Summer 2019 Wm. Theodore de Bary Fellowship

Summer 2020 Language Study for Undergraduate International Students

Deadline:  to be announced

In 2018, The South Asia Institute and the University Committee on Asia and the Middle East (UCAME) inaugurated the Wm. Theodore de Bary undergraduate summer language fellowship.  The fellowship supports international students at Columbia and Barnard Colleges, and the Schools of Engineering and General Studies.  U.S citizens and permanent residents are not eligible to apply for the de Bary fellowship (and should instead apply for Summer FLAS). 

De Bary Fellows must attend an approved program of intensive summer language study for a minimum of six weeks and 140 hours of classroom contact.  Applicants must have already completed a minimum of one year of language study, and a competition preference will be given to students who plan to attain an Advanced level of proficiency upon finishing their degrees.

The fellowship consists of up to $8,000 to cover tuition, travel, and living expenses to attend an intensive summer language institute in the US or abroad.  Funding is limited to one student per year.

Language of Study

Students may study Bengali, Hindi, Punjabi, Tamil, or Urdu.  Other South Asian languages will be considered, i.e., Marathi, Telugu, Sinhala, etc.  Students must study at the Intermediate or Advanced levels.  Students with Advanced Proficiency in one language of South Asia may apply to study at the Elementary level for a second language.

How to Apply

Applications must include a biodata page, a signed attestation form, a statement of purpose (no more than three pages), a current transcript including Spring 2020 term enrollment, and two letters of recommendation (only one may be from a language instructor).  Applicants may include a resume with the application, but it is not required to apply. The biodata page must include the following:   name, address, telephone, and email contact; Columbia UNI; School and major (undeclared majors may apply); date of entrance to Columbia and anticipated date of graduation; country of citizenship;  language and level to be studied during the fellowship term; and the name and URL of the language you plan to attend.  The statement of purpose can be used to talk about your academic and career goals, research interests, and how the pursuit of language skills fit into those plans. 

Application files may be sent as an email attachments, or delivered by hand, as below.  Recommendations may be emailed to the address below, or can be printed and sealed with the recommender's signature over the envelope flap and hand-delivered, as below.

Letters of recommendation:  Recommendors should email them directly to  William Carrick <>
 biodata page, and attestation form

Application should be sent as follows:
Email attachment delivery:  William Carrick <>
Hand delivery:  South Asia Institute, Rooms 216-219 Knox Hall, 606 West 122nd Street, between Broadway and Claremont
For questions about the fellowship application, eligibility, etc. please contact William Carrick at <>.