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Doctoral Funding, Awards, and Grants

Doctoral Studies

Funding Program for Full-Time NYU Steinhardt PhD Students

Full-time NYU Steinhardt PhD students without alternate funding sources are eligible for a generous funding package that includes a scholarship and tuition remission.

The Steinhardt Fellows Program

The basic full-time, PhD funding package includes an annual stipend, tuition remission for required course work, and student health insurance through the fifth year. Complete details are provided with each offer of admission.

Research Assistantships

Some doctoral students may be appointed to a Research Assistantship. Research Assistants are funded by external grants and work with a principal investigator on a funded research project. Unlike Steinhardt Fellows, Research Assistants agree to work 20 hours per week on an ongoing research project, typically with a team of faculty and other students. For the duration of the assistantship, Research Assistants receive funding that includes tuition remission for required course work, student health insurance, and a stipend. Research Assistants may not perform additional work assignments such as teaching or grading.

    Awards and Grants

    Doctoral Research and Travel Grant

    This grant is for fully matriculated Steinhardt doctoral students and provides a maximum of $1,500 for travel and other expenses associated with field research, presenting papers at scholarly and professional conferences, as well as expenses for creative projects directly related to doctoral study or professional development. Requests are considered as funds are available. Preference is given to first time awardees. The deadlines are February 1 (spring), May 1 (summer) and October 1 (fall). Apply now for Spring 2022. 

    Mitchell Leaska Dissertation Research Award

    This award honors the legacy of Mitchell Leaska, a distinguished professor who taught English and Humanities at NYU Steinhardt for almost 40 years. The award is  available to students nearing completion of their dissertation whose doctoral programs are in applied psychology (counseling, developmental, PSI), educational sociology, social studies education, mathematics education, or science education.  A $5,000 stipend will be awarded to one recipient per semester, excluding summer. The deadlines are October 15 (fall) and March 1 (spring). Apply for the Mitchell Leaska Dissertation Research Award.

    Outstanding Doctoral Student Teaching Award

    This award honors doctoral students for their contribution to the creation and delivery of exceptional learning environments. All Steinhardt doctoral students who have taught at least one credit-bearing course, either as a teaching assistant or instructor of record, and who are nearing completion of their degree requirements are eligible this award. Nominees must be in good academic standing, as determined by their department and school regulations. Recipients of the award receive $1,500. The deadline is March 1. Apply for the Outstanding Doctoral Student Teaching Award.

    Steinhardt Dissertation Finishing Award

    This new award supports doctoral students working toward the completion of their dissertations. Three $10,00 awards will be granted in Steinhardt’s areas of Culture, Education, and Human Development. Steinhardt PhD candidates whose degrees will be conferred in 2022 (January 2022, May 2022, or September 2022) are eligible. Final oral examinations must be completed during the Fall 2021, Spring 2022, or the Summer 2022 semester. Steinhardt's Senior Leadership Team will serve as the review committee and will evaluate applicants based on their evidence of outstanding scholarship and their contributions to the field. The deadline is October 15, 2021. Apply for the Steinhardt Dissertation Finishing Award

    Outstanding Dissertation Award

    Steinhardt's Outstanding Dissertation Award honors one student each year based on the recommendation of the Doctoral Affairs Committee. Steinhardt doctoral students who graduated or will graduate during the current academic year (September, January, or May) are eligible. Nominations must be submitted by the candidate’s dissertation committee chairperson with the endorsement of the entire final oral commission. Download the Outstanding Dissertation Nomination Award Form (Faculty Use Only).

    Phi Delta Kappa Doctoral Dissertation Award

    The Phi Delta Kappa Doctoral Dissertation Award provides support of $1,200 for the completion of a dissertation in the area of educational leadership, teaching and learning, or music education. Doctoral candidates with approved dissertation proposals, UCAIHS clearance (if required) and in good academic standing are invited to apply for the award. The deadline is February 20. View the application criteria or download the application.