Student Scholars

What’s Your Great Sustainability Idea?

The TEDC Scholars program is a competitive grant funding student-designed research and projects related to climate change, environmental or sustainability issues. If you want funding that creates positive environmental change through your own unique expertise, apply to become a TEDC Scholar!

TEDC’s Mission

The Tishman Environment and Design Center (TEDC) fosters the integration of bold design, policy, and social justice approaches to environmental issues to advance just and sustainable outcomes in collaboration with communities.

At the heart of TEDC are the students, faculty, and staff from across The New School who are committed to using their work to advance sustainability on campus and in our extended communities. Together we are a hub for innovative thinking and action toward sustainability.

TEDC Scholars Program

Proposed projects should address critical environmental issues generated by the impacts of climate change and other environmental threats to community well-being and social justice. Projects should explore these issues through design, policy, art and social justice. TEDC Scholars are selected each spring, and their projects should be completed over the summer and following school year.

The TEDC Scholars program is open to both undergraduate and graduate students, and emphasizes interdisciplinary research and community engagement. TEDC encourages students to submit entries of all types, including ideas for new products or services, policy-oriented initiatives, performance projects, documentary films, technology apps, game design, research papers, etc. Think creatively, the options are endless.

In addition to completing their own signature project, TEDC Scholars also serve as research assistants for ongoing TEDC initiatives.


  • TEDC Scholars are eligible to receive up to $5,000 to fund a project related to sustainability through the lens of design, policy, art, or social justice
  • TEDC Scholars can earn up to an additional $2,500 to serve as a Research Assistant at TEDC
  • TEDC Scholars receive mentoring from TEDC staff and faculty as they complete their projects
  • As members of the TEDC team, TEDC Scholars are an integral part of The New School’s work on climate change and sustainability


Each TEDC Scholar will receive between $1,000 and $7,500. Award amounts will vary based on the type of project.

Up to $5,000 of the total award will be budgeted for the completion of the Scholar’s project. Applicants must create a budget for all aspects of their project, showing how funds will be used. Funding can be used for things such as a stipend for your time, supplies and materials, travel expenses, and conference registration fees.

Up to $2,500 of the total award will also be paid to Scholars at an hourly rate for working as a Research Assistant at TEDC. TEDC Scholars will be eligible to work up to ten hours per week as Research Assistants.

Students should apply as individuals.

TEDC Scholars grants will be available July 1, 2017 and must be utilized by June 30th, 2018.

Projects must have clear deliverables and outcomes that are publicly available in the form of a final report at the end of the year as well as a public presentation.

Applicants should identify a faculty mentor to provide basic input and feedback on the project design and progress. Faculty mentors are expected to commit no more than 6 hours each semester.


Applications are due March 1st, 2017. Complete our online application.  For more information, or help crafting your project, please contact TEDC Sustainability Associate Molly Johnson at  Our office is located at 79 5th Ave, 16th Floor.  

Winners will be announced during Earth Week, April 17-21, 2017.

Application Requirements

Applicants should provide detailed information about their project proposals. Please submit the following:

  • Completed application form including completed work plan and budget templates.
  • Resume or CV
  • Faculty mentor recommendation letter (at least one support letter must be submitted with an application.)

Evaluation Criteria

Applications will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

Feasibility: Is the project likely to succeed? Is the proposal thoroughly researched? Does the student have the proper skill sets to accomplish all of the objectives laid out in the application?

Environmental Impact: What are the short and long-term environmental benefits that the fellowship project will directly or indirectly impact?

Community Impact: Will this project enhance campus sustainability and community involvement at The New School? Will this project provide a benefit for community groups outside the university?

Intellectual Impact: Is this project likely to increase the University’s academic profile? Does the project provide students with strong learning opportunities?

Innovation and collaboration: Is this project unique, creative, and interesting? Does the project take an interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary approach to addressing an environmental issue?

Scalability: Can this project be expanded on in the future? Will TEDC be able to build off this project to further increase its interdisciplinary research and community engagement efforts?

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