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  • Eugene Lang Opportunity Awards

  • Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts strongly encourages students to participate in co-curricular and extracurricular activities as part of their liberal arts education. We also realize that such activities are sometimes not possible for students whose personal financial resources are limited.

    Eugene Lang Opportunity Awards make it easier for students with financial need and academic merit to participate in the many co-curricular programs and initiatives available at Lang. A number of awards up to $5,000 are made every fall and spring semester. Funds are limited and are distributed competitively according to the college's judgment of the educational quality and budget of a student's proposal and the applicant's financial need and academic standing.

    Application Deadline

    October 29, 2021
    March 25, 2022

    Applicants will be notified of the decision three weeks after the deadline. Please note that payments for the award can take up to four weeks to process.

    If you would like help thinking through and writing your proposal, make an appointment with an ELOA graduate assistant. This is the perfect opportunity to learn how to present and highlight your ideas in a compelling manner, especially if you are new to the process of applying for a grant. 

      Application Form
      ELOA Proposal-Writing Scheduler (optional)

      Award Types

      There are two distinct categories of Opportunity Awards: 
      Innovation Awards are awarded competitively to fund students' self-designed co-curricular and extracurricular educational activities.

      Outreach Awards are awarded competitively to students who need financial assistance in order to take part in institutional co-curricular activities offered by Lang and/or the university, such as those developed by Civic Engagement and Social Justice, Career Development, and Study Abroad.

      See Completed Projects Funded by Awards

      View projects that have been funded by Eugene Lang Opportunity Awards.

      Completion Requirement

      The awarding committee may offer students partial funding on their application; students have the option to accept the award based on the amount to be received. Students who receive awards choose two payment dates: The majority of the award is received in the first payment; the second payment is received at the completion of the project. All students are required to confirm their initial reporting plan from their application and complete a final report which includes sharing information that showcases their project to the Lang community. These entries should reflect on the quality of their experience and its contribution to their Lang education. Award recipients will work with a mentor of their choosing throughout their project. This voluntary role is assumed primarily by faculty, but it is also open to staff at The New School. The mentor's main responsibility is to check in with the awardee at the mid-point of the experience and to review the awardee's final blog post. If their chosen mentor is unavailable, the student will work with an advisor from the Student Life and Outreach Committee. 

      In addition, Eugene Lang Opportunity Award recipients are expected to participate in the Lang Dean’s Honor Symposium (students apply to the symposium in the fall semester and enroll in a special symposium class in the spring semester). Students receiving awards on the fall deadline (and spring deadline, if timing allows) are encouraged to feature their work in the poster session of the Honor Symposium or apply the following fall to be part of a presentation panel.

      Eugene Lang Opportunity Awards are made possible by a generous gift from Eugene M. Lang and the support of the following Eugene Lang College offices and committees: the Dean's Office, Academic Advising and Student Support, the Office of Civic Engagement and Social Justice, and the Student Life and Outreach Committee.

    • Guidelines for Applicants

    • Student Life And Outreach Committee

      Quentin Bruneau, Assistant Professor in the Department of Politics
      Iliana Cepero, Assistant Professor of Modern/Contemporary Art History and Visual Studies
      James Kienitz Wilkins, Assistant Professor of Screen Studies
      Clara Latham, Assistant Professor of Music Technology
      Lillian Polanco-Roman, Assistant Professor of Psychology (Clinical)
      Rose Rejouis, Associate Professor of Literature
      Dena DeYoung, Admission Counselor
      Christina McElderryAcademic and Career Advisor
      Jennifer Riegle, Director, Student Programs and Special Projects 
      Natasha Rivera, Associate Director, Office of Civic Engagement and Social Justice  
      Questions can be submitted to [email protected].

    • Contact Us

      Office of Admission
      Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts 
      79 Fifth Avenue, 5th floor 
      New York, NY 10003 
      Phone: 212.229.5150 or 
      Fax: 212.229.5355
      [email protected]

      [email protected]

    • Take The Next Step

    Submit your application


    To apply to any of our undergraduate programs (except the Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students and Parsons Associate of Applied Science programs) complete and submit the Common App online.

    Undergraduate Adult Learners

    To apply to any of our Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students and Parsons Associate of Applied Science programs, complete and submit the New School Online Application.


    To apply to any of our Master's, Doctoral, Professional Studies Diploma, and Graduate Certificate programs, complete and submit the New School Online Application.