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Fellowships & Funding

Fellowships and Funding

Graduate assistantships A, B, C, and D may be awarded by the doctoral programs; CUNY and Graduate Center administrative offices; and the CUNY colleges. In many cases, a graduate assistantship is a component of a multiyear fellowship. Graduate assistantships require varying amounts of service (between 100 and 450 hours per year). Students with graduate assistantships are eligible for in-state tuition if they are within their first ten registered semesters. (Read more details.)

University Fellowships (nonservice and service). These awards may be one component of a larger fellowship; for example, an Enhanced Chancellors Fellowship, a Presidential MAGNET Fellowship, or a Graduate Center Fellowship. They may also be freestanding awards. Doctoral programs receive financial aid allocations, which include University Fellowships. They can cover tuition or financial aid fellowship. In cases where students are not receiving tuition coverage from other sources, their tuition is taken directly from any University Fellowship award before any financial aid fellowship is disbursed. University Fellowship awards may or may not require service. This is at the discretion of the executive officer making the award or as specified when a University Fellowship award is a component of another fellowship. The rate of service is 4.5 hours per month for every $1,000 in financial aid fellowship funding. The service may entail research done under the direction of a faculty member or as specified when the University Fellowship award is part of another fellowship, such as an Enhanced Chancellors Fellowship, a Presidential MAGNET Fellowship, or a Graduate Center Fellowship.

Harrison Awards are small one-year renewable grants made to students from underrepresented groups who are citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. They may be used for varying purposes, such as topping up financial aid fellowships, summer awards, or for dissertation support. Beginning students are nominated by their doctoral program; continuing students apply directly to the Office of Educational Opportunity and Diversity Program (OEODP) each spring for awards in the following year.

Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) Fellowships and Quantitative Reasoning (QR) Fellowships are incorporated into the Enhanced Chancellors Fellowships (ECFs) and Graduate Center Fellowships (GCFs) and provide the fifth year of funding for ECFs or GCFs. Occasionally there are at-large WAC Fellowships or at-large QR Fellowships available to students who do not have ECFs or GCFs.

Dissertation Fellowships are available on a highly competitive basis to advanced doctoral candidates who are close to completing their dissertations. Level III students may apply for a Dissertation Fellowship through a yearly competition. Financial aid fellowships vary and many provide a tuition award as well. 

Instructional Technology Fellowships. Level II and III students may apply for Instructional Technology Fellowships. IT Fellows are selected by and serve at CUNY’s Macaulay Honors College.

Digital Fellowships and Social Media Fellowships. In Fall 2012, the Graduate Center inaugurated several new programs: Program Social Media Fellows, Digital Initiative Fellows, and Videography Fellows.

Provost’s Digital Innovation Grants are small awards to support cutting-edge digital projects designed, created, programmed, or administered by CUNY GC students. Students submit proposals to an annual competition for these awards.

The New Media Lab (NML) hires doctoral students in good standing to spend four to twelve hours per week in its collaborative laboratory environment working on digital projects related to their academic research topics. NML also has numerous small research and teaching awards for lab students: the NML Digital Dissertation Award, the History or Public Health Student Award, the Social Justice Award, the Dewey Digital Teaching Award, and the NML Conference Travel Award. All GC students are eligible for the part-time paid positions, but the awards are for students already working on digital projects at the lab. For more information, see the NML website or contact the managing director, Andrea A. Vásquez (avasquez1@gc.cuny.edu or 212-817-1967).

Conference Presentation Support. Limited funds are available for students presenting at professional conferences. These funds are available to full-time matriculated doctoral students who are registered during the semester for which the funds are requested. Further information and application guidelines will be available online. Please contact the Student Affairs Office for more information (room 7301; 212-817-7400).

Student Research Funds. Student research funding is available on a competitive basis through the Doctoral Student Research Grant Program.

The Student Employment Program funds a limited number of jobs each year in the administrative offices of the Graduate Center, the Mina Rees Library, and Information Technology. Student Employment Program awards vary in amount depending on the availability of funds.

Other fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis by various doctoral programs, centers, institutes, and committees. In some instances, students apply directly; in others, they must be nominated by their program. The fellowships include:

The Center for the Humanities

The Center for Place, Culture and Politics

The Committee for the Study of Religion

The Committee on Globalization and Social Change

The Committee for Interdisciplinary Science Studies

Please note that for all fellowships and graduate assistantships, doctoral students must be registered full-time (seven credits or more per semester), in good academic standing, and performing the service requirement satisfactorily. For more information, please visit the Graduate Center website and the Student Handbook.

In addition to the fellowships and awards above, adjunct teaching is often available at CUNY Colleges. GC doctoral students can be hired as adjunct instructors by individual college departments. Students serving as adjuncts within CUNY are eligible for in-state tuition if they are within their first ten registered semesters and for low-cost individual or family NYSHIP health insurance. For more information on part-timer benefits, please see the PSC-CUNY website.

Please note that doctoral students in Audiology, Nursing Science, Public Health, and Social Welfare may have alternative sources of funding and may not be eligible for some of the fellowships listed above. These students should contact their program for details.

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