All applicants who apply to the Columbia Business School Doctoral Program are considered for merit-based fellowships and tuition. There is no separate financial aid application. Candidates selected for the Doctoral Program in most cases receive merit-based fellowships covering tuition and school expenses, including a stipend for living expenses.


Both teaching and research assistantships are available. Students are limited to two assistantships per term, and first-term students are strongly advised to carry only one assistantship.

Tuition Exemption

PhD students receive tuition exemption for up to 15 points per term. Tuition exemption is arranged for all approved coursework while the candidate is in the program.

Research Center Funding

Research Centers at Columbia Business School also provide focus for faculty and doctoral student research and may provide support for doctoral research.

Center on Japanese Economy and Business Doctoral Fellowship Available to Incoming, Japan-Focused PhDs

The Center on Japanese Economy and Business Doctoral Fellowship is available to any PhD applicant to the Columbia University Department of Economics or Columbia Business School who is interested in developing a Japan expertise, culminating in a dissertation focused primarily on Japan.

The Fellowship provides full funding for an incremental doctoral student opening, with funding renewed yearly, contingent on the student’s continued focus on Japan and success in meeting basic language acquisition and research requirements.

More details and scheduled information sessions about the Fellowship can be found here.

CJEB founded the fellowship in 2013 and plans to continue offering it on an annual basis, with the goal of supporting and training the next generation of experts on Japan’s economy and business systems.

The Eugene Lang Entrepreneurship Center PhD Fellowship

The Eugene Lang Entrepreneurship Center at Columbia Business School is pleased to offer annual fellowship awards to PhD students whose research relates to entrepreneurship in their dissertations. Each academic year, the program awards up to four students with a fellowship of $5,000. Visit the Eugene Lang Entrepreneurship Center website for more information.

The W. Edwards Deming Center for Quality, Productivity, and Competitiveness Doctoral Fellowships

The Deming Center is calling for proposals for the Doctoral Fellowships initiative, which supports PhD students from the Business School and IE&OR on applied research projects in conjunction with a company. The fellowships provide an opportunity for students to engage in a meaningful applied research project and gain valuable industry exposure and experience. Read more about the fellowship.