Engage, Intern, & Study Abroad

Lang Opportunity Awards

  • Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts 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 up to $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 12:00 noon for each deadline.

    • October 25, 2019
    • April 10, 2020

    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. Please note that payments for the award can take up to four weeks to process.

    Award Types

    There are two distinct categories of Opportunity Awards:
    Innovation Awards are awarded competitively to fund students' self-designed co-curricular and extracurricular 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 Lang and/or the university, such as those developed by Civic Engagement and Social Justice, Career Development, and Study Abroad.

    See Completed Awards

    View projects that have received Eugene Lang Opportunity Awards 

    Completion Requirement

    Students who receive awards choose two payment dates. All students are required to create an initial reporting plan, complete a final report, and showcase their project on the ELOA Portfolio site. Their entries should reflect on the quality of their experience and its contribution to their Lang education. Award recipients will work with a mentor of their choosing throughout their project. This voluntary role is assumed primarily by faculty, but it is also open to staff at The New School. The mentor's main responsibility is to check in with the awardee at the mid-point of the experience and to review the awardee's final blog post. If their chosen mentor is unavailable, the student will work with an advisor from the Student Life and Outreach Committee.

    In addition, Eugene Lang Opportunity Award recipients are expected to participate in the Lang Dean’s Honor Symposium (students apply to the symposium in the fall semester and enroll in a special symposium class in the spring semester). Students receiving awards during the fall deadline (and spring deadline, if timing allows) are encouraged to feature their work in the poster session of the Honor Symposium or apply the following fall to be part of a presentation panel.

    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, Student Success Advising and Student Support, Office of Civic Engagement and Social Justice, and the Student Life and Outreach Committee.

    Guidelines for Applicants

  • Who is eligible?

    Eligible applicants must: 

    • Be matriculated degree students of Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts
    • Demonstrate financial need

    A minimum 3.0 GPA is strongly preferred.*

    Students receiving federal Pell Grants are given priority consideration.

    *Please note: Students whose GPA is below the preferred GPA will have an opportunity on the application to provide an explanation of why their GPAs do not reflect their academic capacities.

    Is my project eligible?

    Eligible activities fall into the general categories of:

    • Research fellowships and projects
    • Study abroad programs and projects
    • Civic engagement and social justice initiatives, including organizing and activist work
    • Internships and other career development activities
    • Leadership and/or student government projects
    • Artistic productions and exhibitions
    • Other self-designed projects clearly related to a student's educational goals 

    Proposals that address social justice issues or otherwise contribute to positive community impact are given priority consideration. Awards are granted not to fund singular events but to make possible committed participation in ongoing activities.

    You must show that a proposed activity would be financially difficult without external funding. Opportunity Awards are not intended to be tuition scholarships but rather should finance out-of-pocket expenses required for a particular activity or opportunity. However, a student may request an award to help with tuition if the co-curricular activity requires registration for associated credits not covered by 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 the Student Life and Outreach Committee.

    How do I apply?

    • Complete the Eugene Lang Opportunity Award Application.
      • Personal statement. In 600 words (or less), discuss your reasons for applying; include any relevant experience or information.
      • Financial statement. In 400 words (or less), discuss your need for financial assistance, including an explanation of your ability/plans to pay for the proposed project/program independently.
    • Attach a résumé that indicates your qualifications to pursue the activity described in the proposal.
    • Attach your current academic transcript and financial aid award (printed from MyNewSchool).
    • Applicants will be asked to designate a mentor for the project. This voluntary role is assumed primarily by faculty, but it is also open to staff at The New School. The mentor's main responsibility is to check in with the awardee at the mid-point of the experience and to review the awardee's final blog post. If the chosen faculty or staff member is not available or the student does not have a particular person in mind, a member of the Student Life and Outreach Committee will serve as the mentor.
    • ALL APPLICATIONS REQUIRE A RECOMMENDATION: Identify someone who will speak to your qualifications for this proposal. Your recommendation does not have to be written by your proposed mentor. Your recommender should submit his or her recommendation through the Recommendation Form. Recommendations must be received no later than two days after the application deadline by noon. 

    Questions can be submitted to or in person at 65 West 11th Street, room 356. 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.

    Tips for Submitting a Strong Application

    Step 1. Create a plan.

    • Carefully review the required information and create a list of tasks that need to be completed.

    Step 2. Prepare an effective résumé.

    Step 3. Write a compelling personal statement.

    Consider the following:

    • Describe your reasons for applying to the ELOA program.
    • What can you gain from the proposed experience?
    • Describe your interest in the proposed area of research, project, or program.
    • Draw upon past experiences in leadership, community service, team efforts, etc. (Note: Do not restate the contents of your résumé.)
    • Highlight your career goals and how the proposed project or program fits into your plans.

    Step 4. Prepare a strong project proposal.

    Consider the following:

    • What is the topic/focus of your research, project, or program?
    • Can you concisely explain your research question or the focus of your project/program and goals?
    • What is the purpose and merit of the proposed research, program, or project? (How will this research, program, or project contribute to your academic and personal development and to the community, and are these contributions significant?)
    • What methodology will you employ to complete the research and/or project? (Is the proposed research/program feasible, and does the applicant have adequate resources/abilities to complete the project/program? Is the research/program overambitious or underambitious?)
    • Describe your qualifications. (Why should the selection committee feel you can successfully pull this off?)
    • After completing the research/project/program, how do you plan to share results of your research or the program experience with the broader community?
    • What are the benefits of this project/program to you personally?

    Step 5. Get strong recommendation letters and reach out to possible mentors.

    Contact your potential letter writers early to ensure they can submit a recommendation letter on your behalf by the supplementary materials deadline. Be sure to provide them with a copy of your essays and any other relevant information that will enable them to submit a strong letter on your behalf.

    Reach out to faculty in your subject area to see if they would be willing to mentor your project. The mentor request should not be a surprise!

    Note: A letter of recommendation is most useful when it includes specific comments on the strength of your application. Recommenders should be able to comment on your ability to carry out the proposed course of study/project and the suitability of the university or program chosen. Choose people who know you well — both in and outside of the classroom and personally. A faculty advisor is often in the best position to comment on a student's academic abilities and potential. It is most important that your recommenders know you well. Short references from well-known people don't go over well. Academic letters from those who taught you in high school are also not recommended.

    Step 6. Proofread your application before you submit it.

    Your submission is final. You can't make edits or append any documents after submission. Be thorough in your review of your application, but do not wait until the last minute to submit it. Late submissions are not accepted. We recommend that applicants make every effort to submit their applications at least 48-72 hours before the application deadline.

    Check your proposal for spelling, correct calculations, adherence to page limitations, and font and file-type requirements.

    Use the checklist provided in the application instructions to ensure that all required documents are included in the application.

    Review the content and be sure you have addressed all the criteria that will be used to evaluate your application.


  • Student Life and Outreach Committee

    Amy Carroll, Faculty in Literary Studies
    Iliana Cepero-Amador, Assistant Professor of Visual Studies
    Laura Y. Liu, Associate Professor of Urban Studies
    Emma Park, Assistant Professor of History
    Ivan Raykoff, Associate Professor of Music
    Rose Rejouis, Associate Professor of Literature
    Caveh Zahedi, Assistant Professor of Screen Studies
    Christina McElderry, Student Success Advisor
    Natasha Rivera, Assistant Director of the Office of Civic Engagement and Social Justice
    Jennifer Riegle,* Director of Student Programs and Special Projects
    Raquel Samuel, Student Success Advisor and New School Firsts

    *Program contact

    Questions can be submitted to or in person at 65 West 11th Street, room 356.