GSAS Funding Opportunities for Incoming Students

The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences provides generous financial support for a large percentage of our students.

Below please find information about fellowships and other special funding opportunities available to incoming students by GSAS and/or our departments and programs. Unless otherwise noted, award recipients are selected by the program faculty. We also encourage you to check out this page with additional opportunities.

Funding Opportunities for Incoming GSAS Students

Future Leaders Fellowship

The Future Leaders Fellowship consists of full-tuition scholarships for outstanding full-time master’s students and entry-level occupational therapy doctoral students. The goal of the fellowships is to enhance the recruitment of students to Tufts who will contribute collectively to a greater diversity of perspectives and experiences within GSAS programs. Future Leaders Fellows are nominated by departments and programs and selected by the GSAS Dean following their admittance to Tufts.

Meet the 2023 Future Leaders Fellows   Meet the 2022 Future Leaders Fellows

Athletics Future Leaders Fellowship

The goal of the Athletics Future Leaders Fellowship is to provide students with a meaningful start to a successful career in intercollegiate athletics administration or coaching through master’s-level education, practical work experience, network-building, and professional development. This program will provide a pathway for students to work in the field of intercollegiate athletics administration. While underrepresented students are strongly urged to apply, all students applying to the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice Leadership master’s program without regard to race, national origin, or ethnicity, are welcome to apply.

GSAS Dean's Fellowship

The GSAS Dean’s Fellowship supports outstanding doctoral candidates by increasing their total stipends by $10,000 over the first two years of study. While students from racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, and cultural backgrounds currently underrepresented in graduate education are strongly urged to apply, GSAS faculty will consider all doctoral candidates for the Dean’s Fellowship regardless of their to race, national origin, or ethnicity.

Meet Recent Dean's Fellows

Provost Fellowship

The Provost Fellowship supports outstanding GSAS doctoral candidates by increasing their total stipends by $10,000 over the first two years of study. Provost Fellows are selected based on their excellent academic records as indicated by grades, standardized test scores, programs of study, related experiences, and other measures of excellence specific to their graduate program.

Meet Recent Provost Fellows

City Year

Currently serving City Year corps members, alumni who completed a term of service, and staff members employed for at least two years are eligible to receive a minimum scholarship award of 25% for Graduate School of Arts and Sciences programs. The City Year award is not stackable with other scholarship discounts. Your Financial Aid letter will reflect a single scholarship percentage (that includes merit, need, and your City Year service); please contact Graduate Admissions ( with any questions.

Learn more about GSAS’ partnership with City Year

Departmental Funding Opportunities

Offered by the Department of Education:

Nathan Margolis Memorial Scholarship

The Nathan Margolis Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 2005 by the estate of Esther Margolis to promote excellence in teacher training. It is awarded annually to one or more graduate students engaged in the study of education with a preference for students pursuing a Master of Arts in Teaching Degree in the Department of Education. Applicants to Education programs will be invited by the department to apply for this award. Scholarships will be awarded based on financial need, academic excellence, and a written essay in response to a provided prompt.

Offered by the Department of Occupational Therapy: 

Bekenstein Family Endowment Scholarship 

The Bekenstein Family Endowment Scholarship Award was created in 2005 by Anita and Josh Bekenstein. The award is presented to occupational therapy students who have demonstrated a trajectory for leadership in the profession of occupational therapy, strong academic standing, and financial need.

Offered by the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning:

Neighborhood Fellows Program

The Neighborhood Fellows Program supports up to five experienced urban leaders each year in the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning's mid-career Master’s in Public Policy (MPP) program. Its objective is to increase enrollment among people of color who work in urban communities in Boston and surrounding cities on issues of urban community politics, economics, education, housing, and social life. Fellows receive a full-tuition scholarship for the MPP degree.

Learn more about the Neighborhood Fellows Program >

Racial Equity in Policy and Planning Fellowship

The Racial Equity in Policy and Planning Fellowship supports five students per year to complete the MA in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning or the MS in Environmental Policy and Planning.

Learn more about the Racial Equity in Policy and Planning Fellowship >

Alvin Levin Fellowship 

The Alvin Levin Fellowship supports a woman of color with financial need in pursuing a graduate degree in the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University each year. The fellowship’s objectives reflect Alvin Levin’s long‐term commitment to community organizing and grassroots politics combined with his strong interest in a sustainable environment on a global level.

Funding Opportunities for Current GSAS Students

For information about funding opportunities for research, summer scholarship, and more for current students, please see our Information for Current Students.