Scholarships

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Teachers College seeks to recognize a broad range of talents and extend educational access through its funding sources in order to support the learning and success of a diverse, high-achieving student body.

Institutional Awards & Other Funding Sources

Master's Candidates

New students interested in being considered for Institutional Awards must complete the scholarship application within the application for admission. To receive priority consideration for scholarships, prospective students must submit the application for admission by the priority deadline.

Please review the Terms and Conditions for the Teachers College Scholarship for the TC Scholarship and the Margaret Mead Fellowship. Please be aware that the TC Scholarship and the Margaret Mead Fellowship are non-renewable awards and are awarded to first-year students only.

Continuing students do not need to complete a new scholarship application. The scholarship application submitted within the original admission application will remain valid throughout the course of the degree program. If you have been offered a scholarship award as a continuing student, you will receive an e-mail notification once the award details become available. Please also refer to any terms and conditions that apply to your scholarship award. For more information, visit our Current Students page. 

Note: Part-time and full-time employees at Teachers College and Columbia University affiliates may be eligible for tuition exemption. This may affect your eligibility for institutional scholarships. 

Doctoral Candidates

Full and partial funding packages are offered to qualified candidates. Such support may include, but is not limited to: points (tuition scholarship), stipend, fellowship, or other work opportunities. Doctoral funding is not guaranteed, and students may be admitted without the promise of continuous funding. Prospective students should speak with the faculty in their academic program of interest.

 

Special Scholarships

 

Endowed Scholarships

Application Deadline: January 22, 2021

The Abby M. O'Neill Fellowship awards $40,000 in tuition-only assistance to selected recipients who intend to enroll in an elementary or secondary teacher education master’s degree program leading to initial certification at Teachers College. Recipients must be committed to teaching in New York City’s public school system upon graduation.

The Abby O'Neill Fellowship application is only available to new students who are applying for admission for the Summer and Fall 2021 terms. The scholarship funding will be awarded beginning in the Fall 2021 semester.

The Abby O'Neill Fellowship application is separate from the scholarship application included within your application for admission. The 2021 application will be available on your Application Status Page after you submit your application for admission.

Application Deadline: January 22, 2021

The Lemann Fellowship program aims to contribute to accelerating social change in Brazil through providing financial assistance to TC master's students with a commitment to addressing crucial developmental challenges facing Brazil. The fellowship is open to applicants with interests in the public, non-profit, and/or private sectors.

The Lemann Fellowship is an extension of the commitment and generosity of the Lemann Foundation to foster educational service and exchange between Brazil and TC's educational community. Preferred applicants are citizens or residents (current or former) of Brazil with a demonstrated interest in areas relating to social change, education policy and/or leadership, development in curriculum and teaching, and advancing technology and innovation in Brazil. Applicants must intend to use their master's degree from TC to further those interests. The Lemann Fellowship will provide funds to cover up to 80% of the estimated total cost of tuition and room and board for qualified recipients.

The Lemann Fellowship application is only available to new students who are applying for admission for the Summer and Fall 2021 terms. The scholarship funding will be awarded beginning in the Fall 2021 semester.

The Lemann Fellowship application is separate from the scholarship application included within your application for admission. The 2021 application will be available on your Application Status Page after you submit your application for admission.

Partnerships with External Organizations

Application Deadline: January 22, 2021

City Year, an education-focused nonprofit organization operating in more than 20 U.S. cities, has established a "give a year" partnership with Teachers College. The partnership highlights the visions and values of both organizations integrating the power of knowledge and service in addressing social problems. Each year, one City Year participant (current or past) or staff member is eligible to receive tuition assistance from TC for a master's degree program. Learn more about City Year here.

 

The City Year Scholarship application is only available to new students who are applying for admission for the Summer and Fall 2021 terms. The scholarship funding will be awarded beginning in the Fall 2021 semester.

 

The City Year Scholarship application is separate from the scholarship application included within your application for admission. The 2021 application will be available on your Application Status Page after you submit your application for admission.

Application Deadline: January 22, 2021

The Posse Foundation Fellowship provides a tuition scholarship to a Posse participant who enrolls in a full-time master's degree program at Teachers College. The fellowship is awarded annually to one recipient. For students accepted into a program that requires 36 credits or under for graduation, the fellowship will cover full tuition for the exact number of credits required for graduation from that program. For students accepted into a program that requires more than 36 credits for graduation, the fellowship will cover tuition for 36 credits exactly.

The Posse Foundation Fellowship application is only available to new students who are applying for admission for the Summer and Fall 2021 terms. The scholarship funding will be awarded beginning in the Fall 2021 semester.

The Posse Foundation Fellowship application is separate from the scholarship application included within your application for admission. The 2021 application will be available on your Application Status Page after you submit your application for admission.

Partnership with Columbia Global Centers

The Columbia University Scholarship for Displaced Students awards tuition, housing, and living assistance to one student pursuing a Master of Arts in Comparative and International Education or a Master of Arts in International Educational Development. The recipient must be:

  • a foreign national with refugee status living anywhere in the world, or
  • have received U.S. asylum or submitted a U.S. asylum application, or 
  • be in the U.S. under Temporary Protected Status. 

Learn more and apply on the Columbia Global Centers website. The 2021 application deadline is January 22, 2021. 

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