How can I apply?

Application to the C3 Undergraduate Fellowship Program is currently closed. Check back in the fall for the application deadline for the summer of 2015. Applications are typically due in mid-February). In the meantime, you can visit the webpage of each program below.

> Columbia’s GSAS Summer Research Program
For additional program details or questions, please contact Andrea Morris, Assistant Dean for Academic Diversity at the Graduate School for Arts and Sciences (GSAS), Columbia University.

> UC Berkeley’s Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP)
For additional program details or questions, please contact SROP Program Coordinator, Cynthia Ladd-Viti.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is a 3.0 GPA a firm requirement?

A: The 3.0 GPA requirement is typically firm. HOWEVER, each application is given a comprehensive review, and those with a lower GPA may be considered if:

  • A compelling explanation for the lower GPA is provided
  • The student has shown marked academic improvement
  • Evidence of potential to engage in graduate level research is provided (see answer to following question)
  • The application includes exceptional letters of recommendation.

Q: Do I need to have prior research experience to apply?

A: No. Applicants with no prior research experience will be actively considered. Please provide in your application evidence of preparation for the challenge of a substantial research project, such as coursework or projects geared towards research, lab work, a description of interest in or knowledge of your desired research topic, etc.

Q: Should I identify a professor at the host institution I would like to do research with?

A: Yes. Please provide up to three faculty members you would be interested in working with during the program.

  • Neither program can guarantee the availability of selected faculty. However, identifying faculty will help the selection committee at each institution get a fuller idea of your research interest. If you are selected, they will then try to match you with the appropriate faculty and/or graduate student mentor.
  • At UC Berkeley, extensive information regarding faculty research and interests can be found on the UC Berkeley website. You may also search by academic department and program of interest here, or by faculty expertise here.

Q: How many applications do I need to fill in to maximize my chances of being considered by either Columbia or Berkeley?

A: Three applications: one to Berkeley’s SROP, one to Columbia’s SRP and one to the Leadership Alliance.

  • In addition to the C3 stream, both UC Berkeley and Columbia have funding to take on their own selection of summer research participants. By applying to each respective program, you will be considered for both the C3 and the institution-specific stream of funding at each institution — please note that the deadline for general applications to the Berkeley program is Feb. 3.
  • Columbia is also a member of the Leadership Alliance, which provides yet another stream of funding to participate in the Columbia summer program — please note the Feb. 1 deadline.

Q: What if my field of interest is not part of the ones funded by Mellon?

A: If you are interested in conducting research at Berkeley or Columbia in a field different than those funded by C3 (listed here), you can still apply to both programs and be eligible for funding by each institution-specific program.

  • Selected participants generally receive the same benefits and participate in all activities, regardless of the funding stream.

If you have any additional question, please do not hesitate to contact the program director at each host institution (contact info provided above). You may also contact the undergraduate research office at your home institution.

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