Columbia University's new Community Scholars Program is seeking
nominations and applications for its inaugural class. The Community Scholars
Program is being originated as one of the benefits and amenities to be provided
to the local community as part of Columbia's Manhattanville Campus Expansion.
The inaugural cohort will be made up of 5 Scholars and the program will begin
in Fall 2013, with an application deadline of April 18, 2013.
The Community Scholars Program offers independent, community-based
scholars from Northern Manhattan access to a suite of Columbia University
services and resources in order to work toward the completion of a particular
project or to attain skill in a particular area. The program will allow these
scholars a formal opportunity to participate in the intellectual life of the
university, providing opportunities for interaction with faculty, students, and
other visiting scholars. It will help to foster and deepen ties between the
University and the many independent members of the cultural and intellectual
community surrounding it.
The services include access to all the university's libraries
(including on-line access), course auditing privileges (in departments offering
auditable courses), dialogue with scholars in their field of study, and the
ability to participate in seminars and social events. A Scholar may wish to
avail him or herself of all or some of the services offered; he or she may
begin the program simply wishing to access the libraries, and later into the
term opt to audit one or two classes. The program's coordinator will assist
each scholar to access resources and determine his or her needs, as well as
alerting them to relevant opportunities on campus as they arise.
Scholars will be appointed for terms of up to three years, and
will be selected by a committee that may include senior staff, deans and
faculty and may also include leaders from local cultural institutions. At the
end of each Scholar's appointment, the tangible outcome of his or her term at
the University would be submitted to remain accessible for future Community
Scholars and others to review.
Eligibility: New York City residents of Manhattan living north of
96th Street and currently not affiliated with Columbia University; High School
Diploma, GED or equivalent.
If you have any questions about the program, please feel free to
contact Lauren Feighan at (212) 854-5710 or email@example.com. The deadline
for applications is April 18, 2013.