Partnerships provide additional opportunities
SIS has partnerships with the following organizations for individuals that meet the criteria specified. Please contact the partner organizations for additional information.
Americorps Education Award Matching Program
American University (AU) is proud to be a School of National Service. As part of this partnership, SIS will provide matching fund to admitted AmeriCorps volunteers who are eligible to receive the Segal Education Award towards their SIS master’s degree. All volunteers must have concluded their AmeriCorps service and been awarded the Segal award before their SIS enrollment. The amount of SIS funding will be at the level of the Segal Education Award which is up to $6,400 per student. If a portion of the Segal award has already been used as payment toward an undergraduate loan/tuition, SIS will only match the portion that is applicable to the student's SIS graduate degree. Volunteers will be asked to submit proof of available Segal funding for matching purposes. If a student has multiple Segal awards, SIS will review all award amounts and match them to the best of our abilities. The combined total award amount that a student can be awarded is still no more than $6,400. Admitted students will also be considered for regular merit awards. If a student is recommended by the admissions committee to receive a higher form of award, then that award will supersede the matching fund for Segal. Each awardee will receive a maximum of one award from SIS at any given time. In addition, the admissions application fee is waived for AmeriCorps volunteers.
Students applying for the following programs are not eligible for the Segal matching fund:
MA in International Affairs: Natural Resources and Sustainable Development
Master of International Service: International Studies Track
SIS offers all Bonner Program students/alumni an application fee waiver. SIS also awards a $10,000 scholarship to up to five (5) Bonner Scholars/Bonner Leaders who are accepted into eligible SIS residential Master’s programs.
Charles B. Rangel Fellowship
SIS offers bridging funds to all recipients of the Charles Rangel Fellowship admitted to any of SIS's DC-based, residential master’s programs. For more information on the Rangel fellowship, please visit: http://www.rangelprogram.org
SIS provides a scholarship of 50% tuition to qualified SIS graduate students who are selected as beneficiaries of COLFUTURO. For more information on Colfurturo, please visit: http://www.colfuturo.org
Donald M. Payne Fellowship
SIS offers bridging funds to all recipients of the Donald M. Payne Fellowship admitted to any of SIS's DC-based, residential master’s programs. For more information on the Payne fellowship, which sets up students to work in the Foreign Service at USAID upon graduation, please visit: https://www.paynefellows.org
SIS works closely with IIE and Fulbright officers from around the world and may offer matching funds to eligible Fulbright Fellows.
LanguageCorps teachers and alumni who are admitted to one of SIS's graduate degree programs will receive a guaranteed scholarship of $5,000. In addition, the admissions application fee is waived for LanguageCorps teachers and alumni.
SIS offers at least one fellowship yearly to newly admitted graduate students who were participants in the McNair program as undergraduates. McNair Fellows also have their application fees waived. For more information on the McNair program, please visit http://mcnairscholars.com
Organization of American States (OAS) Fellowship
SIS provides tuition assistance to qualified OAS funding recipients admitted to an SIS graduate program. For more information on the OAS scholarships and loans, please visit: http://www.educoas.org
Pat Tillman Foundation
SIS is a Pat Tillman Foundation Matching Scholarship Partner. The Pat Tillman Scholars Program is open to military service members, veterans, and spouses with an annual application deadline of Feb. 28th. Strong applicants to the Pat Tillman Scholars Program demonstrate clear academic goals, extraordinary leadership potential and a deep desire to create positive change. If admitted to a DC-based, residential SIS master’s program or online master’s program and selected as a Pat Tillman Scholar, SIS will offer a scholarship match to any Tillman Scholar who applied as a University Partner applicant. Applicants who apply to The Pat Tillman Scholarship as at-large applicants may not be eligible for the SIS scholarship match. Learn more at https://pattillmanfoundation.org/apply/
The Peace Corps and SIS have shared close ties and similar missions since the early years of the agency. SIS participates in the Peace Corps Prep program at the undergraduate level and the Paul D. Coverdell Fellowship program at the graduate level. To be eligible for the Coverdell Fellowship—which guarantees a scholarship covering a minimum of 25% tuition--Returned Peace Corp Volunteers should complete the online application by the priority deadline for their intended admission cycle. Fellows may be eligible for additional merit awards based on the overall strength of their application. Each awardee will a receive a maximum of one award from SIS at any given time. Find out more.
Students applying for the following programs are not eligible for Coverdell Fellowship funding through SIS:
- MA in International Affairs: Natural Resources and Sustainable Development
- Master of International Service: International Studies Track
SIS offers bridging funds to all recipients of the Thomas Pickering Fellowship admitted to any of SIS's DC-based, residential master’s programs. For more information on the Pickering Fellowship, please visit: https://pickeringfellowship.org/.
Public Policy in International Affairs (PPIA)
SIS offers a minimum scholarship of $10,000 to newly admitted PPIA fellows with the possibility for a larger award based on the merits of their application. Application fee waivers are also available. For more information on the undergraduate PPIA program, please visit: http://www.ppiaprogram.org
Teach for China
This exciting new partnership between SIS and Teach for China offers TFC alumni application fee waivers and the opportunity to be considered for SIS funding. Every year, up to five admitted TFC alumni will be offered an SIS scholarship and the opportunity to complete a service project with an SIS partner organization. For more information on Teach for China, please visit: http://www.tfchina.org
The Washington Post
Up to five full-time Washington Post employees, spouses or dependents admitted to an SIS master’s program are eligible for $10,000 in merit award funding towards their degree. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive an application fee discount code and confirm your eligibility.
Yellow Ribbon Program
SIS supports American University's participation in the Yellow Ribbon program for eligible veterans. Veterans do not have to pay the application fee to SIS graduate programs. For more information please visit AU's Yellow Ribbon website.