Application Information

The application period for the next cohort of A'Lelia Bundles Community Scholars is now open. The deadline to apply is May 24, 2024.

How to Apply

Please submit all required and supplemental documents online via the application form. 

If your application cannot be submitted online, please contact [email protected] to make arrangements for submission.

Other Considerations

  • This program does not lead to course credit, a degree or certification.
  • All instruction in classes is conducted in English unless otherwise noted in course descriptions.
  • Admission to the Bundles Scholars program is conditional upon proof of northern Borough of Manhattan residency.  
  • Prior to enrolling in classes and receiving library access, Bundles Scholars will need to provide documentation ensuring compliance with Columbia University's immunization requirements.
  • Although terms are stated as 3 years, individual scholars may opt to complete the program in less time; continued enrollment depends upon continued compliance with all program requirements and University regulations.

Content and Format

Please follow the following guidelines when submitting your application.

  • 11 or 12 point font
  • Normal margins (top 1”; bottom 1”; left 1”; right 1”)
  • Numbered – bottom of page

Applications submitted must include the information noted below and be submitted in order.

1-2 pages describing your educational and/or professional background.

1-2 pages describing the project you propose to pursue.  Please include:

  • Your anticipated goals and outcomes
  • University resources you would like to access (i.e. courses to audit, library, etc.)
  • A brief statement on how your project might be of benefit or interest to the larger community

Please provide the following information to verify your eligibility and support your application. 

  • Résumé, or Curriculum Vitae 
  • Copy of your High School transcript, GED/TASC, OR explanation of equivalent experience. (Required if no college transcript is submitted)
  • Copy of transcripts from any college or university work, if applicable. (If you are submitting a transcript from an accredited university, you may omit your high school transcript)

Note: If accepted into the program, official transcripts and proof of residency will be required.

Provide 2 letters of reference (may be from a current or former employer, community leader, teacher, professor, colleague, or eminent person in your field of study). These can be submitted with your application or separately. If the letters will be submitted separately, please make a note of that on your application.

Letters can be submitted with your application or emailed to [email protected]. Please reference the A'Lelia Bundles Community Scholars program and the name of the applicant in your email subject line.

Other supporting materials you would like to have considered as a part of your application, such as a work sample, writing samples of up to 2 pages, or audio or videotape samples of up to 5 minutes. Materials cannot be returned.

If you have supplemental materials that cannot be submitted digitally, please reach out to [email protected].


Please direct inquiries about the A'Lelia Bundles Community Scholars program to [email protected].