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 Scholarships and Stipends 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

The Abby O’Neill Fellowship awards $48,000 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. Recipients must be committed to teaching in the New York City public school system for at least 2 years within 5 years after completing their degree. 

The Abby O’Neill Fellowship application is open to new students applying for admission for the Summer 2023 or Fall 2023 semesters, and the application can be found in your application status portal. Recipients will receive the award beginning in Fall 2023.

Application Available: January 5, 2023
Application Submission Deadline: February 13, 2023

The Lemann Fellowship aims to contribute to accelerating social change in Brazil by providing financial assistance to TC master’s students who are enrolled full-time 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 application is open to new students applying for admission for the Summer 2023 or Fall 2023 semesters, and the application can be found in your application status portal. The award will cover, on average, up to 80% of the recipient’s cost for tuition and room and board. Recipients will receive the award beginning in Fall 2023.

Applications Available: January 5, 2023
Application Submission Deadline: February 13, 2023

 

Partnerships with External Organizations

City Year, an education-focused nonprofit organization, 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. One City Year AmeriCorps member or alum who complete at least one term of service or City Year staff employed for at least two years will be eligible to receive a scholarship that will cover the tuition cost for 25% of the total credits required for graduation, and the funds will be awarded in their first year of study beginning in Fall 2023. 

The City Year application is open to new students applying for admission for the Summer 2023 or Fall 2023 semesters, and the application can be found in your application status portal. 

Applications Available: January 5, 2023
Application Submission Deadline: February 13, 2023

 

The Posse Foundation Fellowship provides a tuition scholarship to up to two Posse alum who enrolls full-time in a master’s degree program at Teachers College. The scholarship will be provided for up to two years, and the funds will only cover the cost of tuition for courses required for program completion. 

The Posse Foundation Fellowship application is open to new students applying for admission for the Summer 2023 or Fall 2023 semesters, and the application can be found in your application status portal. Recipients will receive the award beginning in Fall 2023.

Applications Available: January 5, 2023
Application Submission Deadline: February 13, 2023

 

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