Symposium Fellows

Every year, Symposium recruits Symposium Fellows (SFs) to help lead student discussions during our summer programs. We are looking for college students who have a strong interest in teaching the humanities and will commit to a rigorous training process (in the form of three sessions of Columbia faculty-led University Seminars on intercultural pedagogy) as well as a 10-day summer program in one of the locations listed above.


Upon the successful completion of their individual summer program, every Symposium Fellow will be granted a stipend of 1000 USD (tentative). Additional funding for travel and potential homestay opportunities in the location might also be available.

Training & Syllabus

Every SF is expected to submit a full syllabus after the three on-campus training sessions. Every syllabus is expected to incorporate three texts, including a local one, a Western one, and a non-Western, non-local one. For example, a SF for the Beijing program might consider Analects (local), Symposium (Western), and The Conference of the Birds (non-local, non-Western). At least one of these three texts needs to be chosen from the texts discussed during the pedagogical training sessions (Symposium by Plato, On the Shortness of Life by Seneca, Analects by Confucius, and The Conference of the Birds by Farid ud-Din Attar). Please note that the training sessions will prepare SFs for teaching texts that come from cultures unfamiliar to them. Attendance to all three training sessions is mandatory (refer to the timeline)!

The recruitment of Symposium Fellows for the summer of 2019 has concluded! Click HERE to read about Symposium Fellows this year!