Grants, Fellowships & Awards

Grants, Fellowships & Awards


Teachers College students are invited to apply to the following grants, fellowships and awards, administered by the Office of Graduate Student Life & Development. All applications are accessed via the myTC Portal (Student Resources tab > Student Grants and Awards [left column]) and are described in detail below. Please note that full-time employees of the College are not eligible to apply for Student Life-sponsored grants, fellowships and/or awards.

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 s/he does not meet the aforementioned criteria, financial aid stipend will not be released until enrollment is updated as mentioned above, with the Registrar's Office.

Questions? Contact studentaffairs@tc.columbia.edu.

Please note, all of our Student Grants & Awards run on the myTC Portal and Google Platforms. You must be actively logged into your myTC Portal and University affiliated g-mail account to successfully access and apply.  

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.

Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, the 2020-2021 Provost's Grant for Conference Presentation and Professional Development is indefinitely suspended. Pending the improvements with global pandemic, we may be able to open this for Spring 2021. Applications for Fall 2020 will not be considered. The form is currently closed.

Dean's Grant for Student Research

Teachers College continues its tradition of supporting student* research through the Dean’s Grant for Student Research. Awards of up to $2,000 will be made to students who submit the strongest proposals for research that has educational implications for the field and for the academic program at Teachers College. The number of grants given is dependent upon annual funding. In past years, between five and eight grants have been awarded. The application deadline for the 2019-2020 Dean's Grant has passed. The application portal for the 2020-2021 academic year will open for applications beginning September 2, 2020.

Applicants must submit an application at least 1 week in advance (11/8 5 PM EST) of the overall application deadline (11/15 5 PM EST) for review consideration.

2018-2019 Dean's Grant Recipients  2019-2020 Dean's Grant Recipients

Any matriculated Teachers College student, in a degree-granting program, is eligible for and encouraged to apply to the Dean's Grant for Student Research. 

Students may apply for grants of up to $2,000 for the research period of the current academic year, beginning September 1, 2020 and ending August 31, 2021.  Students may apply as a group under one proposal, but the maximum budget remains at $2,000.

Previous applicants who were not awarded may reapply. Past award recipients may apply again but must submit a different research proposal or project. 

Deadlines to Apply:

Application Deadline: November 8, 2020, 5PM ET

Applications must be submitted one-week in advance of the application submission deadline to generate request for letter of faculty recommendation. No exceptions.

Application Submission Deadline: November 15, 2020, 5PM ET

Completed applications must be received by 5:00 PM (Eastern Time) on November 15, 2020, without exception, via the myTC Portal. No paper/PDF emailed copies will be accepted. 

Academic Festival: Poster Session

Awarded recipients are urged to present the results of their research at the annual Teachers College Academic Festival poster session held in October (new for 2020). Participation in the poster session is not mandatory but is highly encouraged.

Applications are individually reivewed by an appointed Faculty Review Committee. Each application is meticulously reviewed by three members of the Committee. 

Under no circumstances will applicants be provided with evaluations or direct scores of their submitted proposal. Upon written request, applicants may be entitled to anonymous commentary provided by any reviwer. Commentary is optional for all reviewed proposals.

The Dean’s Grant for Student Research application is accessible via the myTC Portal within the “Student Resources” tab > Student Grants and Awards (left column). You can also apply via bit.ly/tcsadeans20

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).

You are advised to build your responses to each field in a separate document (Word or Google); by doing so, it is easier for you to edit your responses accordingly and then transpose your responses prior to the final deadline. 

Once the application 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 underline formatting. 

Application Components

Proposals should be concise and closely follow the instructions included on the online application. There is a 2,750 character limit in each section of the application.

  • Student Information (name, department, T number)
  • Faculty Recommendations (You will submit the name and UNI of one faculty reference, who must be a member of the Teachers College professorial or instructional staff.  Advisors may be asked to serve as a reference as long as he or she also teaches a course at Teachers College.  The recommender will receive an automated email and will be prompted to submit their recommendations online) 
  • Abstract (summary of your research)
  • Problem or Topic & Rationale (explanation of the significance of your project)
  • Theoretical/Conceptual Framework (What previous research and theories have informed your research?)
  • Detailed Plan (research questions, instruments and measures to be used, subject selection, data collection and analysis)
  • Detailed Time Schedule for Planned Work  (thorough and concise overview of your research timeline)
  • Indication of Academic Progress to This Point (How many credits have you completed so far?  Is the project approved by the department? Is the pilot study completed?)
  • Anticipated Results (brief description of the anticipated results of your study)
  • Implications for Practice (What implications might your findings have?)
  • Proposed Budget (A detailed description and breakdown of your budget request, not to exceed $2,000.  Funds may not be used for  the purchase of major equipment (i.e., video cameras, laptops, etc.), as it is considered to be University property.  Accommodations may be considered if “equipment” is required and utilized for study purposes and gifted as an incentive to participants upon completion of study (e.g., fitbits to monitor physical activity). Moreover, funds may not be used towards tuition, for the purchase of software that is available to students through University licensing, to pay another student/researcher, to reimburse past expenses, for travel expenses not specifically for the purpose of data collection (i.e., rent assistance, hotel/lodging accommodation, etc.), or cost of living. **FOR ACADEMIC YEAR 2020 ONLY: REQUESTS FOR TRAVEL OF ANY KIND WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED OR FUNDED DUE TO THE ONGOING GLOBAL PANDEMIC.**
  • Résumé or Curriculum Vita (PDF document ONLY of current résumé or CV to be uploaded directly to application) Must be saved in as your UNI_CV or UNI_Resume (e.g., abc1234_CV or abc1234_Resume)
  • TC Transcript (obtain your TC transcript by logging into the myTC portal.  Under the Student Resources 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) Must be saved in as your UNI_CV or UNI_Resume (e.g., abc1234_CV or abc1234_Resume)
  • Additional Information (optional - any additional information that you would like the reviewers to be aware of in support of your application).

Research Dissertation Fellowship

Research Dissertation Fellowship applicants pursue basic and applied research spanning diverse disciplines. This research should concentrate on advancing knowledge and show a strong likelihood of being accepted in the most well-respected research journals in the field of inquiry. The award of $6,000 is paid to a student's account in $3,000 installments. The first is paid in the Fall and the second in the Spring after the College's drop/add end date. Awards are paid only to students who are registered in the semester for which the award of $3,000 is to be made. Fellowship recipients are awarded $6,000 to supplement academic-related tuition, living, research, or research-related travel expenses. The application portal for 2020-2021 Academic Year submissions will open on November 6, 2020*.

Applicants must submit an application at least 1 week in advance (1/26 5 PM EST*) of the overall application deadline (2/2 5 PM EST*) for review consideration.

*Updated 11/4/2020


2018-2019 Research Dissertation Fellowship Recipients  2019-2020 Research Dissertation Fellowship Recipients

 

Eligibility

This award is reserved for Doctoral candidates only. Individuals interested in applying must be in good academic and judicial standing, and on track to hold their dissertation proposal, with sufficient documentation on file with the Office of Doctoral Studies (ODS), on or before May 31, 2021. Candidates* must be registered (continuous enrollment) for the entire upcoming academic year (2021-2022), with the intent to defend in Spring 2022 or beyond (degree conferral cannot be before May 2022). Individuals intending to defend and graduate prior are not deemed to be eligible for this award. 

Awards

The number of grants awarded during each round of applications varies based on available funding.  Each grant carries a maximum stipend of $6,000 and will be awarded at the discretion of the Office of the Vice Provost at Teachers College. At this time, partial awards are not considered.  The candidate* must be registered for the entire upcoming academic year to receive a disbursement after the Fall/Spring drop-add period in the amount of $3,000. 

*Full candidacy is not required for award eligibility.

Application Portal

The application portal is set to open on November 6, 2020* to begin accepting applications. 

*Updated 11/4/2020

 

Deadlines to Apply:

Application Deadline: Janauary 26, 2021*, 5PM ET

Applications must be submitted one-week in advance of the application submission deadline to generate request for letter of faculty recommendation. No exceptions.

Application Submission Deadline: February 2, 2021*, 5PM ET

*Updated 11/4/2020

Completed applications must be received by 5:00 PM (Eastern Time) on February 22021* without exception. Applications can be accessed via the myTC Portal > Student Resources tab > TCSA Student Resources Block (left column). No paper copies/PDF emailed attachments will be accepted. Partial or incomplete applications* will not be considered. 

*Faculty letter of recommendation required for completeness. 

Applications are individually reivewed by an appointed Faculty Review Committee. Each application is meticulously reviewed by three members of the Committee. 

Under no circumstances will applicants be provided with evaluations or direct scores of their submitted proposal. Upon written request, applicants may be entitled to anonymous commentary provided by any reviwer. Commentary is optional for all reviewed proposals. 

The Research Dissertation Fellowship application is accessible via the myTC Portal within the “Student Resources” tab > Student Grants and Awards (left column). You can also apply via: http://bit.ly/tcsadoctoral21

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 underline formatting. . 

Application Components

Proposals should be concise and closely follow the instructions included on the online application. There is a 2,750 character limit (including punctuation) in each section of the application. To better assist you with meeting the character limit, please consider using a Character Counting website

  • Student Information (name, department, program T number)
  • Faculty Recommendations (You will submit the name and UNI of one faculty reference, who must be a member of the Teachers College professorial or instructional staff.  Advisors may be asked to serve as a reference as long as he or she also teaches a course at Teachers College.  The recommender will receive an automated email and will be prompted to submit their recommendations online) 
  • Abstract (summary of your research)
  • Conceptualization, Theory & Prior Research (What previous research and theories have informed your research?)
  • Framework, Hypothesis and Methodoogy (Expand upon your abstract; include an explanation of your research framework, research question/hypothesis, and your intended methodology/significance of such design). 
  • Project Feasibility (rProvide a detailed timeline for planned research work, include: IRB approval, pilot data collection (if applicable), data collection, analysis and plans for dissemination.   
  • Capability (Explain qualifications/experiences that validate your likelihood/capability to conduct your research proposal (e.g., combination of prior experience, coursework, fieldwork and/or training/mentoring))
  • Anticipated Results & Implications for Practice (brief description of the anticipated results of your study and how the results may shape future work in the field)
  • Plan for Dissemination 
  • Résumé or Curriculum Vita (Word or PDF document of current résumé or CV to be uploaded directly to application) 
  • Unofficial TC Transcript (PDF document of most recent unofficial TC transcript to be uploaded directly to application)
  • Additional Information (optional - any additional information that you would like the reviewers to be aware of in support of your application)

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 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. 

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: http://bit.ly/tcsastudentlearning20

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.

Eligibility

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.

Awards

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). 

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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