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:

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.

Entering Students

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.

Continuing Students

To be considered for an SED Merit Scholarship as a continuing student, you must intend to be enrolled as a full-time student. Please submit a scholarship application by December 1st, 2014 for Spring 2015 semester*, and April 15th, 2015 for 2015-2016 academic year.  A complete scholarship application contains the following:

  • Scholarship Application Cover Sheet,
  • Letter of Recommendation from any Boston University professor,
  • Personal statement explaining why you are deserving of a merit scholarship (1-2 pages).

*All are welcome to apply to the Continuing Student Merit Scholarship.  However, preference for the Spring Continuing Student Merit Scholarship will be given to those who were not awarded an SED Merit Scholarship for the 2014-15 academic year.  If you received a Merit Scholarship for the 2014-15 academic year, you do not need to apply, the Spring portion of your scholarship has already been allocated to your account.

Continuing students will be notified in mid-January for the Spring semester and in June for the upcoming academic year.

    Diversity Funding

    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 as a Fall incoming student, please submit with your graduate application a two-page statement outlining the aspect(s) of your background, which may include but are not limited to religious background, ethnic or cultural background, life experiences, sexual orientation, first-generation college student status, socioeconomic status, etc., and how this background has shaped your goals and your perspective on education.

    Award: Award amounts will vary.

    The Ansin Intercultural Research Fund

    Supported by a gift from Mr. and Mrs. Harold Ansin, the Ansin award provides annual awards, as close to full tuition as funds permit, to one or more SED undergraduate or graduate students who are committed to increasing cross-cultural understanding among cultural, ethnic, and/or religious groups in pre-k–grade 12 and adult education settings in the United States or internationally.

    Eligibility: Preference for graduate recipients shall be for part or 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, include an essay with your admissions application explaining your commitment to increasing intercultural understanding among cultural, ethnic, and/or religious groups in pre-k-grade 12 or adult education settings in the United States or internationally.

    To be considered for this award as a continuing student, please submit the essay to the Graduate Financial Assistance Office or email it to sedaid@bu.edu by March 1, 2015.

    Award: Award amounts will vary.

    The Kelly Elizabeth Stephens Memorial Scholarship

    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, part or all of the income from the permanently endowed fund is awarded to a deserving Indonesian graduate student on the basis not only of a commitment to teaching — especially in the field of English or international education development — but also of financial need.

    Eligibility: All current and incoming SED graduate students from Indonesia are eligible to apply.

    Application: To be considered for this award, please submit an essay with your graduate application explaining why you would like to study at Boston University School of Education, how the Stephens Scholarship would help you to achieve your goals, and your plans for achievement in the decade following graduation.

    Award: This award is given out once a year, during the spring/summer, for the following academic year. Award amounts will vary.

    Lovida Hardin Coleman, Jr. Scholarship

    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 current and 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 as a Fall incoming student, please submit an essay with your graduate application explaining your commitment to social justice and intention to serve as an innovative educator in Title 1 schools.

    To be considered for this award as a continuing student, please submit the essay to the Graduate Financial Assistance Office or email it to sedaid@bu.edu by March 1, 2015.

    Award: Two scholarships of $5,000 will be awarded for the 2014-15 academic year.

    Susan H. Lek Scholarship

    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 during are eligible to apply.

    Application: To be considered for this award as a Fall incoming student, please submit a 2-3 page essay with your graduate application explaining your commitment to the field of education

    To be considered for this award as a continuing student, please submit the essay to the Graduate Financial Assistance Office or email it to sedaid@bu.edu by March 1, 2015.

    Award: Award amounts will vary.

    Lisa P. Loeb Travel Fellowship

    The Lisa P. Loeb Travel Fellowship was established at SED in 1989 by the Lisa Loeb Foundation.  It is awarded to two students who best exemplify Miss Loeb’s spirt and commitment to teaching.  The Fellowship will enable the recipients to spend six weeks in a country jointly selected by the student and SED faculty members.

    Eligibility: All SED undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to apply.  Preference shall go to students with proficiency in Spanish, French, or Italian

    Application: To be considered for this award as a Fall incoming student, please complete the Lisa P. Loeb Travel Fellowship Application.  All materials must be submitted by Friday, January 23, 2015.

    Drexler Family Scholarship

    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 help 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 as a Fall incoming student, please submit an essay with your graduate application explaining your commitment to creating a more equitable environment for disadvantaged students in rural or urban Title 1 schools.

    Award: Annual award of $2,000.

    Weissman Family Scholarship

    The Weissman Family Scholarship was established in 2011 by Robert J. Weissman (SMG ’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 Mathematics Education are eligible to apply.

    Application: To be considered for this award as a Fall incoming student, please submit an essay with your graduate application explaining your commitment to teaching in the field of mathematics.

    Award: Annual award of $2,500.

    Madelyn Ulmer Scholarship

    The Madelyn Ulmer Scholarship was established in 1955 by the Estate of Madelyn L. Ulmer (SED ’53).  The award was created to give scholarship 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 and will be enrolled starting in the Fall semester are eligible to apply.

    Application: To be considered for this award as a Fall incoming student, please submit an essay with your graduate application explaining why you are worthy of this scholarship.

    Award: Annual award of $4,000.

    Robert Noyce Scholarship Programs for Mathematics Education

    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 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 and 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.

    Robert Noyce Scholarship Programs for Science Education

    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 upload the essay along with your 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 suitability for the scholarship.

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

    SED Doctoral Fellowships

    The School offers a limited number of multi-year doctoral fellowships to incoming 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. Fellows must be enrolled as full-time students for a minimum of two years and actively engaged on campus in year three. 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. Successful applicants will have demonstrated a high level of intellectual competence, they will have a clear vision of how they will engage in a career that uses research to refine practice

    To Apply for the Glenn Fellowship:

    Please submit a brief essay* in response to the following prompt: Discuss your intended topics of research and study as a Glenn Fellow and your qualifications for the fellowship. Please elaborate on your experience with research and on how you intend to apply the research training you acquire during the fellowship in your future career.

    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. Successful applicants for this service-oriented award will have demonstrated a high level of intellectual competence and they will have a clear vision of how they will engage in a career that seeks to refine educational practice.

    To Apply for the Dean’s Fellowship:

    Please submit a brief essay* in response to the following prompt: Discuss your experience working in a service area of education, such as educational administration, community education (domestic or international), or social change using educational principles. Please also elaborate on your intended topics of study as a Dean’s Fellow and how your doctoral study will prepare you for your future career.

    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. Successful applicants will have demonstrated a high level of intellectual competence and they will have a clear vision of how they will engage in a career that seeks to improve the quality of instructional practice in a particular educational setting.

    To Apply for the Education Fellowship:

    Please submit a brief essay* in response to the following prompt: Discuss your background in teaching and curriculum development. Please elaborate on your intended topics of study as a Departmental Fellow and how this fellowship will prepare you for your future career.

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

    Boston University Scholarships and Fellowships:

    Martin Luther King, Jr. Fellowship

    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 U.S. 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 submit an essay with your graduate application describing your accomplishments in and commitment to social justice and community involvement. 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.

    Whitney M. Young, Jr. Fellowship Award

    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 20. Therefore, if you are interested in this award, 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 Laura Wipf. Completed applications should be be emailed as a single pdf to Laura Wipf.

    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.

    Women Graduates' Club Scholarship

    Boston University has always been a leader in women’s higher education. In 1869, when the University received its charter, it became the first U.S. University to be open without reservation to women. The Women Graduates’ Club, established in 1912, is the oldest alumni organization at Boston University. The Club’s objectives have been “to promote the interests of Boston University, to strengthen women’s educational opportunities, to further all causes that make for women’s welfare and progress,” and to award scholarships to deserving women students. The Women Graduates’ Club scholarship in the names of Lucy Jenkins Franklin, Ruth Baker, and Elsbeth Melville has been awarded to graduate and undergraduate women for 90 years.

    Eligibility: To be eligible for this award you must be a woman enrolled full-time (undergraduate or graduate) for the 2014-15 academic year and be a U.S. citizen.

    Application: To be considered for this award, students must submit the Women Graduates’ Club Scholarship application. Applications are due by midnight on  March 5, 2015. Award recipients will be chosen by April 30, 2015. If you have any questions, please contact Molly Leiper at (617) 353-5754 or mleiper@bu.edu.

    Boston University Women's Council Scholarship

    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.

    Application: To be considered for this award, students must submit the Boston University Women’s Council Scholarship application (will be available shortly). Applications should be sent to Boston University Women’s Council, Fisk House, 146 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215.

    Deadline: TBD

    Pardee Center Graduate Summer Fellows Program

    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 $4,000 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 TBD.

    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:

    External Scholarships and Funding:

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    All completed materials should be submitted with your Application of Admissions or for Continuing Students submitted directly to the SED Office of Graduate Financial Assistance in Room 115, 2 Silber Way, Boston MA 02215. Forms may also be scanned and emailed to sedaid@bu.edu or faxed to 617-353-8937. Please note that digital signatures are not acceptable signatures.

    To set up an appointment to meet with the Manager of Graduate Financial Assistance, please email sedaid@bu.edu or call 617-353-4238.

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