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SIT Scholarships and Grants for International Students

International students may be eligible for a combination of grants and scholarships that cover some portion of the cost of attendance. SIT grants are based primarily on need, and students are automatically considered for this grant when their application is reviewed. A number of scholarships have also been established to recognize students who reflect the SIT mission through their professional and personal lives.

Activism and Advocacy Scholarship
The Activism and Advocacy Scholarship recognizes important contributions made by both seasoned professionals and recent graduates. This scholarship is awarded to individuals who demonstrate a commitment to activism and advocacy in student organizations, community action groups, advocacy campaigns, and/or nonprofit organizations.

The Anderson Family Fund
Experiment in International Living alumnus Eric Hall Anderson established the Anderson Family Fund in 1996 to provide scholarships for SIT students who demonstrate financial need. Preference is given to international students and students of color.

Bradley/Gamble Fellows Program in Population Studies (for the Program in Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management)
Candidates for this award must be involved in and plan to continue working in population studies, family planning, or population-related health and nutrition work.

BRAZ-TESOL/Alumni Scholarship
This scholarship, offered in collaboration with BRAZ-TESOL, is intended to help develop exceptional teaching professionals and to honor teachers in Brazil. It is awarded annually to a BRAZ-TESOL member who is not a US citizen and who has been accepted into SIT’s Master of Arts in Teaching program. Selection is competitive, and is based on professional experience and contribution or potential contribution to the field.

Career Experience Scholarship
To contribute to and enhance the SIT learning community and professional fields, SIT offers scholarships that recognize students’ experience in the following areas:

  • Language teaching
  • International education advising
  • International education management
  • Community training
  • Public school teaching
  • Social action
  • Human resource development
  • Diversity leadership
  • Adult education and community college ESL teaching
  • Development management
  • Organizational management
  • Intercultural conflict transformation

Community Service and Volunteer Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded in recognition of work done with an organization engaged in community service. Recipients should have worked for one year or longer for organizations such as, but not limited to, the following:

  • Peace Corps
  • United Nations Volunteers
  • Canadian University Service Overseas (CUSO)
  • International Voluntary Service (IVS)
  • WorldTeach
  • Volunteers in Asia
  • Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO)
  • Red Cross
  • American Friends Service Committee (AFSC)
  • Mobility International
  • United Way agencies
  • Religiously affiliated volunteer organizations
  • Refugee assistance organizations
  • Advocacy organizations
  • Health-care organizations
  • OXFAM CHANGE Leaders
  • OXFAM Club Leaders

International Aid and Development Scholarship
The International Aid and Development Scholarship was established to recognize students who have shown a commitment to working for social justice in their careers. People with significant work or volunteer experience in nonprofit, non-governmental, international, or intergovernmental organizations are encouraged to apply.

Middle East and Islamic Cultures Scholarship
Established through a generous gift to SIT, this fund is intended to help foster the institution’s commitment to building greater understanding among peoples and cultures critical to world peace. Scholarships are designated to enhance the diversity of the SIT community—on campus and throughout the institution—by making it possible for students from the Middle East and other predominantly Islamic countries to undertake graduate studies at SIT.

Pino Scholarship for the Program in Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management
Rudy Martinez Pino enrolled at SIT in 1977. A Cuban American and the only US minority student in his class, Pino was dedicated to improving the circumstances of the world’s disabled and disenfranchised. After his death in 1986, his classmates established a scholarship in his memory to assist minority, disabled, or international students who demonstrate financial need.

Professional Association Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to students who have been active members of associations that develop professional capacity in key fields. Recipients should demonstrate their contribution to the association by having held office in, been employed by, presented at conferences for, or published articles with the association. Eligible associations include but are not limited to the following regional, national, and international groups:

  • American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)
  • Association of Women in Development (AWID)
  • Campus Outreach Opportunity League (COOL)
  • International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (IATEFL)
  • Japan Association of Language Teachers (JALT)
  • Association of International Educators (NAFSA)
  • National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
  • National Urban League
  • Society for Intercultural Education, Training and Research (SIETAR)
  • Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Recent Graduate Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to exceptional candidates who have completed a bachelor’s degree within the 12 months prior to the start of the master’s degree program. Recipients should demonstrate a range of qualities that confirm their readiness for the program, such as intercultural sensitivity, excellent communication and interpersonal skills, maturity, and motivation to enter their field. Competency in other languages and study abroad or international experience are preferred.

INTERLINK Language Centers and SIT Graduate Institute offer multiple teaching fellowships as an outgrowth of their shared philosophies of teaching and learning in intercultural contexts. Fellowships consist of two summers of full-time study at SIT in Vermont, USA, and two academic years of full-time teaching at the Saudi INTERLINK Language Center at Al Yamamah University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. SIT INTERLINK Fellows are eligible for a 50 percent tuition scholarship, as well as generous assistance with living expenses and travel costs.

SIT Study Abroad and Experiment in International Living Alumni Scholarship
This scholarship is available to alumni of World Learning’s SIT Study Abroad and Experiment in International Living programs. It recognizes the strong intercultural foundation that students have developed in these programs and will carry into graduate school.

Student Diversity Scholarship
To support SIT’s commitment to achieving a diverse learning community, scholarships are offered to students who will enhance the depth and range of diverse identities within the community.

Applications for the competitive scholarships below must be submitted and ready for review by April 15.

Intercultural Leadership Award
This award was established to recognize students who embody the SIT mission. The $10,000 award is based on a variety of criteria, including financial need, academic merit, professional contribution to the field, community action, organizational affiliation, and educational leadership. Several awards are offered each year, and all graduate students are eligible.

SIT Peace Fellowship
The SIT Peace Fellowship was established to reflect the school’s long-term commitment to building peace through cross-cultural understanding. The award covers the cost of tuition, room, and board. It is open to applicants to all SIT Graduate Institute students. Applicants must have completed a minimum of three years of peace-related work. The recipient will be asked to share his or her professional experience with the academic community during the on-campus phase of the program, through presentations, trainings, or seminars.

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