How to Apply to the Lede Program

Submit your Application

The application period for Summer and Fall 2017 is now open. 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 extended application deadline for the 2017 program is April 1. Letters of recommendation and TOEFL/IELTS scores may be submitted after the deadline if necessary.

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

After this deadline, applications will be accepted on a rolling basis if space allows.

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.