Scholarships & Fellowships

There are various scholarships and fellowships available to Boston University School of Education students. Some of these awards are available only to students of the School of Education and others are available to the larger Boston University community. For more information, including the eligibility, application process, and award specifics, please click on the award of interest.

School of Education Scholarships and Fellowships

Master’s & CAGS Scholarships

SED Merit Scholarships

SED Merit Scholarships are awarded to both entering and continuing full-time students in master’s and CAGS programs. SED Merit Scholarships are awarded based on academic and professional achievement and potential. Merit scholarship application is competitive and the award amount varies.

All full-time applicants for admission to master’s and CAGS programs at the School of Education may be considered for a Merit Scholarship. There is no additional essay or form required for entering students.

This award is determined by nomination of the faculty at the time of admission.

To be considered for an SED Merit Scholarship as a continuing student, you must intend to be enrolled as a full-time student and only taking courses required for your degree.

Please submit a scholarship application by December 5, 2016, for the Spring 2017 term. A complete scholarship application contains the following:

We will pull a copy of your your transcript to review your grades over the entire academic year.

You will be notified of the decision in early January

    Named and Endowed Scholarships

    The School of Education offers a number of individual scholarships for master’s and CAGS students in specific areas or from specific backgrounds. These scholarships recognize the academic merit of our incoming students and honor the mission of the School of Education.

    These awards are determined by a Scholarship Committee and awardees will be notified from mid-March through early April.

    For the following scholarships, please submit the Supplemental Scholarship Application along with your application for admission.

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    A portion of the School of Education’s master’s and CAGS merit scholarship funding is set aside for applicants whose backgrounds would add diversity to the School of Education community.

    Eligibility: All full-time applicants for admission to master’s and CAGS programs at the School of Education are eligible to apply.

    Application: To be considered for this award, please complete the supplemental scholarship application and submit it with your admissions application.

    Supported by a gift from Mr. and Mrs. Harold Ansin, the Ansin award provides annual awards to students who are committed to increasing cross-cultural understanding among cultural, ethnic, and/or religious groups in PreK–grade 12 and adult education settings in the United States or internationally.

    Eligibility: Preference for graduate recipients shall be for full-time master’s degree candidates working in early childhood, elementary, secondary, or adult education settings. Their contributions to improving intercultural understanding should be reflected in their current or recent teaching situations or future plans, academic coursework, research, curriculum or standards projects, community service, or internships.

    Application: To be considered for this award, please complete the supplemental scholarship application and submit it with your admissions application.

    The Lovida Hardin Coleman, Jr. Scholarship was established in 2008 by William T. Coleman, Jr., in honor of his wife Lovida, a 1944 graduate of the School of Education at Boston University. Lovida H. Coleman, Jr., selected her alma mater for this fund and thoughtfully designed the award for future generations of educators who share her belief that education is the core of a democratic and just society, and that a well-trained teacher is the core of quality education.

    Eligibility: All incoming SED graduate students are eligible to apply. Applicants should have a commitment to social justice and an intent to serve as innovative educators in Title 1 schools.

    Application: To be considered for this award, please complete the supplemental scholarship application and submit it with your admissions application.

    The Drexler Family Scholarship Fund was established in 2012 by Millard Drexler (GSM ’08) and Peggy Drexler (DGE ’66, COM ’68). The Drexler Family selected the School of Education for this fund because of their commitment to helping to increase the quality of education in underserved urban and rural public schools in order to create a more equitable environment for disadvantaged students.

    Eligibility: All incoming SED graduate students who will begin their studies in the fall are eligible to apply. Applicants should be preparing to teach in Title 1 schools.

    Application: To be considered for this award, please complete the supplemental scholarship application and submit it with your admissions application.

    The Weissman Family Scholarship was established in 2011 by Robert J. Weissman (Questrom ’58). Mr. Weissman created the fund to assist those pursing a degree in teaching mathematics to elementary, middle, or high school students.

    Eligibility: All SED graduate students who will be seeking a degree in science, technology, engineering or mathematics and who intend to teach in the United States are eligible to apply.

    Application: To be considered for this award, please complete the supplemental scholarship application and submit it with your admissions application.

    The Kathleen A. Hollowell Scholarship was established in 2011 by Kathleen (GRS ’71, SED ’77) and David (ENG ’69 ’72, GSM ’74) Hollowell in response to the National Annual Giving Campaign.

    Eligibility: All SED graduate students who will be seeking a degree in Mathematics Education are eligible to apply.

    Application: To be considered for this award, please complete the supplemental scholarship application and submit it with your admissions application.

     

    There is no additional application for the following scholarships. The scholarship decisions will be made by the Scholarship Selection Committee around the time of admission.

    The Kelly Elizabeth Stephens Memorial Scholarship was established in 1995 by Dorothy and Robert Stephens, Kelly’s parents, to celebrate Kelly’s accomplishments and to encourage similar achievements in other School of Education students. Kelly was a teacher of English in Indonesia who was fatally injured in a volcanic eruption. Each year, a deserving Indonesian graduate student is awarded this scholarship on the basis of his or her commitment to teaching—especially in the field of English or international education development.

    Eligibility: All current and incoming SED graduate students from Indonesia will be considered for the scholarship at the time of admission.

    The Susan H. Lek Scholarship was established in 2001 by Susan H. Lek (SED ’71) to be awarded to graduate students enrolled in Special Education at her alma mater.

    Eligibility: All SED graduate students who will be seeking a degree in Special Education are eligible for this award and will be considered for the scholarship at the time of admission.

    The Madelyn Ulmer Scholarship was established in 1955 by the Estate of Madelyn L. Ulmer (SED ’53). The award was created to give scholarships to worthy Maine students preparing for work in the field of education.

    Eligibility: All incoming SED graduate students who have residency in the state of Maine are are eligible for this award. Award recipient decisions will be made by the Scholarship Selection Committee.

    Boston University School of Education (SED) has partnered with City Year, an organization dedicated to fighting the national student dropout crisis. Our City Year University Partnership will award scholarships to up to three qualified City Year graduate students annually. The scholarship will be of 66.6% of the tuition rate.

    To be eligible for this scholarship, please indicate your affiliation to City Year on your admissions application

    For more information about the BU SED & City Year partnership, please visit the partnership page.

    Boston University School of Education provides 100% dollar-for-dollar matching awards for up to 15 full-time graduate students each year. Applicants should identify themselves as AmeriCorps alumni on the application for admission. For the best chance of receiving the matching award, applicants should apply by the school’s recommended deadlines.


    For the following scholarships, please upload the appropriate essay in the documents section of your application.

    Boston University, in collaboration with the National Science Foundation, is pleased to announce a new scholarship programs for talented engineering and mathematics majors and professionals who are interested in teaching mathematics to middle and high school students. This scholarship, Bringing Engineers into STEM Teaching, or the BEST Program, is for individuals who do not hold an initial teaching license but would like to enter the profession. The Noyce scholarships are for those interested in urban or rural education who want to work with a diverse group of young people.

    The BEST Noyce scholarships provide 100% tuition support to a graduate degree program at Boston University. BEST scholars also receive specialized mentoring programs, funding to join professional organizations, and supplies for their classrooms. They become members of a vibrant ongoing STEM community consisting of teachers, mathematics educators, engineers, mathematicians, and graduate students that meets regularly to do mathematics and discuss the teaching of mathematics. All Noyce scholars commit to teaching for at least two years in a high need district.

    For more information about the Mathematics Education Noyce scholarship programs including how to apply, please visit the Noyce website.

    The Boston University Noyce Urban Science Scholarship program offers qualified science professionals and college graduates with a science major (or equivalent) full tuition support for a one-year graduate program to earn a teaching license in science. The Master of Arts in Teaching degree with recommendation for teaching licensure in science is a one-year program beginning in June and ending the following May. Eligibility for the Noyce scholarship requires a commitment to teach for two years in a high-need district following graduation.

    This program is funded by the National Science Foundation’s Robert Noyce Scholarship program. To apply for this scholarship support:

    1. Send an email to Professor Peter Garik at garik@bu.edu in order to state your interest.
    2. Submit a supplemental essay outlining your motivation and commitment to teach in a high-need district. This essay is required in addition to all other admissions materials. Please answer the question regarding the Noyce Scholarship under the Personal Information Section of the application.

    If possible, we suggest that one or both of your recommendation providers comment on your motivation to teach science in a high-need district. We understand that not all applicants will be able to provide such recommendations–all applicants for the Noyce Scholarship will be seriously considered even if the recommenders are unable to comment on this aspect of suitability for the scholarship.

    Additional information regarding the Noyce Urban Science Scholarship can be found on the Noyce website.

    Doctoral Funding

    The School offers a limited number of multi-year doctoral fellowships to incoming doctoral students each year. The fellowship package consists of three components: a tuition scholarship award, individual Boston University medical insurance coverage, and stipends for research, teaching, and/or service activities. The fellowships available are divided into three types. Please review the description and application procedure for each type of fellowship below. Applicants may only apply to one of the following three fellowships; however, the Scholarship Committee reserves the right to recommend an applicant for a different type of fellowship if it better suits the applicant’s qualifications. The Doctoral Fellowship application process is competitive.

    Glenn Fellowship: The Glenn Fellowship will be awarded to candidates who have demonstrated the capability to engage in a career in academics which can include, but is not limited to, teaching, managing research projects, and relevant service to the school, university, community, and profession.

    Dean’s Fellowship: The Dean’s Fellowship will be awarded to doctoral students who are preparing to work in a service area of education, such as PK-12 educational administration, community education (domestic or international), or social change using educational principles.

    Education Fellowship: The Education Fellowship will be awarded to students who plan to become instructional leaders within PK-12 settings or to go on to teaching careers in higher education settings that are primarily focused on the preparation of professional educators.

    *Fellowship essays should be uploaded along with other application materials as part of the online application for admission.

    Boston University Scholarships and Fellowships

    Boston University annually awards a limited number of Martin Luther King, Jr. Fellowships to incoming graduate students who are committed to the social justice principles espoused by Dr. King.

    Eligibility: This fellowship is available to students who are US citizens, new to Boston University, and beginning full-time graduate studies in any department or school of the University.

    Application: To be considered for this award, please explain your accomplishments in and commitment to social justice, and your community involvement in the Personal Information section of the application.

    In order to be eligible for nomination, you must be admitted to a degree/certificate program at SED by February 20. Therefore, if you are interested in this award, you are encouraged to submit a complete admissions application by January 1. Only summer/fall incoming students are eligible to apply for this fellowship. Students are nominated by the School of Education for consideration by the University for this award.

    Award: The MLK Jr. Fellowship provides a stipend for living expenses, a scholarship for full-time tuition plus the Student Services and Health & Wellness fees, and Boston University Basic Medical Insurance Plan.

    Boston University annually awards a Whitney M. Young, Jr. Fellowship in recognition of the outstanding contributions made by Whitney M. Young, Jr., particularly in the fields of social work, urban studies, and Afro-American Studies.

    Eligibility: This one-year fellowship is open to entering and continuing graduate students who are U.S. citizens and who have displayed academic proficiency in a field related to race relations or urban studies. In order to be considered for this award, you must be enrolled in or admitted to a degree/certificate program at SED by February 19. Therefore, if you are interested in this award and are incoming student, you are encouraged to submit a complete admissions application by January 1.

    Application: To be considered for this award, students must submit the Whitney M. Young, Jr. Fellowship Application along with three letters of recommendation. Continuing SED students should submit a current transcript from Boston University along with their application. Graduate students entering SED need to request certified copies of their transcripts and GRE reports be sent by SED Graduate Admissions Office to the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Completed applications should be be emailed as a single pdf to Casey Dziuba.

    Award: The Whitney M. Young, Jr. Fellowship provides a stipend for living expenses, a scholarship for full-time tuition plus the Student Services and Health & Wellness fees, and Boston University Basic Medical Insurance Plan.

    In 1939, as a memorial for Harriet Truxell Marsh, the Boston University Women’s Council established its first scholarship endowment fund to support Boston University women graduate students. Together with Fisk House, these scholarships remain the Women’s Council’s highest priority. The scholarships give students more time to devote to their studies while they are here, and more time to dedicate to achieving their goals once they leave. For more information please visit the Boston University Women’s Council website or contact the scholarship committee at (617) 358-5678.

    Eligibility: Any full-time woman student who has completed one year of graduate studies at Boston University and who anticipates completing her master’s degree within two years or her doctorate within five years is eligible to apply. Scholarships are awarded for both academic promise and financial need.

    The Boston University Women’s Guild scholarships were established more than 25 years ago to provide both aid and encouragement to women aged 30 and over who are enrolled in University graduate programs. Guild scholarships, unlike many others, do not require U.S. citizenship or (recognizing that women often have other responsibilities) full-time enrollment. Awards consist of the endowed Katherine Connor McLaughlin Memorial Scholarship and others funded by donations from Guild members.Winners have ranged in age from 30 to 58 and have come from all BU schools offering graduate programs and from many countries around the globe. Extraordinary expenses that awards have helped pay include child care, support of parents and parents-in-law, and treatment of serious chronic conditions, as well as tuition, production costs for thesis films, and travel and other research needs.

    The application period for the 2016 BUWG Scholarships was January 15, 2016 to February 15, 2016. (Recommendations were accepted through 5:00PM on February 16, 2016.) Graduate women over the age of 30 were invited to apply.

    The Pardee Graduate Summer Fellows Program offers graduate students from across BU an opportunity for intensive interdisciplinary research and writing on topics aligned with the broad research interests of BU’s Frederick S. Pardee Center for the study of the Longer-Range Future. This is a 10-week fellowship that includes a stipend of $6,000 and workspace in the Pardee House to conduct independent research and produce a substantive research paper that may be considered for publication by the Pardee Center.

    Eligibility: This fellowship is open to all Boston University graduate students from all departments and schools. The deadline for applications is March 14, 2016.

    Application: To be considered for the fellowship, applicants must submit all materials s by email (as Word or PDF attachments) to gsfellow@bu.edu with the subject line SUMMER FELLOWSHIP and your last name. For more information about the application requirements refer to the Pardee Center Graduate Summer Fellows website.

    Deadline: TBD

    External Scholarships and Funding

    The following databases may be helpful to you in locating resources outside of Boston University that match your interests and background. Please note that these sites are not affiliated with SED or Boston University and therefore SED cannot verify the accuracy of their content.

    To set up an appointment with a representative from Graduate Financial Assistance, please email sedaid@bu.edu or call 617-353-4237.