Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts strongly encourages students to participate in co-curricular and extracurricular activities as part of their liberal arts education. We also realize that such activities are sometimes not possible for students whose
personal financial resources are limited.
Eugene Lang Opportunity Awards make it easier for students with financial need and academic merit to participate in the many co-curricular programs and initiatives available at Lang.
Opportunities are available in the following categories:
- Capstone Grant
- Conference/Gathering Grant
- Unpaid Internship Support Grant
- Independent Research and Creative Projects
Participating in an academic or professional conference is an excellent way for students to elevate their intellectual profile and can advance their future careers beyond Lang. In particular, presenting an academic paper, a creative project, or a performance exhibition can help students prepare for academic life after college. The purpose
of the Conference/Gathering Grant is to offset the cost of registration and participation in an academic or professional conference. Students can request up to $2,000. There is a limit of one award per academic year. The award is not guaranteed, and requests are considered on a first-come,
- Be matriculated degree students of Eugene Lang College
- Be accepted to a conference or gathering (proof required)
- Complete a final reflection, submit a write-up of the experience, and make a short presentation about their experience to a First Year course
Students enrolled (or planning to enroll in the next semester) in a Capstone course or an independent study to complete their senior work are eligible for up to $1,500 to support their Capstone projects.
Deadlines: November 4, 2022, and February 10, 2023
Unpaid Internship Support Grant
Grants of $2,000 to support unpaid internships
Deadlines: September 9, October 7, 2022 (fall internships); February 3, March 3, 2023 (spring internships); and May 26, 2023 (summer internships)
- Internship is secured (proof required: email from internship supervisor/coordinator).
- Internship is unpaid (proof required: email from internship supervisor/coordinator).
- Bulk of the internship is still to be completed (at least six weeks remaining).
- Applicants must be current Lang students (graduating students can apply for only the semester after graduation).
- First Year students need permission from the Student Success academic advisor.
- International students must be eligible for curricular practical training (CPT). Learn more at the ISSS's Employment page.
- Internships can be for credit or on a noncredit basis.
- Internships must be a minimum of 120 hours.
- Students can receive this grant only once.
- Students cannot receive a Eugene Lang Opportunity Award or a CESJ Summer Fellowship for the same internship.
Students who receive the grant are required to:
- Submit an Experience Learning Agreement (ELA) and register their internship with the Office of Career Services and complete all requirements (note: the 0 credit registration fee will be covered for students who are applying for an internship when
not enrolled in courses).
- Review the internship skills video and complete the Orientation Prep Quiz after viewing
- Complete the Unpaid Internship Support Grant final report/reflection form
- Make a short presentation about their experience to a First Year course
Independent Research & Creative Projects
Students can apply for up to $5,000 to fund their independent research and creative projects. Funds are limited and are distributed competitively according to the college's judgment of the educational quality and budget of students' proposals and
applicants' financial need and academic standing. Students receiving federal Pell Grants are given priority consideration.
Deadlines: November 11, 2022, and March 10, 2023
- Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA.
- Applicants must be matriculated degree students of Eugene Lang College.
- Applicants must demonstrate financial need.
- Students receiving federal Pell Grants are given priority consideration.
- Applications require a personal statement, financial statement, résumé, current academic transcript and financial aid award (printed from MyNewSchool), and recommendation.
- Students who receive the grant must complete a final reflection, submit a write-up of their experience, and make a short presentation about their experience to a First Year course.
The awarding committee may offer students partial funding on their application; students have the option to accept the award based on the amount to be received. Students who receive awards choose two payment dates: The majority of the award is received
in the first payment; the second payment is received at the completion of the project.
Award recipients will work with a mentor of their choosing throughout their project. This voluntary role is assumed primarily by faculty, but it is also open to staff at The New School. The mentor's main responsibility is to check in with the awardee
at the midpoint of the experience and to review the awardee's final blog post. If their chosen mentor is unavailable, the student will work with an advisor from the Student Life and Outreach Committee.
Applicants will be notified of the decision three weeks after the deadline. Please note that payments for the award can take up to four weeks to process.
If you would like help thinking through and writing your proposal, make an
appointment with an ELOA graduate assistant. This is the perfect opportunity to learn how to present and highlight your ideas in a compelling
manner, especially if you are new to the process of applying for a grant.
ELOA Proposal-Writing Scheduler (optional)
See Completed Projects Funded by Awards
View projects that have been funded by Eugene Lang Opportunity Awards.
All Eugene Lang Opportunity Award recipients are expected to participate in the Lang Dean’s Honor Symposium (students apply to the symposium in the fall semester and enroll in a special symposium class in the spring semester). Students receiving awards
on the fall deadline (and spring deadline, if timing allows) are encouraged to feature their work in the poster session of the Honor Symposium or apply the following fall to be part of a presentation panel.
Eugene Lang Opportunity Awards are made possible by a generous gift from Eugene M. Lang and the support of the following Eugene Lang College offices and committees: the Dean's Office, Academic Advising and Student Support, the Office of Civic Engagement and Social Justice, and the Student Life and Outreach Committee.