Heyman Center Fellowships

Funded by the Office of the Executive Vice-President of the Arts & Sciences, the Heyman Center Fellowships provide Columbia faculty with course relief during the academic year. These yearlong fellowships reduce teaching loads to a minimum of one course per semester during the award year, freeing up time for Fellows to conduct research and to participate in a regular weekly seminar.  We also expect to appoint four post-MPhil graduate students Fellows, who would receive a $5,000 research allowance for their participation. 

About the Fellowship

The Heyman Center Fellows seminar meets regularly throughout the academic year (10-12 times each semester). In addition to providing the opportunity to present work-in-progress, the seminar fosters discussion across disciplines and fields, creating opportunities for collaborative research and teaching in future semesters. Heyman Center Fellows have the opportunity to organize collaborative workshops and other events as part of SOF/Heyman public programming. Fellows must submit a report on their activities as a Heyman Center Fellow within six weeks of the end of the spring term.

To Apply:

Faculty applications for the Heyman Center Fellowships (2021-2022) are due 1 November 2020 (post-MPhil graduate student applications are due 1 December 2020).  Faculty fellowships are open to all Columbia and Barnard tenured and tenure-track faculty. 


  • research proposal (1500 words)
  • cover letter giving a brief description (200 words) of the project, a brief schedule for completion, and commenting on why participation in a weekly interdisciplinary seminar at this point in your research would be particularly beneficial
  • curriculum vitae (this must include a section on departmental and university service)
  • letters of recommendation (2): required for dissertating graduate students only

Submission Guidelines:

Applications must be submitted as a single Word or PDF document, containing all materials noted above (excluding letters of recommendation—for graduate students only). Label the file thus: Last Name, First Name—HCH Fellowship 2021-22 (e.g., “Hamilton, Alexander—HCH Fellowship 2021-22”)

Recommendations for graduate student applications for the Heyman Center Fellowship must also be submitted by recommenders directly as a Word or PDF document, labeled as above (e.g., “Recommendation for Hamilton, Alexander—HCH Fellowship 2021-22”)

Send the application file as an attachment in an email to: [email protected] Please do not send via Interfolio or similar services.  

Past Participants:

2020-2021 Heyman Center Fellows: 

Senior Faculty Fellows
Denise Cruz (English and Comparative Literature)
Nicholas Dames (English and Comparative Literature)
Susan Pedersen (History)
Camille Robcis (History)
Elizabeth Leake (Italian)

Junior Faculty Fellows
Meredith Gamer (Art History)
Mariusz Kozak (Music)
Adam Leeds (Slavic Languages)
Małgorzata Mazurek (History)
Konstantina Zanou​ (Italian)

Graduate Student Fellows
Akua Banful (English and Comparative Literature)
Lotte Houwink ten Cate (History)
John Izzo (Classics)
Eduardo Javier Romero Dianderas (Anthropology)

2019-2020 Heyman Center Fellows: 

Senior Faculty Fellows
Zainab Bahrani (Art History)
Patricia Grieve (Latin American Literature and Iberian Cultures)
Stephanie McCurry (History)
Deborah Steiner (Classics)

Junior Faculty Fellows
Charly Coleman (History)
Hannah Farber (History)
Aubrey Gabel (French)

Graduate Student Fellows
Danielle Drees (English and Comparative Literature)
Ibrahim El Houdaiby (Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies)
Brianna Nofil (History)
James Purcell (History)
Miriam Schulz (Germanic Languages)

2018-2019 Heyman Center Fellows: 

Senior Faculty Fellows
Ayten Gündoğdu (Barnard, Political Science)
Theodore Hughes (East Asian Languages and Cultures)
Matthew Jones (History)
Katharina Volk (Classics)

Junior Faculty Fellows
Naor Ben-Yehoyada (Anthropology)
T. Austin Graham (English)
Eliza Zingesser (French)
Karen Benezra (Latin American Literature and Iberian Cultures)

Graduate Student Fellows
Liz Dolfi (Religion)
Alma Igra (History)
Paul Katz (History)
Warren Kluber (Theatre/English)
Emily Rutherford (History)

2017-2018 Heyman Center Fellows:

Senior Faculty Fellows
Rachel Adams (English)
Brent Hayes Edwards (English)
Robert Gooding-Williams (Philosophy)
Celia Naylor (Barnard, History/ Africana Studies)

Junior Faculty Fellows
Matt Hart (English)
Joseph Howley (Classics)
Ana Paulina Lee (Latin American and Iberian Cultures)
Dennis Tenen (English)

Graduate Student Fellows
Robert Goodman (Political Science)
Sean O'Neil (History)
Anna Danziger Halperin (History)
Andrew Jungclaus (Religion)
JM Chris Chang (East Asian Languages and Cultures)

2016-2017 Heyman Center Fellows: 

Senior Faculty Fellows
Maja Horn (Barnard, Spanish and Latin American Cultures)
Jean E. Howard (English)
Nara Milanich (History)
Gauri Viswanathan (English)

Junior Faculty Fellows
Manan Ahmed (History)
Tarik Amar (History)
Catherine Fennell (Anthropology)
Marcus Folch (Classics)
Natasha Lightfoot (History)
Rhiannon Stephens (History) 

Graduate Student Fellows
Irina Denischenko (Slavic)
Samantha Fox (Anthropology)
Ulug Kuzuoglu (History)
Seth Williams (English)

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