Funding and Competitive Grants

The Department of Media, Culture, and Communication offers a complete funding and mentoring program to all admitted doctoral students. The Steinhardt Fellows program is designed to help PhD students undertake full-time study and research, to participate in superior academic and scholarly experiences, and to complete their studies in a timely manner.

Funding is classified as either fellowships or scholarships and is independent of teaching or course assistantships; students are paid additional income for serving as teaching and course assistants. Upon admission, students will receive an offer letter with their full funding package outlined. The information below is provided as an example. 

In 2018- 2019, the MCC funding package included:

  • A fellowship stipend of $25,000 in the first four years
  • A tuition scholarship during the first four years of study (including fall, spring, and summer semesters) covering the credits required to complete the PhD program of study. 
  • Registration and academic service fees during the first four years. 
  • Comprehensive student health insurance during the first four years. 
  • A fellowship stipend of $25,000 in the fifth year. 

Students are expected to maintain satisfactory progress toward their degree completion and to achieve a set of benchmarks in their trajectory through the program in order to receive continued funding.

Teaching Opportunities

To be competitive in the academic marketplace, graduates of our doctoral program need to have opportunities to teach a variety of undergraduate courses in the field of media, culture, and communication. Therefore, all doctoral students are encouraged to teach as adjunct instructors. Typically, students in years 1-2 serve as teaching assistants in our core undergraduate courses. In years 3-5, students may serve as primary instructors. If students so desire, they can teach every fall and spring semester; a limited number of summer assignments are available to more senior students. Research and teaching assignments are made in consultation with the students' faculty advisers and the chair. 

Program Benefits for International Students

If you’re an international student, you may be able to work in the United States after graduation for an extended period of time. Most students studying on F-1 visas will be eligible for 12 months of Optional Practical Training (OPT) off-campus work authorization. F-1 students in our program may also be eligible for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics) OPT extension, allowing you to extend your time in the United States to pursue degree-related work experience for a total of 36 months or 3 years. For more information on who can apply for this extension and how, see NYU’s Office of Global Services: STEM OPT.


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