What type of financial aid is available for the Wagner Doctoral Program?

PhD students who do not come with their own funding receive a four-year research apprenticeship (or equivalent), which carries full tuition remission, a stipend, student health insurance and a $1,000 start-up grant. No additional application materials are required for consideration.

Additionally, various fellowships, research positions, especially at Wagner's research centers, and paid teaching opportunities may also be available to doctoral 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.

The Furman Center is directed by Vicki Been, the Elihu Root Professor of Law. Ingrid Gould Ellen, Associate Professor of Public Policy and Urban Planning, is the Co-Director of the Center. More than 15 faculty from the Law School, the Wagner School and NYU's Faculty of Arts and Sciences are involved in the Center's work.

Furman Center doctoral 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 doctoral 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. Under director Amy Ellen Schwartz, this partnership of the Wagner School 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.

Institute for Education and Social Policy - PIRT Fellowships

NYU's Institute of Human Development and Social Change (IHDSC), in association with faculty from seven academic units - Administration, Leadership and TechnologyApplied PsychologyHumanities and Social Sciences in the ProfessionsTeaching and Learning (Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development); Economics and Sociology (Faculty of Arts and Science); and the Wagner School of Public Service – was awarded a second five-year grant to train an additional 27 incoming and advanced doctoral students from diverse backgrounds to become outstanding researchers in the educational sciences through 14 four-year awards and 13 two-year awards.

The primary focus of the second phase is to provide doctoral students with the knowledge, expertise, and technical skills to pursue rigorous, cutting-edge, relevant research in both academic and non-academic settings and to produce research that supports children’s learning from preschool through post-secondary education. For more information, please visit: http://steinhardt.nyu.edu/ihdsc/iespirt