Fellowships, Scholarships & Assistantships | Graduate School of Education

Fellowships, Scholarships & Assistantships

Financing Your Education

Students finance their education in several ways, including fellowships, scholarships, and assistantships offered by the GSE. In addition, GSE students may be eligible for awards provided by Rutgers. Funding for graduate education is also available from external sources. Please see below for information on these various funding options.

Information on other merit-based and need-based financial aid, including loans and college work-study programs within and external to Rutgers, may be obtained from the Office of Financial Aid. Learn more about financial aid options

GSE Fellowships and Scholarships

The GSE has several fellowship and scholarship programs that are administered and awarded within the school. These programs are competitive but qualified students are encouraged to apply.

Arlotto Family Math Teachers Endowed Fellowship

Description: GSE student who plans to become a K-12 math teacher
Award: $2,500
Requirements: Full time students in the 5th year of GSE's 5-year teacher education program

 

Burns Family Endowment for Teacher Leadership

Description: Ed.D. GSE student in Teacher Leadership specializing in Early Childhood Education or Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 3
Award: $2,000
Requirements: Ed.D. student in Teacher Leadership specializing in Early Childhood Education or Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 3

Charles Sumner Crow Endowed Scholarship

Description: GSE students demonstrating achievement
Award: $3,000
Requirements: GSE Scholarship and Fellowship application

Clarence E. Partch Memorial Fellowship

Description: Full-time GSE students
Award: $1,500
Requirements: GSE Scholarship and Fellowship application

Dr. Evelyn Morrison Endowed Scholarship

Description: GSE graduate students demonstrating academic merit and financial need
Award: Amount varies
Requirements: GSE Scholarship and Fellowship application. Demonstrated financial need.

Edna Hartzel Laird Endowed Scholarship

Description: GSE graduate students demonstrating academic merit and financial need
Award: Amount varies
Requirements: GSE Scholarship and Fellowship application. Demonstrated financial need.

Edward Fry Endowed Graduate Fellowship

Description: Doctoral students in literacy demonstrating scholarly promise at the middle or near the end of their program.
Award:  Amount varies
Requirements: Please contact Dr. Lesley Morrow for Application Instructions and Deadline.

 

Ensign T. & Vivian R. Slayton Endowed Scholarship

Description: First time GSE students with a GPA of 3.0 or better and wish to go into the field of education at any level.
Award:  Amount varies
Requirements: First time GSE students with a GPA of 3.0 or better and wish to go into the field of education at any level. Counseling psychology and school counseling students are not eligible

Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN)

Description: Doctoral fellowship in Language Education and Language, Linguistics, related studies such as: Second Language Acquisition, Bilingualism, Language and Culture, Language and how it intersects with learning and other disciplines such as math, science, etc., sociolinguistics, language socialization, among others.
Award: Up to $32,000 stipend, tuition, health insurance.
Requirements: Full-time Ph.D. student. U.S. citizen/permanent resident. Demonstrated financial need. Contact: Dr. Nydia Flores.

Graduate School of Education Alumni Association Endowed Scholarship

Description: Full-time GSE graduate students demonstrating academic merit and financial need
Award: Up to $5,000
Requirements: GSE Scholarship and Fellowship application. Demonstrated financial need.

Graduate School of Education Alumni and Friends Scholarship

Description: The scholarship is awarded to U.S. citizen students enrolled in a minimum of six credits per semester. Award is based on financial need, academic merit, and demonstrated professional/ community/ school accomplishments and statement of career goal.
Award: Amount varies
Requirements: GSE Scholarship and Fellowship application

Graduate / Law School

Description: Awards are based on academic merit
Award: $2,000 plus tuition
Requirements: GSE Scholarship and Fellowship application

Hand to Hand Scholarship

Description: GSE students in a master’s degree with certification program who are entering the student teaching component of their program in the fall semester. Awards are based on academic merit with a preference for those demonstrating financial need.
Award: Minimum $500
Requirements: GSE Scholarship and Fellowship application

Jean Griswold Scholarship in Personnel & Guidance and Entrepreneurship

Description: Full-time GSE graduate students enrolled in the Ed.M. school counseling program who may be interested in starting a business in the future. Awards are based on academic merit with a preference for those demonstrating financial need.
Award: $2,500
Requirements: GSE Scholarship and Fellowship application

Madelyn McCarthy Miller Memorial Scholarship

Description: GSE students in the field of special education planning a career in teaching who are good academic standing with a GPA of 3.0 or better
Award: $1,500-$2,000
Requirements: GSE Scholarship and Fellowship application

Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship

Description: Open competition with first consideration to minority students, based on financial need and academic merit.
Award: Amount varies
Requirements: GSE Scholarship and Fellowship application. Applicant must submit a paper on “The Philosophy of Martin Luther King, Jr.: Its Relevance for Education.”

Norma Nevola Sutera Memorial Endowed Scholarship

Description: Full-time GSE students studying literacy education who intend to pursue a career in education as a reading specialist or in a related field
Award: Amount varies
Requirements: GSE Scholarship and Fellowship application

Ruth and Stanley Kosensky Fellowship

Description: GSE graduate students majoring in social and philosophical foundations
Award: $450
Requirements: GSE Scholarship and Fellowship application. Demonstrated financial need.

Samuel D. Proctor Scholarship

Description: GSE graduate students. Awards are based on financial need, talent, and high potential for service to education in urban areas
Award: $1,500
Requirements: GSE Scholarship and Fellowship application

Samuel D. Proctor Fellowship

Description: GSE students pursuing their Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) who are outstanding African American and Latino teachers, principals, and graduate students who go on to become positive role models and agents of change
Award: $3,000-$5,000
Requirements: GSE Scholarship and Fellowship application. Three letters of recommendation on a variety of perspectives on a candidate to the respective department chair by March 1. Finalists for this fellowship will be required to make a 15-minute oral presentation to the committee.

Applying for an Award

Scholarship and fellowship awards are made on the basis of outstanding academic promise or achievement and/or unusual financial circumstances or need. To be considered for an award, students must submit the following materials through the online application submission system:

  • A one- to two-page personal statement that includes information about your professional goals and how a scholarship could help you meet your goals
  • Names and contact information for two or more recommenders (recommenders will receive an electronic request to complete a letter of recommendation by April 1)

Information contained in your student folder, including your admissions materials, may also be considered in the application process. Award decisions are made by the GSE Scholarships and Fellowships Committee.

Deadline for Applications

The deadline for submitting applications online is MARCH 1. All applications for scholarship and fellowship awards must be submitted through the online application submission system: https://grad.admissions.rutgers.edu/Scholar/Gse

Applicants will be notified about awards by mail at the end of the spring semester. Questions about the application process can be answered by the Office of Student and Academic Services (OSAS): (848) 932-0738

Graduate and Teaching Assistantships

Graduate students in assistantship positions have the opportunity to work with GSE faculty and staff, collaborating on a variety of research and professional projects, teaching, or assisting in courses. Assistantships provide full tuition remission and an annual stipend. Please see your academic adviser or departmental office for information on assistantship opportunities.

Rutgers Programs

Many students will be eligible for the Ralph Bunche Fellowships. The Bunche Fellowship program provides stipends for 16 students (one or two-year awards). Master's, professional-degree, and doctoral students are eligible. Candidates are presented to the graduate school by the relevant degree granting units. For more information, visit the Graduate School New Brunswick webpage or email waterman@rutgers.edu.

Students in the Ph.D. program may be eligible for additional awards and should consult the Rutgers Graduate School–New Brunswick website.

External Resources

Several external funding programs provide financial aid to graduate students in education. The GSE connects students to these outside sources by sending information to academic departments and posting it to the GSE student listserv. Recent examples include:

  • Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellowships
  • Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans
  • Gates Millennium Scholars Program
  • Jacob Javits Fellowships (U.S. Department of Education)
  • ETS Fellowship Program