Scholarships, Fellowships & Assistantships | Media Studies

Public Engagement

Scholarships, Fellowships, and Assistantships

  • School of Media Studies Financial Aid

    No one should decide against applying to a Media Studies program for financial reasons. A variety of financial assistance is available to qualified students. It is not necessary to have an admission decision to begin the financial aid process. The Office of Student Financial Services can answer questions about applying for financial aid, figuring the overall cost of attendance; and billing and payment options.

    In some industries, students can obtain employer/sponsor reimbursement for the costs of a graduate program. They can defer payment of tuition and fees by presenting a signed, official authorization on employer/sponsor letterhead at registration.

    Scholarships and Fellowships

    New School Scholarships (offered on admission based on merit)

    All graduate students in the School of Media Studies, including certificate students, who indicate on the application their interest in these awards will be considered for a competitive tuition scholarship. Awards are based on the strength of the application and the contributions the admissions committee believe the applicant can make to the School of Media Studies community. No additional application components are required. Scholarships cover a percentage of tuition from 10 up to 50 percent.

    Paul D. Coverdell Peace Corps Fellowship Program

    The New School is one of the few universities eligible to enroll students who have been selected to receive graduate fellowships through the Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program. Our similar mission of social responsibility, our Master's degree programs, and the unique environment at The New School have been a strong attraction for Paul D. Coverdell Fellows.

    The Peace Corps Description of Service must be accompanied with your application in order to be eligible for these competitive scholarships. This competitive award can cover up to 50 percent of tuition for either the MA in Media Studies or the MS in Media Management program. The application fee is waived.

    Assistantships (available to continuing students)

    In order to be eligible for an assistantship with the School of Media Studies, students must meet the following minimum standards and eligibility criteria in the semester for which they would like to apply:

    • Must be a graduate-level student
    • Must be registered for full-time status (9 credits/3courses) in the semester he/she would like to be considered for a position
    • Must be within the time limit for attaining his/her degree
    • Must have achieved a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
    • Must not have more than 33 percent of attempted course credits as incompletes
    • Must not be employed at The New School as administrative staff
    • If selected, he/she must file new hire paperwork form at the university if he/she is a first-time student employee. International students must complete foreign national forms.
    • All selected students must be authorized to work in the United States and must obtain a Social Security number.
    • All students are limited to work no more than 20 hours per week. This 20 hour per week maximum includes the total amount of time for all on-campus jobs. Federal regulations limit international students to no more than 20 hours of employment per week.  

    Course Assistant 

    Student will support teaching and learning outcomes through non-instructional activities. Duties may include attending class, making photocopies, demonstrating use of equipment, taking attendance, proctoring exams, collecting assignments, assisting with classroom set-up (e.g., coordinating tech set-up with Audio/Visual), uploading course content online, tracking students’ participation online, assisting students having difficulty with the online environment, and grading.

    Research Associate 

    Student will support ongoing research projects and substantive academic tasks associated with coursework.

    Technical Assistant 

    Student will support program's use of technical resources by maintaining them, assisting faculty and students in using them, and/or supervising them. Resources may include online resources (websites, Web-based platforms) and on-site resources (tech shops, camera equipment). Duties may also include recording, editing, and posting classroom activities online.

    Duties may include on-site support of technical resources during class and associated Saturday tech lab if assigned to a course with lab component.

    Students must be able to commit to 8 hours of assistantship work per week during the semester. Assistantship applications will be available in early April for the fall semester, and in early November for the spring semester.