Applicants should note that there are three basic types of financial aid available at New York University:
- GSAS MacCracken support
- Outside fellowships
- Need-based financial aid
GSAS MacCracken Support
The primary form of financial aid offered at the Courant Institute is the MacCracken support program, offered through the Graduate School of Arts and Science. This highly competitive award, available to students applying to the full-time Ph.D. program, is based solely on academic merit. It provides a stipend for the nine-month academic year, covers tuition and registration fees for a program of full-time study, and also covers the NYU individual comprehensive health insurance plan. MacCracken funding is renewable for a period of up to five years, assuming good progress toward the degree. The major departmental review for MacCracken awards takes place in early February for the succeeding academic year. It is important that all applications arrive at the Graduate School by the January 4 deadline. General and subject GRE examination scores are mandatory for all applications to the Ph.D. program.
The Department encourages both incoming and continuing eligible students to apply for outside fellowships and scholarships. Some outside fellowships provide stipends below those of Courant Graduate Assistantships; in such cases, the Department may be able to supplement these stipends. The following is a brief summary of some of these outside fellowship sources:
Fellowship Programs for Entering Graduate Students
The Department of Defense administers the National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowships Program (NDSEG). Competition in this program is limited to United States citizens and permanent residents (note that permanent residents will have to obtain their American citizenship by the time the award term begins). DoD fellowships are intended for students at or near the beginning of their graduate study in science and engineering, and offer competitive stipends as well as coverage of full tuition and fees. The application deadline is in mid-January. Further information for the NDSEG Fellowship can be obtained from the NDSEG Fellowship Program, 200 Park Drive, Suite 211, P. O. Box 13444, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709, Tel. (919) 549-8505. Forms are available at www.battelle.org.
The Department of Energy through the Krell Institute offers graduate fellowships in computational science. Competition is open to United States citizens and permanent residents who are either entering or first-year graduate students. DoE fellowships offer a competitive stipend and full payment of tuition and fees. The application deadline is in mid-January. Further information can be obtained from the Krell Institute, 1609 Golden Aspen Drive, Suite 101, Ames, IA 50010, Tel. (515) 956-3696, FAX (515) 956-3699, E-mail email@example.com. Forms are available at www.krellinst.org/csgf.
The Department of Homeland Security offers graduate fellowships in the physical, mathematical, computer and information and engineering sciences. Competition is limited to United States citizens. The fellowship offers a twelve-month competitive stipend and covers full tuition and fees. The application deadline is February 23. Further information can be obtained from the Department of Homeland Security, Washington, DC 20528, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Forms are available atwww.orau.gov/dhsed.
The Fannie and John Hertz Foundation offers graduate fellowships in the applied physical sciences. Competition is limited to United States citizens. The fellowship offers a nine-month competitive stipend as well as cost-of-education allowance. The application deadline is October 24. Further information can be obtained from the Fannie and John Hertz Foundation, Box 5032, Livermore, CA 94550-3850, Tel. (925) 373-1642, Fax (925) 373-6329, E-mail: email@example.com. Forms are available at www.hertzfndn.org.
The National Science Foundation offers graduate (as well as minority graduate) fellowships for study in science and engineering. Competition is limited to United States citizens or permanent residents, and are intended for students at or near the beginning of their study toward the master's or doctoral degree in the sciences. The fellowship offers a competitive stipend as well as a cost-of-education allowance. The application deadline is in early November. Further information can be obtained from the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program, URAU, P. O. Box 3010, Oak Ridge, TN 37831-3010, Tel. (866) 353-0905, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Applicants are expected to use the NSF’s FastLane Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) process at www.fastlane.nsf.gov.
Fellowship Programs for Minorities and/or Women
The American Association of University Women offers dissertation fellowships to women who have completed the coursework toward the doctoral degree and are conducting research toward their dissertations. Competition is open to women who are United States citizens or permanent residents. The fellowship offers a competitive stipend, but no cost-of-education allowance. The application deadline is November 15. Further information can be obtained from the AAUW Educational Foundation, P. O. Box 4030, Iowa City, IA 52243-4030, Tel. (319) 337-1716, Fax (319) 337-1204, E-mail email@example.com. Forms are available at www.aauw.org.
The Ford Foundation offers doctoral and dissertation fellowships for minority students. Only United States citizens and nationals are eligible to compete. Doctoral fellowships are intended for students at or near the beginning of their graduate study; Dissertation Fellowships are intended for Ph.D. degree candidates who have finished all degree requirements except the defense of the dissertation. The application deadline is in early November. Further information can be obtained from the Fellowship Office, National Research Council, 500 Fifth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001, Tel. (202) 334-2872, Fax (202) 334-3419, E-Mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Further information and applications are available at http://national-academies.org/fellowhsips.
NASA has partnered with the United Negro College Fund Special Programs Corporation to develop and manage the Harriett G. Jenkins Predoctoral Fellowship Program (JPFP). This 3-year fellowship is intended for minorities, women and disabled persons who are U.S. citizens (permanent residents are ineligible). Students applying for graduate schools are eligible, as well as students in their first three years of graduate work at an accredited U.S, university. The application deadline is February 1. Further information can be obtained from JPFP, c/o UNCFSP, 2750 Prosperity Avenue, Suite 600, Fairfax, VA 22031, Tel. (800) 231-9155. E-mail email@example.com. Forms are available at the website www.uncfsp.org.
Also note the National Science Foundation minority fellowships above.
The Zonta International Foundation offers the Amelia Earhart Fellowship Award. Competition is open to women of any nationality, engaged in graduate coursework leading to degrees in aerospace-related sciences and engineering, including fluid mechanics. The award consists of a stipend, but no related cost-of-education allowance. The application deadline is November 1st. Further information can be obtained from the Zonta International Foundation, 557 West Randolph Street, Chicago, IL 60661-2206, Tel. (312) 930-5848, FAX (312) 930-0951, E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Application forms are available at www.zonta.org.
Fellowship Programs for Graduate Students in Scientifically-Focused Areas
The Howard Hughes Medical Institute offers doctoral fellowships in biological sciences. The competition is open to United States citizens or nationals, as well as foreign nationals, for graduate work in research-based doctoral programs in a wide range of biological sciences, including mathematical biology, and is intended for students at or near the beginning of their study toward the Ph.D. degree. The fellowship offers a competitive stipend as well as a cost-of-education allowance. The application deadline is November 3. Further information can be obtained from the National Research Council, Office of Scientific and Engineering Personnel, 2101 Constitution Avenue, Washington, DC 20418, Tel. (202) 334-2872. Forms are available at www.nas,edu.
Also note the Zonta International Foundation fellowships above.
Fellowship Programs for Advanced Graduate Students
Note the American Association of University Women dissertation fellowships, the Fannie and John Hertz Foundation fellowships, as well as the Ford Foundation dissertation fellowships above.
Need-Based Financial Aid
Need-based awards are primarily intended for U.S. citizens and permanent residents. They are administered by NYU's Office of Financial Aid. Applicants can also contact the GSAS Graduate Enrollment Services office for information on government, foundation, private or oversees awards.
University Resources for Information on Financial Aid
The Graduate Enrollment Services Office publishes a pamphlet/brochure entitled Grants for Graduate Study which contains a listing of grants available to U.S. citizens and permanent residents. This publication is free of charge.
Graduate Enrollment Services Office
Post Office Box 907, Cooper Station
New York, NY 10276-0907
Tel. (212) 998-8050
The NYU Office of Financial Aid carries forms and information regarding loans and grants, including the Federal Student Aid Fact Sheet.
Office of Financial Aid
New York University
383 Lafayette Street
New York, NY 10003
Tel. (212) 998-4444