Fellowships & Grants

Financing a graduate education is a considerable investment that requires early planning and a thorough understanding of available resources, as well as their limitations. The Office of Financial Aid is committed to collaborating with you through this process, and to providing straightforward guidance and support to help you identify and secure the resources you may need to achieve your goals.

Fellowships and Grants

We recognize the accomplishments of our students by awarding fellowships and grants to assist with their academic pursuits. Fellowship awards are based on scholastic ability and promise of academic and professional achievement. Grants may be merit and/or need-based according to each program's specific requirements. Please keep in mind that institutional funding is not guaranteed.

External Sponsored Grants

The TEACH Grant program provides up to $3,772 per year (up to $7,544 total for graduate studies) in funding to master's students in select programs who commit to teaching full-time in high-need subject areas at schools that serve students from low-income families. Students taking fewer than 9 credits may receive lesser amounts correlated to their enrollment.

Grant recipients must agree to teach for at least four years within eight years of finishing their teacher preparation program. Each year a student receives a TEACH Grant, they must sign an agreement stating that if they do not complete the teaching service requirement, they will repay the grant as a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan, with interest accrued from the date the grant funds were first disbursed. If the grant is converted to a loan, it cannot be converted back to a grant. Students are not required to remain in New York to complete the teaching requirement.

Students who are eligible for federal aid and enrolled in a TEACH grant-eligible program will automatically be offered the TEACH Grant as part of their financial aid award package. Awards will typically be split into two equal disbursements in the Fall and Spring terms.

For detailed information about TEACH grant eligibility, requirements, and certification, visit the Federal Student Aid website.

 

TEACH Grant Eligible Academic Programs

Master's students in the Teachers College programs listed below are eligible for TEACH grants. Doctoral students are not eligible for the TEACH grant program.

  • Applied Behavior Analysis - Dual Certification (MA-ABAS-DU)
  • Bilingual/Bicultural Childhood Education - Dual Certification (MA-BILC-DU)
  • Bilingual/Bicultural Education - Initial Certification (MA-BILG-IN)
  • Bilingual/Childhood/Special Ed - Dual Certification (MA-BILS-DU)
  • Biology 7-12 - Initial Certification (MA-SCIB-IN)
  • Chemistry 7-12 - Initial Certification (MA-SCIC-IN)
  • Earth Science 7-12 - Initial Certification (MA-SCIE-IN)
  • Physics 7 -12 - Initial Certification (MA-SCIP-IN)
  • Deaf Ed & Reading Specialist - Dual Certification (ME-DHRI-DU)
  • Deaf HH/Adolescent Education - Dual Certification (ME-DHAE-DU)
  • Deaf HH/Early Childhood Education - Dual Certification (ME-DHEI-DU)
  • Deaf HH/Childhood - Dual Certification (ME-DHCI-DU)
  • Deaf and Hard of Hearing - Initial Certification (ME-DHEA-IN)
  • Early Childhood Special Education - Initial Certification (MA-ECSE-IN)
  • Early Childhood/Special Education - Dual Certification (MA-ECSE-DU)
  • Special Elementary Inclusive Ed - Initial Certification (MA-SIEE-IN)
  • Elementary Inclusive Education - Dual Certification (MA-ELEM-DU)
  • Intellectual Disability/Autism Early Childhood - Dual Certification (ME-ITDE-DU)
  • Intellectual Disabilities/Adolescence Ed - Initial Certification (MA-ITDA-IN)
  • Intell Disab/Autism - Dual Certification (MA-ITDS-DU)
  • Mathematics Education - Initial Certification (MA-MATH-IN)
  • Reading Specialist - Initial Certification (MA-READ-IN)
  • Secondary Inclusive Education - Initial Certification (MA-CUSE-IN)
  • Teaching of English - Initial Certification (MA-ENGL-IN)
  • TESOL - Initial Certification (MA-TESL-IN)
  • Physical Education - Initial Certification (MA-PHED-IN)
  • Teaching of Social Studies - Initial Certification (MA-SSTE-IN)
  • Teaching of English/TESOL - Dual Certification (MA-TSEN-DU)
  • Inclusive Elementary Education - Dual Certification (MA-ELEM-DU)

 

Accepting or Declining the TEACH Grant

  • Students may accept or decline their TEACH Grant online through their myTC portal. Students who accept the grant will need to complete the TEACH Grant Initial and Subsequent Counseling, and then the Agreement to Serve or Repay.
  • Students who accepted or declined their TEACH Grant and would like to change their decision, please email the Office of Financial Aid to update the status of your award.

 

Important Notes

  • Students who are not already committed to teaching a high-need subject in a low-income school should use caution when considering this grant. According to some estimates, only 20 percent of students who participate in the TEACH Grant program will be able to use the funds as a grant, while many students will see their funds converted to loans with accumulated interest.
  • Because total financial aid must not exceed the cost of attendance, receiving a TEACH Grant may reduce eligibility for other sources of financial aid.
  • Students in special cohort programs who are not enrolled for the standard terms of Fall and Spring may be reported as "withdrawn" by the Registrar's Office, causing the certification and obligation process to commence, potentially resulting in the conversion of the grant to a loan. Students are advised to maintain constant communication with the TEACH grant servicer as any retroactive status changes will not be grounds for reinstatement of a grant.

The Teacher Opportunity Corps (TOC) program is a New York State Department of Education-funded grant program designed to increase the number of underrepresented and economically disadvantaged individuals in the teaching profession. The TOC fellowship is non-transferable across academic semesters, and there are terms and requirements associated with the award. Learn more about this award on the Office of Teacher Education website.

Internal Sponsored Fellowships

The Arthur Zankel Urban Fellowship provides a financial award per academic year for TC students to work with disadvantaged inner city youth. For more information and to apply, consult the Office of School and Community Partnerships.

The Evalyn Edwards Milman Literacy Fellowship is a financial aid award in the amount of $10,000 and 6 tuition points per academic year for two Teachers College students to provide literacy education services in TC's partnership schools. The Evalyn Edwards Milman Music Fellowship is a financial aid award in the amount of $10,000 (no tuition points) per academic year for a Teachers College student to provide music education in a TC partnership school.

 

For more information and to apply, consult the Office of School and Community Partnerships.

This fellowship is available only to matriculated TC doctoral students who are on track to receive dissertation proposal approval at the end of the academic year. Recipients are awarded $6,000 to supplement academically related tuition, living, research, or travel expenses. Fellows pursue basic and applied research spanning diverse disciplines. This research should concentrate on advancing knowledge and should show a strong likelihood of being accepted in the most well-respected research journals in the field of inquiry. The award of $6,000 will be disbursed to the student’s account in two $3,000 installments—one in the fall, and one in the spring—after the add/drop period ends. To receive the award, students must be registered in the semester for which the award is made.

To learn more and apply, visit the website of the Office of the Vice Dean for Research, which manages the award program, or email: dissertationfellowships@tc.columbia.edu.

The Education Policy Dissertation Research Fellowship is open to matriculated TC doctoral students, in all TC departments and programs, whose dissertation research has the potential to inform societal efforts to improve educational opportunity, achievement, or equity. This research should be focused on an important policy issue at any level of government, reflect potential for policy utility, and show a strong likelihood of being accepted in the most well-respected journals. Our view of policy relevance is a broad one, encompassing research that affects policy indirectly by shifting public understanding of societal challenges and opportunities for effective intervention.

For more information, visit the EPSA website.

The Enid and Lester Morse Fellowship is a selective fellowship for doctoral students interested in the mentoring and professional development of new teachers. This financial award of up to $12,000 is offered through the Center for Professional Education of Teachers (CPET). The Morse Fellow for Digital Learning will work across CPET's portfolio of programs to increase opportunities for new and experienced educators to connect with CPET services through online and digital technology. The Fellow will gain practical experience in professional development by collaborating with CPET's signature initiatives, including the Global Learning Alliance, Literacy Unbound, the New Teacher Network, and the Student Press Initiative. Along with a team of CPET coaches, curriculum developers, and instructional specialists, the Fellow will support the provision of services to new teachers in under-served schools through the development of digital learning opportunities.

To learn more and apply, visit the CPET website.

The Enid and Lester Morse Fellowship is a selective fellowship for doctoral students interested in the mentoring and professional development of new teachers. This financial award of up to $12,000 is offered through the Center for Professional Education of Teachers (CPET). The Morse Fellow will work directly with Teachers College graduates who are members of the New Teacher Network (NTN@TC). The Fellow will gain practical experience in professional development by collaborating with NTN@TC coaches, mentoring new teachers, and assisting in the delivery of professional development programs. Along with a team of CPET coaches, curriculum developers, and instructional specialists, the Fellow will support the provision of services to new teachers in under-served schools.

To learn more and apply, visit the CPET website.

The Postsecondary Education Applied Research (PEAR) Fellowship trains doctoral students for careers in applied postsecondary education research using advanced scientific methods. Fellows also participate in ongoing research apprenticeships and a yearlong policy/practice apprenticeship with a higher education agency, university system, or nonprofit research organization. The fellowship is open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents accepted to doctoral programs in the Departments of Education Policy & Social Analysis or Organization & Leadership.

To learn more and apply, visit the PEAR Fellowship website.

Internal Sponsored Grants

Matriculated Teachers College students in master's or doctoral programs are eligible for the Dean’s Grant for Student Research, which awards up to $2,000 for the strongest research proposals with educational implications for the field and for academic inquiry at the College. The number of grants given depends upon annual funding. In past years, between five and eight grants have been awarded. 

To learn more and apply, visit the website of the Office of the Vice Dean for Research, which manages the award program, or email: deansgrants_studentresearch@tc.columbia.edu.

The Doctoral Dissertation Grant (DDG) award provides a $6,250 stipend grant to currently enrolled Ed.D. doctoral students who have defended or will defend their dissertation. Ph.D. students will receive an additional $1,500 to help defray the differential tuition charged for the semester in which they defend their dissertation. Recipients are selected based on merit.

 

Eligibility

  • Current doctoral student (registered for semester applied and in good academic standing)
  • Fully certified and has an approved dissertation proposal with IRB approval on file with the Office of Doctoral Studies
  • Has defended or is on track to defend their dissertation during the semester applied

 

How to Apply

Applicants must submit the DDG Interest Form, in addition to:

  • A written statement (double-spaced not to exceed three pages) describing the following items:
    • The focus of the dissertation inquiry, including a statement of rationale, research questions, and methods for the collection and analysis of data
    • The status of the dissertation project to date
    • The timeline for completion of the dissertation including the oral defense
  • A one-page letter of recommendation from the TC faculty dissertation sponsor addressing:
    • The importance of the question addressed in the dissertation
    • Affirmation that the proposed dissertation timeline is feasible and realistic
  • A copy of the student's up-to-date Curriculum Vitae (CV) 

 

Please submit the application and supporting documents via email, at financialaid@tc.columbia.edu.

 

Fall 2023 Semester Application Available: October 25, 2023
Fall 2023 Submission Deadline: November 24, 2023
Fall 2023 Decision Release: December 15, 2023

*Materials received after 11:59 PM (EST) on November 24th will not be accepted.

 

APPLICATION FOR FALL 2023 IS NOW CLOSED.

Information for the Spring 2024 application will be available in early 2024.

 

The Provost's Grant for Conference Presentation and Professional Development offers reimbursement consideration for eligible Teachers College students who have presented at an academic conference. 

To learn more and apply, email TC NEXT.

To support and enhance the quality of elementary school education within the local community, Columbia University offers partial scholarships of between 6 and 18 credits per year to qualified elementary school teachers to earn a master’s degree from Columbia University or Teachers College. This scholarship will award a cumulative maximum of 18 credits each year. For more information, please find the application here.

Deadline: February 29, 2024.

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