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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. Questions? Contact

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.

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.


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, 2019

Candidates must be registered (continuous enrollment) for the entire following (2019-2020) academic year, with the intent to defend in Spring 2020 or beyond (degree conferral cannot be before Spring 2020). Individuals intending to defend and graduate prior are not deemed to be eligible for this award. 


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 academic year to receive a disbursement after the Fall/Spring drop-add period in the amount of $3,000. 

Application Portal

The application portal is set to open on November 17, 2018 to accept applications. 


Deadline to Apply

Completed applications must be received by 5:00 PM (Eastern Standard Time) on February 23, without exception, via the myTC Portal. No paper copies 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 review criteria or feedback on their proposal. 

The Research Dissertation Fellowship application is accessible via the myTC Portal within the “Research” tab. See the “Student Grant Applications” section. You can also apply via:

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)


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 (fall); Spring deadline: May 10, 2019. 

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.

More information coming soon!

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

More information coming soon!

More information coming soon!