Scholarships

Financial Assistance at the Graduate School consists of two major types of aid: institutional aid, for which the Graduate School itself is the funding source, and federal and state aid. With the exception of a few special awards and the Student Employment Program, institutional aid is awarded to students based on the nomination of the doctoral program in which the student is enrolled. Institutional funding is most often in the form of research assistantships, teaching assistantships, and tuition stipends. Federal Aid for graduate students includes Federal Work-Study, Federal Direct Loans, and Federal Perkins Loans. New York State provides the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) for eligible graduate students who are New York State residents. In all cases, Federal and state aid is based solely on financial need. Institutional aid is based on a combination of need and merit. A selected list of scholarships is given below:

Undergraduate

Graduate

 


Robert E. Gilleece Fellowship
The Robert E. Gilleece Fellowship, named for the late Assistant Vice President for Student Services, is offered at the time of admission to a select number of incoming students who show exceptional academic potential at The Graduate School. The awardees are chosen by the Gilleece Fellowship Committee based on nominations presented by all Ph.D. Programs. Only academic merit is considered in the selection of Gilleece Fellows. The award consists of full tuition plus $16,000 for each of the first four years of the student's studies at The Graduate School. Renewal of the award each year is contingent upon satisfactory academic progress.


Graduate Teaching Fellowship Program
The Graduate Teaching Fellowship Program (GTF) is not considered a Financial Aid program because University Teaching Fellows are paid as regular City University personnel on the Graduate Assistantship C line. However, the GTF Program exists solely for the financial and educational benefit of Graduate School students, so it is appropriately noted here. The Graduate Teaching Fellowship Program provides funding for doctoral students to teach undergraduate classes at CUNY campuses. The compensation is approximately $11,000 for the 12-month calendar year. If the student is re-appointed to the GTF for subsequent years, the student is entitled to salary increases pursuant to the collective bargaining agreement between The City University of New York and the CUNY Professional Staff Congress. Graduate Teaching Fellows teach the equivalent of two 3-credit courses per semester. Graduate Teaching Fellows are also required to attend teaching seminars and workshops throughout the year.

Science/Engineering Fellowship Program
The Science-Engineering Fellowship is a 2-year, $18,000 per year program awarded for entering full-time Ph.D. students in Science and Engineering. Approximately 3-4 such fellowships are awarded by the Department of Civil Engineering every year.


MAGNET Program

The MAGNET (Minority Access/Graduate Networking) Program focuses both on the recruitment and retention of minority students in doctoral education at CUNY. The MAGNET Program offers substantial non-service fellowship support to students in various stages of their Graduate School careers. The President's Four-Year Fellowships and the equivalent Humana 4-Year Fellowships each provide full tuition plus $16,000 for the recipient's first four years of doctoral study. The 4-Year Fellowships are offered at the time of admission to a select number of incoming African American and Latino students who show exceptional academic potential at The Graduate School as well as financial need. The Humana Two-Year Fellowships provide the same support as the 4-Year awards but are available to continuing minority students who have passed the first Examination and have earned no more than 50 credits or are within their first three years of residency. Renewal of all multiyear awards is contingent upon satisfactory academic progress. The MAGNET Dissertation Year Fellowships and the Humana Dissertation Year Fellowships are designated for students in the final year of their doctoral studies. Each Dissertation Fellowship provides full tuition plus $18,000. Finally, the Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellowships are available for a selected number of recent Ph.D. graduates. Compensation for the Postdoctoral Fellowships is $30,000 for one year.


James Bruce Llewellyn Fellowship

The James Bruce Llewellyn Fellowship is awarded annually to an entering African American doctoral student in business, computer science, economics, engineering, or mathematics. The fellowship consists of a University Tuition Stipend plus $16,000 for two academic years. Both financial need and academic merit are considered in the selection process. No service is required for the fellowship.


Graduate Assistantship B

Graduate Assistantship B awards are based on a combination of need and merit and are awarded to students upon the nomination of their academic program. The Graduate Assistantship B starts at $6,912 for 12 months. If the student is re-appointed to a Graduate Assistantship B for subsequent years, the student is entitled to salary increases pursuant to the collective bargaining agreement between The City University of New York and the CUNY Professional Staff Congress. Students receiving the Graduate Assistantship B must provide either 225 hours of research for the 12-month duration of the award or 120 hours of teaching. The assignment will be made by the student's Executive Officer. Students receiving Graduate Assistantships B may accept additional teaching or research positions within the City University of New York; however, the student's total work load, including the Graduate Assistantship B, may not exceed 240 hours of teaching or 450 hours of non teaching activity per year.


Dissertation Year Fellowships
In addition to the various Named Dissertation Year Fellowships, a number of general Dissertation Year Fellowships are awarded annually to third-level students in any program who are advanced to candidacy by the time of application for the award. The fellowship consists of a University Tuition Stipend plus $10,000 for the academic year. Only academic merit is considered in the selection process. No service is required for the fellowship.


Alumni Dissertation Fellowship
The Alumni Dissertation Fellowship is supported by contributions from graduates of the City University doctoral programs. The fellowship is awarded annually to a third-level student who is advanced to candidacy in any field by the time of application for the award. The fellowship consists of a University Tuition Stipend plus $10,000 for the academic year. Only academic merit is considered in the selection process. No service is required for the fellowship.


University Fellowships
University Fellowship awards are based on a combination of need and merit and are awarded to students upon the nomination of their academic program. University Fellowships vary in amount up to $10,000 per academic year, depending on the availability of funds. The student is required to provide service, usually research in her/his academic program, in the amount of 4.5 hours per month per $1000 of University Fellowship for the nine-month academic year. if the student is not receiving tuition-related financial aid sufficient to cover the full cost of tuition, the amount necessary to pay full tuition will be deducted from the University Fellowship. The tuition portion of the award becomes the University Tuition Scholarship (see description below).


New York State Tuition Assistance Program
New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) awards are based solely on need as defined by New York State law. TAP awards are for residents of New York State only. TAP awards vary and may pay all or part of a student's tuition costs depending on 1) the student's need and 2) the cost of tuition. New York State informs students directly of their TAP eligibility. The student must bring the award notice from New York State to the Business Office of The Graduate School to receive the tuition bill credit of the award.


The Mina Rees Dissertation Fellowship in the Sciences
The Mina Rees Dissertation Award, named in honor of Mina Rees who was a distinguished mathematician and the founding President of The Graduate School and University Center, is awarded annually to a third-level student in engineering, computer science, or natural sciences who is advanced to candidacy by the time of application for the fellowship. The fellowship consists of a University Tuition Stipend plus $10,000 for the academic year. Only academic merit is considered in the selection process. No service is required for the fellowship.


Helena Rubinstein Tuition Grant for Women
The Helena Rubinstein Tuition Grants are funded privately by the Helena Rubinstein Foundation but administered by The Graduate School. Rubinstein awards are based on a combination of need and merit. Female students at any academic level who are in attendance full-time may apply. The grant offers partial tuition assistance, depending on the student's need and the availability of funds.