as CSER generally makes most of its commitments before that point.

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Student Life Enrichment Grant

At CSER, we welcome and look forward to collaborating with students and student groups in a wide range of activities, including cultural events, student of color professional activities, academic projects, and artistic ventures.

To begin the process, please send us the following information:

Once received, CSER's Assistant Director will evaluate all proposals. Note that the earlier in the year or semester that requests are received, the better position CSER may be in to support your endeavor. The maximum amount awarded by this grant will be $250.

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Visiting Scholars at CSER

CSER welcomes applications from visiting scholars. Generally, CSER defines visiting scholars as those with a faculty appointment at their home institution or equivalent professional status. CSER may also extend the title of visiting scholar to graduate students; members of research institutions; officials and former officials of governmental or nongovernmental organizations, such as the United Nations, and their affiliates; and practicing professionals and creative artists.

Individuals may be named visiting scholars for up to one year. Under exceptional circumstances, the designation may be renewed for one additional year.

All prospective scholars are requested to supply the following information to evaluate their application:

To receive full consideration, requests for a given academic year must be submitted prior to the beginning of the Fall semester and no later than July 30.

General Conditions of Visiting at CSER

Visiting scholars are responsible for arranging their own financial support and benefits while in residence, including travel to and from New York, living expenses, suitable housing, and university or library fees. There is very limited working space for visiting scholars at this time. Effort will be made to provide scholars with shared office space, if available.

Foreign nationals will ordinarily need a J-1 visa in order to visit the University. Upon submission of all the documentation required by the United States government, the International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) on the Morningside campus or the Immigration Affairs Office (IAO) at the Medical Center will issue the DS-2019 form needed to support the J-1 application. The application for the DS-2019 is available from the ISSO or the IAO. It is accompanied by detailed guidelines on its completion and on the government regulations with which applicants for a J-1 visa must comply.

Please note that according to University policy, “visiting scholar” is a courtesy designation that does not signify a formal association with the University. Individuals given these titles may not claim a University affiliation for the purpose of applying for grants or contracts and should not represent themselves in their publications, correspondence, and/or curriculum vitae as having a University affiliation.

All Persons interested in being a visiting scholar, and who have not received an official invitation, should send their applications to cser@columbia.edu.

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Co-Sponsorships Guidelines

Affiliate Faculty Membership

Adjunct Teaching at CSER

Student Enrichment Grant

Visiting Scholars