Kraft Global Fellows | Istanbul 2020

The Kraft Global Fellows Program is an initiative of the Kraft Family Fund for Intercultural and Interfaith Awareness and the Office of the University Chaplain. Applications are now being accepted for the January 2020 Kraft Global Fellows research trip to Turkey and the Columbia Global Center | Istanbul. The group research project will focus on the religions, cultures, and communities of Istanbul. The project is designed and directed by Jewelnel Davis, University Chaplain, and Associate Provost.

Funding for the program is from the Kraft Family Fund for Interfaith and Intercultural Awareness and the Office of University Chaplain; covered expenses include round trip airfare from NYC-JFK to Istanbul and return to NYC-JFK and lodging. Students must have a current passport that will not expire before June 2020. Dates of the trip are Jan 02 through Jan 11th, 2020. Students will travel together to and from NYC.

For more information, click here.

2019 APPAM Research Conference in Denver, Colorado | November 7 – 9, 2019


Rising to the Challenge:
Engaging Diverse Perspectives on Issues and Evidence
November 7 – 9, 2019 | Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel | Denver, Colorado

The APPAM 2019 Fall Research Conference will be a multi-disciplinary research conference attracting the highest quality research on a wide variety of important current and emerging policy and management issues. The focus will be on bringing together researchers and practitioners with a wide range of perspectives to engage the evidence and discuss how best to improve public policy.


Details from the conference website:

Pre-Conference Workshop

Deploying Machine Learning Tools for Public Policy Impact
Wednesday, November 6, 2019
11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sheraton Denver Downtown

The workshop seeks to provide an accessible introductory overview to machine learning tools, illustrate the range of policy problems to which they can be applied, develop understanding of what makes for a good policy application for these tools, what can go right (and wrong), and where and how policy analysts can add value to making progress on these problems. We will also include some discussion about how machine learning tools can be useful for solving the sort of causal inference problems that have traditionally been the focus of policy analysis work.

Innovation Lounge

Introduced at the 2018 Fall Research Conference, the Innovation Lounge is an easy-to-access space where experienced researchers are invited to meet and share cutting-edge research with conference attendees. Innovation through diversity will be a major theme of this conference, so we strongly encourage our attendees to do just that in the Innovation Lounge!

Positions in Policy

The APPAM Positions in Policy (PIP) program connects job seekers who plan on attending the Fall Conference with organizations who will be conducting interviews and potentially hiring at the conference. The employers will contact job candidates directly to set up onsite interviews at the conference for open positions. Those positions may be for a variety of job functions, both academic and non-academic, to appeal to job seekers at all levels including students, postdocs, and early- and mid-career professionals. Those positions may be for a variety of job functions, both academic and non-academic, to appeal to job seekers at various levels including students, postdocs, and early- and mid-career professionals. When available, the positions being interviewed for at the conference will be noted on their Job Listings page.

Networking Opportunities

Opportunities to network at the conference will be plentiful through our educational programs, social events and special programs.

Student Resources

There will be student specific events  during the Fall Research Conference, including mentorship programs, a Student Lounge, networking opportunities with policy experts, the PhD Program Fair, the Equity & Inclusion Fellowship, and student-focused content.

Go to APPAM’s conference page for more information and to register.

Fulbright U.S. Student Program Information Session | Wednesday, April 3

Representatives from the Institute for International Education (IIE) will be on campus to discuss the 2020-2021 Fulbright U.S. Student Program on Wednesday, April 3 from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm in Havemeyer 309.

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is the largest U.S. exchange program offering opportunities for students and young professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and primary and secondary school teaching in more than 140 countries worldwide.

Learn about different award opportunities, what’s required of a successful application, and what’s new for the upcoming cycle. Columbia’s Fulbright Program Advisors will also be on hand to meet students and answer questions. The information session is open to graduate students of all levels. No RSVP is necessary to attend.

Read more about the Fulbright U.S. Student Program here.

Program Overview

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or for English Teaching Assistant Programs. A candidate will submit a Statement of Grant Purpose defining activities to take place during one academic year in a participating country outside the U.S.

During their grants, Fulbrighters will meet, work, live with and learn from the people of the host country, sharing daily experiences. The program facilitates cultural exchange through direct interaction on an individual basis in the classroom, field, home, and in routine tasks, allowing the grantee to gain an appreciation of others’ viewpoints and beliefs, the way they do things, and the way they think. Through engagement in the community, the individual will interact with their hosts on a one-to-one basis in an atmosphere of openness, academic integrity, and intellectual freedom, thereby promoting mutual understanding.

Grant lengths and dates vary by country. Please consult the specific country summary for details.


Graduate-level candidates must demonstrate the capacity for independent study or research, together with a general knowledge of the history, culture, and current events of the countries to which they are applying.

Competitive applicants to the Fulbright U.S. Student Program will not have recent extensive experience abroad (excluding recent undergraduate study abroad), especially in the country of application.

Kraft Global Fellows Program | Apply by January 29

From the Office of the University Chaplain:

The Office of the University Chaplain’s Kraft Global Fellows Program is an initiative of the Kraft Family Fund for Intercultural and Interfaith Awareness. The project is led by Jewelnel Davis, University Chaplain and Associate Provost.

The mission of the program is to promote interfaith and cross-cultural experience and to provide an opportunity for Columbia University students to add a global perspective to their Columbia University academic experience by utilizing the resources of the Columbia Global Centers, while enriching the Columbia University community by creating opportunities for students to share their research, their experience, and the resources of the Columbia Global Centers once they return.

In March 2019, the Kraft Global Fellows Program will support students to travel to Santiago, Chile. The group research project will focus on the religions, cultures, and communities of Chile.

The deadline for consideration is January 29, 2019 by 5:00 pm.

For more details including application instructions, review the  program flyer

From Idea to Intervention: Breaking down the research process from start to finish

Interested in learning more about the research process? Ever wanted to know how you get from a research idea to the development of an intervention?

Then considering attending this upcoming presentation! 

“From Idea to Intervention: Breaking down the research process from start to finish.”

Monday, November 5, 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Presenters: Professor Elwin Wu and Assistant Professor Brooke West
CSSW, Room 1109
RSVP: not required
General Contact: Jenissis Jeanty ([email protected])

In this training session, Professor Elwin Wu and Assistant Professor Brooke West will discuss the phases of research from start to finish, including how research ideas are generated, how studies are designed and implemented and what needs to be done along the way to make sure that the work is ethical and responsible. This session is open to all students and provide an opportunity to learn more about how research gets done. As this will be an informal chat, please come with questions.


Dr. Elwin Wu is a Co-Director of the CSSW Social Intervention Group (SIG) and Co-Director of the HIV Intervention Science Training Programfor Racial/Ethnic Minority New Investigators. He is also a Director of Columbia University’s Training, HIV, Substance Abuse, and Criminal Justice Fellowship Program, and Co-Direcor of Global Health Research Center of Central Asia (GHRCCA), also at Columbia University. His practice experience includes direct clinical practice with individuals, couples, and groups with agencies serving primarily the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities; evaluation of violence prevention programs for perpetrators of intimate partner violence in same-sex relationships; and program development and evaluation for criminal justice-involved adolescents and adults.


Dr. Brooke West is a medical sociologist whose global and domestic research examines determinants of HIV/STI and substance use, as well as reproductive health and violence exposure. Drawing on social science and public health approaches, she examines the conditions in which health risks occur for substance using populations, women in sex work, and other stigmatized groups.

Dr. West is the principal investigator on a NIDA-funded study that examines the intersection of venue-based risk and networks for substance-using women in Tijuana, Mexico, with the goal of informing the development of targeted interventions that create safer spaces for affected people. Other projects include evaluation and development of sexual and reproductive health programs in Kenya, South Africa, Zambia, and the United States.

She received her PhD in Sociomedical Sciences from Columbia University in 2014. She also has an MA in Sociology from Cornell University and a BA in Sociology and Philosophy from Cleveland State University.