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Office of School and Community Partnerships
Teachers College, Columbia University
Teachers College
Columbia University

The Arthur Zankel Urban Fellowship


The Arthur Zankel Urban Fellowship is a financial aid award in the amount of $10,000 per academic year for Teachers College students to work with disadvantaged inner-city youth. The Zankel Fellowship is made possible by a gift from the estate of Arthur Zankel, who was an esteemed trustee of Teachers College. The Zankel Urban Fellows carry on Mr. Zankel's legacy of passion for education by contributing their expertise to programs serving disadvantaged inner-city youth. 

Zankel Fellows undertake an internship during the academic year in an approved educational program.  They are required to spend at least five hours per week working directly with youth. A list of current  approved internship sites is maintained by the Office of School and Community Partnerships and made available on this site. During the application process, students request and are matched to an approved internship site according to their skills, interests and experience. The internship is supervised by a TC sponsor, who is a faculty/staff member.

Eligibility Criteria

Students must:
  • Be matriculated or fully-admitted to a masters or doctoral degree program at Teachers College (international students are not eligible during their first year of study)
  • Have consecutive enrollment for a minimum of six credits in the fall and spring semesters
  • Have demonstrated financial need, as determined by TC's Office of Financial Aid based on the central College application
  • Exhibit the interests, skills, experiences and/or characteristics that are a good match to the purpose of the fellowship and the approved service internship
  • Be available to complete the required internship during the normal school day in both fall and spring semesters (not all the sites are compatible with a student teaching schedule)

The application for the 2015-2016 school is now available by clicking the Application link above. The deadline to apply is May 20, 2015. Please review an updated list of fellowship sites prior to submitting an application. Notification of awards will be made on a rolling basis starting in late May. All applicants will be notified whether they have received an award.