Public Engagement

Scholarships, Fellowships, and Assistantships

  • No one should decide against applying to a Media Studies program for financial reasons. A variety of forms of financial assistance are available from the School of Media Studies 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 15 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 made the university attractive to Paul D. Coverdell Fellows.

    The Peace Corps Description of Service must be accompanied by 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.

    Impact Entrepreneurship Graduate Fellowship

    The Impact Entrepreneurship Graduate Fellowship seeks to attract and support high-potential leaders from diverse backgrounds who are committed to creating positive social impact through entrepreneurship while pursuing a master's degree at The New School. Selected fellows will receive a 50 percent merit-based scholarship and participate in a cohort-based experience that includes mentorship, workshops, networking opportunities, and the chance to apply for a Venture Lab in the second year of their program. For more information on how to apply, visit the Impact Entrepreneurship website

    Assistantships for Current 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 current graduate-level student.
    • Must be registered for a minimum of 6 credits in the semester he or she would like to be considered for a position.
    • Must be within the time limit for earning his or 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 an administrative employee.
    • If selected, he or she must file new hire paperwork at the university if he or she is a first-time student employee. International students must complete foreign national forms. Students will not be allowed to work until all new hire paperwork is completed and approved.
    • All selected students must be authorized to work in the United States and must obtain a Social Security number. (International students on F1 and J1 visas are eligible.)
    • All students must adhere to the 20-hour-per-week limit. The 20 hours per week includes the total amount of time devoted to all on-campus jobs. Federal regulations limit international students to 20 hours of employment per week.
    • The announcement of fall assistantships is made in April of the previous academic year . The announcement of spring assistantships is made in November.

    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.

    • Hours and rate: $13.00 per hour, 8 hours per week for 15 weeks

    Technical Assistant

    Student will support the program's use of technical resources by maintaining them, assisting faculty and students in using them, and/or supervising their use. 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 a lab component.

    • Hours and rate: $15.00 per hour, 8 hours per week for 15 weeks (including Saturday Lab sections)

    Students must be able to commit to eight hours of assistantship work per week during the semester. 

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