Columbia Community Scholars Program Now Accepting Applications for 2018

Thursday, March 22, 2018

2017 Community Scholars with members of the Office of Government and Community Affairs.
Community Scholars from the 2017 cohort team up with Columbia's Office of Government and Public Affairs.

The Columbia Community Scholars Program enables independent scholars to pursue their lifelong learning aspirations, whether it be completing an independent project or attaining skills in a particular area. The program allows Scholars a formal opportunity to access Columbia University resources and participate in the intellectual life of the University through interaction with faculty, students, and other visiting scholars.

The initiatives from the 2017 cohort include a storytelling project to amplify the voices of Haitian-Americans, a documentary on Harlem legend Pery Ellis Sutton, a comprehensive survey of housing developments in Community Board 9, and a podcast featuring interviews with a variety of designers from architecture to computer science.

Participants are not required to have a degree from a higher education institution. To be eligible, applicants must be a Borough of Manhattan resident living north of 96th Street, cannot have a current affiliation with Columbia University, and must have a High School Diploma, GED or equivalent.

The application deadline is Thursday, April 26, 2018. For more info, call (212) 854-5710, email or visit