The number of awards fluctuates from year to year. For the 2022-2023 award year, we received nearly 175 applications for 66 spots.
Students interested in applying for a fellowship should visit the website in early spring to review the eligibility information, learn which projects are accepting fellows for the upcoming school year, and submit an application. The online application opens in March. Students are notified of awards on a rolling basis starting in April. The application form requires students to provide information about their education and work experiences, as well as well as an explanation of why they wish to serve as a Zankel Fellow for the projects of their choice.
If you are shortlisted, a Zankel site sponsor may contact you for an updated resume, a longer personal statement, or to schedule an interview. Please do not submit additional materials unless solicited.
Your personal statement should describe how your interests, experiences, and educational plans fit the fellowship criteria and requirements, as described on this website. Your statement could be a customized version of what you submitted for your general admission to the College. The personal statement should be one-page, single-spaced, Times New Roman font, size 12.
You are eligible to apply if you are taking or intending to take at least five credits per semester at Teachers College during the Fellowship year. A Certificate of Equivalency (COE) will NO longer be considered as of the 2022-2023 academic year. Please reach out to email@example.com for more information.
No. The College admits students on a rolling basis from mid-March to August, so if you are a new student you may not be admitted at the time of submitting your application. However, you must have completed the admissions process and submitted your FAFSA to be considered. Awards will be made on a rolling basis from April and following confirmation of your enrollment status.
Yes. International students are eligible to apply for the fellowship.
-Be matriculated or be fully-admitted to a masters or doctoral degree program at Teachers College
-Have consecutive enrollment for five credits in both the fall and spring terms
-Have demonstrated financial need, as determined by TC's Office of Financial Aid based on the central College application
-Exhibit the interests, skills, experiences and/or characteristics that are a good match to the purpose of the fellowship and the approved service internships
-Be available to complete the required internship during the normal school day in both fall and spring semesters (not all sites are have schedules compatible with student teaching commitments)
-Current full-time TC employees are NOT eligible for this fellowship.
TC faculty and staff ("Sponsors") who oversee the fellowship placements will judge the merit of your application based on the relevance of your skills, experience, and interests in their projects.
The Financial Aid Office determines fellows' need based on their FAFSA. Applicants are advised to submit their FAFSA prior to submitting their Zankel Fellowship application. Late submission of the FAFSA will delay the decision on whether an applicant is eligible for an award.
Yes. The Fellowship is a one-year award and is not automatically renewable. However, students are eligible to receive up to two years of funding as a Zankel Fellow, so you may re-apply for a second year.
While most internships will take place during the school day, some projects require the fellow to be available during after school hours. Your award is contingent upon you meeting the time commitments of that placement. Each project has its own schedule; some with more flexibility than others.
If you anticipate a student teaching commitment during the fellowship year, it is recommended that you contact Amy Hawley in the Office of School and Community Partnerships at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interships take place only at pre-approved sites; applicants may not propose a new site or research project. Typically, there are 10-15 sites a year, working with 15-25 schools/organizations. All sites are overseen by a sponsor who is a TC faculty member or project director. Use the menu bar at the left of the page to find internship site information.
All placements take place in New York City. It is not a requirement of the fellowship that you live in New York City or in New York State, provided you can attend your site at the required times.
Yes. The priority deadline is mid-April, but applications are accepted on a rolling basis until all fellowships are filled.
You will be asked on the application form to state your top three site preferences. While applicants are required to indicate at least one preference, we recommend that you state two or three preferences, so that several site sponsors consider your application.
In most cases, sites do not require that your placement interest align with your studies, but it might serve as an advantage if the site you are aiming for is Department-based or looking for specific subject-area skills that your studies support.
Please rank your top three preferences when you submit the application. You will be considered for all of those sites.
Notification of awards will be made on a rolling basis from early May.
Yes, we will be notifying all applicants, so if you have not received a response by August, contact Zankel_info@tc.edu as there might be a problem with your registered email address.
Successful applicants have seven to ten days to accept the award. If they decline or fail to respond, it is immediately offered to a sponsor's second choice candidate and so on down the waiting list. All candidates remain on a waiting list throughout the year and might be contacted if a fellow withdraws at any point.
Once you have accepted the Fellowship, this is a good question for your sponsor, whose name and contact information are provided in the award notification. It is recommended that you contact your sponsor early to discuss the placement schedule and confirm your availability.
You are required to attend a one-hour orientation session, which is usually scheduled during the first two weeks of September. In addition, you will be invited to complete the NYS Mandated Reporter Training course online. While this is not mandatory, it is strongly recommended that anyone working with children participate as it covers identifying and reporting child abuse and the course leads to a certificate. Details of these training opportunities will be emailed to fellows at the beginning of the fall semester. In terms of reporting, the fellowship requires that you submit a final report at the end of your fellowship , which is given to the Zankel family. All other professional development and reporting requirements are set by your sponsor, and you should check with them at the beginning of the year.
It is a good idea to contact your sponsor soon after you have accepted the award, to introduce yourself, thank them for selecting you and to discuss your internship schedule. Some sponsors have limited availability over the summer, but if you still have not managed to reach them by September 1, feel free to contact us at email@example.com.
Your sponsor sets your schedule and hours, and it is a requirement of the fellowship that you are able to attend at these times. Some sponsors have flexibility with the schedule, others do not. It is a good idea to contact your sponsor soon after accepting the award, to discuss the hours and confirm your availability.
If an agreement on hours cannot be reached, your sponsor may legitimately choose to withdraw the fellowship and offer it to another candidate.
The $12,000 will be paid in two installments of $6,000, one for each semester. The funds will be deposited directly into your student account approximately 1-2 weeks into each semester and following confirmation from your sponsor that you are fulfilling the requirements of the fellowship.
The Zankel Fellowship is set up for tuition purposes (deposited directly into your student account each semester). However, if you are receiving other aid/stipends and overpay on the cost of your tuition and expenses, Student Accounts will refund you that money in the middle of the semester. You can therefore potentially receive the Zankel funding as a refund, which can be used for other related education expenses.
A sponsor is a project/program/department representative or an individual TC faculty member who supervises one or more Zankel fellows on an internship that involves working in direct service with disadvantaged urban youth for one academic year, for a minimum of five hours a week. The fellowship could take place in a school or organization, so long as it involves direct service with disadvantaged urban youth in New York City. The fellowship may include a research component, as long as the primary service requirements of the fellowship are met. There are a finite number of sponsors selected every year and the sponsorship lasts for one academic year.
Sponsors are responsible for:
Faculty members are invited to apply to sponsor Zankel Fellows through campus wide announcements in late January. Only full-time faculty members are eligible to apply. If you would like to apply to sponsor a Zankel fellow, or have questions about the process and criteria for selection, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Yes. It is not possible to recruit Zankel Fellows to participate in a project unless you apply to be a sponsor.
No. The site must be located in New York City, and it is advised that you consider the commute a fellow would have to undertake to reach your site.
Project proposals are reviewed once a year by a committee comprised of representatives from the President’s Office, Office of Development and TC faculty. The Zankel Fellowship Committee also determines the number of fellows for each project. Every effort is made to approve projects from a broad spectrum of departments. Selections are based on the following considerations:
In addition to the five or more hours of direct service with youth, you may schedule appropriate hours for planning and preparation. The total weekly commitment is ten hours.