Scholarships

Clark University prides itself on offering a variety of scholarships, assistantships, fellowships and tuition discounts to help subsidize the cost of your graduate education. Program specific awards are available to all qualified applicants. If you receive an award, you will be notified when you receive your admission decision. For more information, please contact the Graduate Admissions Office.

Graduate School

M.A. in English

Teaching Assistantships and Scholar Appointments

Twelve to 15 scholars each year earn tuition remission through teaching assistantships and scholar appointments.

  • Teaching assistantships, comprising tuition remission for eight courses and a living stipend, are available on a competitive basis.
  • Scholar appointments provide tuition remission for eight courses.

M.A. in Teaching (M.A.T.)

Scholarships

Adam Scholarships and Noyce Scholarships are available on a competitive basis for applicants to the M.A.T. program.

Adam or Noyce scholars must commit to at least two years of teaching service in a high-need school district after graduation (within five years). A district is considered “high-need” if at least one of the following is true:

  • A high percentage of students come from families with incomes below the poverty line
  • A high percentage of secondary school teachers do not teach the content area in which they were trained
  • There is a high turnover rate of teachers

Adam Scholarships

  • All applicants to the M.A.T. program automatically are considered for full or partial Adam Scholarships.
  • You may apply for a scholarship no matter what your teaching field.
  • A limited number of scholarships are available.

Noyce Scholarships

  • Prospective teachers in mathematics or the sciences (biology, chemistry or physics) are eligible for Noyce Scholarships, which are graduate stipends comparable to the cost of tuition.
  • Priority is given to students from groups underrepresented in teaching (in particular, minorities and persons with disabilities) and who demonstrate financial need. In addition, Noyce Scholars are selected based on several criteria:
    • Strong academic competence, as reflected in an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0.
    • Commitment to teaching in a high-need school district for at least two years after completing the M.A.T. program.
    • An aptitude and affinity for teaching youth in a high-need setting, as demonstrated in volunteer or similar work with youth in community or classroom settings.
    • A demonstrated commitment to work with others in a cohort group and community of practice.
  • During a full-year teaching internship, you will be paired with a partner school teacher, as well as with other MATs in mathematics and the sciences.
  • Postgraduation, you will be eligible for continued support as a new teacher on a mathematics or science curriculum team, organized by the Adam Institute for Urban Teaching and School Practice as part of the Clark Science-Math Teaching and Education Partnership (C-STEP).

International Development, Community, and Environment

In addition to the IDCE merit scholarships, special program scholarships, fellowships and assistantships, we offer program-specific scholarships for M.H.S. in Community and Global Health and M.A. in Community and Development Planning candidates.

Merit Scholarships

IDCE offers merit-based scholarships to qualified U.S. and international students with excellent academic qualifications and who have demonstrated leadership in their work experience. Scholarships include:

  • IDCE scholarships include tuition remission of 75 to 100 percent. IDCE scholars make up an important part of the IDCE community; they search for thoughtful, realistic and innovative approaches to international development while advancing social change, building community, and promoting environmental sustainability.

Special Program Scholarships

IDCE partners with outside programs to offer a number of special scholarships.

  • Paul D. Coverdell Peace Corps Fellows Program: Through the Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program (formerly Fellows/USA), IDCE provides returning Peace Corps volunteers (RPCVs) with scholarships covering 50 percent of tuition — and at least one exceptional student receives full tuition remission. To fulfill their service requirement, Fellows work with the IDCE Career Development Office to complete a supervised professional internship (for credit, as part of a course or outside of degree requirements) with a local community organization. Fellows may work with Clark’s Community Engagement Office to complete volunteer activities. Fellows also are considered for paid assistantships. When applying to IDCE, check the appropriate box to be considered for a fellowship; there is no separate application. In addition, application fees are waived for RPCVs; applicants must provide some form of verification of service with the application.
  • AmeriCorps Alumni Fellowships:  All AmeriCorps alumni admitted to an IDCE graduate program are offered fellowships covering at least 40 percent of tuition. This fellowship includes, and often exceeds, the match provided by the AmeriCorps education award. In addition, each year IDCE awards at least one full tuition fellowship to an AmeriCorps alum of extraordinary merit. When applying to IDCE, check the appropriate box to be considered for a fellowship; there is no separate application. To waive the application fee, applicants must provide some form of verification of service when applying.
  • Teach for America Fellowships: IDCE provides partial tuition fellowships for all Teach for America alumni admitted to one of its graduate programs. Awards cover at least 40 percent of tuition for up to two years while the student is enrolled in the program. When applying to IDCE, check the appropriate box to be considered for a fellowship; there is no separate application.
  • World Teach Fellowships: IDCE provides partial tuition fellowships to all admitted World Teach alumni. When applying to IDCE, check the appropriate box to be considered for a fellowship; there is no separate application.
  • City Year Scholarship: IDCE provides partial tuition fellowships, worth at least 40 percent tuition remission, to City Year alumni admitted to a graduate program. In addition, IDCE awards at least one 75 percent competitive fellowship annually to a City Year alum of extraordinary merit. When applying to IDCE, check the appropriate box to be considered for a fellowship; there is no separate application. To waive the application fee, applicants must provide some form of verification of service at the time of the application.
  • Foundation for Sustainable Development (FSD) Alumni Fellowships: IDCE provides partial tuition fellowships, worth at least 40 percent tuition remission, to all FSD alumni who have six months or more of service abroad and who are admitted to one of IDCE’s graduate programs.

Teaching and Research Assistantships

IDCE offers a limited number of salaried teaching and research assistantships (TAs and RAs) each semester. These are announced to current students via email during the first week of classes each semester. To apply for these positions,  email the IDCE Office with a résumé and cover letter detailing your relevant experience.

It is not possible to apply in advance for any TA or RA position. You must wait until you have arrived on campus, as TAs and RAs must be available to work a set number of hours.

M.H.S. in Community and Global Health

Henry J. and Erna D. Leir Fellowships

Clark University is awarding several full and partial fellowships for the academic years. These competitive fellowships, which support full-time students pursuing the Master of Health Sciences in Community and Global Health, provide funding for all tuition-related expenses Fellows accrue while enrolled in the program.

Fellows are expected to mentor other incoming students, serve as program ambassadors at national and international conferences, and to actively participate, through research and occasional talks, in the Urban Healthscapes Collaboratory.

For full consideration, applicants are encouraged to apply by May 5. The admissions application provides additional details about the Fellowship process.

Applicants interested in applying for the Henry J. and Erna D. Leir Fellowship should upload a PDF or Word document to their application portal that addresses the following:

In the context of what you think are the most important global or domestic (U.S.) health issues, please describe one health issue that you feel the most passionate about working to resolve. Your response should include a proposed solution that shows creativity and innovation, collaboration, and ethical decision-making. Please limit your essay to 1,000 words, and title your document “M.H.S. Fellowship Essay.” 

M.A. in Community and Development Planning

  • Community Development and Planning (CDP) Practice Scholarships: IDCE's CDP program awards one full-tuition scholarship annually 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 employee of a nonprofit organization in the city of Worcester or in the greater Worcester area. Other qualifying applicants may receive at least 40 percent tuition remission.
  • Community Development and Planning (CDP) Diversity Scholarships: IDCE's CDP program awards one full-tuition fellowship annually to a full time admitted student from an underrepresented ethnic or racial group in the United States. Other qualifying applicants may receive at least 40 percent tuition remission.

Graduate School of Management

In addition to the GSOM merit scholarships, special program scholarships and assistantships, we offer program-specific scholarships for M.B.A. and M.S. in Finance candidates.

Merit Scholarships

Merit scholarships range in percentage and are offered to both full- and part-time students at the time of admission.

Criteria used in scholarship consideration include academic background, GMAT or GRE test scores, professional experience and potential for success in the field.

Special Program Scholarships

Clark University’s Graduate School of Management partners with outside programs to offer these special fellowships:

  • Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program: The Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program (formerly Fellows/USA) provides returning Peace Corps volunteers with scholarships of at least 50 percent, as well as special internship opportunities. Fellows work with Clark’s Community Engagement and Volunteering Center to find a volunteer position with a local organization serving our community, and perform a minimum of six hours of community service per week during the fall and spring semesters. Fellows also will be considered for paid assistantships.
  • AmeriCorps Alumni Fellowships: AmeriCorps alumni receive the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award, with a guaranteed fellowship covering at least 40 percent tuition; awards can range up to 100 percent, based on merit.
  • City Year Scholarships: Scholarships for City Year AmeriCorps members, alumni or staff start at 40 percent tuition, based on merit.
  • Prospanica/Clark University GSOM Scholarship: This scholarship starts at 25 percent of tuition and is awarded annually to an incoming M.B.A. student. Preference goes to students of Hispanic heritage or students with a demonstrated commitment to the Hispanic community.
  • National Association of Black Accountants/Clark University GSOM Scholarships: These merit-based scholarships start at 25 percent of tuition. There can be multiple recipients each year, and both full- and part-time students are eligible. Recipients must be members of NABA.

Graduate Assistantships (full-time students only)

Graduate assistants work with faculty and staff on special projects, while earning a stipend that will help fund their education. These positions are posted before the beginning of each semester; all GSOM students are invited to apply.

Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)

  • Global Leadership Scholarship: For highly qualified M.B.A. applicants; award ranges from 60 to 100 percent of tuition cost.
  • Dean's Scholarship: For qualified M.B.A. applicants; award ranges from 25 to 50 percent of tuition cost.
  • Additional benefits of merit scholarships include:
    • Funding support to attend one conference
    • Participation in the M.B.A. Mentors program, where you will be mentored by a second-year M.B.A. student during your first semester, to help you acclimate to life at Clark. In your second year, you will serve as a mentor to first-year M.B.A. students
    • Priority consideration for available assistantships, depending on position needs and your qualifications
    • Personalized career guidance, designed to ensure you spend your time in the program building necessary career skills; this includes an hour-long individualized intake and review meeting with the Graduate School of Management’s finance career adviser
    • Early registration preference for any alumni and employer networking events, on or off campus, run by the Graduate School of Management
    • Personalized academic guidance to maximize the effectiveness of your coursework, including one preliminary academic advising session before the beginning of the semester, two additional advising sessions each semester and subsequent individual appointments as needed

M.S. in Finance

Tamarkin Scholarship

This award is named in honor of Maurry Tamarkin, a distinguished finance professor who served as a teacher and mentor to thousands of students and alumni in his 30 years of service to Clark University. As interim dean at Clark GSOM for three years, he designed and introduced the MSF program, which has become a globally recognized strength of the university.

The Tamarkin Scholarship is presented to highly qualified M.S.F. applicants. This award includes a one-time $2,500 scholarship, in addition to the following benefits:

  • Funding support to attend one conference as part of your graduate program of study
  • Participation in the Finance Mentors program, where you will be mentored in your first semester by a second-year finance student to help you acclimate to life at Clark; in your second year, you will serve as a mentor to new Tamarkin Scholars
  • Membership in the Finance Scholars Honor Society, which includes networking events with peers, faculty and administration, as well as recognition at a Finance Scholars dinner
  • Priority consideration for available faculty assistantships, depending on position needs and your qualifications.
  • Personalized career guidance, designed to ensure you spend your time in the program building necessary career skills; this includes an hour-long individualized intake and review meeting with the Graduate School of Management’s finance career adviser
  • Personalized academic guidance to maximize the effectiveness of your coursework. This includes one preliminary academic advising session before the beginning of the semester, two additional sessions each semester and subsequent individual appointments as needed
  • Early registration preference for alumni and employer networking events, on or off campus, run by the Graduate School of Management

School of Professional Studies

In addition to the SPS merit scholarships, special program scholarships, tuition discounts and assistantships, we offer a program-specific scholarship for M.S. in Professional Communication candidates.

Merit Scholarships

The following merit-based scholarship opportunities are available for qualified applicants to master’s-level programs offered through the Clark University School of Professional Studies:

  • Jonas G. Clark Scholarship: The School of Professional Studies (SPS) provides up to 9 Jonas G. Clark Scholarships each year to qualified applicants who are working professionals. These merit-based scholarships can range from 20 to 50 percent of tuition and are for nontraditional students working full-time in a field related to their degree. To be considered for a Jonas G. Clark Scholarship, applicants must provide an additional essay with their application. The deadline is April 30.

Applicants should submit a letter of no more than 500 words to John Chetro-Szivos, associate dean of professional studies, at jchetroszivos@clarku.edu. The letter should state the candidate’s areas of professional and academic interest, identify their professional goals, and outline relevant experience. Applications received after the April 30 deadline will be considered on a case-by-case basis. 

Special Program Scholarships

The School of Professional Studies partners with outside programs to offer these special fellowships:

  • Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program: The Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program (formerly Fellows/USA) provides returning Peace Corps volunteers with scholarships of at least 50 percent, as well as special internship opportunities. Fellows work with Clark’s Community Engagement and Volunteering Center to find a volunteer position with a local organization serving our community, and perform a minimum of six hours of community service per week during the fall and spring semesters. Fellows also will be considered for paid assistantships.
  • AmeriCorps Alumni Fellowships: AmeriCorps alumni receive the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award, with a guaranteed fellowship covering at least 40 percent tuition; awards can range up to 100 percent, based on merit.
  • City Year Partnership: Admitted and eligible City Year alumni with at least one year of service, and City Year staff members employed for at least two years receive a 40% guaranteed tuition scholarship.

Please note: The Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, City Year, Commonwealth Corps scholarships described above represent the minimum awards; applicants will be considered for additional merit-based scholarships on the academic strength of the application.

Tuition Discount Partnerships

  • City of Worcester: Qualified employees are eligible for a 30 percent tuition discount 
  • College of the Holy Cross: Current employees are eligible for a 30 percent tuition discount
  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts: Statewide municipal employees are eligible for a 30 percent tuition discount
  • Massachusetts Municipal Association: Current members are eligible for a 30 percent tuition discount
  • Unum Employees: All Unum employees are eligible for a 30 percent match of their tuition benefit
  • Human Service Certificate Program Graduates: Applicants are eligible for 30 percent tuition discount.

Graduate Assistantships (full-time students only)

Each academic year the School of Professional Studies hires one graduate assistant from the newly enrolled class to work with faculty and staff on special projects. This position provides a 100 percent tuition fellowship, plus a $7,500 stipend to help fund the assistant’s education. Applications must be received by April 1 and applicants must show proficiency in oral and written communications. Interested applicants should email John Chetro-Szivos, associate dean of professional studies, at jchetroszivos@clarku.edu.

M.S. in Professional Communication

Worcester State University

Students of WSU are eligible for a 50 percent tuition discount for the first four courses, and a 30 percent discount for the remaining courses.