A fellowship committee within the Admissions office makes all fellowship decisions for incoming August-entry MBA students. The awards are competitive and highly selective. Your GMAT/GRE/EA scores, undergraduate GPA, work experience, future goals, recommendations, etc. are all taken into account by the committee. If you are not awarded a fellowship as an incoming student, full-time MBA students have an opportunity to be considered for need-based assistance. Please review the Need-Based quick link to the left for additional information.
Columbia Business School offers the following fellowships in partnership with external organizations:
Forté Foundation Scholarship
The Forté Foundation is a non-profit organization with the mission of launching women into fulfilling, significant careers through access to business education and professional development. Forté Fellowships are awarded through Columbia Business School to admitted MBA students who demonstrate a commitment to advancing women in business. Any incoming MBA student can apply to be a Forté Fellow. In addition to a financial award, Forté Fellowship recipients are given access to professional development programs and mentoring opportunities.
The McGowan Fellowship Fund
The McGowan Fellows Program supports aspiring leaders who exemplify the spirit of William G. McGowan and the McGowan Fund. These remarkable individuals are passionate about promoting and sustaining a dynamic movement of principled leaders committed to the betterment of society.
The Fund strongly believes that—when done right—leadership transforms individuals, teams, organizations, and society. Ethical leadership requires us to be accountable not only for what we do but also how we do it. It requires people of great character to address the many challenges that will arise.
To this end, the Fund partners with top-tier business schools to award full-tuition scholarships to 10 second-year MBA students and, most importantly, to provide experiential learning opportunities through the following components: leadership training steeped in the McGowan values of ownership, accountability, and self-awareness; an opportunity to work on a social impact project towards improving the lives of others; an annual Symposium focusing on crucial questions facing business and society; and a long-life community of change agents across sectors.
For more information, please visit the William G. McGowan Charitable Fund website.