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GRANTS, FELLOWSHIPS, & AWARDS

The following grants, fellowships, and awards are available to students* through the Office of Student Affairs at various points throughout the year.  All applications are accessed via the myTC Portal and are described in detail below.  If you have any additional questions, you may contact Maria Hataier, Director of Student Affairs, at studentaffairs@tc.columbia.edu.

 

*Full-time employees of the University are not eligible to receive financial assistance through the Office of Student Affairs.  We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your understanding.  

Provost’s Grant for Professional Development


ABOUT THE GRANT:

The Provost’s Grant for Professional Development offers funding opportunities for eligible Teachers College Master's and Doctoral students* who are presenting at an academic conference. The awards are exclusively to help students defray some of the travel and hospitality costs to attend and present at an academic conference. The student’s presentation may be in any format (i.e., workshop, lecture, panel, poster session, etc.) and may be proposed on his/her own or with others (i.e., other students, faculty, etc.). Please read the following information carefully to learn more about eligibility, funding, deadlines, and selection. Any questions may be directed to Maria Hataier, Director of Student Affairs, at studentaffairs@tc.columbia.edu.

 

PARAMETERS FOR APPLYING:

All applicants must be currently enrolled students in a degree-granting program (Master's or Doctoral) at Teachers College, Columbia University.  Students* are only eligible for one award per academic year (September to August), and all funding received must be used for the purposes of participating in the conference described in the application.  Students may apply for the award at presentation proposal or at acceptance.  If the award is applied for at proposal, confirmation of acceptance will be requested prior to disbursement of the award.  Because students often do not register for a conference until they have found out if their proposal for presentation has been accepted, students are not required to be registered for the conference to be able to apply for this award. 

 

AWARDS:

The number of grants awarded during each round of applications varies based on available funding.  Each grant carries a maximum stipend of $500 and will be awarded at the discretion of the Office of the Vice Provost at Teachers College. 

 

APPLICATION DEADLINES:

Grant applications are reviewed in five rounds of applications throughout the year, with the following deadlines:

Early Fall Round: October 1 (Conference dates should be between October 1 and November 30)

Late Fall Round: December 1 (Conference dates should be between December 1 and January 31)

Early Spring Round: February 1 (Conference dates should be between February 1 and March 31)

Late Spring Round: April 1 (Conference dates should be between April 1 and May 31)

Summer Round: June 1 (Conference dates should be between June 1 and September 30)

Applications do not "roll over" from one round to the next.  However, the same application can be submitted for a subsequent round as long as the application deadline date is prior to the conference date(s).  Students may submit multiple applications at the same time as long as each is for a separate conference presentation (i.e., two separate applications representing two separate proposals to present at the same conference is permissible).  Students may also submit multiple applications for the same proposal but at different conferences (i.e., two separate applications representing the same proposed presentation for two different conferences). 

 

SELECTION PROCESS:

To be considered for a Professional Development Grant, students must submit the following online application.  All applications will be reviewed following the deadline for each round, and applicants will be notified of the decision within one month following the deadline for which the application was submitted (e.g., students who submit an application for the February deadline will be notified of the decision by March 1st). Decisions will be sent to students via Teachers College email.  Applicants should be mindful of these dates relative to the conference for which they wish to receive funding and plan their applications accordingly. 

 

HOW TO APPLY:

Students* who wish to apply for a Professional Development Grant may do so by filling out the online application available on the myTC Portal under the “Research” section. 

*Full-time employees of the University are not eligible to receive funding from the Office of Student Affairs.  We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your understanding.    

 

APPLICATION COMPONENTS:

Student Information

  • Applicant’s Name, TC ID Number, Email Address, Department, Program, Degree, and Mailing Address

Conference Information

  • Conference Name, Location, Start Date and End Date
  • Brief Description of Conference
  • Documentation of Selected/Submitted Conference Participation (uploaded document)
  • Approximate Funding Requested
  • Proposed Budget

Presentation, Poster, or Panel Information

  • Presentation, Poster, or Panel Name
  • Abstract of Presentation
  • Faculty Participation (if applicable)

 

Dean's Grant for Student Research


ABOUT THE GRANT:

Teachers College continues its tradition of supporting student* research through the Dean’s Grant for Student Research. Awards of up to $2,000 will be made to students who submit the strongest proposals for research that has educational implications for the field and for the academic program at Teachers College. The number of grants given is dependent upon annual funding. In past years, between five and eight grants have been awarded. Additional questions may be forwarded to Maria Hataier, Director of Student Affairs, at studentaffairs@tc.columbia.edu. 

REVIEW PROCESS: 

Applications are reviewed by a designated faculty review committee comprised of a representative from each academic department. Applicants will not receive feedback or information on the score of individual proposals. Award notifications will be sent to all applicants by the middle of January. 

 

PARAMETERS FOR APPLYING:

Matriculated Teachers College students* (MA, MS, Ed.M., Ed.D., or Ph.D.) are eligible to apply for the Grant. Students* may apply for grants of up to $2,000 for the research period of the current academic year, beginning September 1, 2017 and ending August 31, 2018.   Students* who have already applied and not been awarded this grant may apply.  Past award recipients may apply again, but must submit a different research proposal or project.  Students* may apply together under one proposal but the maximum budget remains at $2,000.

 

APPLICATION DEADLINE:

Completed applications must be received by 5:00 PM (Eastern Standard Time) on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 without exception. All applications must be completed using the online application.  No paper copies will be accepted. You may return to your online application to make edits and changes up until the deadline, after which the application is automatically submitted.

 

WORD LIMIT:

Proposals should be concise and closely follow the instructions included on the online application. There is a 2,750 character limit in each section of the application.

 

ABOUT THE ONLINE APPLICATION:

You may access the online application by clicking here, or by logging into the portal my.TC.edu and clicking on the “Research” tab at the top of the page. The Dean’s Grant for Student Research application is listed under the “Student Grant Applications” section. The information entered into this application will not be saved until you click the “Save and Next” button on each page.  Once a page is saved you will be able to return to it and edit as desired.  There are no options on this form for bold, italic, and underline formatting. 

 

POSTER SESSION:

Award recipients are urged to present the results of their research at the annual Teachers College Academic Festival poster session held in April. Participation in the poster session is not mandatory but is highly encouraged.  Additional information will be provided in the Spring semester. 

*Full-time employees of the University are not eligible to receive funding from the Office of Student Affairs.  We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your understanding.   

APPLICATION COMPONENTS:

  • Student Information (name, department, T number)
  • Faculty Recommendations (You will submit the name and UNI of one faculty reference, who must be a member of the Teachers College professorial or instructional staff.  Advisors may be asked to serve as a reference as long as he or she also teaches a course at Teachers College.  The recommender will receive an automated email and will be prompted to submit their recommendations online) 
  • Abstract (summary of your research)
  • Problem or Topic & Rationale (explanation of the significance of your project)
  • Theoretical/Conceptual Framework (What previous research and theories have informed your research?)
  • Detailed Plan (research questions, instruments and measures to be used, subject selection, data collection and analysis)
  • Detailed Time Schedule for Planned Work  (thorough and concise overview of your research timeline)
  • Indication of Academic Progress to This Point (How many credits have you completed so far?  Is the project approved by the department?  Is the pilot study completed?)
  • Anticipated Results (brief description of the anticipated results of your study)
  • Implications for Practice (What implications might your findings have?)
  • Proposed Budget (A detailed description and breakdown of your budget request, not to exceed $2,000.  Funds may not be used for  the purchase of major equipment (i.e., video cameras, laptops, etc.), as it is considered to be University property.  Accommodations may be considered if “equipment” is required and utilized for study purposes and gifted as an incentive to participants upon completion of study (e.g., fitbits to monitor physical activity). Moreover, funds may not be used towards tuition, for the purchase of software that is available to students through University licensing, to pay another student/researcher, to reimburse past expenses, for travel expenses not specifically for the purpose of data collection (i.e., rent assistance, hotel/lodging accommodation, etc.), or cost of living  
  • Résumé or Curriculum Vita (Word or PDF document of current résumé or CV to be uploaded directly to application) 
  • Additional Information (optional - any additional information that you would like the reviewers to be aware of in support of your application)

 

DEAN’S GRANT FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q:  What if I’m graduating in February, am I still able to apply?

A:  In order to be awarded, students must be actively registered. Unfortunately, partial awards are not available at this time. Therefore, if you are finishing your course work in December (i.e., graduating in February), and subsequently not registered for the following academic term, you would not be eligible to receive the award.  

 

Q: May I request to use more than 2,750 characters for certain sections of the application?

A: Unfortunately, due to the volume of applications we receive, we must adhere to the 2,750 character limit per section for all applicants (characters includethe use of spaces and punctuation marks).  Please find this link to thecharacter counter website useful in adhering to application parameters.

 

Q: May I submit an application after the deadline?

A: Out of fairness to all applicants, all application submissions must be submitted by the deadline, without exception.

 

Q: Do you require that references be cited in the proposal?

A: No, you are not required to include references.

 

Q: When must recommenders have submitted his/her recommendations?

A: The application must be completed in full on the date indicated, including all recommendations.  The online application system closes for submissions at the date and time indicated on the application.  

 

Q: Can I go back to my application and edit it after I have submitted it online?

A: Yes, you may continue to revisit and revise your application, even after you have submitted it, up until the deadline listed above.  Once the deadline has passed, the application system will close and no further changes may be made.

 

Q: Am I able to apply for this award in addition to Research Dissertation Fellowship?

A: Yes, you are encouraged to apply to both as long as you are an actively registered doctoral student.  The review committees for both awards, the Dean’s Grant and the Research Dissertation Fellowship are the same; therefore, please be mindful that the applications are different for each grant, thus, it is advised that you carefully and thoroughly complete each section.  

 

After carefully reading the above instructions and frequently asked questions, if you have any remaining questions, please contact Maria Hataier, Director of Student Affairs, via email at studentaffairs@tc.columbia.edu.

 

Research Dissertation Fellowship


ABOUT THE FELLOWSHIP:

Research Dissertation Fellowship applicants pursue basic and applied research spanning diverse disciplines. This research should concentrate on advancing knowledge and show a strong likelihood of being accepted in the most well-respected research journals in the field of inquiry. The award of $6,000 is paid to a student’s* account in $3,000 installments. The first is paid in the Fall and the second in the Spring after the College’s drop/add end date. Awards are paid only to students* who are registered in the semester for which the award of $3,000 is to be made. Fellowship recipients are awarded $6,000 to supplement academic-related tuition, living, research, or research-related travel expenses. Additional questions may be forwarded to Maria Hataier, Director of Student Affairs, at studentaffairs@tc.columbia.edu

 

REVIEW PROCESS: 

Applications are reviewed by a designated faculty review committee comprised of a representative from each academic department. Applicants will not receive feedback or information on the score of individual proposals.  Award notifications will be sent by the middle of May to all applicants.  

 

PARAMETERS FOR APPLYING:

Fellowships are available only to matriculated Teachers College doctoral students* who are on track to have submitted the signed Dissertation Proposal Hearing Form, a copy of the IRB approval letter, and a PDF copy of the dissertation proposal to the Office of Doctoral Studies by May 31, 2018.  Recipients of the fellowship may be asked to present their research. 

 

APPLICATION DEADLINE:

Completed applications must be received by 5:00 PM (Eastern Standard Time) on Friday, February 23, 2018, without exception. All applications must be completed using the online application.  No paper copies will be accepted. You may return to your online application to make edits and changes up until the deadline, after which the application is automatically submitted.

 

WORD LIMIT:

Proposals should be concise and closely follow the instructions included on the online application. There is a 2,750 character limit in each section of the application. Although some portions of chapter one of your dissertation are appropriate, please follow the instructions below carefully rather than simply submitting chapter one for your application.

 

ABOUT THE ONLINE APPLICATION:

You may access the online application by clicking here, or by logging into the myTC portal and clicking on the “Research” tab at the top of the page. The Research Dissertation Fellowship application is listed under the “Student Grant Applications” section. The information entered into this application will not be saved until you click the “Save and Next” button on each page.  Once a page is saved you will be able to return to it and edit as desired.  There are no options on this form for bold, italic, and underline formatting. 

 *Full-time employees of the University are not eligible to receive funding from the Office of Student Affairs.  We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your understanding.   

APPLICATION COMPONENTS:

  • Student Information (name, department, T number)
  • Faculty Recommendations (You will submit the name and UNI of one faculty reference, who must be a member of the Teachers College professorial or instructional staff.  Advisors may be asked to serve as a reference as long as he or she also teaches a course at Teachers College.  The recommender will receive an automated email and will be prompted to submit their recommendations online) 
  • Social and Intellectual Significance of the Research Work (explanation of the significance of your project)
  • Conceptualization, Theory, and Prior Research (description of previous research and theories that have informed your research)
  • Integrated Research Framework, Question, and Methodology (brief overview of the framework of your research, the question, and your methodology)
  • Detailed Time Schedule for Planned Work (documentation of feasibility of completing the research study in a timely fashion)
  • Evidence of Research Capability (e.g., combination of prior research experience, coursework, field experience, training, mentoring)
  • Plan for Dissemination and Publication (explanation of your plan for dissemination and publication of your project once completed)
  • Cited References (any references cited within application materials)
  • Curriculum Vita (Word or PDF document of current CV to be uploaded directly to application) 
  • Transcript File (PDF, JPG, GIF, or PNG file of current academic transcript)
  • Comments (optional - any additional information that you would like the reviewers to be aware of in support of your application)

 

RESEARCH DISSERATION FELLOWSHIP FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions:         

Q: May I request to use more than 2,750 characters for certain sections of the application?

A: Unfortunately, due to the volume of applications we receive, we must adhere to the 2,750 character limit per section for all applicants (characters do include the use of spaces and other punctuating marks).  Please find this link to the character counter website useful in adhering to application parameters. 

Q: May I submit an application after the deadline?

A: Out of fairness to all applicants, all application submissions must be submitted by the deadline, without exception.

Q: Do you require that references be cited in the proposal?

A: Yes, there is a section of the online application for you to include your references.  **Please note, you do not need to include all references, include a list of references for only what has been cited within the proposal submission.**

Q: When must recommenders have submitted their recommendations?

A: The application must be completed in full on the date indicated, including all recommendations. The online application system closes for submissions at the date and time indicated on the application.

Q: Can I go back to my application and edit it after I have submitted it online?

A: Yes, you may continue to revisit and revise your application, even after you have submitted it, up until the deadline listed above. Once the deadline has passed, the application system will close and no further changes may be made.

Q: Am I able to apply for this award in addition to Research Dissertation Fellowship?

A: Yes, you are encouraged to apply to both as long as you are an actively registered student.  The review committees for both awards, the Dean’s Grant and the Research Dissertation Fellowship are the same; therefore, please be mindful that the applications are different for each grant, thus, it is advised that you carefully and thoroughly complete each section. 

 

Morton T. Embree Award for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning


ABOUT THE AWARD:

The Morton T. Embree Award for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning recognizes the outstanding performance of Course Assistants and Teaching Assistants who have made distinguished contributions to the Teachers College community.  Students and instructors are invited to nominate appointed Course or Teaching Assistants for courses in which they are enrolled or which they are teaching.  The Morton T. Embree Award is granted twice per year for respective courses in the Fall and Spring terms.  Any questions may be directed to Maria Hataier, Director of Student Affairs, at studentaffairs@tc.columbia.edu.

PARAMETERS FOR NOMINATION:

Matriculated Teachers College students serving as Course or Teaching Assistants in the current term are eligible to be nominated for the Morton T. Embree Award for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning.  Course and Teaching Assistants may be nominated by enrolled students or by instructors teaching the course for which they are assisting in the current term.  Nominees of this award must be enrolled in a degree-seeking program and in good academic standing.  Nominations are reviewed and those selected will be notified by email after the end of the academic term for which they were selected.  

SELECTION PROCESS AND NOTIFICATION:

All nominations will be reviewed by a selection committee through the Office of the Vice Provost.  Once nominations have been received and verified for eligibility, the selection committee may contact relevant departments and/or a faculty member for additional materials to help the selection committee make its final choices from among those nominated.  Notification of award will be sent to those selected with a CC to the nominator (identifying the nominator to the awardee) and to the Office of External Affairs.  No notification will be sent to those who were not selected.  An email will be sent to all nominators to announce those selected so that they may re-nominate a Course or Teaching Assistant who did not receive an award for an upcoming semester if applicable.  There is no limit to the number of nominations for a single nominee (i.e., more than one person may nominate the same Course or Teaching Assistant), the number of times an individual can be nominated (i.e., a Course or Teaching Assistant may be nominated for more than one course), or the number of times an individual can receive an award.  

NOMINATION DEADLINES:

Nominations are accepted from the start of the semester through the last day of classes each term (i.e., Fall and Spring).  All nominations must be submitted by the end of the last day of classes in the term for which you are making the nomination.  Nominations may not be revised after they have been submitted.    

 HOW TO NOMINATE:

Students and instructors who wish to nominate a Course or Teaching Assistant from a class in which they are enrolled or teaching may do so by filling out the online nomination form available on the myTC Portal under the “Research” section.  

APPLICATION COMPONENTS:

  • Nominator’s Name
  • Nominator’s TC Email Address
  • Nominee/Course or Teaching Assistant’s Name
  • Nominee/Course or Teaching Assistant’s TC Email Address
  • Name of Course and Course Number
  • Description of Course or Teaching Assistant’s Work/Accomplishments