Master's Level Scholarships
National Service Scholarships
The Heller School offers a number of guaranteed partial-tuition scholarships to admitted students who have a background in national service, including alumni of AmeriCorps, City Year, and Peace Corps. Learn more.
MA in Conflict Resolution and Coexistence (COEX) Program Scholarships
- Social Policy and Coexistence Fellowship - This fellowship will be awarded to an international student in the COEX program who demonstrates commitment to working on social and public policy issues of coexistence and diversity management. The fellowship includes full tuition, health insurance for the year-in-residence, and continuation fees for the subsequent summer and fall terms.
- Topol Fellowships in Nonviolence Practice - These fellowships honor the work of peace advocate, philanthropist, and entrepreneur Sidney Topol, through the establishment of a full tuition scholarship to the COEX program. This fellowship does not cover airfare, fees, health insurance, or housing.
MA in Sustainable International Development (SID) Program Scholarships
- Feldman Graduate Fellowship in Sustainable International Development - The Feldman Fellowship is a full scholarship, established in 1998 by Moses Feldman ’62, that supports an MA-SID student who is interested in environmental conservation and/or population planning.
- Trace Foundation Scholarship for Women in Development (Tibetan Communities in the People's Republic Of China) - The Trace-Brandeis Scholarship for Women in International Development will be awarded to an early to mid-career applicant committed to women’s leadership for development on the Tibetan Plateau. Only Tibetans applicants from Tibetan communities in the PRC will be considered for this scholarship.
Heller Awards and Scholarships
No additional application is required to be considered for the following awards and scholarships.
- Altman Endowed Health Policy and Management Scholarship: This partial scholarship was created by Dr. Altman’s family, friends, colleagues and students to honor Dr. Stuart Altman, the Sol C. Chaikin Professor of National Health Policy. It is awarded to a master’s student in the aging or health concentration, and honors the life and work of Stuart Altman by supporting students whose career goals include making a difference in the field of health policy, health care management or aging policy management. The ideal candidate will be an MBA or MPP student.
- Arthur and Belle Lind Family Endowed Student Aid Fund: Established by Bernard ’63 and Sonja Lind in 2007, this fund is awarded annually to a Brandeis undergraduate or Heller graduate student with preference to a student from Africa, preferably from the Republic of Ghana, or from one of the Eastern Caribbean States, preferably from the Commonwealth of Dominica.
- Brandeis Graduate Award: Alumni of Brandeis University receive an automatic $10,000 scholarship award upon acceptance to the Heller School.
- Brandeis National Committee (North Shore Illinois) Endowed Scholarship for Social Justice: The BNC partial scholarship is awarded to a Brandeis graduate whose concern for social justice is paramount in his/her studies and previous work experience. The ideal candidate will be an MBA or MPP student concentrating in children, youth, and families, health care, aging or sustainable development. This partial scholarship was established through the generous donations of Brandeis National Committee members in the North Shore of Illinois.
- Charles, PhD ’78 and Fran Rodgers Endowed Scholarship: The Rodgers Endowed Scholarship was made possible by a generous gift from Charles, PhD ’78 and Fran Rodgers. This partial scholarship is available for any Heller student enrolled in a full-time degree program. International candidates are encouraged to apply.
- Coexistence Fellowship: The Coexistence Fellowship was created in honor of the Dalai Lama’s visit in 1998 for one Tibetan and one Chinese student enrolled in the MA-SID, MA-COEX, MS or MBA programs at the Heller School. This fellowship promotes peaceful coexistence of these two communities in the world today.
- Commonwealth Corps Scholarship: Each Commonwealth Corps alum who is admitted into a Heller master’s degree program will receive a guaranteed $10,000 Commonwealth Corps Service Scholarship. The application fee will be waived for all Commonwealth Corps alumni.
- Edward Dreyer Endowed Scholarship: The Edward Dreyer Endowed Scholarship was created in 2003 and is offered to a Heller MBA student who is devoting his/her career to nonprofit management.
- Ellen (Ellie) Hassenfeld Block: The Ellen Block award (partial scholarship) is given to one U.S. student from a rural, economically disadvantaged area such as the Mississippi Delta area or Appalachia, who is planning on returning to that area to work in community-based organizations focused on anti-poverty work. The ideal candidate will be an MA or MBA student concentrating in children, youth, and families or sustainable development. This scholarship represents a generous gift from Ellie Block.
- Frieze Scholarship: The Frieze Scholarship provides partial tuition assistance to a domestic minority student. The ideal candidate will be an MA, MBA, MPP, or MS student from an inner-city neighborhood.
- Heller Social Policy Award: This partial scholarship award was created in order to exemplify the values of the Heller School. The scholarship amount is determined by an applicant’s prior work experience, statement of purpose, and career goals. The ideal candidate will be an MPP student.
- I. Bruce Gordon Scholarship: The I. Bruce Gordon partial scholarship is awarded to outstanding Heller graduate students who will be concentrating in health policy or child, youth and family policy and contemplating a career in either of these fields. The scholarship was made possible by a generous gift from Dr. I. Bruce Gordon. The ideal candidate will be an MPP student.
- International Peace and Dialogue Scholarship: The partial tuition International Peace and Dialogue Scholarship is awarded to a promising young professional committed to international peace and dialogue, based on work experience, statement of purpose and career goals. The ideal candidate will be a Coexistence student with strong international experience.
- Jack Teigh and Abby Blume Brown, PhD ’72 Scholarship Endowment: Abby Blume Brown, PhD ’72, created this partial scholarship endowment in 1999. The intent of the scholarship is to support minority women who are planning management or service careers in community-based, human services organizations. The ideal candidate will be an MBA or MPP student concentrating in children, youth and families, health care, aging, or sustainable development.
- Jake Jagoda Endowed Fellowship: This partial scholarship was made possible through a generous gift from the parents of Jake Jagoda, lost at the World Trade Center on 9/11. Jake was an avid fisherman and so students interested in water resources are encouraged to apply, especially MA-SID students.
- Judith Burstein Cohen ’54 Legacy Scholarship: Created to honor Judith Cohen’s 70th birthday, the preference is to provide financial support to non-domestic females applying to the MA in Sustainable International Development.
- Mary Jagoda Endowed Fellowship: This partial scholarship in memory of Mary Jagoda ’05, who died while an undergraduate at Brandeis, was made possible through a generous gift from her parents. Women who attended Brandeis as undergraduates are encouraged to apply.
- The Nancy and Edward Stavis ’52 Endowed Scholarship Fund: The Stavis Endowed Scholarship is awarded annually to a student enrolled in Heller’s MBA in Nonprofit Management degree program.
- The NGF 2005 Endowed Scholarship: The NGF partial scholarship is for any Heller student focused on social justice. An interest in the Jewish community is preferred but not required.
- Peace and Social Justice Scholarship: The partial tuition scholarship amount is determined by an applicant’s commitment to peace and social justice, based on their work experience, statement of purpose, and career goals. The ideal candidate will be a Coexistence student with strong international experience.
- Phillip and Lenora Goltz Memorial Endowed Fellowship: This fellowship was established in 2003 by Adam Sheer ’92 and his family in memory and honor to his grandparents and is awarded to a Heller student pursuing an MBA in nonprofit management.
- Public Policy and International Affairs Alumnae Scholarship (PPIA): Alumnae of the Public Policy and International Affairs Fellowship will receive a $10,000 scholarship. The concentration and focus of research is open.
- Shared Societies Scholarship: This may be a full or partial scholarship. The Shared Societies Scholarship will be awarded to an early to mid-career professional living in the Arab world whose work focuses on religious, ethnic and cultural coexistence. The competition is open to nationals of the following territories: Algeria, Bahrain, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen.
- Women for Peace Scholarship: The Women for Peace Scholarship is a partial tuition award given to a woman from an economically disadvantaged area (or developing country) who has made significant contributions towards building peace in her home country. The ideal candidate will be a female Coexistence student with strong international experience.