Public Voices Fellowship

2017 Public Voices Fellows

About the Public Voices Fellowship

In collaboration with The OpEd Project, the Columbia Public Voices Fellowship program cultivates thought leadership among scholars, scientists and clinicians who can influence the larger public debate beyond the walls of academia. With support from Columbia University’s Department of Medicine, the Heyman Center for the Humanities, and the Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion, twenty faculty members across Columbia University (six from the Mailman School) are selected each year through a competitive application process.

Selected faculty join a year-long fellowship program. They meet for a total of four (day-long or 1.5-day) workshop convenings, scheduled at two-three month intervals over the course of nine months. The unique curriculum combines game-based learning with the latest research on influence, including: how ideas spread, when and why minds change, how credibility is built, and how impact is created. Between convenings, Fellows join monthly calls with high-level media insiders (NYT, TED, CNN, Wikipedia, etc), receive weekly customized email support and news alerts, and are assigned to work with top journalist mentors for dedicated one-on-one coaching throughout the year.  Upon completion of the fellowship, they have access to The OpEd Project's national network of high-level journalist “mentor-editors” for continuing support.

The Payoff

Columbia faculty members have described the Fellowship as "transformative," "career changing," and "life changing." It’s one of the few opportunities to work deeply with wonderful colleagues across disciplines.

Over the last three years of Public Voices at Columbia, sixty faculty members have infused national and global dialogues with their perspectives on topics such as the Ebola health crisis, inmate education, and parental bullying of LGBT children. Prior Columbia Public Voices Fellows have published in The New York TimesThe Huffington PostSlatePacific StandardAl JazeeraUSA TodayThe Chronicle of Higher EducationThe HillThe Boston Globe and more. They have been interviewed on CNN, Al Jazeera America, and NPR. We invite you to experience the energy, excitement, and impact of the Columbia Fellowship by clicking through to the short videos from 2014-20152015 and 2016 to hear the program described in your fellow faculty members' own words. 


In 2017, Mailman fellows have released op-ed pieces across various media outlets including The Hill, The Washington Post, and Truth Out. See the Op-Ed archive for pieces from our previous fellows.


Fellows were quoted by Gizmondo, NPR, and The New York Times.


Fellows were interviewed by Newstalk 770, NPR, and CNN.

How to Apply

The application is now closed. Stay tuned for next year's application information! 

Please contact Azure Nowara with any questions:

Azure Nowara
Center Coordinator
Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion
722 W. 168th Street, Room 939