• Competitive scholarships and project funding opportunities for the 2016–2017 academic year are described below. Parsons students should contact for more information.

    New Challenge 2016

    Eligibility: Open to all full-time and part-time degree-seeking students who are currently enrolled at The New School

    Application Deadline: February 4, 2016

    New Challenge is an annual university-wide competition in which students from all divisions and all levels of The New School are encouraged to submit innovative ideas that tackle social and environmental challenges on a local or global scale in innovative ways. Ideas at all stages of development are welcome. Winners receive awards between $2,500 and $10,000, significant mentorship, and further workshops, and have the opportunity to become clients of diverse classes at The New School.
    For more information about the New Challenge competition, including application process, guidelines, and past project submissions, visit or contact

    John L. Tishman Scholarship

    Eligibility: Open to students from all colleges of The New School

    Application Deadline: November 1, 2016

    The Tishman family generously funds scholarships for students at Parsons and other schools of the university who show interest in, and a commitment to, sustainable development, design, and construction. Every fall semester, approximately $40,000 is awarded to the top applicants.

    Student awards are made on the basis of the following considerations:

    • Academic standing
    • Demonstrable focus on sustainability issues
    • Demonstrable civic engagement/social justice work relating to sustainability
    • Involvement in projects that support sustainability in the infrastructure and ecology of the greater New York City area
    • Financial need

    To apply, click here. The application requires 1) a résumé that details work related to furthering sustainable design; 2) a cover letter that addresses past participation in sustainable practices, work, or projects and/or future projects or initiatives with a mission connected to sustainability; 3) and a letter of recommendation from a member of the faculty or community member who can speak to your commitment to and efforts for sustainability.

    If you have any questions, please contact

    Michael Kalil Fellowship Project Grants

    Eligibility: Open to full-time students in good standing in all colleges of the university

    Application Deadline: January 30

    The mission of the Michael Kalil Endowment for Smart Design is twofold: to foster understanding of the design intersections between nature and technology and to support a heightened sense of responsibility for increasing the sustainability of built environments. Each year the Endowment awards as many as four Memorial Fellowship Project Grants to either teams of undergrad or graduate students working collaboratively, or individuals working on their own. Recipients of the grants use their award to support a project or course of study that will both increase their understanding of the intersections between nature and technology and make a contribution to environmental sustainability. Projects might include travel, attendance or participation in workshops, conferences, meetings, participation in design competitions, pursuit of an independent course of study, and/or scholarly research and publication.

    As many as four Fellowship Project Grants are given annually; students are eligible to receive as much as $5,000 dollars for each project. Collaborative Team Grants support projects of a team of two or more students working in collaboration from any of the colleges of The New School.

    For more information and application materials, visit Questions can be directed to

    William Randolph Hearst Scholarship

    Eligibility: Open to Parsons juniors and seniors and graduate students

    Application Deadline: April 1

    The William Randolph Hearst Endowed Scholarship Fund was established in 1998 to support and promote partnerships between Parsons and local and global nonprofit groups.

    Every year, Parsons awards scholarships of at least $2,000 each to as many as six students who are engaged in socially responsible art or design projects. Awards are based on the nature and quality of the individual nominee's project and on financial need. The committee gives preference to proposals that address issues related to urban and global sustainability, diversity, and social and personal agency through art and design practice.

    Download the application for submission details.

    For more information, email

    Green Fund

    Eligibility: Open to students in good standing in all colleges of university

    Application Deadline: TBD

    In 2010, The New School established the Green Fund as part of an initiative to increase community involvement in the sustainability efforts of the university and promote research on environmental issues. Since then, 47 student and faculty projects have received funding.

    For more information, including judging criteria, details of the selection process, the application timeline, and examples of past funded projects, visit The Green Fund. Questions can be directed to