NSSR student Emmanuel Guerisoli investigates graduate program coverage of health insurance with an essay now published at Public Seminar, an extension of The New School’s legendary “General Seminar,” founded by the original University in Exile scholars.
Last year, the New School for Social Research and the university administration announced a new fellowship initiative for NSSR students, included full scholarships for Ph.D. students, covering full tuition and a $20,000 yearly stipend for three to five years of study. Dean’s Fellowships, providing full tuition, were also maintained. The scholarships were rolled out this year: 23 students were recipient of the Prize Fellowship (tuition + stipend) and 12 students received the Dean’s Fellowship. The new plan was funded by $1,000,000 given to NSSR by the University. According to my notes taken from various Dean’s Advisory Councils that I attended as a sociology student representative, by 2022, Ph.D. students will be reduced from 510 to 350. As of spring 2014, only 7% of Ph.D. students had full tuition plus stipend (which ranged from $7,500 to $15,000 yearly) and an additional 7% had full tuition covered by NSSR. By 2022, both percentages should be upgraded to 25%. This means that half of Ph.D. students at NSSR would have their tuition totally covered by the New School. The other half would either be partially financed by NSSR or totally funded by other sources. All of this is praiseworthy.
However, I was struck by the absence of healthcare within Ph.D. student’s fellowships. In the discussions, the New School refused to provide funding to cover our health insurance.
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