9 Fellowships to Fund Your Master’s in Education

Jun 04, 2024
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The Merrimack College K-12 Teacher Education Fellowship covers 100% of the tuition for a Master’s in Education in Teaching.

Are you an aspiring graduate student passionate about education policy? A veteran classroom teacher looking to refresh your teaching skills in a new placement setting? A Master’s in Education can bolster paths in administration, non-profits, and global policy and research organizations. Whether you’re already enrolled in a graduate program or are seeking new opportunities to advance professionally, here are 9 fellowships to help support your graduate studies in Education.

This article includes fellowships specifically for secondary school history teachers, fellowships for teaching certification to multidisciplinary programs, and transitioning to public service leadership; these programs are a great place to get started.

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1. Federal TEACH Grant Program

The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant awards up to $4,000 annually to students pursuing or planning to pursue a teaching career. This grant will equip individuals to become highly qualified teachers in high-need fields. To be eligible, applicants must be enrolled in a school that participates in the TEACH program, complete a FAFSA application, and teach for four years at a low-income school or educational service agency.

2. Fulbright U.S. Student Program for Study/Research

A U.S. Student Fulbright Grant allows individuals to embark on personally designed study and research projects lasting 9-12 months in a non-US country. Applicants have the autonomy to craft their projects and often work with advisors at foreign universities or higher education institutions. Fulbright study and research grants are available in around 140 countries, catering to recent BA/BS graduates, graduate and doctoral students, and young professionals in the arts, music, writing, journalism, law, business, and more. Undergraduate and graduate students should apply through their educational institutions; professionals and former students can apply through their alma mater or apply directly (At Large). Often, funding through Fulbright can be used to pursue a Master’s in Education abroad.

Be sure to check out our application tips and resources if you’re considering applying for a Fulbright Grant!

3. James Madison Graduate Fellowships

The James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation awards $24,000 Fellowships to individuals aspiring to excel as secondary school educators of the American Constitution. Applicants compete only against other applicants within their state of legal residence, with one planned fellowship per state per year, based on funding availability. The Foundation also offers Junior Fellowships for exceptional college seniors and graduates. Senior Fellowships are granted to outstanding educators currently teaching who are mandated to pursue graduate studies in either a Master’s in Education (MEd) or a Master of Arts or Master of Science in Education, specializing in American history, American government, political institutions, and political theory.

Interested in the James Madison Graduate Fellowship? Read a ProFellow interview with successful applicant Kimberli Wregglesworth here.

4. K-12 Teacher Education Fellowship Program

The Merrimack College K-12 Teacher Education Fellowship offers a non-credit course and a 9-month full-time placement. The off-campus fellowship and placement aims to provide intensive clinical experience and training aligned with the student’s learning area. Students earn a Master’s in Education in Teacher Education (M.Ed.), with the fellowship covering 100% of the student’s graduate tuition. Fellows participate in residencies with community partners across central and northeast Massachusetts.

Learn more about the Merrimack College K-12 Education Fellowship by reading our interview with fellows Alex Surro and Ketene Arante.

5. NYS Masters-in-Education Teacher Incentive Scholarship Program

The Master’s in Education Teacher Incentive Scholarship Program offers NYS residents a full-tuition scholarship for a master’s degree at a State University of New York (SUNY) or City University of New York (CUNY) institution. To qualify, you must be matriculated in an approved master’s degree program in education at a SUNY or CUNY college, which leads to certification as a public elementary or secondary school teacher. As a recipient, you’ll receive an annual award equivalent to the full-time tuition for NYS resident graduate students at SUNY or CUNY. This award amounts to $4,239 per semester or tuition, depending on which is less.

6. Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans

The Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships honor the rich immigrant heritage of the United States by offering up to $90,000 to 30 exceptional New Americans over two years. These fellowships enable recipients to pursue full-time graduate degree programs in any field at American institutions. Eligibility is open to individuals aged 30 or younger who are either born in the U.S. to two immigrant parents or born outside the U.S. as non-citizens, provided they hold DACA status, have become naturalized citizens, or possess a green card as of November 1 in the application year. The program will also open eligibility to encompass all immigrants who completed their high school and college education in the U.S.

7. Saul Zaentz Fellowship Program

The Saul Zaentz Fellowship Program is for students passionate about early childhood education who enroll full-time in Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Master’s in Education (Ed.M.) Program. Ideal applicants are those with a background and interest in early education policy, practice, and research. Ed.M. Program Zaentz Fellows receive an award covering half of HGSE’s tuition. The fellowship will provide co-curricular activities, networking, and mentoring while the cohort is on campus. After graduation, Zaentz Fellows remain part of a community dedicated to enhancing early learning environments.

8. Tillman Scholars Program

The Tillman Scholars Program empowers extraordinary military veterans and spouses to be the next generation of private and public sector leaders dedicated to service beyond themselves. This prestigious fellowship offers academic scholarships, a nationwide support network, and professional development avenues, equipping Tillman Scholars to effect change in medicine, law, business, policy, technology, education, and the arts. Active duty service members, veterans, and military spouses are eligible to apply for the fellowship, which covers academic costs, including tuition, fees, books, and living expenses.

9. Zuckerman Fellowship

The Zuckerman Fellows Program empowers individuals in medicine, law, and business who aspire to leadership for the common good by helping them pursue public service degrees at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Public Health, and Harvard Kennedy School. Fellows chosen for the Zuckerman Fellowship receive a comprehensive package of full tuition coverage, health insurance fees, and a $17,000 stipend for one year. Beyond the formal coursework, this program includes a yearlong co-curricular experience, small-group discussions, professional skill-building workshops, and a field trip. Application deadlines vary depending on the school.

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