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.
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.
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.
View projects that have received Eugene Lang Opportunity Awards
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, Academic Advising and Student Support, Office of Civic Engagement and Social Justice, and Student Life and Outreach Committee.
Eligible applicants must:
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.
Eligible activities fall into the general categories of:
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.
Questions can be submitted to
ELOA@newschool.edu 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.
Step 1. Create a plan.
Step 2. Prepare an effective résumé.
Step 3. Write a compelling personal statement.
Consider the following:
Step 4. Prepare a strong project proposal.
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.
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 AnthropologyCaveh 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
Questions can be submitted to
ELOA@newschool.edu or in person at 65 West 11th Street, room 356.
Eugene Lang College Dean's Office65 West 11th Street, room 356ELOA@newschool.edu