Gallatin offers several scholarly groups that provide special opportunities for high-achieving students, including travel, cultural and intellectual activities, and access to smaller communities within Gallatin itself.
Albert Gallatin Scholars
Select students are invited to be Albert Gallatin Scholars each year when they apply to Gallatin. The program includes two opportunities for students to participate in an international travel colloquium during January Term. To prepare for the trip, students attend seminars with the group’s faculty mentors and guest experts, exploring the culture, history, architecture, art, and music of the trip’s destination. During the trip, students meet with representatives of cultural institutions, NGOs, and arts groups. Past destinations have included China, Argentina and Chile, South Africa, and Spain and Morocco.
Under the guidance of a full-time Gallatin faculty member, Americas Scholars explore an annual theme through seminars, visits from guest speakers, and a travel colloquium held during January Term. Gallatin juniors and seniors who have a GPA of at least 3.7 are invited to apply during the Spring semester. Selection is based on a student's academic record, his/her demonstrated academic and personal interest in global matters relating specifically to the Americas (Central America, South American, the Caribbean, and North America including the US), and his/her demonstrated commitment to civic engagement. Past destinations have included New Orleans, where students learned how the city was coping several years after Hurricane Katrina, and Puerto Rico, where they examined cultural and community linkages between Puerto Rico and New York.
Dean's Honor Society
The Dean’s Honor Society offers academic seminars, cultural activities, and international trips with a full-time Gallatin faculty member throughout the school year. Gallatin juniors and seniors who have a GPA of at least 3.7 are invited to apply during the Spring semester. Selection is based on a student's academic record, his/her demonstrated interest in global matters, and his/her commitment to civic engagement. Each year, the program changes its geographic focus and examines a different theme, and students participate in an annual travel colloquium, held typically during Spring Break. Past destinations have included Greece, where students studied the ancient in the modern world; Ireland, where they studied myth and story; and Senegal, where they learned about development, the environment, and social movements in a postcolonial society.
Gallatin Global Fellowship in Human Rights
Students whose concentrations incorporate the study of human rights may apply to participate in the Gallatin Global Fellowship in Human Rights program. This year-long program provides several Gallatin students with up to $5,000 each to support research and work in the field of human rights, broadly defined. In the spring semester, participants study the concept, history and political manifestations of human rights in both a seminar and independent studies. In the summer, they engage in extended research or internships at organizations around the world. In fall, they present their findings at a symposium open to the entire university community.
Gallatin Global Fellowship in Urban Practice
The Gallatin Global Fellowship in Urban Practice (GGFUP) provides funding of up to $5,000 and support for 6-10 advanced, Gallatin undergraduate and graduate students to pursue extended research projects while working at sponsor organizations in New York, Berlin, and Madrid. The GGFUP program transcends traditional international service learning models. Based on a vision of establishing long term partnerships with organizations that work on urban social justice issues, the fellowship emphasizes research, which the students co-design with organizations. Final projects are produced collectively, in dialogue with other fellows, and are made public in an on-line forum.