The allocation of institutional financial aid at The New School for Social
Research is based on both academic performance and financial need. Normally,
awards are extended through the first two (MA) to three (PhD) years of study,
provided the student maintains steady progress in a degree
program and continues to demonstrate financial need. Guidelines
(PDF) for the awarding and renewal of aid are established by the Committee on
Admissions, Awards, and Scholarships. Only degree candidates are eligible for
institutional scholarships. Note: The New School seldom provides institutional
awards to cover doctoral candidacy fees or tuition for students enrolled less
The minimum academic standards for
noninstitutional aid programs, such as Federal Stafford Loans, are generally
less stringent than the standards for New School scholarships and fellowships.
Current minimum academic standards for aid eligibility are available from the
university's Office of Student Financial Services. All aid recipients should note that carrying forward
incomplete grades (such as I, NP, or N) to future semesters may jeopardize
academic progress and result in disqualification from receiving all forms of
aid, including federal and state funds. An academic review of all students is conducted each year, and students are notified by
their departments about their academic progress.
Forms, procedures, and eligibility details are available at these links (you must use your New School email to complete any application forms):
Integrative PhD Fellowship (Deadline: February 2, 2018)
GIDEST Fellowship (Deadline: February 12, 2018)
Mellon Sawyer Seminar Graduate Fellowships (Deadline: February 20, 2018)
MA Project Grant (Deadline: February 28, 2018)
Statue Foundation Fellowship (Deadline: February 28, 2018)
Assistantships (TA and RA) (Deadline: February 28, 2018)
Dissertation Fellowship (Deadline: March 5, 2018)
Student Travel Fund (Deadline: April 2, 2018)
Janey Program Summer Fellowships (Deadline: April 16, 2018)
Fee Board (Deadline: May 7, 2018)
Prize FellowshipsPrize fellowships are awarded to incoming students with distinguished records. Prize fellowships provide full tuition and a monthly stipend intended to allow recipients to devote themselves full-time to their program of study. The fellowships are renewable for five years for MA students, and three years for PhD students (or five years for PhD students in Clinical Psychology), subject to annual review. Applicants who apply by the funding deadline are automatically considered for prize fellowships.
Dean's FellowshipsDean's fellowships are awarded in PhD-granting departments to incoming students with distinguished records. These full-tuition fellowships are renewable for five years for MA students, and three years for PhD students (or five years for PhD students in Clinical Psychology), subject to annual review. Applicants who apply by the funding deadline are automatically considered for prize fellowships.
Note: The dean's fellowship in philosophy is known as the David Whitaker Memorial Scholarship in Philosophy, in memory of a gifted doctoral philosophy student and valued New School staff member.
Merit Scholarship AwardsAll applicants to degree programs at The New School for Social Research are considered for a merit scholarship. Awards are determined based on the strength of a candidate's application. Scholarship award notification is communicated at the same time as the admission decision. Specific information about admission
requirements is available at the
Dissertation fellowships cover maintenance-of-status fees and provide modest research stipends for students writing a PhD dissertation. They are awarded annually by the Committee on Admissions, Awards, and Scholarships.
Ruth W. Berenda FellowshipEstablished by an alumna of The New School in tribute to her beloved professors Max Wertheimer and Wolfgang Kohler, the Berenda Fellowship is awarded annually to an outstanding doctoral candidate in the Department of Psychology working in areas of the field that were of central concern to the Gestalt psychologists — perception, memory, and cognition.
Eberstadt Dissertation Fellowship FundThe Eberstadt Dissertation Fellowship Fund was established in 1994 by members of the Visiting Committee (now board of governors) of NSSR in honor of Walter A. Eberstadt, founding chair of the Visiting Committee and its chairman from 1983 to 1994, in recognition of his outstanding leadership and commitment to The New School for Social Research. This award is made annually to a promising doctoral candidate currently working on a dissertation.
Elinor Goldmark Black Fellowship for Advanced Studies in the Dynamics of Social ChangeThis fellowship has been established by Algernon D. Goldmark Black to enable outstanding PhD students at The New School for Social Research to pursue research into the processes of social change. The recipients of this fellowship are expected to demonstrate commitment, through their studies, research, and personal lives, to peace, equality, and democracy, especially in the United States.
Brecht Dissertation FellowshipsThis fellowship, established in memory of Arnold Brecht, is awarded every two years to an outstanding doctoral candidate in the Department of Political Science.
David M. Gordon Dissertation FellowshipThis fellowship, established in memory of David M. Gordon, will benefit students working on their dissertations in economics at The New School for Social Research, with priority consideration given to students pursuing topics that were of major interest to Dr. Gordon.
Levinson Dissertation FellowshipThis fellowship, established by Barbara Levinson, is awarded to students who are completing their doctoral dissertations.
John R. and Elsie Everett FellowshipThis fellowship was established by the board of trustees in 1982 in honor of Dr. John Rutherford Everett, president of The New School for Social Research from 1964 to 1982, and his wife, Elsie, who so generously shared in his burdens and responsibilities. Honoring the growth and creativity that characterized President Everett's tenure, it is awarded each year to students who have demonstrated not only outstanding academic ability but also the originality of thought that marks them as likely to make a significant contribution to knowledge, the arts, or the community.
Robert Heilbroner FellowshipThe Robert Heilbroner Fellowship at The New School for Social Research was established in honor of Robert Heilbroner, the beloved Norman Thomas Professor Emeritus of Economics, who passed away on January 4, 2005. The fellowship is awarded to doctoral candidates in economics writing their dissertations.
Hiram J. Halle FellowshipThis fellowship is awarded annually to doctoral candidates of outstanding merit who, in the opinion of the faculty, have given evidence of special competence and originality.
Alvin Johnson FellowshipsThe Alvin Johnson Fellowships were endowed in 1969 through the generosity of Frank Altschul of New York City. The fellowships are awarded annually to doctoral candidates who show unusual scholastic promise.
Arthur J. Vidich Dissertation FellowshipThis fellowship, established in 2008 in memory of Arthur J. Vidich, will benefit students working on their dissertations in sociology at The New School for Social Research, with priority consideration given to students pursuing topics that were of major interest to Dr. Vidich. These include but are not limited to community studies, bureaucracy in modern society, the student of American culture, and international culture and politics. Special consideration will be given to students who pursue such interests through fieldwork.
International students who qualify for aid should be aware that amounts awarded rarely meet the cost of tuition and never match the full cost of living expenses. All foreign applicants are urged to research all sources of aid from government and private organizations in their own countries before leaving, since it is extremely difficult to obtain aid after arrival in the United States.
Students are eligible to apply for on-campus jobs, most of which pay a maximum of $20 per hour. International students may work in their on-campus jobs for up to 20 hours per week when classes are in session and 40 hours per week during breaks. In addition, all fellowship or scholarship monies that come from U.S. sources that are not designated for tuition and fees — such as stipends, travel grants, and grants for research expenses — are subject to a 14 percent U.S. taxation withholding rate unless, on the basis of a tax treaty, documentation can be submitted to the university exempting the student from withholding.
Small scholarships are available to support exchange and overseas study programs. Exchange programs enable students from partner institutions to study at The New School for Social Research for one year and enable students to study overseas for one or two semesters or pursue language
study for a summer. Current exchange partners include Humboldt University in Berlin, Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt, the University of Bremen, and the Technical University of Dresden. Advanced doctoral students with demonstrated teaching experience may
from time to time be invited to teach at one of the exchange universities while conducting dissertation research.
New School for Social Research students frequently travel overseas during the summer for language programs and field research and during the year for research and study at other universities. Students can also participate in summer and winter intersemester programs coordinated by the Transregional Center for Democratic
The New School for Social Research grants the following awards at Commencement for outstanding work and dissertations in the specified areas. Recipients are nominated by their departments and selected by the Committee on Admissions, Awards, and Scholarships.