Community Scholars Program

Commitment Title

Community Scholars Program 


Columbia University offers independent, community-based scholars from Northern Manhattan access to a range of University services and resources not usually afforded to nonaffiliated residents. Services and resources are provided at no cost to participants and include access to all of University libraries – including online access, course auditing privileges, dialogue with scholars in their field of study and the ability to participate in seminars and social events developed specifically for the group in buildings proposed within the Project Site. CU envisions the program to proceed as a pilot for ten years and then be reevaluated in good faith to assess its effectiveness.


    • Scholars must be a Borough of Manhattan resident living north of 96th Street
    • Scholars cannot have a current affiliation with Columbia University
    • Scholars must have a High School Diploma, GED or equivalent


Scholars are appointed for terms of three years and are selected by a committee that may include Columbia senior staff, deans and faculty, and may also include leaders from local cultural institutions. At the end of each scholar’s appointment, the tangible outcome of his or her term at the University will be submitted to remain accessible for future Community Scholars and others to review.

Columbia’s Implementation Plan

The most recent Implementation Plan Report submitted to Empire State Development, along with evidence of compliance, is available below:

Implementation Plan Report - Community Scholars Program

1. Annual report

How to Access

For more information, please direct inquiries about the Community Scholars Program to 212-854-4289 or or visit: