Terms of Residence
Services and Facilities
Prior to Arrival
Sterling Currier Funding
Eligibility and Selection
Scholars from all countries may apply to
the Institute. Fellows are selected by the Provost of Columbia
University on the advice of a selection committee from the University
and the Fondation Maison des Sciences de l'Homme. In making
its recommendations, the committee seeks a mix of scholars from
all parts of the world. It also attempts to include some members
of Columbia University's faculty among the Fellows. The Institute
does not consider applications from doctoral or post-doctoral
Preference is given to scholars in the humanities,
social sciences, and related professional disciplines.
In keeping with the Institute's objective of promoting intellectual
exchange and synergy among the Fellows and with other scholars,
the Institute encourages collaborative group proposals, although
individual applications are also considered.
Once the Institute program is fully established, it is expected
that at least half of the Fellows will work in clusters focusing
on specific themes chosen to ensure closer connections with scholars
at the Fondation Maison des Sciences de l'Homme and at other academic
institutions in Paris, in France, and in other parts of Europe.
Scholars interested in becoming Fellows
may apply for the full academic year, or for either of the fall
or spring terms. The fall term begins the second Monday
in September, while the spring term begins the second week of
Fellows must be in residence at the Institute
during their fellowship period. They are also expected
to participate in the regularly scheduled seminars and other activities
organized at the Institute, to cooperate with the Director in
planning the Institute's public events, and to give the Institute
a sample of their research, such as a working paper, by the end
of their stay. Fellows must give credit to the Institute in any
publication that results from their stay.
While the fellowships do not carry a stipend as such, the Institute
has a budget to support the research of the Fellows and help meet
their travel expenses within Europe.
Its staff provides research and administrative assistance. It
organizes seminars, conferences, and public lectures at which
the Fellows present their own work and engage in academic discussions
of common interest to them and other scholars. Fellows have separate,
fully-equipped offices, each with its own balcony overlooking
a central garden, and the use of a common room that is suitable
for casual gatherings. A large conference room is reserved for
more formal events.
Fellows also have access to the resources of the Fondation Maison des
Sciences de l'Homme. They may use its library, cafeteria,
and other facilities on the same terms as its own visiting scholars,
and can receive research and administrative support from members
of its staff.
The Fondation Maison des Sciences de l'Homme will make every effort
to provide apartments at the Maison
Suger for Fellows who need accommodations for one or two persons.
Please note that the Maison Suger cannot accommodate children.
The Institute and the Fondation Maison des Sciences de l'Homme will
assist all Fellows who do not obtain apartments at the Maison
Suger in locating other furnished housing.
for APPLICATION FORM
Ministry of Foreign Affairs Web site has information on visa
requirements, which vary according to country of citizenship and
duration of stay in France. The site can be consulted for further
information concerning documents and forms to be submitted if
a visa is required.
Foreign nationals staying in France for longer than three months
need to obtain a carte de séjour once in France. The Institute
staff will assist Fellows with the information needed for this
Fellows should contact their insurance carrier to check their
policies regarding health insurance and reimbursement while abroad.
If not covered, they should budget for potential expenses relating
to physician and hospital visits and medication.
Once in France, Fellows can subscribe to travel health insurance
if their stay does not exceed three months. This kind of personal
insurance covers physicians' and surgeons' fees, medical and surgical
hospitalization expenses, and, if necessary, medical transportation
or repatriation to one's country of origin. Further information
is available in the Institute's office.
The Service questions/réponses of the Pharmacie des
Hôpitaux de Paris, at +33 (0)1 46 69 12 12, provides
information (in French) about pharmaceutical drug equivalents
available in France.
If special medication is needed, please note the rules provided
Customs on the Web site of the French Embassy in Washington.
I Tatti, Florence, Italy
The beautiful Harvard University
Center for Italian Renaissance Studies considers applications
in the field in all its aspects: the History of Art; Political,
Economic, and Social History; the History of Science, Philosophy,
and Religion; and the History of Literature and Music.
Fellows at the Columbia University Institute for Scholars at Reid
Hall are encouraged to apply when their research in Paris can
be completed in these fields.
für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen, Wien, Austria
The Institute for Human Sciences (Institut
für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen) is distinguished in
the fields of Philosophy, Political Theory and Political Economy.
This Institute does much work directly tied to the European Community
and the cultural value systems of modern Europe. It is also concerned
with the study of different forms of social inequality.
Fellows in residence at Columbia University Institute for Scholars
at Reid Hall are encouraged to apply to its many programs if their
projects warrant a further stay in Europe.
Sterling Currier Funding
Reid Hall has an endowment, the Sterling Currier Fund, which is
used to support collaborative conferences
and seminars between French and American scholars in furtherance
of Franco-American understanding. In accordance with the latter
purpose conference proposals are encouraged to deal with issues
having more than just a technical, specialized professional interest.
Fellows of the Institute are encouraged to apply. For further
information, please contact Pearl Spiro,
Assistant Provost for Academic Appointments.