Fellowships and Grants

For more information about the following award, please contact your doctoral program.

Five-year Graduate Center Fellowships

Every year, the doctoral programs in the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Sciences award two hundred Graduate Center Fellowships. The Graduate Center Fellowships provide students with tuition and $25,000 each year for the first five years of study. The fellowship consists of a $23,000 stipend in the Fall and Spring semesters, a $2,000 summer research stipend, a graduate assistantship, a tuition award, and eligibility for low-cost individual or family NYSHIP health insurance. (Please note: Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics students receive CUNY Science Scholarships, not Graduate Center Fellowships. See below.)

The service assignments associated with the Graduate Center Fellowship are intended to develop scholarly and professional skills. In the first year, Graduate Center Fellows serve as research assistants or in other assignments determined by his or her doctoral program. In the second, third, and fourth years, fellows teach one course each semester at a CUNY undergraduate college. In the fifth year, Graduate Center Fellows serve as Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) Fellows, or in a similar assignment, at a CUNY college.

All Graduate Center Fellows receive full tuition up to 16 credits per semester in their first year of study. All Graduate Center Fellows who are international students receive full tuition up to 16 credits per semester for the four remaining years of this fellowship. If U.S. citizens or Permanent Residents who are Graduate Center Fellows choose not to establish New York State residency following their first year, they must pay the difference between the full in-state tuition which they will receive and the out-of-state tuition rate they will be charged.    

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Five-year Humanities Fellowships

In an initiative to promote innovation in doctoral education, the Graduate Center, City University of New York, will award up to eight new Humanities Fellowships to students entering in Fall 2014. This highly competitive award is designed to assist students in completing their doctorates in five years. Those who do so will be offered, upon graduation, a two-year postdoctoral fellowship to develop further their professional credentials.

During the first five years, Humanities Fellows will receive an annual stipend of $30,000 plus full tuition and subsidized health insurance. Service will be minimal in years one, two and five; in years three and four fellows will teach one course a semester at one of the CUNY colleges. In addition to carrying out their course work and research, fellows will receive intense mentoring and professional training.

Fellows will be selected from applicants nominated by Graduate Center doctoral programs in the humanities. Nominees must already have been awarded a Graduate Center Fellowship. In their nominating statements, programs will address why the applicant is a strong candidate to finish the degree in five years and describe the ways in which the program, through mentoring and curricular innovation, among other efforts, will assist the fellow in finishing the degree within that time frame. During the term of the fellowship, both the fellow and the program will make annual reports on the fellow's progress. The fellowships will require annual renewals based on satisfactory progress toward the degree.

Humanities Fellows receive full tuition up to 16 credits per semester in their first year of study. All Humanities Fellows who are international students receive full tuition up to 16 credits per semester for the four remaining years of this fellowship. If U.S. citizens or Permanent Residents who are Humanities Fellows choose not to establish New York State residency following their first year, they must pay the difference between the full in-state tuition which they will receive and the out-of-state tuition rate they will be charged.

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CUNY Science Scholarships

These are five-year awards given to doctoral students in the disciplines of Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. Almost all students accepted to these programs receive CUNY Science Scholarships. Approximately ninety scholarships are given each year. The scholarships consist of an annual stipend and graduate assistantship totaling $25,000; a tuition award, up to 16 credits per semester of tuition waiver at level I, and a full tuition waiver for levels II and III; and eligibility for low-cost individual or family health insurance. There is a modest service obligation in the first year related to professional development and research laboratory rotations. In the second through fifth years of the award, there are usually some teaching assignments. Renewal of the scholarship each year is contingent upon satisfactory academic progress.

Each year the Ph.D. Programs in Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, and Physics will award a total of eighty to ninety CUNY Science Scholarships to entering students in recognition of academic achievement and in expectation of scholarly success.

Five-year Presidential MAGNET Fellowships

The Graduate Center offers five-year Presidential MAGNET Fellowships to entering students from underrepresented groups who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents, in recognition of academic achievement and in expectation of scholarly success. The fellowship, which is available to students in all of the Graduate Center's doctoral programs, consists of an annual stipend and graduate assistantship totaling $27,000, full tuition and fees, and eligibility for low-cost health insurance. Fellows also receive a $1,000 start-up stipend in the first year to help with the costs of beginning doctoral studies; during the third year, fellows receive a $1,500 research/travel stipend to help lay the groundwork for the dissertation project.

Each year, doctoral programs nominate outstanding students from underrepresented groups who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents to the Office of Educational Opportunity and Diversity Program, which selects students to receive the fellowship.

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Science Fellowships

Science Fellowships provide $24,000 per year for two years, and in-state tuition to students in the first ten semesters they are registered. In many instances, in years three through five, faculty grants supplement Science Fellowships. The Ph.D. Programs in Computer Science, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Psychology, and Mathematics offer a modest number of these fellowships to incoming and ongoing students. In any given year, there are approximately twenty Science Fellowships awarded.

Five-Year Tuition Fellowships

Each year, through Doctoral Programs in the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Sciences (exclusive of Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics as well as Audiology, Nursing, Public Health, and Social Welfare), the Graduate Center will award approximately ninety Five-year Tuition Fellowships. These fellowships cover full tuition (up to 16 credits per semester) and are awarded in recognition of academic achievement and in expectation of scholarly success.

All Tuition Fellows receive full tuition up to 16 credits per semester in their first year of study. All Tuition Fellows who are international students receive full tuition up to 16 credits per semester for the four remaining years of this fellowship. If U.S. citizens or Permanent Residents who are Tuition Fellows choose not to establish New York State residency following their first year, they must pay the difference between the full in-state tuition which they will receive and the out-of-state tuition rate they will be charged.

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Five-year Presidential MAGNET Fellowship for Students Admitted Prior to 2013

The five-year Presidential MAGNET Fellowships are awarded to incoming students from underrepresented groups who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. It comprises an annual stipend of $24,000, a graduate assistantship, tuition and fees, and eligibility for low cost health care insurance. The fellowship covers full in-state tuition for five years; for the first year, out-of-state students receive an additional tuition supplement covering up to 12 credits per semester. Fellows also receive a $1,000 start up stipend in the first year to help with the costs of beginning doctoral studies; during the third year Fellows receive a $1,500 research/travel stipend to help lay the ground work for the dissertation project. The five-year Presidential MAGNET has been enhanced for students beginning in 2013 (see section above).

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Enhanced Chancellor’s Fellowship (ECF) for Students Admitted Prior to 2013

Please note: As of Fall 2014, ECFs who are teaching will only be required to teach one course per semester as part of their fellowship service.

Five-year Enhanced Chancellor’s Fellowships (ECF) provide $18,000 and in-state tuition for five consecutive years. Out-of-state students receive a tuition supplement in the first year, covering up to 9 credits a semester; international students receive a tuition supplement for all five years.

The ECF comprises a stipend, a graduate assistantship, a tuition award, and eligibility for low-cost individual or family NYSHIP health insurance. The ECF provides students with various service assignments intended to develop scholarly and professional skills. In the first year, an Enhanced Chancellor’s Fellow serves as a research assistant or in another assignment determined by his or her doctoral program. In the second, third, and fourth years, the Fellow teaches two courses each semester at a CUNY undergraduate college. In the fifth year, the Fellow serves as a Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) Fellow, or in a similar assignment, at a CUNY college.

The Graduate Center currently supports approximately one thousand Enhanced Chancellor’s Fellows. Note: the ECF will not be offered to new students who enter the Graduate Center in Fall 2013 and beyond. Instead, as described above, starting in Fall 2013, the doctoral programs will offer entering students Graduate Center Fellowships.

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Doctoral Student Research Grant Program

Student research funding is available on a competitive basis through the Doctoral Student Research Grant Program. The mission of the Doctoral Student Research Grant (DSRG) program is to foster a research-oriented academic culture among doctoral students at the Graduate Center by: (a) providing incentives for students to model and meet, early in their careers, the requirements for succeeding in the competition for funds by clearly defining a problem, a project, and a realistic budget; (b) providing an occasion for faculty-student mentoring relationships that are oriented around the concrete problems of proposing, planning for, and executing research; and (c) furthering student professional progress by providing funds for pre-doctoral research publications, presentations, and professional networking.

Other Graduate Center Support

University Fellowships (non-service and service): These awards may be one component of a larger fellowship, for example, an Enhanced Chancellor's 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 stipends. In cases where students are not receiving tuition coverage from other sources, their tuition is taken directly from any University Fellowship award before any stipend 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 stipend 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 Chancellor's Fellowship, a Presidential MAGNET Fellowship, or a Graduate Center Fellowship.

In-State Tuition Awards. Doctoral students who are adjuncts teaching a minimum of three credits per semester at an undergraduate CUNY campus or who hold a Graduate Assistantship A, B, C, or D and are within their first ten semesters of study at the Graduate Center are eligible to receive in-state tuition awards. These tuition awards are distinct from tuition awards that are associated with multi-year recruitment fellowships.

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 multi-year 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.)

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

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 stipends, 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 Programs (OEODP) each Spring for awards in the following year.

Anniversary Fellowships provide $22,000 plus tuition for two years to outstanding students in recognition of academic achievement and in expectation of scholarly success. To celebrate the Graduate Center’s fiftieth anniversary, on a one-time basis, a small number of these two-year fellowships were awarded in Fall 2102 to selected students without five-year fellowships.

Fellowships from Centers, Institutes, and Committees are available on a competitive basis through various GC centers, institutes, and committees, including 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; and the Committee for Interdisciplinary Science Studies.

New Media Fellowships. In Fall 2012 the Graduate Center launched a pilot program for Program Social Media Fellows, Digital Initiative Fellows, and Videography Fellows. In addition, Provost's Digital Innovation Grants are small awards to support cutting-edge digital projects designed, created, programmed, or administered by Graduate Center students; students submit proposals to an annual competition for these awards.

New Media Lab (NML) Jobs and Awards. NML hires doctoral students in good standing to spend 4 to 12 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.

Adjunct teaching 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.

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.

Dissertation Fellowships and Awards

Dissertation Fellowships and awards are available on a highly competitive basis for advanced doctoral candidates who are close to completing their dissertations. Students who are at Level III may apply for a Dissertation Fellowship through a yearly competition. Many Dissertation Fellowships provide a Level III tuition scholarship. Applications are available through the Office of the Provost. See the Doctoral Dissertation page for more information.

Named Awards

The Graduate Center offers a small number of special awards to students with academic promise and specialized skills. Funding for awards varies from year to year, and awards are not offered every year.

Kenneth B. and Mamie Phipps Clark Fellowship for a Level II or Level III doctoral student in the social sciences committed to research in social issues that will result in programs for social action.

John H.E. Fried Memorial Fellowship in International Law and Human Rights for a full-time doctoral student in Political Science whose area of interest focuses on international law and human rights.

Pamela Galiber Memorial Award for a Level II or Level III African American doctoral student whose research focuses on social, cultural, or economic issues.

Leonard S. Kogan Fellowship for an entering or continuing doctoral student in Developmental, Environmental, or Social-Personality Psychology or Educational Psychology with an interest in expanding his or her methodological and quantitative skills, and with mathematical training at least through the level of introductory integral calculus.

James Bruce Llewellyn Fellowship for Minority Students for an entering African American student in science or for a continuing student who has passed the First Examination, completed no more than 50 degree credits, and is within the first three years of candidacy. An application for this award is available in the Office of Educational Opportunity and Diversity Programs.

Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Graduate Center Fellowship for an entering full-time doctoral student in the humanities.

Mina Rees Graduate Center Fellowship in Doctoral Studies for an entering full-time doctoral student in the sciences.