How to Apply to the Lede Program

Submit your Application

The application period for Summer and Fall 2017 is now open. The primary deadline has passed, but we will accept rolling applications as space allows. You can apply through the Columbia Journalism Application Portal at

Application Requirements

The Lede application process requires the submission of the following supplemental documents:

• Statement of Purpose
• Inspirational Summary
• Transcript(s)
• Current resume/CV
• Contact information for two recommenders, who will submit letters on your behalf

For information regarding tuition, withdrawals, and refunds, see the Tuition and Fees page.

Application Deadlines

The primary application deadline has closed, but we will be accepting applications on a rolling basis if space allows.

Decisions should be released within 2-6 weeks of the deadline (March 1 or April 1).

Note for applicants from Greece

Journalists from Greece have available a limited number of scholarships covering the full cost of attending the Lede 12 (summer semester only), including tuition, airfare and living expenses. Learn more about the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Scholarship Program, including deadlines.