***It is recommended that you print this page to assist you in preparing your application***


March 15th, 2018 - 5 p.m. application RECEIPT deadline


FELLOWSHIPS OFFERED: Columbia Universityís Summer Research Program, in cooperation with the New York Stem Cell Foundation, will provide 10-12 Fellowships in 2018 to New York metropolitan area middle and high school science teachers. Eight of these awards will support science teachersí research in the stem cell science laboratories of the New York Stem Cell Foundation and of Columbia University for 7-8 weeks in two consecutive summers (2018 & 2019). Additionally, two awards will support science teachersí research in Columbia University laboratories in other areas of science (e.g., Astronomy, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science, Physics).Applicants wishing to participate in this program must commit to work in a Columbia University or a New York Stem Cell Foundation research laboratory for eight weeks in EACH of TWO consecutive summers (2018 & 2019). The proposed fellowship stipend each summer will be $6,000 per summer, per New York Stem Cell Foundation funding..

ELIGIBILITY: Science teachers currently employed in any public, independent or parochial middle, intermediate, junior, or senior high school in the New York metropolitan area. The applicant must be committed to continue teaching in New York-New Jersey area middle and senior high schools for at least 2018-1019 & 2019-2020. The program seeks dynamic, energetic, creative, articulate and communicative professionals who have demonstrated leadership and initiative in their schools, and a desire to stimulate their studentsí enthusiasm for science and for learning..

Applicants must be either U.S. Citizens or Resident Aliens. NO EXCEPTIONS. Proof of status is required

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE: The 2018 program will begin on Thursday, June 28th and conclude on Wednesday, August 22, 2018. Teachers spend four days per week (Tuesdays through Fridays), doing hands-on research in their host laboratories. Mondays are reserved for formal professional development exercises including seminars on stem cell biology or other topics of broad general scientific interest. In the Programís last week, Fellows present the results of their research in poster and short talk formats

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS (due by March 15th, 2018):

1) 2018 Research Fellowship Application: Can be completed and submitted online to kja7@cumc.columbia.edu, or mailed to Ms. Karen J. Allis, Summer Research Program Administrator, Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons. 630 West 168th Street, Box 40, New York, N.Y. 10032.

2) THREE letters of recommendation from individuals who know you and your work. One letter must be from either the head of your department or your school principal, preferably from both. Please provide the guidelines to those from whom you request a recommendation. It is YOUR responsibility to make sure each letter of recommendation is placed in a separate envelope, sealed with their signature across the envelope flap and included with the other required application documents.

3) Your CURRENT C.V. (resume). The C.V. must not exceed three pages and should include the following information:

- Education (include schools, degrees and dates)

- Professional experience (include dates & places of employment)

- Related professional experiences in addition to primary teaching experience

- Memberships in professional organizations

- Awards, publications, patents, notable achievements, etc.

4) One COPY of your State or local Science Teacher Certification or License OR proof of eligibility (applicants who do not hold a science certificate or license may submit copies of college transcripts indicating sufficient coursework to be eligible for a science license and/or certificate).

ALL supporting documents must be returned in ONE envelope (US Postal Service, overnight carrier, or hand delivered)


NOTE: Applicants who submitted a COMPLETE program application previously, with letters of recommendation, must complete the online application to be considered for the 2018 Program. An updated C.V./Resume (three pages maximum), three letters of recommendation, and a copy of your current teaching license/certificate also are required.

Submit all supporting documents in one envelope to:

Ms. Karen Allis, Summer Research Program Administrator

Columbia University

630 West 168th Street | Box 40 |

New York, NY 10032


All documents must be RECEIVED no later than Thursday March 15th, 2018  at 5:00 p.m.  FAXED OR E-MAILED LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.  You will receive confirmation of the Program's receipt of your completed application.

Applications will be reviewed by members of the Programís Advisory Committee. Applicants selected for interviews will meet with two-four members of the Advisory Committee in early to mid march. Applicants not selected for interviews will be notified of their status no later than early to mid March. Applicants not selected for interviews will be so notified by March 15th, 2018.

All applicants will be notified of the status of their application no later than April 1, 2018. They will then be asked to schedule an interview with a Columbia University or New York Stem Cell Foundation scientist who has agreed to host a teacher in his/her laboratory in the summers of 2018 and 2019. Assignment to a laboratory requires agreement of the teacher and the head of the laboratory. It is our expectation that most teachers will have met with their prospective research mentors and be assigned to a laboratory by May 1, 2018. Laboratory mentors will provide teachers with background papers and manuscripts to be read in preparation for their arrival at their mentor's lab.

Teachers who will be working with animals and/or radioactive chemicals will be required to take Columbia University or New York Stem Cell Foundation courses in animal husbandry and/or radiation safety in May or June.

***We recommend that you complete the ESSAY questions in a word processing program prior to beginning the electronic application. Once in the essay section of the application, cut and paste your responses from your word processing program into the appropriate spaces on the electronic application. Each essay question should not exceed 250 words.***

*Please note that once you begin the application, you must complete it during that online session. You won't be able to leave and complete it at a later time*

All good wishes for success