Graduate School Fellowships and Assistantships

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.



Named in honor of the founder of the Graduate School of Arts and Science, 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 2014-15 was $25,686.
  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 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 Medic al Sciences and Environmental Health Sciences, housed in the School of Medicine; Cinema Studies and Performance Studies, housed in the Tisch School of the Arts; Institute of Fine Arts; and Institute for the Study of the Ancient World.


Funding for Master's Programs

Financial aid is available for certain departments and programs. Please refer to the web page of your department or program of interest. Applicants should submit the admissions application form 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 call 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

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. The TIP application, including instructions and terms of the award, is available online (Adobe Acrobat Reader required).