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Funding Opportunities

Institutional Funding

  • Eligibility for Institutional Scholarship Support

    The allocation of institutional financial aid at The New School for Social Research is based on both academic performance and financial need. Normally, awards are extended through the first two (MA) to three (PhD) years of study, provided the student maintains steady progress in a degree program and continues to demonstrate financial need. Guidelines (PDF) for the awarding and renewal of aid are established by the Committee on Admissions, Awards, and Scholarships. Only degree candidates are eligible for institutional scholarships. Note: The New School seldom provides institutional awards to cover doctoral candidacy fees or tuition for students enrolled less than full-time.

    The minimum academic standards for noninstitutional aid programs, such as Federal Stafford Loans, are generally less stringent than the standards for New School scholarships and fellowships. Current minimum academic standards for aid eligibility are available from the university's Office of Student Financial Services. All aid recipients should note that carrying forward incomplete grades (such as I, NP, or N) to future semesters may jeopardize academic progress and result in disqualification from receiving all forms of aid, including federal and state funds. An academic review of all students is conducted each year, and students are notified by their departments about their academic progress.

  • Application Forms and Deadlines

    Forms, procedures, and eligibility details are available at these links (you must use your New School email to complete the forms):

    Tuition Fellowship (March 2, 2014, at 11:59 p.m.)

    Dissertation Fellowship (March 2, 2014, at 11:59 p.m.)

    TA/RA Assistantship Form (March 2, 2014, at 11:59 p.m.)

    Statue Fellowship Foundation (March 2, 2014, at 11:59 p.m.)

    Fellowships

    Prize Fellowships
    A limited number of prize fellowships are provided to incoming doctoral students with distinguished records. Prize fellowships provide full tuition and a monthly stipend intended to allow recipients to devote themselves full-time to their program of study. The fellowships are renewable for up to three years, subject to annual review.

    Dean's Fellowships
    In most years, at least one Dean's Fellowship is awarded in each department of The New School for Social Research to an incoming student with a distinguished record. These full-tuition fellowships are renewable for two years (MA students), three years (PhD students), or five years (clinical psychology PhD students), subject to annual review.

    In 2003, the Dean's Fellowship in Philosophy was renamed the David Whitaker Memorial Scholarship in Philosophy, in memory of a gifted philosophy doctoral student and valued New School staff member, David Whitaker.

    Tuition Fellowships
    A small number of full-tuition fellowships are awarded annually to students who have completed at least one semester of study at The New School for Social Research. University Fellowships recognize outstanding academic work by currently enrolled students. They are awarded by the Committee on Admissions, Awards, and Scholarships.

    The Statue Foundation Fellowships to Promote Diversity in Clinical Psychology for Immigrants or Refugees
    The New School for Social Research is pleased to announce the Statue Foundation Fellowship Program in Clinical Psychology. This fellowship provides funding to incoming or current first- or second-year PhD students in clinical psychology who are committed to contributing to culturally engaged research, teaching, or practice that addresses the needs and concerns of underserved communities. These include immigrants and refugees; other racial, ethnic, or cultural minorities; low-income individuals and families; and sexual minorities. Individuals who are interested in basic or clinical research with clear relevance to such populations are also encouraged to apply.  

    The award covers annual tuition costs and is renewable for up to three years. Students in the Statue Foundation Fellowship Program contribute to the education of both their fellow students and faculty in the PhD Clinical Psychology program at The New School on issues relevant to populations that are often underrepresented or marginalized in mainstream clinical psychology; these issues may include acculturative stress, racism and prejudice, survivor guilt, the effects of torture, the impact of poverty, disparities in mental health care, and culturally adapted treatments. To fulfill this mission, fellows are expected to (1) organize colloquia and community events relevant to these topics, (2) offer at least two presentations (on relevant research or clinical practice topics) to the department or the university or as part of a professional conference, and (3) serve on the Psychology Department’s diversity committee. Fellowship recipients are also encouraged to collaborate with faculty on research that is both culturally grounded and relevant to the specific concerns and issues of underserved communities. Preference is given to those who have previously demonstrated a commitment to working with the populations or issues described above. Announcements calling for applications from NSSR psychology students will be made available in January. The deadline for application submission is March 1.   

    Named Fellowships

    The following fellowships are made possible through the generosity of donors. Most are awarded as Prize, Dean's, and University Fellowships and partial-tuition scholarships.

    Frank Altschul Fellowship
    This scholarship is funded by the Overbrook Foundation to honor the long and influential association of Frank Altschul with The New School. The recipient is selected from scholarship applicants in the Department of Political Science. The award amount varies depending upon need and may provide tuition remission or a stipend for living expenses.

    Richard J. Bernstein Endowed Prize Fellowship in Philosophy
    Established in honor of Richard J. Bernstein, Vera List Professor of Philosophy and former dean of NSSR, this fellowship is awarded to a distinguished student in the Department of Philosophy. Gifts endowing the Bernstein Prize were contributed by members of the board of governors, university trustees, and alumni.

    The Imogen Bunting Fellowship
    Established in memory of Imogen Bunting, a brilliant student and beloved member of the New School community who passed away in 2006 at the age of 25, this fellowship is awarded annually to an outstanding graduate student who combines great scholarly promise with commitment to the ideals of justice and human rights.

    Walter and Vera Eberstadt Prize Fellowships
    These fellowships are open to students pursuing doctoral degrees in economics, political science, philosophy, or historical studies. The fellowships pay tuition and provide a support stipend and are renewable for up to three years. They are awarded principally on the basis of academic merit.

    Ernestine Bradley Fellowship Fund
    The Ernestine Bradley Fellowship Fund was established in 2006 to provide tuition support for graduate students in The New School for Social Research. The endowment for this fellowship comes partly from the gifts of individual supporters.

    Holocaust Memorial Fellowships
    The fellowships listed below were established in 1990 by university trustee Vera G. List in memory of nine children, ages two to 13, who perished in the Holocaust. Preference is given to students in the Philosophy Department.

    The Sara Borkshtein Fellowship, in honor of 13-year-old Sara Borkshtein, who was born in Lombzb, Poland, in 1930 and perished in Auschwitz in 1943.

    The Joseph Flattau Fellowship, in honor of nine-year-old Joseph Flattau, who was born in Poland in 1933 and perished in Treblinka in October 1942.

    The Tillie Jakir Fellowship, in honor of seven-year-old Tillie Jakir, who was born in Rudke, Poland, in 1935 and was killed in Lvov, Poland, in 1942.

    The Abraam Kardasr Fellowship. in honor of five-year-old Abraam Kardasr, who was born in Radchov, German Silesia, in 1938 and perished in Radsiechow, Poland, in 1943.

    The Genia Perelmuter Fellowship, in honor of two-year-old Genia Perelmuter, who was born in Krzemieniec, Poland, in 1939, and perished in Kremnitz, occupied USSR, in 1941.

    The Moshe Sarchon Fellowship, in honor of 13-year-old Moshe Sarchon, who was born in Rhodes, Greece, in 1931 and perished in Auschwitz on August 16, 1944.

    The Hedviga Schwartz Fellowship, in honor of three-year-old Hedviga Schwartz, who was born in Prague, occupied Czechoslovakia, in 1940 and perished in Auschwitz in 1943.

    The Sarah Sterner Fellowship, in honor of eight-year-old Sarah Sterner, who was born in Kraków, Poland, and perished in Treblinka.

    The Abraham Tabak Fellowship, in honor of nine-year-old Abraham Tabak, who was born in Romania in 1935 and perished in Auschwitz on May 30, 1944.

    Deborah Mitchell Fellowship
    This fellowship, established in memory of Deborah Mitchell, is awarded annually to an outstanding doctoral candidate in the Department of Political Science.

    Janey Summer Research Fellowships
    Awarded by the Janey Program in Latin American Studies (established 1991 by the Rothenberg family), these grants support field research in Latin America.

    Ira Katznelson Fellowship
    The New School Board of Trustees established this fellowship in 1990 in honor of Ira Katznelson, who was dean of the NSSR from 1983 to 1990. This fellowship is awarded annually to a student at The New School for Social Research in recognition of outstanding academic achievement.

    Alexander and Ilse Melamid Fellowship
    This fellowship, established with a gift from Alexander Melamid (PhD in Economics, 1951, The New School for Social Research) and Ilse Melamid, a former registrar of the division, provides funding for one Prize Fellowship and one dissertation fellowship recipient annually.

    Jane Evans Fellowship
    Established from the revocable trust of Jane Evans, the Jane Evans Fellowship provides support for Prize and Dean's Fellowships at The New School for Social Research. Dr. Evans, who died in 2004 at the age of 96, established the trust in 1996 with The New School as one of three beneficiaries. She was an advocate for human rights and world peace and a leader in efforts to aid displaced persons and other survivors of Nazi persecution. As chairman of the American Jewish Conference's Commission on Displaced Persons during World War II, she headed delegations to the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration.

    Chiune Sugihara Fellowship
    Established in 1995 with a gift from the late Vera List, a university life trustee, this fellowship honors Chiune Sugihara, who saved Jews from the Holocaust. The Sugihara Fellowship is open to students in all departments.

    Alfred and Cecile Mundheim Fellowship
    These fellowships, established in memory of Alfred and Cecile Mundheim, provide support for Prize, Dean's, and dissertation fellowship recipients.

    Named Scholarships

    The following partial tuition scholarships help outstanding students pursue full-time graduate study. Recipients must register for nine or more credits to receive these scholarships.

    Aron Gurwitsch Scholarship Fund
    This scholarship, established in memory of Aron Gurwitsch, is awarded annually to an outstanding student in the Department of Philosophy.

    August Heckscher Scholarship
    Established in 2000 with a gift from Mrs. August Heckscher, this partial tuition scholarship is awarded annually to a student chosen from New School for Social Research scholarship recipients.

    Reba Kirson Monness/New School Associates Scholarship
    This scholarship, established in memory of Reba Kirson Monness, an active member of the New School Associates, will be awarded annually to an outstanding student chosen from New School for Social Research scholarship recipients.

    Reiner Schürmann Memorial Scholarship Fund
    This scholarship, established in memory of Reiner Schürmann, professor of philosophy at The New School for Social Research, is awarded annually to an outstanding student in the Department of Philosophy, chosen from scholarship recipients.

    Malcolm and Betty Smith Scholarship
    Established in 2004 with a gift from Malcolm B. Smith, a longtime university trustee and member of the school's board of governors, and his wife, Betty, this scholarship is awarded annually to an outstanding student in the Department of Economics.

    William B. Steerman Scholarship
    These scholarships, established in memory of William B. Steerman, provide support for Prize, Dean's and dissertation fellowship recipients.

    Fellowships and Scholarships for International Students

    International students who qualify for aid should be aware that amounts awarded rarely meet the cost of tuition and never match the full cost of living expenses. All foreign applicants are urged to research all sources of aid from government and private organizations in their own countries before leaving, since it is extremely difficult to obtain aid after arrival in the United States. They also should not expect to find on-campus employment, as such opportunities are limited by visa restrictions. In addition, all fellowship or scholarship monies that come from U.S. sources that are not designated for tuition and fees—such as stipends, travel grants, and grants for research expenses—are subject to a 14 percent U.S. taxation withholding rate unless, on the basis of a tax treaty, documentation can be submitted to the university exempting the student from withholding.

    In addition to all the fellowships and scholarships listed above, the fellowships listed below are available to international students in particular.

    Dorothy Hart Hirshon Fellowship
    Established by the board of trustees of the university in honor of Dorothy Hirshon, chairman of the board from 1980 to 1985, and in recognition of her enduring commitment to the ideals of the University in Exile, the Hirshon Fellowship each year enables a student from a nation in which intellectual freedom is deemed to be threatened or abridged to study freely at The New School for Social Research. The fellowship provides support for one year of study.

    Janey Fellowship
    Established in 1991 by the Rothenberg family in connection with the Janey Program in Latin American Studies, these fellowships provide support for newly accepted and continuing graduate students from Latin American countries.

    Katarzyna Kalwinska Fellowship
    This fellowship was endowed by the late Vera List in honor of Katarzyna Kalwinska, a Polish citizen, for the heroism she displayed during World War II by hiding Jewish concentration camp escapees from the Nazis. When asked why she chose to risk her life for others, Mrs. Kalwinska, a deeply religious Roman Catholic, said: "If God had wanted me to die because I saved Jews, I was ready to go on the cross like Jesus." Vera List established the fellowship, which is awarded annually to a student from Poland, so that Mrs. Kalwinska's humanitarian act would serve as a permanent inspiration to her countrymen and to all mankind.

    Vera G. List Fellowship
    This fellowship was established to honor the people of the Netherlands and is awarded annually to a student residing in that nation. A panel of distinguished scholars from Dutch universities nominates recipients. The fellowship may be awarded within any department of The New School for Social Research. It is for a one-year term. Apply to:

    Netherlands America Commission for Educational Exchange
    Westerdoksdijk 215
    1013 AD Amsterdam
    Netherlands
    Tel: 31 20 53 15 93 0

    Leo Model Fellowship
    Established in 1993 by the Leo Model Foundation and friends of Leo Model, this fellowship is awarded to a student from Israel.

    Guna S. Mundheim Fellowship
    Established in 2003 with a gift from Robert Mundheim, a university trustee, and honoring his wife, Guna, a native of Latvia, this fellowship is awarded to a student from Latvia. The fellowship was established to encourage students from Latvia to study in the United States in the hope that they will use the education acquired at The New School for Social Research to contribute to the political and cultural development of Latvia.

    Raoul Wallenberg Memorial Scholarship
    Established in memory of Raoul Wallenberg, a Swede who saved the lives of thousands of Hungarian Jews during World War II, this scholarship is awarded annually to a full-time New School student who is Swedish or of Swedish descent. The amount of the award may vary from year to year. The scholarship is awarded at the time of admission to The New School for Social Research. It provides partial support for one year of study.

    The Ruth Westheimer Fellowship
    Established in 1991 by Dr. Ruth Westheimer in recognition of the financial assistance she received as a New School student in the 1950s, this partial tuition fellowship is awarded annually to a student at The New School for Social Research. Preference is given to those who, like Dr. Westheimer, have come to the United States seeking intellectual and personal freedom.

    Thanks to Scandinavia Scholarship
    Awarded each year to a New School student, this award is made possible through a gift to the Thanks to Scandinavia Organization by the late Vera List and others, to show appreciation to the Scandinavian people for their help in rescuing Jews during the Holocaust. Candidates apply in their home countries through the following foundations: the Denmark-Amerika Fondet, the League of Finnish-American Studies, the Sverige-Amerika Stiftelsen, and the Norge-Amerika Foreningen.

    Frieda Wunderlich Scholarship
    Frieda Wunderlich Scholarships are awarded to qualified foreign students to assist them in their studies at The New School for Social Research. Students on F-1 or J-1 visas from any foreign country are eligible. Funds are limited and usually supplement other scholarship funds made available to the student.

    Dissertation Fellowships

    Dissertation fellowships cover maintenance-of-status fees and provide modest research stipends for students writing a PhD dissertation. They are awarded annually by the Committee on Admissions, Awards, and Scholarships.

    Ruth W. Berenda Fellowship
    Established by an alumna of The New School in tribute to her beloved professors Max Wertheimer and Wolfgang Kohler, the Berenda Fellowship is awarded annually to an outstanding doctoral candidate in the Department of Psychology working in areas of the field that were of central concern to the Gestalt psychologists—perception, memory, and cognition.

    Eberstadt Dissertation Fellowship Fund
    The Eberstadt Dissertation Fellowship Fund was established in 1994 by members of the Visiting Committee (now board of governors) of NSSR in honor of Walter A. Eberstadt, founding chair of the Visiting Committee and its chairman from 1983 to 1994, in recognition of his outstanding leadership and commitment to The New School for Social Research. This award is made annually to a promising doctoral candidate currently working on a dissertation.

    Elinor Goldmark Black Fellowship for Advanced Studies in the Dynamics of Social Change
    This fellowship has been established by Algernon D. Goldmark Black to enable outstanding PhD students at The New School for Social Research to pursue research into the processes of social change. The recipients of this fellowship are expected to demonstrate commitment, through their studies, research, and personal lives, to peace, equality, and democracy, especially in the United States.

    Brecht Dissertation Fellowships
    This fellowship, established in memory of Arnold Brecht, is awarded every two years to an outstanding doctoral candidate in the Department of Political Science.

    David M. Gordon Dissertation Fellowship
    This fellowship, established in memory of David M. Gordon, will benefit students working on their dissertations in economics at The New School for Social Research, with priority consideration given to students pursuing topics that were of major interest to Dr. Gordon.

    Levinson Dissertation Fellowship
    This fellowship, established by Barbara Levinson, is awarded to students who are completing their doctoral dissertations.

    John R. and Elsie Everett Fellowship
    This fellowship was established by the board of trustees in 1982 in honor of Dr. John Rutherford Everett, president of The New School for Social Research from 1964 to 1982, and his wife, Elsie, who so generously shared in his burdens and responsibilities. Honoring the growth and creativity that characterized President Everett's tenure, it is awarded each year to students who have demonstrated not only outstanding academic ability but also the originality of thought that marks them as likely to make a significant contribution to knowledge, the arts, or the community.

    Robert Heilbroner Fellowship
    The Robert Heilbroner Fellowship at The New School for Social Research was established in honor of Robert Heilbroner, the beloved Norman Thomas Professor Emeritus of Economics, who passed away on January 4, 2005. The fellowship is awarded to doctoral candidates in economics writing their dissertations.

    Hiram J. Halle Fellowship
    This fellowship is awarded annually to doctoral candidates of outstanding merit who, in the opinion of the faculty, have given evidence of special competence and originality.

    Alvin Johnson Fellowships
    The Alvin Johnson Fellowships were endowed in 1969 through the generosity of Frank Altschul of New York City. The fellowships are awarded annually to doctoral candidates who show unusual scholastic promise.

    Arthur J. Vidich Dissertation Fellowship
    This fellowship, established in 2008 in memory of Arthur J. Vidich, will benefit students working on their dissertations in sociology at the New School for Social Research, with priority consideration given to students pursuing topics that were of major interest to Dr. Vidich. These include but are not limited to community studies, bureaucracy in modern society, the student of American culture, and international culture and politics.  Special consideration will be given to students who pursue such interests through fieldwork.

    Commencement Awards
    The New School for Social Research grants the following awards at commencement for outstanding work and dissertations in the specified areas. Recipients are nominated by their departments and selected by the Committee on Admissions, Awards, and Scholarships.

    • Outstanding MA Graduate Awards (given by each department)
    • Distinguished Alumni Award
    • Hannah Arendt Memorial Award in Politics
    • Stanley Diamond Memorial Award in the Social Sciences
    • Edith Henry Johnson Memorial Award in Economics, Civic Affairs, and Education
    • Hans Jonas Memorial Award in Philosophy
    • Alfred J. Marrow Memorial Award in Psychology
    • Irvin Rock Memorial Award in Psychology
    • Albert Salomon Memorial Award in Sociology
    • Alfred Schutz Memorial Award in Philosophy and Sociology
    • Frieda Wunderlich Memorial Award for an outstanding dissertation by an international student

    Exchange and Overseas Study Programs

    Small scholarships are available for these programs.

    Exchange programs enable students from partner institutions to study at The New School for Social Research for one year and enable New School students to study overseas for one or two semesters or pursue language study for a summer. Current exchange partners include Humboldt University in Berlin, Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt, the University of Bremen, and the Technical University of Dresden. Advanced doctoral students with demonstrated teaching experience may from time to time be invited to teach at one of the exchange universities while conducting dissertation research.

    New School students frequently travel overseas during the summer for language programs and field research and during the year for research and study at other universities. Students can also participate in summer and winter intersemester programs in Wrocław, Poland, and Johannesburg, South Africa, coordinated by the Transregional Center for Democratic Studies.

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