• Eugene Lang Opportunity Awards

  • Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts strongly encourages students to participate 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 Deadline 

    12:00 noon on October 25, 2019

    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 Projects Funded by Awards

    View projects that have been funded by 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 on 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: the Dean's Office, Academic Advising and Student Support, the Office of Civic Engagement and Social Justice, and the Student Life and Outreach Committee.

  • Guidelines for Applicants

  • Student Life And Outreach Committee

    Ying Chen, Assistant Professor of Economics 
    Laura Y. Liu, Associate Professor of Urban Studies 
    Emma Park, Assistant Professor of History 
    Ivan Raykoff, Associate Professor of Music 
    Janet Roitman, Professor of Anthropology
    Caveh Zahedi, Assistant Professor of Screen Studies 
    Christina McElderry, Advisor 
    Natasha Rivera, Assistant Director of the Office of Civic Engagement and Social Justice 
    Jennifer Riegle,* Director of Student Programs and Special Projects

    *Program contact

    Questions can be submitted to ELOA@newschool.edu or in person at 65 West 11th Street, room 356.
  • Contact Us

    Office of Admission
    Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts 
    79 Fifth Avenue, 5th floor 
    New York, NY 10003 
    Phone: 212.229.5150 or 
    Fax: 212.229.5355


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