Partnerships

To increase diversity and promote interdisciplinary scholarship, Tufts fosters relationships with various organizations across the nation. Through these partnerships, Tufts Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and School of Engineering offer prospective students a variety of benefits, including application fee waivers.

  • AmeriCorps - A civic engagement program that places committed volunteers in immersive service placements. Benefits for AmeriCorps affiliates >
  • City Year - Volunteer program bridging the gap in high-poverty communities between the support that students actually need, and what their schools are designed and resourced to provide. Benefits for City Year affiliates >
  • Institute for Recruitment of Teachers (IRT) - A program dedicated to empowering talented but underserved and under-represented students who aspire to be leaders in American education. Benefits for IRT affiliates >
  • Leadership Alliance - An academic consortium of thirty-five colleges and universities that helps students from under-represented groups to develop into leaders in academia, business, and the public sector. Benefits for Leadership Alliance affiliates >
  • McNair Scholars - A federally funded educational opportunity outreach program designed to prepare undergraduate students for doctoral level study and research. Benefits for McNair Scholars >
  • The National GEM Consortium - A network of corporations, government laboratories, and top research institutions established to equip qualified students from under-represented communities to pursue graduate study in the field of applied science and engineering. Benefits for GEM affiliates >
  • NESCAC Seniors - Students enrolled in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) member schools. Benefits for NESCAC Seniors >
  • PIKSI - Supports undergraduate students from under-represented groups, such as women and People of Color, in their pursuit of graduate study in philosophy. Benefits for PIKSI affiliates >
  • Project 1000 - A national program that assists under-represented students, particularly those of Hispanic ethnic origin, in building strong applications to graduate programs in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields. Benefits for Project 1000 affiliates >
  • Teach for America - A nonprofit organization that recruits recent college graduates from top universities to teach for two years with the hopes of affecting positive changes in under-resourced urban or rural public schools. Benefits for Teach for America affiliates >

AmeriCorps

AmeriCorps is a civic engagement program that places committed volunteers in immersive service placements in schools, nonprofit organizations, public agencies, and community and faith-based groups across the United States.

Tufts University commends this choice to serve, and supports the future professional development and graduate study of AmeriCorps volunteers by offering an application fee waiver to current and former volunteers who are applying to any programs in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and/or School of Engineering. We encourage AmeriCorps volunteers and alumni to apply, as we believe that Tufts can effectively further the mission established in their AmeriCorps placements.

In order to receive the fee waiver, applicants should select “Current AmeriCorps volunteer or alumni” on the application information section of our online application, and submit an official letter from the organization verifying the year(s) of service. This letter of verification should be emailed to gradadmissions@tufts.edu.

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City Year

The Tufts University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences proudly supports City Year's's culture and values through a University Partnership, which aims to bring idealistic and committed leaders with a high level of maturity, insight, and experience working in diverse settings to the Tufts campus.

Eligible members of the City Year community include currently serving corps members, alumni who completed a term of service, and staff members employed for at least two years. These eligible members will receive the following benefits:

  • An application fee waiver
  • A scholarship award (provided to up to 10 City Year corps, alumni, or staff members) equivalent to 25% of the yearly tuition with the opportunity for additional merit-based aid
  • The option for admitted students to defer enrollment by one year if the student chooses to remain with City Year for additional time before beginning graduate studies at Tufts
  • Recognition as a City Year National Service Scholar

In order to receive these benefits, applicants should select “Current City Year Corps member or Alumni” on the application information section of our online application. In addition, a letter of verification from the City Year Alumni and Career Services Team must be emailed to the Office of Graduate Admissions at gradadmissions@tufts.edu. For more information regarding the application process, please contact Meg Delory, Graduate Admissions Assistant, at Margaret.Delory@tufts.edu.

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Institute for Recruitment of Teachers

The Institute for Recruitment of Teachers (IRT) is a program dedicated to empowering talented but underserved and under-represented students who aspire to be leaders in American education. IRT is committed to expanding educational access to students of color, first-generation students, and low-income students by collaborating with colleges and universities, nonprofit organizations, and networks that seek to promote intentionally diverse and inclusive learning communities.

Tufts University supports IRT in this mission and hopes that by developing these students into innovative and positive role models, they will be the needed voices of advocacy for greater changes in our education system. Tufts is an active participant during the annual Recruiter’s Weekend, and welcomes applications from students who participate in IRT programs.

An application fee waiver is available for IRT scholars by selecting “IRT (Institute for the Recruitment of Teachers) Applicant” on the application information section of our online application in order to receive the fee waiver. Applicants should submit an official letter from the organization verifying their participation in IRT. This letter should be emailed to gradadmissions@tufts.edu.

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Leadership Alliance

The Leadership Alliance is an academic consortium of thirty-five colleges and universities that helps students from under-represented groups to develop into leaders in academia, business, and the public sector.

As a participating member of the Leadership Alliance, Tufts University actively recruits and extends an application fee waiver to students associated with the Leadership Alliance applying to programs in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and School of Engineering.

Applicants should select “Leadership Alliance member” on the application information section of our online application in order to have the fee waived. A letter of verification should also be submitted to gradadmissions@tufts.edu.

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McNair Scholars

The McNair Scholars Program is a federally funded educational opportunity outreach program designed to prepare undergraduate students for doctoral level study and research. Most McNair Scholars are first-generation students with financial need or members of a group that is traditionally under-represented in graduate education, but that have proved during their undergraduate study to have strong academic potential.

The vibrant learning community created by the Tufts University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and School of Engineering boasts the teaching and research resources of a top-tier academic institution while also offering intentional and personalized mentoring, and is thus a strong fit for many McNair Scholars. We encourage McNair Scholars to apply to our graduate programs and will waive the application fee.

McNair Scholars should select “McNair Scholar” on the application information section of our online application and should submit a letter verifying that they are indeed McNair Scholars. This letter should be emailed to gradadmissions@tufts.edu.

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The National GEM Consortium

The National GEM Consortium is a network and community of corporations, government laboratories, top universities, and top research institutions, including Tufts University, established to equip qualified students from under-represented communities to pursue graduate study in the field of applied science and engineering.

The National GEM Consortium awards fellowships and internships and organizes conferences with graduate degree fairs and career planning workshops. The benefits of becoming a GEM fellow are far-reaching and include access to a large network, financial support, and expert knowledge that will lead to academic and professional success.

As a GEM consortium university member, we are eager to recruit GEM fellows as applicants, and welcome fellows to apply to our graduate programs in Arts, Sciences and Engineering free of charge. GEM fellows should indicate that they are affiliated with the National GEM Consortium by selecting “GEM fellow” on the application information section of our online application and by emailing gradadmissions@tufts.edu with information that verifies that they are currently in the process of applying for or have been awarded a GEM fellowship.

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NESCAC Seniors

As a member of the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC), Tufts University appreciates the caliber of students attending each one of the highly selective liberal arts colleges and universities in the conference. The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Tufts University is proud to support NESCAC students in their pursuit of higher education at the graduate level, and therefore, seniors at the following colleges are eligible for an application fee waiver when applying to any of the programs in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences:

  • Amherst College
  • Bates College
  • Bowdoin College
  • Colby College
  • Connecticut College
  • Hamilton College
  • Middlebury College
  • Trinity College
  • Tufts University
  • Wesleyan University
  • Williams College

Seniors at the aforementioned schools should check “Current senior at a NESCAC school” in the application information section of our online application. This information will automatically be verified once a transcript is attached to the application.

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PIKSI

Philosophy in an Inclusive Key (PIKSI) is committed to supporting undergraduate students from under-represented groups, such as women and People of Color, in their pursuit of graduate study in philosophy. PIKSI recruits and encourages these students to consider further study in philosophy by offering workshops and summer institute opportunities sponsored by faculty at leading institutions and organizations in the field.

The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences is excited to become more involved in these conversations and extends its praise for PIKSI’s mission by providing an application fee waiver to applicants who are also fellows of PIKSI.

Applicants should be sure to select “PIKSI member” in the application information section of our online application in order to receive the fee waiver, and submit an official letter from the organization verifying their participation in the PIKSI fellowship program. This letter of verification should be emailed to gradadmissions@tufts.edu.

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Project 1000

Project 1000 is a national program that assists under-represented students, particularly those of Hispanic ethnic origin, in building strong applications to graduate programs in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields. The program offers a number of resources to students, including bilingual academic advisors who speak English and Spanish, free GRE workshops and test preparation tips, and an easy-to-use, streamlined online application.

Those interested in applying to graduate school through Project 1000 should call Project 1000’s toll free number at 1-800-327-4893.

The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and School of Engineering at Tufts University will waive the application fee for Project 1000 applicants. These applicants should be sure to select “Project 1000” in the application information section of our online application, and to submit an official letter from the organization confirming their participation in Project 1000. Letters of verification should be emailed to gradadmissions@tufts.edu.

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Teach for America

Teach For America (TFA) is a nonprofit organization that operates on the national level, recruiting recent college graduates from top universities to teach for two years with the hopes of affecting positive changes in under-resourced urban or rural public schools.

Tufts encourages TFA volunteers and alumni to continue to affect this type of change once their TFA tenure is over through graduate study. Therefore, an application fee waiver is awarded to TFA volunteers or alumni who are applying to graduate programs in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and School of Engineering.

TFA volunteers and alumni should be sure to select “Current Teach For America Corps member or alumni” on the application information section of our online application and to submit a letter from a supervisor verifying the year(s) of service in order to secure the fee waiver. This letter of verification should be emailed to gradadmissions@tufts.edu.

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