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Update on the Kraft Global Fellows Program - January 2023

The Office of the University Chaplain is now accepting applications for the January 2023 - Kraft Global Fellows program. 

Fellows will travel to Columbia's Global Center in Nairobi, Kenya, from January 5th to January 13th. The application will close on September 20th, 2022. Please check out the info below. 

Application Info

If you are interested in applying to the program, please carefully consider the instructions below on how to apply. Click on the link for downloadable instructions


Students currently registered as full-time Columbia University undergraduate or graduate students are eligible to apply. 

Students must be returning to campus for the Academic Year of 2023-2024.

Online, part-time, or students at affiliated institutions cannot be considered for the Kraft Global Fellows Program. (Affiliated institutions are Barnard College, Union Theological Seminary, and Teachers College.)



Please submit the following materials for your application. 

  • Letter of Intent
  • Updated resume
  • A current list of student activities and leadership roles at Columbia University
  • Official transcript (Electronically)
    (Please refer to the Office of the University Registrar for a copy)
  • Copy of your passport
  • Writing sample (Sample can be any past written work) 
  • Two letters of recommendation – at least one from your academic advisor and/or a faculty member (Letters must be sent by the recommender.)

When submitting please name all files with your first and last name. (i.e John_Smith_Resume)

Submit all application materials to Elmer Barcenes at [email protected]

A letter of intent is a required application material.

Please detail your interest in the Kraft Global Fellows Program group research trip. Include a demonstrated interest in religion, intercultural, or interfaith understanding. 

Only students that have submitted All of the requested materials by the deadline will be considered. No exceptions.

  • Students are required to interview with Chaplain Davis and the KGF advisory group to discuss their interests in this group project. 
  • No exceptions will be made for new passports or passport renewals. 
  • Only students selected for interviews will be contacted.

Completed applications for the Kraft Global Fellows Program to the Columbia Global Center in Nairobi must be submitted no later than Tuesday, September 20th, 2022 before 5:00 pm. 

If selected, Fellows will submit daily, 2 - page reflection papers to Chaplain Davis at [email protected] before 9:00 pm during the dates of the trip. 

On January 27th, 2023, each student will submit an 8-10 page final paper (due before 5:00 pm.) which will include a description of the trips as well as a comprehensive analysis and reflection on major themes of learning from the experience. 


The Kraft Family Fund for Interfaith and Intercultural Awareness and the Office of University Chaplain provides coverage for the following expenses; round trip airfare from NYC to Nairobi, return to NYC, some meals, and lodging. 

Fellows should anticipate out-of-pocket expenses of approximately $400. This includes personal needs such as drinking water, hand sanitizers, motion sickness medication, and computer travel adapters. Some meals, snacks and social activities will also be considered out-of-pocket expenses. Students must pay for all travel vaccinations and medicines they require.

If you have any questions about the program, please contact Elmer Barcenes at [email protected]