Teachers College Columbia University

Academic Catalog

Scholarships and Grants

Each year Teachers College awards over $8 million of its own funds in scholarship and stipend aid, and $2 million of endowed funds to new and continuing students. Most scholarship awards are made on the basis of academic merit. Scholarships are applied to tuition only, and students should expect to provide additional funds for the tuition balance, fees, medical insurance, academic and living expenses.

Please note:

  • All scholarship awards must be used in the year awarded and may not be transferred to a future academic year.
  • All scholarship recipients must successfully complete a minimum of 9 points per academic year in order to be eligible for scholarship awards in future academic years.
  • Full-time Teachers College employees (including dependents and spouses) who are eligible to receive 12 points or more of tuition exemption annually may not receive Teachers College scholarship aid, unless the scholarship they receive is derived from a publicized academic competition (i.e., W. Sindlinger Writing Award) in which recipients have been selected via committee.

Departmental Supplemental Scholarships

These scholarships are available to students enrolled in teacher education/certification programs. Students are nominated by the program faculty to a department committee. Awards are made based upon merit.

Minority Scholarships

The Teachers College Minority Scholarship Program seeks to promote the enrollment of a diverse student body at the College, including individuals from historically under represented groups. To be eligible, students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and must complete the Teachers College Scholarship Application. In making awards under this program, consideration will be given to all students who have self-identified on the Teachers College Financial Aid and Scholarship Application either as members of a federally recognized U.S. ethnic minority group or as having a federally recognized disability. The academic program faculty scholarship committees which make these awards also take into consideration a range of other factors related to the enrollment of a diverse student body at the College, including: geographic origin, socioeconomic status (e.g., evidence of social and economic disadvantage), and family and educational background (e.g., first generation college, enrollment at a historically minority serving institution, etc.).

Endowed Scholarships

Endowed scholarships are provided through the generosity of donors’ contributions. Many of these are in support of students in particular programs. Faculty committees select the award recipients based upon the criteria designated by the donor. Some endowed scholarships are available to students across many programs. For these, faculty nominate students to a College-wide selection committee, which makes the
final award decisions. There are over 300 endowed scholarships. 

General Scholarships

Based upon merit, all students are eligible for Teachers College General Scholarships. Program faculty committees make these award decisions.

Graduate Assistantships

Students who are employed as graduate assistants earn salary plus a tuition scholarship. Students may be awarded up to 3 points per semester, with a maximum of 6 points per academic year (fall, spring, summer). Points may be used during the semester awarded.
The points may not be transferred to a future academic year.


Grant-in-Aid is awarded to doctoral students during the last two semesters of graduate work, taking both merit and need into consideration. Students must demonstrate consi-durable loan indebtedness incurred while at Teachers College. International students are required to seek approval from the International Student Adviser. Faculty recommend-dations in support of Grant-in-Aid applications are required. Applications are available in the Office of Financial Aid or at www.tc.edu/financialaid/index.asp?ID=forms&info =forms. The Grant-in-Aid committee meets monthly from September to June to make award decisions.

International Student Scholarships

Teachers College International Student Scholarships are available to international students only and is a competitive process. Program faculty recommend students for these awards to their academic program and departmental scholarship committees.

Stipends, Internships, Fellowships and Research Assistantships

Stipends, internships, fellowships, graduate and research assistantships are also available through the program faculty. These provide students with valuable experiences which enrich academic growth and development, as well as income which may be applied
towards college and living expenses.

This is a partial list of endowed scholarships.

Jaffe Scholarship

This scholarship will support Peace Corps Fellows. The Peace Corps Fellows Program nominates candidates. Only returned Peace Corps volunteers are eligible to apply to the Peace Corps Fellows Program.

Jewish Federation for the Education of Women (JFEW)

For two full-time female pre-service science and math education students willing to teach for 2 years in NYC public schools. This is a full tuition scholarship that is available to new students only. Financial need is required.

Peace Corps Fellows Program

The Peace Corps Fellows Program offers partial tuition remission on a competitive basis to returned Peace Corps Volunteers. While enrolled part-time in selected areas of study leading to an M.A. degree, Peace Corps Fellows are employed full-time by the New York City Department of Education and teach in New York City Public Schools. Additional information may be obtained by visiting the website at www.tc.edu/pcfellows, by calling the Peace Corps Fellows Program Office at (212) 678-4080 or by writing to the Program at Box 90, Teachers College, Columbia University, 525 West 120th Street, New York, NY 10027.

Arthur Zankel Urban Fellowship Program

The Arthur Zankel Urban Fellowship is a financial aid award in the amount of $10,000 per academic year for Teachers College students to work with inner city youth. All Zankel Urban Fellows will be required to perform an internship of a minimum of 5 hours per week in one of several approved educational programs in-tended to benefit disadvantaged inner city youth. The list of approved programs is maintained by the TC Office of School and Community Partnerships. In addition, Zankel Fellows are also required to participate in a full year (fall and spring) service learning seminar which carries one academic credit. The course will meet periodically throughout the year. It will provide an academic context to ground internship experiences and a set of cohort experiences for all Zankel Fellows.

Lemann Fellowship

The Lemann Fellowship at Teachers College, Columbia University, is an extension of the commitment and generosity of the Lemann Foundation to foster educational service and exchange between Brazil and the Teachers College educational community. Applicants who are current or former residents of Brazil, who have demonstrated interest in social change in Brazil, and intend to use their master's degree from Teachers College to further those interests will be successful candidates for the Lemann Fellowship fund. This newly created fund will provide full tuition, plus partial room and board, annually, for qualified master's degree candidates. 

Abby M. O'Neill Fellowship

This fellowship is for students interested in one of TC's many dual-certification master's degree programs. The Abby M. O'Neill Fellowships are designed to award $35,000 in tuition assistance to selected recipients who will best embody the new wave of outstanding individuals committed to teaching in New York City. This fellowship was made possible by the gracious gift from trustee Abby O'Neill. In addition to providing funding to committed teacher certification students, the fellowship will provide mentoring experiences to increase the recipients' future opportunities and options.

 Riady Scholars Fund

Prospective Masters Degree Students who are citizens of Indonesia and other countries within Southeast Asia and have a commitment to teaching, education management, or educational policy are eligible to apply for the new Riady Scholars Fund. The Riady family supports education worldwide, contributes to Teachers College's Annual Fund, and manages the largest private education foundation in Southeast Asia, covering nearly 40,000 students. The family has also contributed $1 million to the Columbia University Global Center in Beijing. The Fund will provide tuition and room and board for qualified recipients, for an annual fellowship of $70,000 per year. 

Selected External Scholarships, Fellowships and Grants

  •  American Association of School Administrators: Graduate Student Scholarships. This scholarship is open to graduate students who intend to pursue the public school superintendency as a career is available at www.aasa.org.
  •  American Educational Research Association (AERA)—www.aera.net
  •  AT&T Labs Fellowships, These awards are available to outstanding minority and women students who are U. S. Citizens or Permanent Residents and who are pursuing Ph.D. studies in computer and communications-related fields. More information is available at www.research.att.com/academic/Programs.html
  • Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships. These fellowships are designed to encourage original and significant study of ethical or religious values in all fields of  the humanities and social sciences. More information is available at www.woodrow.org/ newcombe/.
  • Dale Seymour Scholarships, Grades K–12 Teachers Awards. These scholarships are given to persons currently working at the grades K–12 level who are interested in improving their mathematics background to provide, in turn, better math instruction to their students. More information is available at www.nctm.org/about/met/.
  • Edward G. Begle Grant for Classroom-Based Research.  This award supports collaborative classroom-based research in pre-college mathematics education. More information is available at www.nctm.org/ about/met/begle.htm.
  • Eleanor Roosevelt Teacher Fellowships. Teacher Fellowships are available to female K–12 public school teachers as individuals or as lead members of teams. More information is available at www.aauw.org/fga/.
  • Emerson Charitable Trust .  Provides grants for community funds, higher education, cultural programs, hospitals and health agencies, public policy organizations and youth agencies for the arts, education, federated giving programs, higher education, public policy and research, youth services.  More information is available at www.emersonelectric.com.
  • Ernest Duncan Scholarships, Grades K–12 Teachers. Awards are given to persons currently working at the grades K–6 level to improve their own professional competence as a classroom teacher of mathematics. More information is available at www.nctm.org/ resources.
  • Ford Foundation Minority Doctoral Fellowships. Three-year predoctoral and 12 month dissertation fellowships. More information is available at www.nationalacademies.org.
  • Gates Millennium Scholar Program. The Foundation seeks to increase the number of African-Americans, American Indians/Alaska Natives, Asian Pacific Americans, and Hispanic Americans enrolling in and completing undergraduate and graduate degree programs. More information is available at www.gmsp.org. 
  • The Hispanic Scholarship Fund. The Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) is the largest Hispanic scholarship-granting organization in the nation. HSF recognizes and rewards outstanding Hispanic students in higher education throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. More information is available at www.hsf.net.
  • Jeanne S. Chall Research Fellowship The Jeanne S. Chall Research Fellowship is a grant established to encourage and support reading research by promising scholars. More information is available at www.reading.org/awards.
  • Mellon Fellowships in Humanistic Studies. These fellowships are designed to help exceptionally promising students prepare for careers of teaching and scholarship in humanistic disciplines. More information is available at www.woodrow.org/mellon/.
  • National AMBUCS Scholarships for Therapists.  Graduate students who wish to pursue degrees in physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech language pathology, or hearing audiology. More information is available at www.ambucs.com.
  • National Science Teachers Association—www.nsta.org/programs/.
  • New York State Tuition Aid-BOCES ITI-BE.  Awards are made to persons in Bilingual Education/TESOL. Please contact the director: Dr. Maria Eugenia Valverde, Eastern Suffolk BOCES ITI-BE, 350 Martha Avenue, Bellport, NY 11713.
  • NSF Graduate Fellowships.  Offers three-year graduate research fellowships in science, mathematics, and engineering, including Women in Engineering and Computer and Information Science awards. More information is available at www.ehr.nsf.gov/dge/ programs/grf or email: nsfgrfp @orau.gov.
  • The Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans. The Fellowships are grants for up to two years of graduate study in the United States. The recipients are chosen on a national competitive basis. More information is available at www.pdsoros.org.
  • Sinfonia Foundation Research Assistance Grants. These grants are offered to candidates conducting research in American music or music in America. More information is available at www.sinfonia.org/SEF.
  • Spencer Dissertation Fellowships. The Dissertation Fellowship Program for Research Related to Education assists young scholars interested in educational research in the completion of the doctoral dissertation. More information is available at www.spencer.org.