Allison Busch Memorial Language Study Fellowship

Summer 2024 Allison Busch Memorial Language Study Fellowship

Summer 2024 Language Study for Undergraduate International Students.

Application due March 15, 2024: 

In 2020, the University Committee on Asia and the Middle East (UCAME) announced the Allison Busch Memorial Language Study Fellowship, to honor the late Allison Busch, Professor of Hindi Literature in the Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies.  The fellowship supports international undergraduate students at Columbia and Barnard Colleges, and the Schools of Engineering and General Studies.  The fellowship is meant to support students studying a language of South Asia during the summer.  U.S citizens and permanent residents are not eligible to apply for the Busch fellowship (and should instead apply for Summer FLAS).

Busch Fellows must attend an approved program of intensive summer language study for a minimum of six weeks and 140 hours of classroom contact.  Applicants must have already completed a minimum of one year of language study, and a competition preference will be given to students who plan to attain an Advanced level of proficiency upon finishing their degrees.

The fellowship consists of between $5,000 to $10,000 to cover tuition, travel, and living expenses to attend an intensive summer language institute in the US or abroad.  This includes online classes for the Summer of 2024. Funding is limited to two students per year.  Note that this grant does not cover travel expenses for online courses.

Language of Study

Students may study Bengali, Hindi, Punjabi, Tamil, Urdu, and others South Asian languages, i.e., Marathi, Telugu, Sinhala, etc.  Students must study at the Intermediate or Advanced levels.  Students with Advanced Proficiency in one language of South Asia may apply to study at the Elementary level for a second language.

How to Apply

Applications must include the application form, a statement of purpose (no more than three pages), a current transcript including Spring 2024 term enrollment.  Applicants must include also a summer budget which may include tuition, books and materials, housing, airfare and local travel, and living expenses.  Applicants may include a resume with the application, but it is not required to apply. The application page must include the following:   name, address, telephone, and email contact; Columbia UNI; School and major (undeclared majors may apply); date of entrance to Columbia and anticipated date of graduation; country of citizenship;  language and level to be studied during the fellowship term; and the name and URL of the language you plan to attend.  The statement of purpose can be used to talk about your academic and career goals, research interests, and how the pursuit of language skills fit into those plans.

Application files may be sent as an email attachments to Jessica Rechtschaffer at


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