Scholarships, Assistantships and Fellowships
Scholarships, assistantships, fellowships or other types of financial assistance available to Clark graduate students will depend on the specific program to which you are applying. Please review the information from each department or program for a full picture of available aid. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us.
All applicants to Ph.D. programs are considered for full-tuition scholarships and stipends, and each department may also be able to offer teaching assistantships or additional tuition remission to qualified students.
For additional information, please review the information provided by the program to which you plan to apply.
Several types of graduate fellowships and scholarships are provided by individual departments and programs to well-qualified students. To view the funding opportunities for the program you are interested in, select a department from the list below. In addition to this assistance, some part-time employment may be available in the various offices and departments of the University.
Generous merit-based scholarships ranging from 25 — 100% of tuition are offered to both full-time and part-time Master of Business Administration (MBA) students at the time of admission. Criteria used in scholarship consideration are academic background, GMAT or GRE test scores, professional experience, and potential for success in the field.
A limited number of scholarships will be offered to MSA and MSF candidates with excellent academic backgrounds and test scores, and strong potential for success in the field.
Tamarkin Scholar Award
The Tamarkin Scholarship is given to highly qualified MSF applicants. This award includes a one-time $2,500 scholarship, participation in a mentor program with a 2nd year student, and many other benefits.
Special Program Scholarships
Peace Corps Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program
Clark GSOM’s partnership with the Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program (formerly Fellows/USA) provides returning Peace Corps volunteers with scholarships of 50 — 100% and special internship opportunities. The application fee will be waived for Peace Corps applicants.
Clark GSOM will match the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award for AmericCorps alumni. Applicants will also be considered for an additional scholarship based on the strength of their application. The application fee will be waived for AmeriCorps applicants.
Clark GSOM will award one City Year corps member, alumnus, or staff member per year a 50% scholarship and Graduate Assistantship. The application fee will be waived for City Year applicants.
National Society of Hispanic MBAs
The NSHMBA/Clark University GSOM Scholarship ranges from 25 — 100% of tuition and is awarded annually to an incoming MBA student with preference to students of Hispanic heritage or students with a demonstrated commitment to the Hispanic community.
Graduate assistants are offered the opportunity to work with faculty and staff on special projects, while earning a stipend that will help fund their education. Graduate assistantship positions are posted prior to the beginning of each semester, and all GSOM students are invited to apply for these positions.
The International Development, Community, and Environment (IDCE) Department offers several partial merit-based tuition remission fellowships to qualified applicants.Â In order to receive a merit-based award, candidates will have demonstrated leadership in their work experience and have excellent academic qualifications. Merit-based IDCE Fellowships are awarded students irrespective of nationality.
Signature Tuition Fellowships
IDCE's Signatures encompass issues of pressing global and local concern and are areas where the department is investing significant energy in deepening its teaching, research, advocacy, practice, and activism. Applicants whose prior experiences and research interests exemplify these signature areas of academic inquiry, and have a demonstrated record of excellent academic merit, may be selected to receive a tuition remission award of 75 - 100 %.
Fellowships are awarded based on merit and will cover total or partial tuition expenses, depending on the level of the award. Two fellowships will be awarded in each signature area:
- Health, Communities, and the Environment
- People on the Move
- Education, Youth, and Community
- Land, Food, and Natural Resource Governance
- Labor, Livelihoods and Development
- Social, Environmental and Economic Sustainability
Fellows will conduct policy research, review academic and practitioner literature within their signature, organize signature-related speakers and events, and utilize social media to post about department activities in these signatures.
IDCE Fellowship Awards
Highly qualified students may earn an IDCE Fellowship, a recognition that includes a tuition remission in the amount of a 75 - 100% tuition-remission award. IDCE Fellows are an important circle of scholars within the IDCE community, and are outstanding in their search for thoughtful, realistic, and innovative approaches to international development, advancing social change, building community, and promoting environmental sustainability.
Community Development and Planning Practice Fellowship
IDCE's Community Development and Planning program annually awards one 100% tuition fellowship to a full-time admitted student who has worked in a nonprofit setting for more than three years. Preference will be given to a current City of Worcester or Greater Worcester-area nonprofit organization employee. Other qualifying applicants may receive at least 40 percent tuition remission (more than $24,000 at current tuition rates).
CDP Diversity Fellowship
IDCE's Community Development and Planning program annually awards one 100% tuition fellowship to a full-time admitted student from an underrepresented ethnic or racial group in the U.S. Other qualifying applicants may receive at least 40% tuition remission (more than $24,000 at current tuition rates).
Special Program Fellowships
Paul D. Coverdell Peace Corps Fellows Program
Because of the unique skill set, hands-on experience, and knowledge they possess, Returned Peace Corps Volunteers are given special consideration for financial assistance if accepted to any of the graduate programs within IDCE. All Coverdell Fellows receive a 50% tuition remission (more than $30,000 at current tuition rates) while enrolled in the program as a full time student, and at least one exceptional student will receive full tuition remission. All application fees are waived for RPCVs.
Please check the appropriate box on the graduate program application to be considered for these fellowships; there is not a separate application. Applicants must provide some form of verification of service at the time of the application in order to waive the application fee.
AmeriCorps Alumni Fellowships
IDCE provides partial tuition fellowships worth at least 40% tuition remission (more than $24,000 at current tuition rates) to all AmeriCorps alumni admitted to one of IDCE’s graduate programs. This fellowship includes and often exceeds the match provided by the AmeriCorps education award. Additionally, each year, IDCE awards at least one full tuition-free competitive fellowship for an AmeriCorps alum of extraordinary merit. Please check the appropriate box on the graduate program application to be considered for these fellowships; there is not a separate application. Applicants must provide some form of verification of service at the time of the application in order to waive the application fee.
Teach For America Fellowships
IDCE provides partial tuition fellowships to all TFA alumni admitted to one of IDCE’s graduate programs. This award will be worth at least 40 percent tuition remission (more than $20,000 at current tuition rates) for up to two years in which the student is enrolled in the department. Please check the appropriate box on the graduate school application to be considered for these fellowships; there is not a separate application.
World Teach Fellowships
IDCE provides partial tuition fellowships to all admitted World Teach alumni. Please check the appropriate box on the graduate program application to be considered for these fellowships; there is not a separate application.
City Year Alumni Fellowships
IDCE provides partial tuition fellowships worth at least 40 percent tuition remission (more than $20,000 at current tuition rates) to all City Year alumni admitted to one of IDCE’s graduate programs. Additionally, each year, IDCE awards at least one 75% competitive fellowship for a City Year alum of extraordinary merit. Please check the appropriate box on the graduate program application to be considered for these fellowships; there is not a separate application. Applicants must provide some form of verification of service at the time of the application in order to waive the application fee.
In the past, IDCE students have been awarded Environment and Sustainable Development Fellowships from the Compton Foundation. The award enables each student to carry out a research project on a theme related to integrating environmental management and sustainable development. Typically, there are four available fellowships for each incoming class (valued at $10,000 each).
The primary goals of the Compton Graduate Fellowship Program are to increase and enhance professional capacity in developing countries in the fields of peace and security, population and reproductive health, and environment and sustainability; and to promote research-based linkages between these three fields.
IDCE uses the Compton Fellowships to support early to mid-career professionals from sub-Saharan Africa, Mexico, and Central America. In order to accomplish these goals, the Foundation supports nine graduate programs, including IDCE, which have achieved excellence, offer an interdisciplinary curriculum, and have a record of attracting students committed to returning to their home regions to conduct their research and pursue their careers.
For more information, visit the Compton Foundation.
Foundation for Sustainable Development (FSD) Alumni Fellowships
IDCE provides partial tuition fellowships worth at least 40 percent tuition remission (more than $20,000 at current tuition rates) to all FSD alumni with six months or more of service abroad and who are admitted to one of IDCE’s graduate programs.
Teaching and Research Assistantships (TA/RA positions)
There are a limited number of teaching and research assistantships available each semester. These are announced to current students via email during the first week of classes each semester. Positions are applied for by emailing a resume and cover letter detailing the applicant's relevant experience to the IDCE Office. It is not possible to apply in advance for any TA or RA position. You must wait until you have arrived on campus. Hours of work required and salary.
External Fellowships and Grants
Scholarship Information for U.S. Students
USAID Donald M. Payne International Development Graduate Program
The USAID Donald M. Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship Program seeks to attract outstanding young people who are interested in pursuing careers in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The Payne Fellowship encourages the application of members of minority groups who have historically been underrepresented in international development careers and those with financial need. The fellowship is named in honor of longtime development champion, the late Congressman Donald Payne. The initiative is funded by USAID and administered by Howard University. Fellowship recipients can use the award to attend U.S. graduate programs throughout the country; they will join the USAID Foreign Service upon completion of the program, as long as they successfully complete the Payne Program and USAID entry requirements.
- American Association of University Women: Educational Foundation Fellowships and Grants
- Beinecke Scholarship Program
- EPA Minority Academic Institutions (MAI) Fellowships for Graduate Environmental Study, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Research and Development
- The Ford Foundation
- The Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans
- The Gates Millennium Scholars
Scholarship Information for International Students
USDA NASS Graduate Scholarship Program
Several scholarships are being sponsored by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). This program is designed to recruit Asian Pacific Americans to work for the USDA after completion of graduate course work in particular disciplines, and will be administered under the Student Career Experience Program (SCEP). Geographic Information Systems/Remote Sensing is an eligible field of study.
Russell E. Train Fellowships
The Russell E. Train Fellowships support proven and potential leaders from select WWF priority places to pursue masters or doctoral degrees in conservation-related fields. Applicants may be at any point in their academic program (have applied, been accepted, current enrolled) and may study anywhere in the world. Fellowships cover up to $30,000 per year for a maximum of two years. After completing their degree, applicants must return to their home country to work in conservation. Eligible countries include: Asia: Cambodia and Myanmar; Africa: Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Namibia, and Zambia; and Latin America: Belize, Guatemala, and Honduras.
The Vietnam Education Foundation (VEF) Fellowship Program
The Vietnam Education Foundation (VEF) Fellowship Program, funded by the U.S. Government, brings Vietnamese nationals to the United States for graduate degree programs on the sciences (natural, physical, and environmental), technology (including information technology), engineering, mathematics, and medicine (including public health and health sciences).
- US Network for Education Information
- Aga Khan Foundation
- AMIDEAST Foundation
- American Association of University Women: International Fellowships
- Edmund S. Muskie Graduate Fellowship Program
- International Research & Exchange Board
- Leo S. Rowe Pan American Fund
- Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarships
- PEO Sisterhood
- Soros South Asia Scholarship Program: Afghanistan and Nepal
- The Inter-American Bank Scholarships
- The Ford Foundation
- The World Bank
Students interested in applying for financial assistance in the form of student loans should visit the Office of Financial Assistance website or call (508) 793-7478.