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Tuition, Fellowships, Grants, and Loans

More than 80 percent of IDCE students do receive some form of merit based partial financial aid toward tuition. There are three main ways to pay for your graduate education: IDCE Fellowships, external fellowships and grants, and loans.

Be sure to look at the Helpful Hints on this page to learn more about funding your graduate education.

IDCE Fellowships

IDCE offers full and several partial merit-based tuition fellowships. IDCE Fellowship recipients have demonstrated leadership in their work experience and have excellent academic qualifications.

Merit-based IDCE Fellowships are awarded students irrespective of nationality.

IDCE Fellows

IDCE Fellows are an important circle of scholars within the IDCE community. Fellows are outstanding in their search for thoughtful, realistic, and innovative approaches to international development, advancing social change, building community, and promoting environmental sustainability.

IDCE fellows play a critical role in bridging all four IDCE graduate programs. As part of their responsibilities, IDCE Fellows agree to:

  • mentor IDCE undergraduate and graduate students at Clark with advice on research, internships, and other academic pursuits,
  • coordinate a series of speakers or film presentations to address issues pertinent to IDCE students,
  • and facilitate IDCE-wide community engagement in other creative ways.

Read more about the IDCE Fellows.

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, including the dual degree programs with GSOM. All Coverdell Fellows receive a 50% tuition remission 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 IDCE 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.

Read more about the Peace Corps Fellows Program.

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AMERICORPS/TEACH FOR AMERICA/WORLD TEACH ALUMNI FELLOWSHIPS

AmeriCorps Alumni Fellowships: IDCE provides partial tuition fellowships worth at least 40 percent tuition remission (more than $20,000 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 IDCE 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. Download the brochure.

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 IDCE 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 IDCE 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 IDCE 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. Download the brochure.

CDP FELLOWSHIPS

CDP Practice Fellowship:  IDCE annually awards one 100 percent 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 $20,000 at current tuition rates).

CDP Diversity Fellowship: IDCE annually awards one 100 percent 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 percent tuition remission (more than $20,000 at current tuition rates).

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COMPTON FELLOWSHIPS

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.

Other IDCE Merit-based IDCE Fellowships

These generally range between 35 percent to 100 percent of tuition and are awarded to outstanding applicants.

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.

Harry and Elizabeth Schwarz Award: The Harry and Elizabeth Schwarz Award is awarded alternately to a second-year IDSC international student who has demonstrated promise in implementing sustainable solutions to problems of development and to a U.S. national in the ES&P Program who has demonstrated potential for improving domestic environment.

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.

IDCE fellowship awards cannot be combined, unless otherwise indicated on your admission letter.

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External Fellowships and Grants

Fellowships and Scholarships for related course of study for U.S. citizens and permanent residents

Scholarships and Resources for GIS 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.

Visit https://worldwildlife.org/projects/train-fellowships for fellowship guidelines and eligibility.

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.

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).

Scholarship Information for U.S. Students

Fellowships and Scholarships for related course of study for international students

Scholarship Information for International Students

Apply early!

Particularly for international students, there are more funding opportunities if you apply when you are working or living in your home country.

Fellowships/Scholarships Online Databases

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Loans

The Office of Financial Assistance's goal is to make a Clark education affordable. The cost of higher education is an issue for everyone considering college. While the quality of a Clark education is truly outstanding, the cost can seem overwhelming initially. The Office of Financial Assistance works closely with families to explore a range of financial options to help make the Clark experience a reality for every talented student who believes Clark is the right fit for them.

You may wish to read the following warnings about scam loans: www.finaid.org/scholarships/scams.phtml.

Helpful Hints for Funding

If you're even considering graduate school, start looking for funding now! The most important advice IDCE can provide is that students, especially international students, should be searching and applying for funding at the same time they are researching and applying to graduate programs. Often by the time acceptance letters are sent (by Clark or any other academic institution), application deadlines for grant and other funding programs have passed. Apply to as many sources of funding for which you are qualified.

More than 80 percent of IDCE students do receive some form of merit-based partial financial aid toward tuition. Tuition fellowships do not cover living expenses, which amounts approximately $1,000 a month. Students receiving tuition fellowships need to identify additional sources of funds to cover their living expenses.

International applicants are encouraged to inquire about financial support from NGOs and government funding agencies.

Students at IDCE fund their education using a combination of sources including grants, fellowships and loans. IDCE provides merit-based support through tuition fellowships and Research and Teaching Assistantships. Students have also received external grants through agencies including Fulbright, Association of American University Women, E7 and the Ford Foundation. A complementary source has been subsidized education loans.

Graduate Tuition and Fees

Information about tuition and fees can be found in our Frequently Asked Questions.

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