The Program

To encourage and mentor the next generation of scholars in international relations, politics, and policy making, The Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies, while under the direction of former Director Keren Yarhi-Milo, created a special program for select undergraduate majors in political science, history, human rights, area studies, and computer science, the Saltzman Student Scholars Program.

Chosen through competitive application, under the guidance of Interim Institute Director Peter Clement, the Saltzman Student Scholars will be invited to public and private Institute events including seminars, round tables, and meetings. They will receive mentoring from members of the Institute and other departmental faculty, and guidance when preparing their applications for graduate school. Should they wish, Saltzman Student Scholars can apply to become research assistants at the Institute, an opportunity to work with faculty on courses and independent research. Saltzman Student Scholars will be listed in a special section of our website along with their photo and profile.

You can view our current cohort of student scholars HERE.

Qualifications      

Applicants must be rising juniors or seniors with a declared major in Political Science, Human Rights, History, Area Studies, or Computer Science, with an interest in international relations, politics, or policy making, and must have completed courses that demonstrate an interest in international relations at the time of application. Applicants may be from CC, GS, SEAS, or BC.

Applications are accepted during the late spring and late fall of each academic year.

Application Procedure

Please submit the following materials to Program Coordinator Olivia Grinberg at ojg2112@columbia.edu.

  • 1. 1-page single-spaced essay describing your background, interests, accomplishments, challenges, and anticipated future plans.
  • 2. Request that a confidential reference letter/email be sent by a faculty member or teaching assistant from a class you have taken in political science, history, computer science, area studies, where a research project was required. Your recommender should be able to comment on the quality of your academic work. The letter may be sent directly to Olivia Grinberg. If you are a transfer student, your letter may also come from a faculty member or teaching assistant from your previous institution. Please request this as soon as possible, and tell them the requested receipt deadline is November 1, 2022.
  • 3. Unofficial college transcript including grades from the Spring 2022 semester. If you are a transfer student, include an unofficial transcript from your previous institution. Upon completion of the Fall 2022 semester, submit those grades to us as well in an unofficial transcript.
  • 4. A copy of your resume.

The application deadline for admittance to the Spring 2023 Student Scholars Program is November 1, 2022.