Columbia University Medical Center

Competition Opens for 2016 Public Voices Fellowships

Columbia faculty have until Dec. 20 to apply for the next class of Public Voices Fellows. The Columbia Public Voices Fellowship program, a collaboration of Columbia’s Department of Medicine and the OpEd Project, is intended to cultivate national thought leaders among scholars, scientists, and clinicians who can influence the larger public debate beyond the walls of academia. The program was created through the support of Robert L. Burch.

Twenty faculty members from across the University will be selected for the one-year fellowship. During the year, Fellows will attend interactive weekend seminars and work with mentors from the communications industry to develop op-ed articles, videos, and other communications projects. The combination of seminars and mentorship will provide fellows with the tools to communicate their scholarship and ideas in all areas of the public sphere—in print, on television and radio, via social media, and through other channels.

The 2016 Columbia Fellows will join the 40 Fellows, now fellowship alumni, who were chosen for the program during the past two years.

Past Columbia Public Voices Fellows have published in the New York Times, Huffington Post, Pacific Standard, Al Jazeera, USA Today, The Hill, and the Boston Globe. They have also been interviewed on CNN, Al Jazeera America, and NPR.

The OpEd Project has worked with other universities (Dartmouth, Northwestern, Princeton, Stanford, Yale) and organizations (Ford Foundation). Columbia Public Voices Fellows who complete the one-year program will join a national network of OpEd Project alumni, allowing for continued knowledge-sharing and innovation after the fellowship ends.

The deadline to apply for the 2016 Public Voices Fellowship is midnight Dec. 20, 2015.

More information, including a downloadable application, is available here.