Graduate School Fellowships and Assistantships

Founder of GSAS, Henry Mitchell MacCracken

The Graduate School of Arts and Science offers an extensive program of funding support. Funding decisions, based solely on merit, are made by the departments with deaconal review.

Some of the sources of funding available through the University and the Graduate School are listed below.



Henry Mitchell MacCracken, a professor of philosophy, served as the sixth chancellor of NYU. As chancellor, he established one of the first graduate schools of arts and science in the United States. He was committed to expanding the university’s schools and departments, improving academic standards and increasing enrollment. The GSAS doctoral fellowship program is named in honor of him and his visionary leadership.

The MacCracken Program provides multi-year full funding support to most new GSAS doctoral students [1]. The minimum MacCracken doctoral support package includes:

  1. A four- or five-year award term.
  2. A scholarship for full tuition and registration and services fees for courses required for the degree.
  3. Full coverage of the premiums for mandatory NYU student health insurance for an individual under the NYU comprehensive plan.
  4. A nine-month academic-year stipend for living expenses. Some departments offer either a stipend or research assistantship. The minimum stipend amount in 2016-17 is $26,855.
  5. A one-time Dean’s Supplementary Fellowship Grant of $1,000 that may be used at the student’s discretion.

A number of these awards are enhanced by the department with other features; please review your department’s web page for more information about their MacCracken package. Some are enhanced with a dean's supplement reserved for historically underrepresented minority groups. Students who receive funding from an external agency also are awarded the MacCracken award, if necessary, to insure they receive an award package with full funding.

Many departments offer their students the opportunity to teach as an adjunct instructor during the course of their studies. If students teach, the compensation is in addition to the MacCracken fellowship package, and not a part of it.

New and continuing students may find the following materials useful:

The following GSAS affiliate doctoral programs do not fund students through MacCracken awards. Applicants should consult with the program directly to learn about their funding opportunities: Basic Medical Sciences and Environmental Health Sciences, housed in the School of Medicine; Cinema Studies and Performance Studies, housed in the Tisch School of the Arts; Data Science; Institute of Fine Arts; and Institute for the Study of the Ancient World.


Funding for Master's Programs

Financial aid is available in certain master's departments and programs. Please refer to the web page of your department or program of interest. Applicants should submit the admissions application by the program’s specified deadline date. No additional application forms are required for consideration for scholarships or fellowships in GSAS.

In addition, master’s students are eligible for awards through the Graduate School's Tuition Incentive Program. For more specific information regarding eligibility and the availability of fellowships, applicants should contact the director of graduate studies in the department or program, or contact Graduate Enrollment Services.

Other GSAS programs of interest to master’s students are:
GSAS Tuition Assistance Program for School Teachers
GSAS Resources for Military Veterans and Members

Funding for International Students

To secure a visa, international students must demonstrate that they have sufficient funding to complete the degree. International students who apply by the specified deadline and are admitted to the Graduate School are automatically considered for Graduate School fellowships and scholarships.

Most loan programs are restricted to U.S. citizens and permanent residents. International students may apply for these domestic loan programs, however, with a cosigner who is a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident of the United States. In addition, New York University works with a variety of lenders to provide loan programs specifically tailored to the needs of international students. Visit our website frequently for the latest news on international student financing opportunities.

Many international students obtain support for their educational expenses from their governments, foundations, or private agencies. In many cases, these students are eligible to receive matching tuition funds through the Graduate School’s Tuition Incentive Program.


Other Financial Aid--Federal, State, and Private Programs

For a description of all federal, state, and private loan and grant programs, as well as employment, veteran's benefits and NYU payment policies, refer to Financing Graduate Education.

The Graduate School's Tuition Incentive Program (TIP)

GSAS encourages students to apply for external assistance and provides tuition support to recipients of external awards. Students receiving external awards of $13,000 or more from recognized, academic sources of funding outside of the University can apply for matching tuition points up to the amount of their outside award. Students receiving external awards of less than $13,000 may apply for matching tuition points up to 50 percent of the amount of the external award. TIP instructions and terms of the award are available online (Adobe Acrobat Reader required).

External awards students have received and successfully matched through the Tuition Incentive Program include the following:

1127 Foundation
The American-Scandinavian Foundation
The Amherst Memorial Fellowship
The Beinecke Scholarship Program
Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR)
Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Techologia (CONACYT)
Corporation for National and Community Service
Council for the Advancement of Science Writing
Deadline Club
Department for the Scholarship of Gifted Students of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation
Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst
Fadel Educational Foundation
Foreign Press Association Scholarship Fund
Fundacio Sunol
Gates Millennium Scholarship
International Institute of Islamic Thought
Jewish Federations of North America
The Kwanjeong Educational Foundation
M&K Auto Parts
Manhattan Sephardic Congregation
New York Financial Writers' Association
New York Women in Communication
Qingdao Rainshine Science & Tech Co.
R.K. Global Shares and Securities Ltd.
The Scholarships Foundation
Segal Americorps Education Award
The Tibet Fund
UJA - Federation Scholarship
Universidad Anahuac
Wexner Foundation


The alphabetical list below is a representative survey of free scholarship search services and related information. New York University is not affiliated with, and does not endorse, any of the organizations included in this sample.

CollegeNET MACH25
Peterson's Scholarship Search
School Soup
U.S. Department of Education