Funding Your Studies
As Boston’s only public university, UMass Boston is committed to making our degree programs widely accessible. The School for Global Inclusion and Social Development offers a variety of funding options, listed below. External funding is also available.
All funding options are competitive, and availability varies from semester to semester.
International students may find the Office of Global Programs a good resource for possible scholarships and external funding.
Another useful resource is the Office of Financial Aid, particularly concerning questions about student loans, payment plans, and filing a FAFSA.
We’re happy to discuss options for funding your education. Email us to learn more.
Global Inclusion and Social Development, MA
United Way Fellowship
This scholarship provides $3,000 of funding to a student in their first year of study. This provides an opportunity for hands-on experience working at a respected NGO and community organization. Two fellowships are awarded each year.
Honors College Teaching Assistantship
GISD students have the opportunity to participate in a fall teaching seminar each year, and to develop a syllabus related to their area of interest. Each year, one or two teaching fellows are selected to teach the syllabus they’ve created to a class of Honors College students. This TA position covers tuition and provides a stipend.
Coverdell Fellows Program
This fellowship offers financial incentives for returned Peace Corps volunteers to enter our MA program. Returned volunteers can waive 6 credits for their Peace Corps service, receive in-state tuition, and get their application fee covered. All the details are here.
Global Inclusion and Social Development, PhD
We offer research assistantships to our PhD students that cover the cost of their tuition, as well as a stipend to help with living expenses. Students receiving a research assistantship generally do 18 hours per week of research or grant-related work, or provide another support service within SGISD.
Honors College Teaching Assistantship
See details above.
Rehabilitation Counseling, MS
The Rehabilitation Services Administration offers robust scholarships, on a competitive basis, to students in our rehab counseling program. RSA scholarships typically cover about 70% of program costs. Learn more here.
Vision Studies, MEd
Students in all three vision studies tracks (Teacher of Students with Visual Impairment, Orientation & Mobility Specialist, and Vision Rehabilitation Therapist) are often eligible for grant funding that covers most of their tuition. To learn more, email Dr. Laura Bozeman.
Carol DeSouza Student Support Fund
This scholarship helps to support student travel, and is awarded in the fall and spring semester in the amount of $500.
The fund provides financial assistance to students or initiatives of the School for Global Inclusion and Social Development to sustainably advance our mission. It supports graduate students who are participating in a national or international conference (or other development opportunity); who have been accepted to present their research or scholarly work, or to participate in a research activity; or who wish to engage in service learning or an internship.
External Funding: Fellowships
More information and additional professional and academic fellowships can be found at ProFellow. Below are some highlighted opportunities:
Goizueta Foundation Graduate Fellowships. 1 to 4-month resident fellowship for graduate students and scholars to research Cuban topics at the University of Miami.
Boren Awards. 12-week to 24-month international language study fellowships for U.S. graduate students.
CHCI Graduate Fellowships. 9-month program in Washington D.C. for Latinos with a graduate degree to enhance professional and leadership skills.
Cordes Fellowships. 4-day retreat in Ixtapa, Mexico to discuss poverty alleviation and economic justice enterprises for social entrepreneurs and nonprofit leaders.
Hilliard P. Jenkins Fellowship. Summer internship for emerging leaders interested in social justice, entrepreneurship, and consulting in the nonprofit sector.
ILF Civic Fellowship. Summer program and internship for Asian Pacific American leadership development in Washington D.C.
Kip Tiernan Social Justice Fellowship. An opportunity for women to carry out a social justice project anywhere in New England.
Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans. A highly competitive fellowship that awards up to $90,000 for two years of graduate studies.
Our students find paid and unpaid internships at a variety of organizations that share our school's mission of empowering underserved populations. Here are just a few examples of organizations with which our students have partnered:
- Challenging Heights, Ghana (preventing child trafficking)
- Arts Connect International, Boston (arts and equity/inclusion)
- Center for Economic and Social Rights, New York (economic, social, and cultural rights)
- Strong Women, Strong Girls, Boston & Pittsburgh (mentorship, leadership, education)