Admissions and Financial Aid
ISAW admits approximately four doctoral students each year. Applicants should already have acquired a solid preparation sufficient for research in at least one of the disciplines or geographical areas represented in the Institute. This may be a Master’s or its equivalent in a relevant subject; students with sufficiently strong preparation are also admitted directly from the B.A. Prospective students should also have mastered at least two foreign languages (at least one ancient and one modern) relevant to the student’s program.
ISAW Application Deadlines:
December 18: Recommended
January 4: Final
Applications are accepted for fall only.
Applications must include the following documents. For specifics on the requirements for each document, please visit the NYU GSAS Application Resource Center at http://gsas.nyu.edu/page/grad.admissionsapplication:
- NYU GSAS Online Application (http://gsas.nyu.edu/object/grad.admissions.onlineapp)
- CV or Resume
- Statement of Purpose
- Writing Sample: This may be a term paper, excerpt from an undergraduate or graduate thesis, or other example of academic writing, including a lecture delivered at a meeting, or a published article. It should be double-spaced and not exceed 35 pages. If your writing sample contains non-Roman scripts or other non-standard characters, it may not print properly as part of the online application. Please check your document carefully. It is best if you send your online writing sample as a PDF document. Be sure to keep a paper copy for your records. We may ask you to mail, fax, or email a copy directly to the institute if there are problems reading it.
- Three Letters of Recommendation
- GRE Test Scores: Only General Test scores are required. All applicants MUST submit test scores.
- TOEFL Test Score (for international applicants only)
- Languages: In addition to the relevant section of the application form, a separate list of all ancient and modern languages (other than English) in which the applicant has some proficiency is required and should be uploaded on one of the “Additional Information” pages of the online application. This list should indicate the applicant’s level in each language in concrete terms (e.g. what are the most extensive or difficult texts that the applicant has read) and how the language was acquired.
All students admitted to our program are offered fellowships covering tuition, fees, and a twelve-month stipend, which in 2013-14 is about $36,000. Fellowship packages are for five years, with the possibility of a sixth year of funding where warranted. Where time to degree extends past the period that the Institute can fund, or for extended fieldwork, students will need to seek outside funding.