Scholarships

Each year The Fletcher School awards approximately $8 million in student scholarship assistance. In recent years, over 95 percent of the students requesting scholarship assistance have received an award. Fletcher Scholarships are for tuition only and are awarded on the basis of merit and need. All Fletcher students (U.S. and non-U.S.) in all degree programs are eligible for Fletcher Scholarship assistance.

  • Each Fletcher Scholarship will be divided equally between the student’s fall and spring semester tuition charges, assuming the student is enrolled full-time and registered for four courses per semester. Scholarship awards will be pro-rated to reflect a tuition reduction if a student enrolls in fewer than four courses. The remaining scholarship funds will not be applied to subsequent tuition charges. For example, if a student who was awarded a $3000 Fletcher scholarship each semester drops from four courses to two courses in one semester, the scholarship for that semester will also be reduced by half, from $3000 to $1500.
  • Students who receive fellowship assistance from outside sources are required to provide this information in writing, including the amount and source of the scholarship, to the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid. If a student does not provide information regarding the outside scholarship, all current and previous Fletcher scholarships may be withheld.
  • Fletcher scholarship funds include approximately 70 named fellowships. Students will be considered for these awards as part of the normal award review process. Awards that require a separate application are advertised via the official Fletcher listserv. Some awards are determined by an organization outside of Fletcher.

Additional Financial Aid Resources

Additional financial aid and outside scholarship resources can be found at fletcher.tufts.edu/Admissions/Financing-Your-Education/AdditionalResources

You can also find details about competitive supplemental scholarships for enrolled students here.

Renewal Scholarship Awards

Scholarship awards are not renewed automatically. Students who received scholarships in their first year must reapply for their second year or subsequent semesters of study. 

  • Scholarship support for first-year MALD and MIB students is renewed for the second year only if the student has achieved passing grades in all first-year courses and the student has adhered to the School’s Honor Code.
  • Continuing Student Scholarship Aid Applications will be available in early March and due in mid-April. Continuing Student Award announcements will be made in mid-June.
  • Students who will be studying at another school after their first year (pursuing a joint degree) need to reapply for scholarship aid in the spring of the year before they will return.
  • Scholarships for continuing students will not be awarded if the student has received an incomplete grade, UNLESS a written statement, also signed by the professor, is submitted to explain why the assigned work was not completed before grades were submitted, and to provide a date when the work will be complete. It is the student’s responsibility to submit the explanation of the incomplete grade.

New or Increased Scholarship Awards

In general, because the total number of students in a class can decline after the first year due to leaves of absence or study at other institutions, limited funds may be available to make new awards, or to supplement awards, for continuing students. New awards and increases to existing awards will be made based on merit and need, for both U.S. and non-U.S. students. Merit is based on first‑year academic performance at Fletcher. Need is based on the student’s financial resources as indicated on the Continuing Student Scholarship Application. Awards will not exceed tuition, and will not be greater than demonstrated financial need.


Scholarship Support for PhD Students

The School reserves a pool of scholarship funds for doctoral candidates. These funds are used to assist students with tuition and with the PhD enrollment fee, which is assessed instead of tuition once students have completed required coursework. PhD students can receive enrollment fee scholarships for five academic years only. Scholarship application policies are the same for doctoral candidates as those previously described for MALD candidates, with the exception that each year after completing classes students need to demonstrate progress toward the fulfillment of PhD degree requirements.


One-year MA Students

The Fletcher School awards only limited scholarship aid to one-year MA candidates. If a two-year MALD or MIB candidate is permitted to transfer into the one-year MA program, the student’s first-year Fletcher scholarship may be rescinded.


FAQs

How are Fletcher scholarships determined?

Fletcher scholarships are for tuition only and are awarded on the basis of merit and need. All Fletcher students (U.S. and non-U.S.) are eligible for Fletcher scholarship assistance.

How is my Fletcher scholarship applied to my student account?

Each Fletcher scholarship will be applied directly to your student account. Scholarships are divided equally between the fall and spring semester tuition charges (assuming full-time enrollment each semester). Scholarship awards will be pro-rated to reflect a tuition reduction when a student enrolls in fewer than four courses per semester. The remaining scholarship funds will not be applied to subsequent tuition charges.

Does my Fletcher scholarship have any work or service requirements?

No. The Fletcher School provides scholarships to assist students with tuition. Students are not required to work.

I did not receive a Fletcher Scholarship for my first year. Can I apply for a scholarship for my second year?

Yes, limited funds may be available to make new awards for continuing students. New awards will be made based on merit and need, for both U.S. and non-U.S. students. Merit is based on first-year academic performance at Fletcher. Need is based on the student’s financial resources as indicated on the Continuing Student Scholarship Applications (available in early March and due in mid-April).

Can my second year scholarship increase?

Yes, limited funds may be available to supplement awards for continuing students. Increases to existing awards will be made based on merit and need, for both U.S. and non-U.S. students. Merit is based on first-year academic performance at Fletcher. Need is based on the student’s financial resources as indicated on the Continuing Student Scholarship Applications (available in early March and due in mid-April).

Do I need to reapply for my Fletcher scholarship for my second year of studies?

Yes. Scholarship awards are not renewed automatically. Continuing Student Scholarship Aid Applications will be available in early March and due in mid-April. Continuing Student award announcements will be in mid-June. Students who will be studying at another school next year (pursuing a joint degree) need to reapply for scholarship aid in the spring of the year before they will return.