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Doctoral Dissertation Grant (DDG)

At Teachers College (TC), we believe that our talented doctoral students deserve our strong support as they work to become great researchers and scholars in their respective fields. Our recently launched campaign, Where the Future Comes First: The Campaign for Teachers College, makes financial support for our students the most important funding priority.

As we raise funds for scholarships and fellowships, we want to make financial awards to our students available as quickly as possible. In support of this goal, we are pleased to announce the implementation of the Doctoral Dissertation Grant (DDG). The DDG program will be implemented in two phases-- one for Spring 2014, and the other for the 2014-2015 academic year. The Spring 2014 DDG awards have already been given; the deadline for the 2014-2015 application will be July 7th.

For 2014-2015 - The DDG award will provide a $12,500 grant ($6,250 per semester; PhD students will receive an additional $1,500 to help defray the differential tuition charged for the semester in which they defend their dissertation) to currently enrolled doctoral students who have or will defend their dissertation during the Fall 2014 or Spring 2015 term. Recipients will be selected based on a combination of merit and financial need.

Doctoral students who meet the following eligibility requirements may apply for the 2014-2015 DDG award:
  • are current students in good academic standing
  • have completed a TC scholarship application
  • are fully certified and have an approved dissertation proposal with IRB approval on file with the Office of Doctoral Studies
  • have defended or are on track to defend their dissertation during the Fall 2014 or Spring 2015 semester
  • can demonstrate financial need*
In order to apply, students must submit the 2014-2015 Doctoral Dissertation Grant (DDG) Interest Form, as well as:
  • A written statement describing:
    - the focus of your dissertation inquiry
    - the status of your dissertation project to date
    - a timeline for completion of your dissertation (including the oral defense)
    - a brief explanation of your financial need (completion of the FAFSA is not required)
    - the importance of this award to your ability to complete your dissertation (if it has not already been completed) within the proposed timeline
  • A letter of recommendation from your TC faculty dissertation sponsor, addressing the following:
    - the important of the question being asked in your dissertation
    - the promise of your dissertation to make a contribution to the field
    - an overall assessment of your professional promise
    - an affirmation that your proposed dissertation time is feasible and realistic
In order to be considered for the 2014-2015 DDG award, these items must be submitted to by July 7th, 2014. (Please try to send all documents in one email, if possible.) Forms may also be faxed to the Office of Financial Aid at 212-678-4089.

Please contact us via email ( if you have any questions.

DDG award funds will initially be applied to any outstanding tuition charges on the recipient's TC bill. Any excess funds will be issued to the recipient in the form of a stipend.

*Completion of the FAFSA is not mandatory. While students may submit it/refer to it, we would like students to document financial need in a more personalized way (i.e. specific or unusual costs related to the dissertation project, largely self-financed degree program (even with minimal loans), family demands; etc.).