Grants, Fellowships & Awards

Grants, Fellowships & Awards

Teachers College students are invited to apply to the below awards sponsored by Graduate Student Life & Development. Students must be enrolled in 1-billable credit or have a 1-credit Certificate of Equivalency (COE) for the given term of the award; should a student be awarded, and they  do not meet the aforementioned criteria, the financial aid stipend will not be released until enrollment is updated as mentioned above, with the Registrar's Office.

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For more information pertaining to student grants, awards, and fellowship opportunities, we encourage you to consult Financial Aid's site

Provost’s Grant for Conference Presentation & Professional Development

The Provost's Grant for Conference Presentation and Professional Development offers consideration for reimbursement for eligible Teachers College students who have presented at an academic conference. Award stipends are to be utilized as reimbursement exclusively for the purposes of registration, membership, printing, and travel costs (excluding food and beverage) associated with presenting research at an academic conference. The student's presentation may be in any format (i.e., workshop, lecture, panel, poster session, etc.) and may have been presented on his/her own or with others (i.e., other students, faculty, etc.). Please read the following information carefully to learn more about eligibility, funding, deadlines, and reimbursement requests.

This Grant is now managed by TC NEXT (Career Development), for more information and/or questions specific to the deadline(s) please contact TC NEXT directly. 

Di5 Competition: Dissertation in 5-Minutes or less

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!

 2019-2020 Di5 Recipients

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. 

**Participants must be registered for 8900-level (Dissertation Advisement) or 1-credit COE to be eligible for funding per Financial Aid guidelines.**

The deadline to submit an application for the 2021 Di5 Competition is Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at 5 P ET* and the Final Submission Deadline is Friday, March 19, 2021 at 5 PM ET*, without exception. Applicants will be notified via email with details and submission instructions. *Updated 2/24/2021

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: As a reminder, full-time employees of the College are not eligible to receive funding from the Office of Graduate Student Life & Development. 

Morton T. Embree Award for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning

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. Receipients are notified by email.

Deadline to nominate: 

Fall 2020: December 21, 2020 

Spring 2021: April 22, 2021

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:

TC Student Leadership Grant

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. 

*For further eligibility depending on enrollment, please consult the important dates (deadlines) drop down.


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

Application Deadlines: 

The application portal will open for submissions on October 15, 2020. 

Fall 2020 Deadline:

November 15, 2020 at 5PM ET, no exceptions 

Students anticipating degree conferral in February 2021 (coursework complete in December), should apply for the Fall 2020 deadline. Priority for February graduates will be given to students applying for Fall 2020 consideration.

Spring 2021 Deadline: 

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 studentaffairs@tc.columbia.eduOnly 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)
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