Columbia Public Voices Fellowship 2017: Now Accepting Applications

November 22, 2016

Columbia University is now accepting applications for the Public Voices Fellowship, a high-impact and prestigious initiative to accelerate the ideas and public impact of a core group of our nation’s most original and diverse thought leaders. Twenty faculty members—scholars, scientists, and clinicians—from across the University will be selected through a competitive application process to join the 2017 cohort. The Public Voices Fellowship will provide selected fellows with extraordinary knowledge, skills, and access to ensure their ideas shape not only academia but also the greater public conversations of our age.


Selected faculty will join a year-long fellowship program. They will meet for a total of four (day-long or 1.5-day) workshops, scheduled at two- to three-month intervals over the course of nine months. The unique curriculum combines game-based learning with the latest research on influence, including: how ideas spread, when and why minds change, how credibility is built, and how impact is created. Between workshops, fellows will join monthly calls with high-level media insiders (NYT, TED, CNN, Wikipedia, etc.), receive weekly customized email support and news alerts, and be assigned to work with top journalist mentors for dedicated one-on-one coaching throughout the year. Upon completion of the fellowship, they will have access to The OpEd Project's national network of high-level journalist “mentor-editors” for continuing support.

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Fellowship Overview



Columbia faculty members have described the Fellowship as "transformative," "career changing," and "life changing." It’s also one of the few opportunities to work deeply with wonderful colleagues across disciplines.

Prior Columbia Public Voices fellows have published in The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Slate, Pacific Standard, Al Jazeera, USA Today, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Hill, The Boston Globe, and more. They have been interviewed on CNN, Al Jazeera America, and NPR. Columbia fellows will join this national network of Fellowship alumni, facilitating knowledge-sharing, collaboration, and innovation across institutions.

Over the last three years of Public Voices at Columbia, sixty faculty members have infused national and global dialogues with their perspectives on topics such as the Ebola health crisis, inmate education, and parental bullying of LGBT children. We invite you to experience the energy, excitement, and impact of the Columbia Fellowship by clicking through to the short videos from 2014-2015, 2015, and 2016 to hear the program described in your fellow faculty members' own words.

Columbia Public Voices Fellowship Y3 (2015-2016)


To apply for the 2017 Columbia Public Voices Fellowship, please complete the application and submit via email by Tuesday, Dec. 20. Fellows will be notified of their acceptance in mid-January. Only applicants who are available to attend all four workshops in full will be considered.


· Friday, Feb. 10, and Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, 2-5 p.m. 

· Saturday, April 29

· Saturday, Sept. 9

· Saturday, Nov. 11