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Institutional Scholarships

Each year, Teachers College awards over $7 million of its own funds and $2 million of endowed funds to new and continuing students. There are over 300 endowed funds provided by the generosity of donors. The majority are specific to a particular program and provide tuition funding for eligible part- and full-time students in some of TC's degree programs. Typically, program faculty make the award decisions at the time of admission, but the process is rolling. Depending on the fund, new and/or continuing students are eligible.

All students must apply for scholarship in order to be considered for institutional scholarships. Types of scholarships and grants available at TC are:
  • General Scholarships
  • Minority Student Scholarships
  • International Student Scholarships
  • Endowed Scholarships
  • Fellowships
  • Graduate Assistantships (administrative, teaching, research)
International students are eligible for all sources of scholarship aid, except where restrictions exist, i.e. minority scholarship. (Minority scholarships are available only to eligible, federally recognized U.S. ethnic minorities.)

Application Process
NOTE: If you have recently completed an application for admission, you have likely completed a scholarship application. The scholarship application is part of the admissions application. You are not required to complete the scholarship application, though we encourage you to do so. Applying for scholarships at TC will not affect your admission decision.

Because the scholarship application is part of the admissions application, you will do both things at once. Therefore, you should adhere to the application deadlines established by the Office of Admission.
Please read on for further details.
  • As a new student, in order to be considered for scholarship at Teachers College, you must complete the scholarship section of your application for admission. While completing your application for admission, you will be asked if you are interested in receiving scholarships at TC. If you click "Yes," you will be prompted to answer a series of merit-based questions. This serves as your scholarship application. Students only need to apply for scholarship one time per degree program. The requirement will roll over from one year to the next.
  • If you are a continuing student with a scholarship application already on file, you will be eligible for the remainder of your current program; there is no need to complete another scholarship application.
  • If you have not completed a scholarship application at any time or if you answered "No" to the question about scholarship on your admissions application and now wish to be considered for scholarships, please contact our office for further directions.
  • If you deferred admission but already completed a scholarship application, there is no need to complete another scholarship application. If you want to verify that a scholarship application is on file for you, please contact our office.
Generally, program faculty nominate new students for scholarship(s) based on the admission and degree applications of the new students. For continuing students, Teachers College academic records are evaluated during the awarding process. To receive priority consideration for scholarships, new students must complete their admissions application by the priority deadlines. Endowed scholarships are provided through the generosity of donors' contributions. Many of these are in support of students in particular programs. Faculty committees select the award recipients based upon criteria designated by the donor.

Important: Please ensure that the answers you put on your scholarship application are full and complete before you click "Submit." After you click "Submit," you cannot return to the application. Leaving the questions blank will not make you totally ineligible for scholarship, though your scholarship application may lack additional details that would be important in the awarding process. This is why you must ensure that the questions have been answered in full before you submit the application.

If you have not received an award letter, please contact our office. We recommend that you check your TC G-mail account on a regular basis. If you have just recently been admitted and have not yet activated your TC G-mail account, your first award letter will be sent to the e-mail addressed that you used on your application for admission.
Once you enroll at TC, subsequent award letters and communication from our office will begin going to your official TC address.

Conditions Apply
Please read on to learn of the terms and conditions associated with your scholarship.
  • Completing a scholarship application does not guarantee that you will be awarded. Scholarships are highly competitive at Teachers College.
  • Scholarship points are not transferable from one academic year to the next and the awards are not renewable.
  • In most cases, you are able to adjust your scholarship award(s) to disburse in a way that better matches your enrollment for the year. You must specify the semester and the amount that pertains to your request to the Office of Financial Aid.
  • If you have been awarded the Teachers College Scholarship, please click here to view the terms and conditions. Note that this particular scholarship has its own set of terms and conditions.
  • If you have been awarded another scholarship or if you have been awarded a stipend, please click here to view the terms and conditions.
  • If you have been offered the Policy and Research Fellowship, click here to view the terms and conditions.

Additional Scholarship Opportunities
In addition to the scholarships listed above, you should consider applying for additional scholarships through organizations affiliated with Teachers College. Please note that these scholarships have separate applications and requirements to which you must adhere. See below to learn more.

  • 125th Anniversary Scholarship: Continuing master's and doctoral students in any of TC's degree programs are encouraged to apply for this scholarship, which came as a result of the funds raised at TC's benefit gala in November 2013. The scholarship is a one-time, non-renewable scholarship worth $10,000, and recipients will be evaluated on academic merit, satisfactory academic progress, and financial need. Click here for more information, or click here to submit your 125th Anniversary Scholarship Interest Form.
  • Abby M. O'Neill Fellowship: This fellowship is for students interested in one of TC's many dual-certification master's degree programs. The fellowships are designed to award $35,000 in tuition assistance to selected recipients who best embody the new wave of outstanding individuals committed to teaching in New York City. In addition to tuition assistance, mentoring is provided. Click here for more information.
  • Arthur Zankel Urban Fellowship: The Zankel Fellowship provides $10,000 per academic year to TC students who plan to work with disadvantaged inner-city youth. Recipients can be master's or doctoral students. Financial need must be demonstrated, and an internship requirement must be fulfilled. Click here for more information.
  • City Year: The intention of this scholarship is to integrate the power of knowledge and service in addressing social problems. Up to three City Year corps, alumni, or staff members per year will be awarded in the amount equal to 25% of tuition. This award is renewable in subsequent aid years and participants will have their application fee waived. Click here to learn more about the City Year scholarship, or view this website to learn more about the City Year organization.
  • The Diversity in Teacher Education Fellowship Award: This award will provide a full tuition scholarship to up to three graduates from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) who best demonstrate an outstanding commitment to teacher education in urban areas. Only HBCU graduates in one of TC's teacher certification master's degree programs are eligible to apply. Click here for more information.
  • Fulbright Program: The Fulbright program is the largest US international exchange program offering opportunities for students, scholars, and professionals to undertake advanced research and teaching in elementary and secondary schools worldwide. Sponsored by the US Department of State, the Fulbright program was established by the US Congress to "enable the government of the United States to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries." In 2007, approximately six thousand grants were awarded, at a cost of more than $262 million, to U.S. students, teachers, professionals, and scholars to study, teach, lecture, and conduct research in more than 155 countries, and to their foreign counterparts to engage in similar activities in the United States. Click here for more information.
  • Gates Millennium Scholars: The goal of GMS is to promote academic excellence and to provide an opportunity for outstanding minority students with significant financial need to reach their highest potential by (1) reducing financial barriers for African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American, and Hispanic American students with high academic and leadership promise who have significant financial need, (2) increasing the representation of these target groups in the disciplines of computer science, education, engineering, library science, mathematics, public health, and the sciences, where these groups are severely underrepresented (3) developing a diversified cadre of future leaders for America by facilitating successful completion of bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees, and (4) providing seamless support from undergraduate through doctoral programs for students selected as Gates Millennium Scholars entering target disciplines. Click here for more information.
  • JFEW Fellowship: This scholarship is granted to two women per year who intend to pursue teaching careers in mathematics or science in New York City public schools. If awarded, recipients receive a scholarship in the amount of at least $42,000. Upon graduation, JFEW fellows must commit to teaching in a New York City public school for at least two years and be a New York City resident, or live within 50 miles of New York City. Applicants do not have to be Jewish to apply or receive the scholarship. Click here for more information.
  • Lemann Fellowship: The Lemann Fellowship is intended to foster educational service and exchange between Brazil and the Teachers College community. Current or former residents of Brazil, or applicants who have demonstrated interest in social change in Brazil and intend to use their master's degree from TC to further those interests, are welcome to apply. This fund will provide full tuition, plus partial room and board, annually, for qualified master's degree candidates. Click here for more information.
  • LGBTQ Diversity Scholarship: TC is collaborating with the Tyler Clementi Foundation to offer this award for the first time in 2014. It is intended for students interested in a career that supports LGBTQ populations in the fields of health, education, and psychology. This scholarship will award $18,000 in tuition assistance to selected recipients who demonstrate a commitment to research and practice surrounding LGBTQ issues and awareness. Click here for more information, or view this website to learn more about the Tyler Clementi Foundation.
  • Peter Greeman Scholarship: This scholarship will be granted to financially qualified students who are seeking to obtain a master's degree (with state teacher certification). Applicants should have a demonstrated interest in studying urban and minority education with the intent to teach in urban settings, particularly in New York City public schools. Recipients are selected by faculty and will receive a scholarship that will pay a maximum of 36 credits (up to 18 per academic school year). An additional 12-18 credits will be considered for students pursuing Bilingual and/or Special Education degrees/certifications or for students registering for student teaching/supervised fieldwork. Click here for more information.
  • Margaret Mead Fellowship: This fund is for students who plan to pursue a Master of Arts degree in Anthropology and Education. Three fellows will each receive funding to cover 10 of the 32 points required to complete the degree. All who are interested can learn more about the Anthropology and Education program by clicking here. To apply for the fellowship, please indicate in your Statement of Purpose (part of your application for admission) that you would like to be considered. Find detailed instructions on how to apply to TC by visiting the Office of Admission website. For additional questions, please contact Chris Fields ( or Deanna Gregory (
  • QUIERE (Quality Universally Inclusive Early Responsive Education) Scholars: The Quality Universally Inclusive Early Responsive Education (QUIERE) scholarship will provide funding to students prepared as dually certified early childhood and early childhood special educators. These students will address the critical needs of infants, toddlers, and young children with disabilities and their families, particularly those of immigrant backgrounds. Click here for more information.
  • Riady Scholars Fund: Prospective master's degree students who are citizens of Indonesia and other countries within Southeast Asia and have a commitment to teaching, education management, or educational policy are eligible to apply for the Riady Scholars Fund. The fund will provide tuition and room and board for qualified recipients, for an annual fellowship of $70,000 per year. Click here for more information.
  • Televisa Graduate Research Fellowship: The Televisa Graduate Research Fellowship is designed to support students with demonstrated financial need and interest in improving K-12 education for Latinos and the professional development of teachers focused on improving outcomes for Latino students. Through the Research Fellowship, Masters or Doctoral students will receive funding for research projects focused on closing the achievement gap for Latinos, with the aim of helping to leverage and amplify the research agendas of selected faculty working in this critical area. The Televisa Graduate Research Fellows will work closely with faculty who will serve as their advisors and mentors with the goal of helping the Fellows develop research skills and ensure that they successfully complete their research and degrees. To be considered, you need to have completed a 13-14 FAFSA and have a scholarship application on file. You will be considered for this award upon nomination by a faculty member. Please note that 2013-2014 decisions for the Televisa award have already been made.
  • Cohort programs at TC also offer scholarship funding to some of the students who are offered admission into those programs. Please click here for more information about the cohort programs and their benefits.
Please visit the Student Employment section of our website for information on graduate assistantships and Federal Work-Study. You may also click here for information on federal student aid, such as federal student loans and the Federal TEACH Grant. For information regarding Grant-In-Aid for doctoral students, please click here.