AC4 2021 Graduate Student Fellowship

January 29, 2021

The AC4 Graduate Student Fellowship is now open for 2021. AC4 will fund a limited number of research grants and virtual conference registrations for graduate students. The deadline has been extended to March 22nd, 2021. Learn more about eligibility and the application process. 

Due to travel restrictions associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, AC4 has restructured its Graduate Student Fellowship to adapt to the current situation. Providing funding for the innovative and interdisciplinary research projects on peace, conflict, and sustainability is one of the real highlights of our work at AC4, and we are pleased to be able to continue to offer this support to graduate students across Columbia University.

The 2021 AC4 Graduate Fellowships will fund eligible research costs or conference attendance costs for a limited number of Columbia University graduate students between April 2021 – December 2021. We are soliciting fellowships applications in each of the two categories:

Research Awards
AC4 will provide research funds of up to $1000 for qualified interdisciplinary research that is able to be conducted remotely and without travel. Projects should be focused on peace, conflict, sustainability, and/or social justice and can include projects in the natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, and the arts. Funds can go towards research material expenses including but not limited to study participant incentives, software, digital project hosting, supplies for arts or humanities projects, etc.

Conference Awards
AC4 will cover registration fees of up to $250 USD for virtual conference attendance for students presenting research related to AC4’s mission of supporting interdisciplinary research themes on peace, conflict, and social justice, as well as on AC4’s signature project themes. Preference will be given to students with financial need and/or from historically underrepresented groups in academia. For more information on AC4 research priorities, please review the projects on our website at:


  •  Must be an enrolled Columbia University graduate student (including affiliated institutions such as Teachers College, Union Theological Seminary, etc) at the time of application
  • For research proposals, you must remain enrolled at Columbia through the duration of your research project (at least through December 2021). For TC students, please note that your fellowship will not be dispersed through your respective Office of Financial Aid department. Instead, you will receive the payment by check or direct deposit. If you’re awarded the fellowship, you will need to a) submit your tax forms; and b) show proof of student visa status if you’re a non-resident. Payments to TC students will be dispersed 6 weeks after all required paperwork has been received and approved.
  • For conference proposals, you must be enrolled at Columbia at the time of the application (during the Spring 2021 semester).
  • Research presentations and conference attendance must connect to conflict resolution, sustainable peace, and/or relates to AC4's research pillars: Environment, Peace and Sustainability; Youth, Peace and Security; Sustainable Peace; or Women, Peace, and Security.
  • Approved Student Visa status: eligible to work or receive payment in the U.S. I addition, for research grants for international students, depending on your citizenship status, you may be subject to an IRS withholding.
  • Scholarship / Fellowship status eligible to receive additional funding
  • AC4 is not able to reimburse costs incurred prior to award of the fellowship.


  • Research Proposals: Applications are due by midnight EST March 22nd, 2021.
  • Conference registration: Proposals are due by midnight EST March 22nd, 2021. Award contingent on successful acceptance by the conference organizers.

Application process for Research Fellowship:

View the research grant application here.

Application process for Conference Fellowship:

  • Name, School, Area of Study
  • Name of Faculty Advisor
  • Abstract of presentation
  • How your work is connected to the themes of peace, conflict, and social justice and/or the thematic areas (youth, environment, gender) (500 words)
  •  How will this conference connect to your professional/academic trajectory? You may also use this space to indicate financial need and/or describe how one or parts of your identity may be underrepresented in the conference field or academia more broadly. (300 words)
  • Proof of attendance/registration at Columbia
  • Name of conference with the link to conference website and proof of acceptance of your research to the conference if you have already been accepted.

View the Conference grant application here.