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Graduate Fellowship

The Graduate Application Requirements


The Graduate Fellowship is open to new students accepted for Fall enrollment to any full-time, two-year master's program (with the exception of some executive programs), or students that are currently enrolled in the schools of law, medicine, dentistry or some three-year Tisch School of the Arts programs and will have two years of study remaining beginning September of their first Reynolds year. International students are welcome to apply. Please contact individual schools for their requirements for admission to a particular program.

As part of the Online Application, applicants must submit the following as one PDF document. We strongly suggest that you complete these materials before you start your application as you may only submit your information once. Click here for an example.

Please Note: For the Reynolds Graduate Fellowship Application, there are no requirements for undergraduate or other school GPAs, test scores (such as GRE or GMAT) or other quantitative measurements. You must, however, adhere to the application requirements for the particular NYU school to which you are applying. In addition, separate recommendation letters are not necessary as those from your graduate school application will be reviewed when considering your scholarship application.

  • Resume divided into the following six sections (Please include "Resume" at the top left of each page of your resume):

    • 1. Education (including GPA and any standardized test scores and percentiles),
    • 2. Work Experience,
    • 3. Volunteer Experience (including any relevant non-paid research work and conference presentation(s),
    • 4. Honors/Scholarships/Awards (if applicable),
    • 5. Publications/Certifications/Professional Affiliations, and
    • 6. Other Relevant Skills/Interests.
  • Endeavor Statement/Job Description: If you have already launched a company or social entrepreneurial endeavor, or have developed an idea for a social entrepreneurial endeavor, please describe it or them in approximately 500 words. What was your theory of change or business model, and why did it work or not work?

    If you have not, provide a description of approximately 500 words for a job you would like to realize five years from now. It could be for an existing position, or for something not yet invented. It could e as head of an as yet unrealized organization or any other role associated with it. It could be a logical extension of what you are currently doing, or something completely different. Whatever the role, be sure to touch on the specific responsibilities you imagine yourself having.
  • Essay: In approximately 500 words, describe the following: some previous experience where you had the opportunity - working with others or alone - to participate in, design or create a strategy for tackling an issue of social importance. Explain what the problem was/is, how you became interested in the work, what your role was, what the strategy was, and who your allies were. We are as interested in stories of failure as much as we are interested in stories of success. Describe what you learned both about yourself and about the challenge. Identify some of the particular obstacles you encountered, and describe the ways in which you addressed them. Please include “Essay” at the top left of each page of your essay.
  • Biographical Sketch: Broadly speaking, the program attracts three types of changemakers; 1) those that have or are in the process of developing an innovative idea to address a specific social problem in a pattern-breaking, sustainable, and scalable way, 2) those that will work in and/or build the infrastructure needed for social entrepreneurial work to take root, including individuals who will practice their profession in a social entrepreneurial organization (accountants, lawyers, etc.) and individuals who want to improve the operations and management systems of public, private and not-for-profit organizations and, 3) those who will bring action oriented awareness on a national and/or global scale to particular social problems through, journalism, the arts, photography, film making, television production and other media avenues.

    These roles are not necessarily mutually exclusive, and one individual can play multiple roles. Further, each role can be thought of having its own trajectory beginning with the desire to change the world, and ending with the implementation of a pattern breaking, sustainable and scalable idea or approach. Eligible applicants can be at different points on these trajectories with some working to fully develop an idea, while others may be ready to launch an idea, while still others may be ready to bring an already launched idea more fully to scale. (See www.nyu.edu/reynolds for more information.)

    Imagine that you have been selected as a Reynolds Graduate Fellow. Please write a biographical sketch of approximately 500 words that describes the experiences in your personal history that have brought you to the Reynolds program. What qualities do you see in yourself that would make you an effective changemaker as described above? Be sure to discuss which changemaker role(s) you plan to play, and what you hope to accomplish both during and following your Reynolds fellowship experience. Only typed biographical sketches will be accepted. Please include “Biographical Sketch" on the top of each page of your biographical sketch.


  • Please Note: When you electronically sign and submit your application, you will be giving the Reynolds Program access to your entire Graduate School application including transcripts, admission essays, recommendation letters, and any other supplemental information that you submit or submitted with your graduate school application.