Public Engagement


  • Student Funding: The New Challenge

    The New Challenge provides funds for students to pursue social entrepreneurship ventures that innovatively address civic issues on a local or global level. Graduate and undergraduate submissions include advocacy projects, films, technological innovations, and service designs. Awards include a grand prize of $10,000 and several smaller prizes and are meant to serve as seed money for students' projects. All New School students are invited to apply for funding through this inspiring initiative. The New Challenge is hosted by the Social Innovation Initiative. Learn more about the program and past winners and find out how to apply.

    Students can also seek funding through the University Student Senate and the Office of Student Development and Activities for certain projects, events, and organizations.

    Faculty Funding: Civic Engagement Grant Fund Awards

    Sponsor: NSPE Board of Governors member Judith Zarin

    Each year, the Civic Engagement Grant Fund, generously funded by board of governors member Judith Zarin, awards grants to faculty whose projects enrich the New School community through civic engagement and public programs. The purpose of the Civic Engagement Grant Fund is to support valuable community partnerships and public projects and build a community of practice around civic engagement in the division. This effort involves faculty, staff, and students in long-term commitments to public scholarship and creative work, in which community partners are co-learners and co-educators. It also involves the development of new pathways of learning that weave civic engagement into curricula. In order to broaden the community of practice, grant winners enter into an ongoing dialogue with faculty, staff, and students in the division through organized events, reportage, and analysis. This dialogue enables the division to evaluate practices and to learn from the successes and challenges the awardees encounter in the implementation of their projects. Here are some recent projects that were funded by the Civic Engagement Grant Fund Award.

    Additional faculty funding opportunities are available through the Provost's Office.