Invest in Ideas. Support the Graduate Center.

Invest in Ideas. Support the Graduate Center.

You Will Make a Difference

Gifts to The Graduate Center make a world of difference. By supporting The Graduate Center, you allow talented students and scholars of all backgrounds to bring new ideas to light. Your gift demonstrates your belief in the vital importance of public higher education. 

Giving to the Graduate Center today means a more enlightened and just tomorrow.

Annual Fund  Academic Programs  Centers and Institutes

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Many Ways to Make Meaningful Gifts

You have many ways to support the Graduate Center, our students and faculty, our library, our centers and institutes, and our research and teaching mission. Find the way that’s right for you.

Ways to Give

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Why Support the Graduate Center


The Graduate Center is one of the largest graduate schools in the country and the only public doctoral school in New York City to achieve the “highest research activity” designation in the Carnegie Classification system. It has long been a magnet for diverse and ambitious students from throughout New York City and the world.

Your gift to The Graduate Center helps students of all backgrounds pursue innovative research without the constant worry of making ends meet.

You will help Graduate Center scholars bring new ideas and beauty through their scholarship, artistry, and invention.

Your gift will also sustain excellence in teaching, as Graduate Center students teach many of the hundreds of thousands of undergraduate students throughout the CUNY system.

Gifts of all sizes go far and mean so much.

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Fundraising Priorities

Private support is essential to driving forward the work of the Graduate Center as a national leader in advanced research and scholarship. Learn more about the priorities we are investing in that advance the next generation of thought leaders.

In giving to the Annual Fund, you allow the Graduate Center to apply your gift to where it is needed most. Your Annual Fund gift supports the Graduate Center’s highest priorities, including supporting students through fellowships, financial aid, and research funding; addressing diversity, equity, and inclusion; and improving student outcomes.

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Obtaining a doctoral degree is a challenging path. The Student Emergency Fund was established to help provide immediate assistance to students facing emergencies that might disrupt their academic and professional goals.

Support the Student Emergency Fund

Modest grants to travel and conduct research are essential as our graduate students focus on applying their considerable skills to global problems. Distributed through the Provost’s Office and individual academic programs, these grants make it possible for students to conduct fieldwork, travel to archives, and conduct the research needed to complete their dissertations.

Support Travel and Research Grants

Dissertation fellowships, ranging from $5,000 to $25,000, offer our students essential support in their final year, allowing them to focus on completing their research and writing and easing some of their financial stress. 

Email Tara McDonnell, director of individual giving, to support dissertation fellowships.

Support Dissertation Fellowships

Stories of Giving

Mar 14, 2022

In Memoriam: John H. Streicker

A longtime member of the Graduate Center Foundation Board and a champion of affordable housing for students and faculty, he will be deeply missed.

  • In Memoriam