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.

Merit-Based Scholarships and Fellowships

Clark University offers merit-based scholarships to qualified U.S. and international students with excellent academic qualifications and who have demonstrated leadership in their work experience. These scholarships can vary by department and programs. Merit-based scholarships are assessed during the application review process and no additional application is required.

Scholarships include:

  • International Development, Community, and Environment department offers scholarships that range from 40 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. IDCE also offers program specific merit-based Fellowships:
    • Henry J. and Erna D. Leir Fellowships are 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.
  • Graduate School of Management offers scholarships that range from 10 to 50 percent and are offered to both full- and part-time applicants. Criteria used in scholarship consideration include academic background, GMAT or GRE test scores, professional experience, and potential for success in the field.
  • School of Professional Studies offers scholarships that range from 10 to 30 percent. Criteria used in scholarship consideration include academic background, professional experience, and potential for success in the field.

Partnership Scholarships

Clark University offers a number of scholarships for applicants from external programs, as well as corporate and industry partnerships. Below is a sampling of our active partnerships. Please inquire with our Graduate Admissions Office for more information.  

  • Paul D. Coverdell Peace Corps Fellows Program: Clark University provides returning Peace Corps volunteers (RPCVs) with scholarships covering 50 percent of tuition for all master’s programs. Fellows also are considered for paid assistantships. In addition, each year IDCE awards at least one full tuition fellowship of extraordinary merit through this program. When applying, check the appropriate box to be considered for a fellowship; there is no separate application.
  • AmeriCorps Alumni Fellowship: All AmeriCorps alumni admitted to a master’s program are offered fellowships covering at least 50 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, check the appropriate box to be considered for a fellowship; there is no separate application.
  • City Year Scholarship: All City Year alumni admitted to a master’s program are offered fellowships covering at least 50 percent of tuition. In addition, each year IDCE awards at least one 75 percent fellowship to a City Year alum of extraordinary merit. When applying, check the appropriate box to be considered for a fellowship; there is no separate application.
  • Corporate and Industry Partners: Clark works a number of corporate and industry partners, both local and nationwide. Applicants from one of these partners are eligible for an automatic 15 to 50 percent scholarship. Our partners also typically offer additional tuition benefit through Human Resources, the combined benefit to the employee is even greater. For detailed information and a list of our partnerships please contact the Graduate Admissions Office.

Teaching, Research, and Graduate Assistantships

IDCE, GSOM, and SPS all offer a limited number of salaried teaching, research, and/or graduate assistantships (TAs, RAs, and GAs) 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 appropriate office with a résumé and cover letter detailing your relevant experience.

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

Ph.D. Program Scholarships

Financial assistance for Ph.D. students at Clark include tuition scholarships, a 12-month stipend teaching assistantships and, in some cases, research assistantships. For more information, please contact the Graduate Admissions Office.

  • Your admission application serves as your application for financial assistance from Clark
  • Tuition scholarships typically range from 75 to 100 percent
  • Teaching assistantships are highly competitive, and the department will consider your prior academic performance
  • Each individual department may also provide financial support for travel to conferences at which you make presentations
  • You are encouraged to seek additional funds to support your research and travel expenses
  • Your eligibility for Clark’s financial assistance normally lasts five years if you are in good academic standing
  • You may request support beyond the fifth year, but the department will consider your request only under exceptional circumstances

Some programs offer additional financial assistance:

  • Ph.D. in Geography
    • The Mary E. and Irene L. Piper Fellowship for students in urban geography; it carries the same award as noted above and involves research activity in conjunction with a faculty member in urban geography.
    • Funding from a graduate student endowment for advanced graduate students to partially support the costs of startup research.
    • The three-year Economic Geography Fellowship ‒ geared toward students who are interested in pursuing careers as economic geographers and who intend to write dissertations that engage with current debates in economic geography (preference is given to candidates who focus on one or more aspects of global economic change) ‒ offers:
    • Guaranteed tuition remission and a university stipend for a research assistantship during the first year;
    • A research or teaching assistantship stipend for the second and third years;
    • Possible extension for a fourth year.
    • In addition, students have successfully sought external grants, fellowships and awards from a wide variety of institutions, including the National Science Foundation, NASA, the Social Sciences Research Council, the Fulbright Foundation and more.

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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 (MAT)

Adam Scholarships and Noyce Scholarships are available on a competitive basis for applicants to the MAT 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 MAT 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 MAT 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.
  • Post graduation, 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).