Eugene Lang Opportunity Awards

Eugene Lang College strongly encourages students to take part in co-curricular and extracurricular activities as part of their liberal arts education. We also realize that such activities are sometimes beyond the reach of students whose personal financial resources are limited.

Eugene Lang Opportunity Awards make it easier for students with financial need and academic merit to participate in the many co-curricular programs and initiatives available at Lang. A number of awards in the range of $1,000-$5,000 are made every fall and spring semester and every winter and summer break. Funds are limited and are distributed competitively according to the college's judgment of the educational quality and budget of a student's proposal and the applicant's financial need and academic standing.

Application Deadlines—Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. for each deadline.

October 15, 2014

February 18, 2015

April 29, 2015

An application for a Eugene Lang Opportunity Award may be submitted anytime and will be evaluated at the next deadline following submission. Applicants are notified of the decision two weeks after the deadline.

Award Types

There are two distinct categories of Opportunity Awards:
Innovation Awards are awarded competitively to fund students' self-designed co-curricular and extra-curricular educational activities.

Outreach Awards are awarded competitively to students who need financial assistance in order to take part in institutional co-curricular activities offered by Eugene Lang College and/or the university, such as those developed by Civic Engagement and Social Justice, Career Development, Study Abroad, and others.

Guidelines for Applicants

Applicant Eligibility

Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and be matriculated degree students of Eugene Lang College. They must also demonstrate financial need; students receiving federal Pell Grants are given priority consideration.

Activity Eligibility

Eligible activities fall into the general categories of research fellowships and projects, study abroad programs and projects, civic engagement and social justice programs and projects, internships and other career development activities, leadership and/or student government projects, and possibly artistic productions and exhibitions and other self-designed projects clearly related to a student's educational goals. Proposals that address social justice issues or otherwise contribute positive community impact are given priority consideration.

Awards are not granted to fund singular events but to make possible committed participation in ongoing activities.

Applicants must show that a proposed activity would be financially difficult for them without external funding. Opportunity Grants are not intended to be tuition scholarships but to finance out-of-pocket expenses required by a particular activity or opportunity. However, an award may be requested to help with tuition if the co-curricular activity requires registration for associated credits not covered by the student's academic year tuition, for example, a summer internship.

Immediately following a deadline date, all proposals received to that point are reviewed together in a collaborative process by a committee made up of deans and faculty.

How to Apply

  • Complete the Eugene Lang Opportunity Award Application.
  • Attach a resume that indicates your qualifications to pursue the activity described in the proposal.
  • Attach your current academic transcript and financial aid award (printed from MyNewSchool).
  • For innovation awards only: Identify a faculty or administrative sponsor for your project.

Questions can be submitted to or in person at the Academic Advising Office, 64 West 11th Street. An application received after one deadline will be rolled over to the next deadline unless the dates of the proposed activity or project preclude later consideration. In that case, the application will be rejected.

Completion Requirement

All students who receive opportunity awards are required to write a report or make an oral presentation at the midpoint and conclusion of their activity reflecting on the quality of their experience and its contribution to their Eugene Lang College education. Such a report is already required for credit-based internships, many study abroad opportunities, etc. Students applying for Innovation Awards will be given more information about this requirement based on the nature of their proposals.

Eugene Lang Opportunity Awards are made possible by a generous gift from Eugene M. Lang and the support of the following Eugene Lang College offices and committees: Dean's Office, Academic Advising and Student Support, Civic Engagement and Social Justice, and Student Life and Outreach Committee.