Financial Support for PhD Students


All PhD students without alternate funding sources are eligible to receive a four-year research apprenticeship, which carries a stipend, health insurance, a $1000 start up grant, and 100% tuition remission.  Research apprentices work up to 20 hours a week with faculty members on research projects during the academic year.  No additional application materials are required for consideration.


NYU's Institute of Human Development and Social Change (IHDSC) in association with faculty various academic units—Applied Psychology; Humanities and Social Sciences in the Profession; Teaching and Learning; Economics; and Sociology; and NYU Wagner—was one of only five institutions recently awarded a competitive renewal grant to train PhD students from diverse backgrounds to become outstanding researchers in the educational sciences.

This interdisciplinary fellowship program is designed to train the next generation of quantitative educational researchers in methodological techniques developed to more accurately identify educational effects. These techniques include the utilization of randomized experimental designs, quasi-experimental methods, and other statistical approaches appropriate for causal inference and the analysis of multi-level data on students, teachers, schools, and developmental contexts. For more information, please visit:


Various faculty and research centers at NYU offer paid employment for students. For example, the following research centers frequently offer opportunities to Wagner PhD students:

Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy

Since its founding in 1995, the Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy has become the leading academic research center in New York City devoted to the public policy aspects of land use, real estate development, and housing.

More than 15 faculty from the Law School, NYU Wagner, and NYU's Faculty of Arts and Sciences are involved in the Center's work.

Furman Center PhD students work on a range of projects, touching on many of the key policy questions facing New York and cities around the country. From the challenge of the increasing numbers of mortgage foreclosures to the causes and implications of neighborhood change, from the critical problem of how to stem large numbers of affordable housing units from expiring out of their subsidy programs to the complicated puzzle of how to build housing in cities with growing populations and a scarcity of land, Furman Center PhD students work on all aspects of a research project.

Institute for Education and Social Policy

A university-wide, multidisciplinary enterprise, the Institute for Education and Social Policy investigates urban education issues and studies the impact of public policy on students from poor, disadvantaged urban communities. This partnership of NYU Wagner and Steinhardt School explores topics such as school finance equity in New York State, opportunities to learn in charter schools, new systems of public accountability for education, the cost effectiveness of small schools, and special education in New York City schools. The Institute also collects key educational data and provides training and technical assistance to community groups organizing to improve their schools.


An important feature of the program is the wide range of opportunities for PhD students to obtain the skills and experience necessary to become effective teachers. There are many paid opportunities for PhD students to work with full-time faculty as tutors, teaching assistants and, eventually, as primary instructors in courses in the master's curriculum. For more information, please see our section on teaching experience.

Students are eligible for teaching assistantships when they demonstrate knowledge of the subject matter via significant experience or academic preparation in the subject. Students will be considered for teaching a course when they have successfully assisted in the teaching of a Wagner class, have sufficient credentials from previous academic degrees or professional work, or when they have successfully passed the comprehensive examination on the appropriate field. Faculty coordinating each school specialization will approve these decisions. PhD students who are not in good academic standing are not eligible for teaching.