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Grants, Fellowships & Awards

Teachers College students are invited to apply to the following grants, fellowships and awards, administered by the Office of Student Affairs. All applications are accessed via the myTC Portal and are described in detail below. Please note that full-time employees of the College are not eligible to apply for OSA administered grants, fellowships and/or awards. Students must be enrolled in 1-billable credit or have a 1-credit Certificate of Equivalency (COE); should a student be awarded, and s/he does not meet the aforementioned criteria, financial stipend will not be released until COE is on file with the Registrar. 

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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.). The reimbursement request portal, for the Provost's Grant for Conference Presentation and Professional Development, is open September 1, 2018 - August 14, 2019. Please read the following information carefully to learn more about eligibility, funding, deadlines, and reimbursement requests.

All applicants must be currently enrolled students in a degree-granting program (Master's or Doctoral) at Teachers College, Columbia University.  Students are only eligible for one award per academic year (September to August).  Students must be registered for the term in which they are presenting and submitting a reimbursement request. If a student is requesting a reimbursement for their final semester in December, all reimbursement requests and supporting documents must be submitted by 11:59 PM on the last day of the term for potential award consideration (degree conferral in February). If you are presenting during Winter academic recess, please submit your request for reimbursement during the Spring term.

**If a student is requesting a reimbursement for their final semester with anticipated graduation in May, all reimbursement requests and supporting documents must be submitted by 11:59 PM 10 business days in advance of the end of the term for potential award consideration (April 30, 2019; last day of the Spring 2019 term is May 14, 2019).**

The number of grants awarded during the academic year varies and is based on available funding.  Each grant carries a maximum stipend of $500 and will be awarded at the discretion of the Office of the Vice Provost at Teachers College. 

Grant applications are reviewed in three rounds of applications throughout the year, with the following deadlines:

Fall: August 15 – December 21 (last day of Fall 2018 term)

Spring: January 1 – May 14* (2019 Graduates must submit their application no later than April 30, 2019)

Summer: May 15 – August 14

Deadlines are strictly enforced. Applications must be submitted by the deadline above, no exceptions. 

To be considered for a Professional Development Grant, students must submit the following online application.  All applications will be reviewed following the deadline for each round, and applicants will be notified of the decision within one month following their submission. for which the application was submitted. Decisions will be sent to students via Teachers College email.  Applicants should be mindful of these dates relative to the conference for which they wish to receive reimbursement and plan their applications accordingly. 

The application is accessible via the myTC Portal within the “Research” section. You can also apply via: As a reminder, full-time employees of the College are not eligible to receive funding from the Office of Student Affairs.

Application Components

Student Information

  • Applicant’s Name, TC ID Number, Email Address, Department, Program, Degree, and Mailing Address

Conference Information

  • Conference Name, Location, Start Date and End Date
  • Brief Description of Conference
  • Documentation of Selected/Submitted Conference Participation (uploaded proof of attendance)
  • Request for Reimbursement (TC Travel and Expense Form) 

Presentation, Poster, or Panel Information

  • Presentation, Poster, or Panel Name
  • Abstract of Presentation
  • Faculty Participation (if applicable)

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 2018-2019 Dean's Grant has passed. The application portal for the 2019-2020 academic year will open for applications beginning September 4, 2019.

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.

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 2019-2020 Academic Year submissions will open on November 17, 2019.

Applicants must submit an application at least 1 week in advance (2/16 5 PM EST) of the overall application deadline (2/23 5 PM EST) for review consideration.

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: Last day of the term for both Fall & Spring. 

The Morton T. Embree Award nomination application is accessible via the myTC Portal within the “Research” tab. See the “Student Grant Applications” section. 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: Summer 2018, Fall 2018, Spring 2019. 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. Each grant is for $500.

The application portal will open for submissions on March 1. The deadline to submit an application is April 1 at 5PM EST, without exception. 

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 at:    

To access the application you must be logged into the myTC portal

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 
  • 1 Letter of Recommendation - 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 application deadline 4/1 5 PM EST
  • List of Honors/Activities (there is a 1,800 character limit for this section; characters include the use of spaces and punctuation marks.  Consider using a character counting website to compose your list and then paste your response into the application when ready)
  • Statement of Purpose (maximum 500 word limit; document should be double spaced and saved as a PDF file by UNI to be uploaded online)
  • Résumé (saved as a PDF file by UNI to be uploaded online)
  • TC Transcript (obtain your TC transcript by logging into the myTC portal.  Under the TC Services 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)