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is pleased to announce the

2023-2024 Education Policy Dissertation Research Fellowships

for current TC Students.

The Education Policy Dissertation Research Fellowship is open to TC students, regardless of their department or program, 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. 


♦ Fellowship recipients are awarded $6,000 to supplement academically related living, tuition, research, or travel expenses.   Six winners are selected each year.

♦ Fellowships are available to matriculating TC doctoral students who will have an approved dissertation proposal by May 31, 2023.   

♦ The candidate must be registered for the entire upcoming academic year to receive a disbursement after the Fall/Spring add-drop period in the amount of $3,000.  At this time, partial awards are not considered.

♦ Students in all departments of the College are eligible as long as their proposal meet the criteria specified below.

♦ Recipients of the fellowships may be asked to present their research work at an EPSA-sponsored event such as a colloquium, seminar or Policy Student Network activity, where appropriate.



Complete this application with the following items

1. One copy of your curriculum vitae (CV)

2. One copy of an essay providing an overview of the proposed work, including:  
     -The social, intellectual, and policy significance of the work;
     -Explicit statement of a policy-research study that gives evidence of a significant social problem, clear conceptualization, a grounding in theory, and a rigorous research design;
     -An integrated analytic framework that drives the purpose and the questions being asked;
     -Documentation of feasibility of completing the policy relevant research in a timely fashion;
     -Evidence of research and policy skills, including policy coursework taken at TC or elsewhere, as well as any relevant policy experience, likely to lead to the successful completion of the proposed policy work; and
     -A plan to disseminate the research finding so that they can inform policy.

The essay must begin with a cover page that includes your name, address, phone number, email address, TCID number, title of project and academic program.  The essay must be no more than 8 pages (excluding cover page), double‐spaced, in 12‐point Times New Roman font.  References may go to a separate page. Please head each page with last name and page number.    

3. One copy of an e-Transcript (Electronic, official TC transcript)
        Ordering e-Transcripts using the MyTC Portal:
To submit an online request, log into MyTC, then click on the TC Services tab. Locate the box entitled Enrollment & Student Services, then click on the Student Records link. On the next page, click on Request Electronic Transcript, then follow the prompts to submit your request. If you are unable to locate either the Enrollment & Student Services box or the Student Records link in MyTC, please contact the Registrar’s Office at (212) 678-4071 during normal business hours.  

4. One letter of support from a faculty member familiar with the policy-related work and able to comment on the quality of the research design and prospects for completion and significance. This letter should have the faculty member's signature, be emailed as an Adobe PDF, and sent from the faculty member's TC/CU email account directly to:


For additional information, please contact Liz Farley in the EPSA Department at (212) 678‐3188 or e‐mail:


Please complete this application if you would like to be considered for a grant to cover expenses incurred while attending a national or international professional conference at which you are presenting.

Please note the following conditions you must meet and understand:

1. Program Directors will play a role in evaluating applications and conferences, so you should consult with your program director and obtain his or her endorsement before applying.

Economics & Education: Professor Sarah Cohodes

Education Policy: Professor Doug Ready

Politics & Education: Professor Jeff Henig

Sociology & Education: Professor Amy Stuart Wells

2. You must supply proof that your proposal for a presentation has been accepted. Please attach supporting documentation to this application

3. If you receive an award, you must email your receipts after your attendance has been completed, reflecting your expenses, to LIZ FARLEY (212 Zankel, Suite B) following your return to Teachers College

4. The applications are competitive; awards are not guaranteed.

5. Priority will be given to students who have not received a grant in the past, to exhaust the available funding pool

6. Eligible award expenses include: conference registration, air fare, train fare, hotel, parking, meals, tolls, parking, car rental, and taxi fare. 

-The maximum grant amount is $500.


Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.



The Arthur Zankel Urban Fellowship is a financial aid award in the amount of $11,000 per academic year for Teachers College students to work with disadvantaged inner-city youth. The Zankel Fellowship is made possible by a gift from the estate of Arthur Zankel, who was an esteemed trustee of Teachers College. The Zankel Urban Fellows carry on Mr. Zankel's legacy of passion for education by contributing their expertise to programs serving disadvantaged inner-city youth. 

Zankel Fellows undertake a fellowship during the academic year in an approved project. They are required to spend an average of ten hours a week for the fellowship with five of those hours working directly with youth. During the application process, students request and are matched to an approved project according to their skills, interests, and experience. The fellowship is supervised by a TC sponsor, who is a faculty/staff member. 


The application for the 2021-2022 academic year will be available on Friday, March 5, 2021. THE PRIORITY DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS IS FRIDAY, MARCH 26, 2021.


The Morton T. Embree Award for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning recognizes the outstanding performance of Course Assistants and Teaching Assistants who have made distinguished contributions to the Teachers College community. Students and instructors are invited to nominate appointed Course or Teaching Assistants for courses in which they are enrolled or which they are teaching. The Morton T. Embree Award is granted twice per year for respective courses in the Fall and Spring terms.

Matriculated Teachers College students who are currently serving as a Teaching Assistant (TA) or Course Assistant (CA) are eligible for nomination for the Morton T. Embree Award. 

Students and instructors/faculty are encouraged to nominate a TA/CA who has made a remarkable difference in the classroom contributing to student learning. Awards are given twice per year in the Fall and Spring terms. Recipients are notified by email.

The Morton T. Embree Award nomination application is accessible via the myTC Portal within the “Student Resources" tab > TCSA Student Resources > Student Grants and Awards (left column). You can also apply via:

Deadline to nominate: Spring 2021: April 22, 2021

The Di5: Dissertation in 5-Minutes or Less Competition provides students an opportunity to rehearse and present their dissertation defense in 5-minutes or less! Participants will be evaluated by a panel of faculty judges and scored according to the content, verbal presentation, and stage presence. Prizes will be awarded to the top three finalists!

Participation in this competition is reserved for Doctoral candidates only. Participants who have/will defended their dissertation in Spring 2021 will be given priority this year.

The deadline to apply for the 2021 Di5 Competition is Monday, March 22, 2021 at 5 PM ET, without exception. Applicants will be notified via email with details and submission instructions.

The application is accessible via the myTC Portal within the “Student Resources” tab > Student Grants and Awards (left column). You can also apply via direct link (coming soon!). As a reminder, full-time employees of the College are not eligible to receive funding from the Office of Graduate Student Life & Development. 

The Teachers College Student Leadership Grant (TCSLG) recognizes and encourages outstanding student leadership. The TCSLG is awarded based on the recipient’s demonstrated ability to lead change in the TC community for the common good. The grant seeks applicants that have demonstrated exemplary leadership with the following characteristics: civility, social justice, character and service.


Students must be enrolled in a degree-granting program. Students must be matriculated for at least one of the following semesters: Fall 2020* or Spring 2021. Students must also be in good academic, judicial, and financial standing with the College. 


The number of grants awarded during each round of applications varies based on available funding.

Application Deadlines: March 15, 2021 at 5 PM ET, no exceptions

Applications are reviewed by an appointed Review Committee. Under no circumstances will applicants be provided with review criteria or feedback on their applicaton.

The TC Student Leadership Grant application is available for Fall applicants by email Only those who are finishing coursework (expecting Februrary degree conferral) should apply for Fall, all others should plan to apply for the Spring 2021 deadline.    

To access the application you must be logged into the myTC portal > Student Resources tab (left column) or through the direct link:

Important Note:  The information entered into this application will not be saved until you click the "Submit" button at the end of the Form (must be done every time you update the form). Once the Form has been submitted, you will be able to revisit and edit your answers until the deadline. There are no options on this form for bold, italic, and/or underline formatting. 

Application Components

  • TC Student Leadership Application 
  • Contact Information for 2 Recommenders - the recommender will receive an email (after you hit submit) prompting them with instructions on how to upload their letter of recommendation; the deadline for the letter of recommendation is the same as the (Fall/Spring) application deadlines
  • Résumé (saved as a PDF file by UNI to be uploaded online)
  • Statements on Leadership (maximum 500 word limit)
  • TC Transcript (obtain your TC transcript by logging into the myTC portal.  Under the Student Resource tab locate the box heading Enrollment & Student Services.  Select the Student Records link to request an "electronic transcript" - a PDF file by UNI to be uploaded online)
  • Additional Information (optional - any additional information you would like reviewers to be aware of in support of your application)

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.

On May 8, 2020 Teachers College received $1,118,534 in funding through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (“Relief Fund”) authorized by the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The College signed and returned to the U.S. Department of Education the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the institution intends to use 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to eligible students who have incurred qualifying expenses related to the coronavirus outbreak (Student Aid Portion).  The College has received $559,267 to fund these emergency grants.

As of June 5, 2020, eligible students may apply for grants to determine eligibility in accordance with the Cares Act. As of February 26, 2021, Teachers College has distributed or initiated payments to 469 students in the amount of $559,267. At this time, we estimate that approximately 1500 students are eligible to apply for these grants under Title IV, Section 484 of the Higher Education Act of 1965.

The College is using information from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA) to determine the students with the greatest need, with the goal of distributing the funds in a fair and equitable manner.  Emergency grant amounts will be awarded to students with qualifying costs and prioritized based on need. A Committee has been established and they will review applications on an ongoing basis, until all funds are spent, in the order applications are received. The College is required to spend its share of the CARES Act funds within one calendar year.

The remaining portion of the funding (Institutional Portion) was designated by the College to cover costs associated with significant changes to the delivery of instruction due to the coronavirus outbreak and was fully used for student housing reimbursements. The final Budget and Expenditure Reporting as of September 30, 2020 for this portion of the Relied Fund can be found here.


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