MA in Statistics Opportunity Scholarship

The department of statistics offers a limited number of competitive, need-based scholarships for newly admitted on-campus full-time or part-time students to the MA in Statistics program who are from groups underrepresented in the discipline in terms of race, ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic background, family history of post-baccalaureate opportunity, gender identity and gender expression, disability, or military service. Each scholarship award includes a full or partial tuition fellowship depending on demonstrated financial need and a modest stipend. Contingent upon satisfactory academic performance in the program, awardees will also have priority placement in teaching assistant-type positions. This scholarship is for US Citizens or Permanent Residents only. 

Applicants to the MA in Statistics program who are US Citizens or Permanent Residents must submit the GSAS application prior to applying for this award.  Scholarship applications received after the deadline below (March 20, 2021) will not be accepted. 

To apply, complete, and submit the 2021-22 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) [Columbia School Code: 002707]. After submitting FAFSA, applicants should fill out a short application form. 

The deadline for the scholarship application as well as for submitting the FAFSA is March 20, 2021, for Fall 2021. Scholarship notifications will be sent by April 15, 2021. 

Inquiries concerning this scholarship should be addressed to  with the subject line “MA in Statistics Opportunity Scholarship”.

MA Merit Scholarship

The Department of Statistics awards a limited number of scholarships for highly qualified applicants. Applicants who wish to be considered for the scholarship are strongly encouraged to apply by January 31st, 2021.  Candidates who qualify will be contacted directly via the department at the time of acceptance. 

Grader Position

Beginning in their second semester, academically strong MA Statistics students can apply to be a grader.  Graders support faculty and TA’s in specific courses.  This is a paid opportunity open to domestic and international students.  Information about applying will be communicated to MA Statistics students via email.  

Research Internship

There are paid research internship opportunities on campus.  Primarily self-initiated, it is recommended that students interested in research join the MA2PhD Club.    


Shardashish Interschool Fellowship

The Shardashish Interschool Fellowship program is offered at Columbia University in cooperation with the UNM Foundation in India. The fellowship aims at making the best quality of educational opportunities available for students who are financially restrained yet committed to developing the future of India.  Preference is given to candidates who have been admitted for a master’s program at Columbia University. The maximum amount a student can receive is $50,000 a year that could be used for both fees and tuition. Please see the link above for information on how to apply and details about deadlines. 

Financial Aid

Sources of financial aid may be available through a variety of internal and external sources including loans and work-study. For more information, please read more here. Questions regarding these funding opportunities should be directed to the GSAS Office of Financial Aid.