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Scholarships, Fellowships and Assistantships

  • A variety of forms of financial assistance, including merit-based tuition scholarships, are available from the university to help students — including international students — offset the cost of tuition and fees.  

    It is not necessary to have an admission decision to begin the financial aid process. The Office of Student Financial Services can answer questions about applying for financial aid, calculating the overall cost of attendance, and billing and payment options.

    New School Tuition Scholarships

    All graduate students in the International Affairs programs, including international students, who indicate on the application their interest in these awards will be considered for a competitive merit-based tuition scholarship. Awards are based on the strength of the application (Statement of Purpose, letters of recommendation, and prior academic performance) and the contributions the admissions committee believes the applicant can make to the International Affairs community. No additional application components are required for most university scholarships. Scholarships cover up to 75 percent of tuition. A high proportion of admitted students are offered merit-based tuition scholarships. Merit-based tuition scholarships are available to students pursuing full-time and part-time study.

    Impact Entrepreneurship Fellowship

    The Impact Entrepreneurship Graduate Fellowship is designed to attract and support high-potential leaders from diverse backgrounds who are committed to creating positive social impact through entrepreneurship while pursuing a master's degree at The New School. Selected fellows will receive a 50 percent merit-based scholarship and participate in a cohort-based experience that includes mentorship, workshops, networking opportunities, and the chance to apply for a Venture Lab in the second year of their program. For more information on how to apply, visit the Impact Entrepreneurship Initiative website.

    Vera List Center for Art and Politics Student Fellowship

    The Vera List Center for Art and Politics offers one annual graduate student fellowship to a full-time International Affairs student. The fellowship links Vera List Center programming closely with the student community and highlights specific areas of study. The fellow receives a stipend and a small events budget he or she can use to create student-focused programming utilizing the Vera List Center's resources. The fellow works closely with Vera List Center staff to amplify programs that focus on international affairs.

    Special Programs or Recognition

    International Affairs gives additional consideration for merit-based awards or special recognition to those applicants who have actively participated in professional or academic or service programs, such as the Paul D. Coverdell Fellowship Program and the Charles Rangel Fellowship. Also, as a designated veteran-friendly institution, The New School invites veterans and their dependents to apply to our graduate programs; they may be considered for special recognition awards. To learn more, visit the Student Veteran Services website.

    Paul D. Coverdell Peace Corps Fellowship Program

    The New School is one of the few universities eligible to enroll students who have been selected to receive graduate fellowships through the Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program. Our mission of social responsibility, our master's degree programs, and the unique environment at The New School have made the university attractive to Paul D. Coverdell Fellows.

    The Peace Corps Description of Service must be accompanied by your application in order to be eligible for these competitive scholarships. This competitive award will cover 25 to 50 percent of tuition for all International Affairs master's programs, as well as mandatory fees (university services and student senate fees). The application fee is waived. There is no limit to the number of Coverdell Fellowship Recipients admitted to our programs for a given semester.

    Americorps/Teach for America

    Americorps Vista, City Year, and Teach for America alumni who apply to International Affairs are eligible for tuition scholarship consideration. At least two tuition scholarships that cover 50 percent of tuition are awarded annually. The application fee is waived.

    Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellowship

    Charles Rangel Fellowship applicants are invited to apply to the International Affairs master's programs. Any amount of tuition not covered by the Rangel Fellowship will be covered by the International Affairs program, and International Affairs will cover mandatory university fees. The application fee is waived.

    Donald Payne Fellowship

    Donald Payne Fellowship applicants are invited to apply to the International Affairs programs. Any amount of tuition not covered by the Donald Payne Fellowship will be covered by International Affairs, and International Affairs will cover mandatory university fees. The application fee waived.

    Mayor's Graduate Scholarship Program

    The university offers competitive scholarships of up to 50 percent of tuition costs to qualified permanent New York City government employees who are entering part-time students in the school's master's degree programs. The Mayor's Graduate Scholarship is awarded for the duration of the student's registration in the program as long as you take at least six credits each semester and makes satisfactory academic progress. Applications are available from Mayor's Scholarship Program, Office of the Mayor, City Hall, New York, NY 10007. You must submit a letter of intent with your application in order to be eligible for the scholarship. The admission application fee is waived.

    Fulbright Program

    The Fulbright Program supports educational exchanges that strengthen understanding and communication between the United States and more than 140 countries. It is administered through the Institute for International Education (IIE). The fellowship award is evaluated and awarded on a case-by-case basis and informed by IIE's evaluation. For more information on how to apply, visit the Fulbright website.

    Third-Party Funding

    Students expecting reimbursement from their employer or a sponsoring organization can defer payment of tuition and fees upon presentation of a signed, official authorization from their employer or sponsor on company letterhead and a deferment form available on the Student Financial Services website.

    Teaching Fellowships and Assistantships

    The New School provides graduate students with employment opportunities as Teaching Fellows and Teaching Assistants. Teaching Fellows are the instructors of record for their courses and bear full responsibility for the classes they teach. Teaching Assistants work under the direction of a course instructor to help with a range of instructional responsibilities. View the Graduate Student Teaching Program page for details on how to apply.