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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) 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.). 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: bit.ly/osaprovosts18. 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.

Any matriculated Teachers College student, in a degree-granting program, are encouraged to apply for the Dean's Grant. 

Students may apply for grants of up to $2,000 for the research period of the current academic year, beginning September 1, 2019 and ending August 31, 2020.  

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

Students may apply as a group under one proposal, but the maximum budget remains at $2,000.

Deadline to Apply
Completed applications must be received by 5:00 PM (Eastern Standard Time) on November 15th, without exception, via the myTC Portal. No paper 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 April. Participation in the poster session is not mandatory but is highly encouraged.  Additional information will be provided during the Spring term. 

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 review criteria or feedback on their proposal. 

The Dean’s Grant for Student Research application is accessible via the myTC Portal within the “Research” tab. See the “Student Grant Applications” section. You can also apply via bit.ly/osadeans20

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  
  • 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 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) 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)

 

Q:  What if I’m graduating in February, am I still able to apply?

A:  In order to be awarded, students must be actively registered. Unfortunately, partial awards are not available at this time. Therefore, if you are finishing your course work in December (i.e., graduating in February), and subsequently not registered for the following academic term, you would not be eligible to receive the award.  

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Q: May I request to use more than 2,750 characters for certain sections of the application?

A: Unfortunately, due to the volume of applications we receive, we must adhere to the 2,750 character limit per section for all applicants (characters includethe use of spaces and punctuation marks).  Please find this link to thecharacter counter website useful in adhering to application parameters.

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Q: May I submit an application after the deadline?

A: Out of fairness to all applicants, all application submissions must be submitted by the deadline, without exception.

 

Q: Do you require that references be cited in the proposal?

A: No, you are not required to include references.

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Q: When must recommenders have submitted his/her recommendations?

A: The application must be completed in full on the date indicated, including all recommendations.  The online application system closes for submissions at the date and time indicated on the application.

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Q: Can I go back to my application and edit it after I have submitted it online?

A: Yes, you may continue to revisit and revise your application, even after you have submitted it, up until the deadline listed above.  Once the deadline has passed, the application system will close and no further changes may be made.

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Q: Am I able to apply for this award in addition to Research Dissertation Fellowship?

A: Yes, you are encouraged to apply to both as long as you are an actively registered doctoral student.  The review committees for both awards, the Dean’s Grant and the Research Dissertation Fellowship are the same; therefore, please be mindful that the applications are different for each grant, thus, it is advised that you carefully and thoroughly complete each section. 

Congratulations to the 2018-2019 Dean's Grant Recipients!

Recipients listed alphabetically by last name and academic department: 

Marion Bakhoya

Biobehavioral Sciences 

Jihae Cha 

International & Transcultural Studies 

Apichai Chaiwinij

Organization & Leadership

Yanru Chen 

Health & Behavior Studies 

Jonthon Coulson 

Curriculum & Teaching 

Robert Cox, Jr. 

Counseling & Clinical Psychology 

Cindy Lin 

Organization & Leadership

Katrina Long 

Biobehavioral Sciences 

Wenimo Okoya 

Health & Behavior Studies 

Alexa Rodriguez 

Arts & Humanities 

Martha Rosas 

International & Transcultural Studies

Nicholas Rosemarino 

Organization & Leadership

Megan Russell 

Mathematics, Science, & Technology 

Phillip Smith 

Organization & Leadership 

Claire Stiglmeier

International & Transcultural Studies 

Sam Thanapornsangsuth

Mathematics, Science, & Technology

 

Special thanks to the 2018-2019 Faculty Review Committee!

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: bit.ly/osaembree18.  

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: Summer 2018, Fall 2018, Spring 2019. Students must also be in good academic, judicial, and financial standing with the College. 

Awards

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: bit.ly/TCleadership2019    

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)