Affiliations

SIT is a really conducive environment for those who are service-orientated and want to see change happen.

Mary Nelligan, MA in TESOL and Master’s International student

SIT Graduate Institute values the unique experiences of students who have dedicated themselves to service organizations. We have partnered with a number of organizations to provide graduate school scholarships and support for these organizations’ members.

Through SIT’s partnership with AmeriCorps, students can integrate graduate studies at SIT with AmeriCorps service.

If you have completed AmeriCorps service prior to enrolling in a graduate program at SIT:

If you would like to pursue AmeriCorps service and graduate school at SIT:

  • Current SIT students interested in an AmeriCorps program can complete AmeriCorps service for their SIT practicum. Students interested in this option typically apply to AmeriCorps after beginning their initial coursework phase at SIT.
  • AmeriCorps service fulfills SIT's practicum requirement; however, the practicum must be related to the student’s coursework and career goals and be for a minimum of six months.

Learn more about AmeriCorps 
In order to qualify for AmeriCorps, you must be a US citizen and 18 years or older.

To Identify Your AmeriCorps Affiliation
Please state that you served (or wish to serve) with AmeriCorps by checking the AmeriCorps box on SIT’s online application. Otherwise, contact SIT’s Admissions Office at 800 336-1616 (toll free in the US) or 802 258-3510, or email admissions@sit.edu to get the application fee waived and be considered for the tuition match described above.

This partnership between SIT Graduate Institute and Atlas Corps strives to bring talented  individuals with experience addressing social issues worldwide to SIT’s master’s degree programs. The SIT/Atlas Corps partnership highlights the visions and values of both organizations in integrating the power of knowledge and service in addressing global issues.

Benefit

SIT will provide one (1) competitive full tuition and fees scholarship each year for an eligible participant for one or two years depending on the program location. Recipients will receive SIT Graduate Institute’s Community Service and Volunteer Scholarship.

Eligibility

This scholarship will be open to Atlas Corps participants who are accepted to SIT Graduate Institute and will have completed one-year of activity in their home region following their Atlas Corps Fellowship at the start of their academic program. Atlas Corps staff will also be eligible.

The shared values of personal growth, justice, community, and service practiced by Austin College and SIT Graduate Institute have inspired a partnership between SIT and Austin College to bring benefits to Austin College alumni studying at SIT.

Benefits

  • Five competitive $5,000 scholarships will be awarded each year to graduates of Austin College.
  • SIT will waive the $50 application fee for Austin College alumni.

Eligibility

Alumni of Austin College who are in good standing and have been accepted into any SIT master’s degree program are eligible.

City Year logo

SIT Graduate Institute is a proud University Partner of City Year, offering corps members, alumni, and staff interested in pursuing a graduate degree at SIT the following benefits:

  • Annual 25% tuition scholarship
  • Matching scholarship funding of the Segal Education Award, up to $5,500
  • Application fee waiver
  • One-year enrollment deferral

The partnership highlights the visions and values of City Year and SIT.

Eligibility and Additional Information

To Identify Your City Year Affiliation
Please check the City Year box on SIT’s online application. Otherwise, contact SIT’s Admissions Office at 800 336-1616 (toll free in the US) or 802 258-3510, or email admissions@sit.edu to get the application fee waived and be considered for the scholarship described above. Please state that you served with City Year and reference the partnership.

greenpeaceSIT Graduate Institute and Greenpeace have partnered to provide a special scholarship to current and past volunteers from The Greenpeace Student Network who wish to pursue an SIT master's degree.

Eligibility
Applicants must be either a current or past volunteer from The Greenpeace Student Network and be accepted into one of the following SIT master's degree programs:

Benefit
Applicants are eligible for $1,000 per three months of service (up to $5,000) and will also receive a waiver of their $50 application fee.

To Identify Your Greenpeace Affiliation
Please check the Greenpeace box on SIT’s online application. Otherwise, contact SIT’s Admissions Office at 800 336-1616 (toll free in the US) or 802 258-3510, or email admissions@sit.edu to get the application fee waived and be considered for the scholarship described above. Please state that you served with Greenpeace and reference the partnership.

The International Language Institute (ILI) of Massachusetts partnership provides transfer credit for students at ILI who apply for admission to SIT Graduate Institute.

SIT will accept completion of level 8 of ILI’s intensive English (ESOL) program as meeting SIT’s English proficiency requirement, meaning those applicants will be exempt from taking the TOEFL exam for admission to the following SIT degree programs:

SIT will grant conditional acceptance to applicants who have not yet successfully completed level 8 of the ESOL program at ILI who are otherwise admissible, with the condition that the applicant must successfully complete level 8 before enrolling in one of the above degree programs.

JET logoSIT Graduate Institute has partnered with the Association for Japanese Exchange and Teaching (AJET) to provide financial assistance to JET Programme alumni interested in pursuing a graduate degree at SIT. This partnership highlights the visions and values of both organizations in integrating the power of education as a tool to promote greater understanding across cultures. The partnership will help bring individuals with experience living and teaching in Japan to SIT Graduate Institute.

Benefit

Up to five scholarships of $5,000 will be awarded each year on a competitive basis to JET alumni.

Eligibility

  • JET Programme alumni or current Assistant Language Teachers (ALTs) who are accepted into an SIT master’s degree program and have completed at least one year of teaching with the JET Programme are eligible for a competitively awarded $5,000 scholarship.
  • SIT students interested in working for the JET Programme and who successfully meet JET Programme entry requirements may fulfill SIT’s practicum requirement by working as a JET Programme participant.
  • Current JET ALTs who plan to continue with the JET Programme beyond one year will be eligible to combine their JET position with SIT’s low-residency Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) program, which is based primarily online with two 3-week residencies in Vermont from late July to mid-August.
  • SIT will waive the application fee of $50 for JET alumni.

Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest SIT Graduate Institute and Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest (JVC) have teamed up to offer benefits to JVC Northwest alumni seeking to continue their pursuits of social justice through an SIT master’s degree program. This partnership highlights the values of both organizations in integrating the power of education and service as tools to promote greater understanding across cultures.

Benefits

  • Two scholarships of $10,000 each will be awarded annually on a competitive basis to JVC Northwest alumni.
  • SIT will waive the $50 application fee for JVC Northwest alumni.
  • SIT will also consider JVC Northwest service to fulfill SIT’s practicum requirement in conjunction with an SIT master’s degree program.

Eligibility

Scholarships will be open to current and past JVC Northwest volunteers who are accepted into an SIT Graduate Institute master’s degree program.

SIT Graduate Institute and Lutheran Volunteer Corps (LVC) have established a partnership to recognize the spiritual and secular pursuits of social justice. This partnership highlights the values of both organizations in integrating the power of education and service as tools to promote greater understanding across cultures.

Benefits

  • Two scholarships of $10,000 each will be awarded each year on a competitive basis to LVC alumni.
  • SIT will waive the $50 application fee for LVC alumni.
  • SIT will also consider LVC service to fulfill our practicum requirement in conjunction with an SIT master’s degree program.

Eligibility

Scholarships will be open to current and past LVC volunteers who are accepted into an SIT Graduate Institute master’s degree program.  

peace corpsThe National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) Scholarship was established to recognize the longstanding ties between SIT and the Peace Corps.

Benefit
Several competitive awards of $10,000 are made each year.

Eligibility
Members of the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) who have one year or more of significant Peace Corps experience are eligible to apply for this competitively awarded scholarship.  Applicants must be accepted into one of SIT's on campus master's degree programs.

*To have satisfactorily completed Peace Corps service, a volunteer must have completed the full two-year tour of service or the full tour minus up to 90 days, if returned home on an emergency leave; have been granted an "Early Close of Service" or an "Interrupted Service" due to circumstances beyond the volunteer's control; or have been medically separated as a volunteer.

OxfamSIT Graduate Institute and Oxfam America have partnered to provide a special scholarship to current and past Oxfam Change Leader and Group Leader volunteers who wish to pursue an SIT master's degree.

Eligibility
Applicants must be either a current or past Oxfam Change Leader and/or Group Leader volunteer and be accepted into one of the following SIT master's degree programs:

Benefit
Applicants are eligible for $1,000 per year of service (up to $3,000) and will also receive a waiver of their $50 application fee.

Identify Your Oxfam Affiliation
Please check the Oxfam box on SIT’s online application. Otherwise, contact SIT’s Admissions Office at 800 336-1616 (toll free in the US) or 802 258-3510, or email admissions@sit.edu to get the application fee waived and be considered for the scholarship described above. Please state that you served with Oxfam and reference the partnership.

Interested in graduate school and the Peace Corps?

Peace CorpsEstablished by the Peace Corps in 1987, the Master’s International program allows individuals to integrate overseas service with the Peace Corps as part of a graduate degree program. SIT Graduate Institute ranks 5th nationally in Master’s International participation.

Benefit
Through Master’s International, students pursuing graduate degree programs at SIT complete Peace Corps service for their SIT practicum and receive a 50 percent practicum scholarship. Students also receive priority placement with the Peace Corps.

Eligibility
To participate in Master’s International, you must apply to Peace Corps after beginning one of the following SIT master’s degree programs:

The Peace Corps and SIT will consider your applications separately.

For further information on applying to the Peace Corps, please visit the Peace Corps website.

For detailed information on applying to SIT, please contact the SIT Graduate Institute admissions team at admissions@sit.edu or call 800 336-1616.

Peace CorpsThe Peace Corps Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program provides financial assistance to Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCV) who wish to pursue graduate education at partner institutions, which include SIT Graduate Institute.

Benefit
Prospective SIT students who are selected to be Paul D. Coverdell Fellows will receive a $5,000 tuition scholarship plus room and board at SIT’s campus in Vermont during the first academic year (presently valued at $9,120) or equivalent scholarship ($14,120).

Eligibility
In order to be eligible for the fellows program, individuals must have satisfactorily completed their Peace Corps service* and be admitted to one of the following SIT master’s degree programs:

As part of their SIT graduate program, fellows must complete a practicum — a core component of every SIT master’s program — in a high-need American community (as defined by SIT). The practicum must relate to the student’s coursework and career goals and be for a minimum of six months. Only SIT’s on campus degree programs are applicable. Practicums may be paid professional positions or unpaid internships.

*To have satisfactorily completed Peace Corps service, a volunteer must have completed the full two-year tour of service or the full tour minus up to 90 days, if returned home on an emergency leave; have been granted an “Early Close of Service” or an “Interrupted Service” due to circumstances beyond the volunteer’s control; or have been medically separated as a volunteer.

SIT Graduate Institute has partnered with Sookmyung Women’s University’s TESOL certificate program (SMU-TESOL) in Seoul, Korea, to recognize our shared pedagogy and commitment to high quality academic programming for teachers of English language.

Benefits

  • Two scholarships of $7,500 each will be awarded annually to SMU-TESOL alumnae.
  • SIT will waive the $50 application fee for SMU-TESOL alumnae.

Eligibility

Current and past alumnae that have successfully completed the SMU-TESOL certificate program will be eligible for the scholarship opportunity. SMU-TESOL alumnae must be accepted into an SIT Graduate Institute master’s degree program to be eligible to receive the $7,500 scholarship.

Are you a veteran considering graduate school? SIT values your experience, voice, and perspective.

Throughout its history, SIT has welcomed and valued the real-world experiences its students bring into the classroom.

Consider combining your military experience and leadership skills with the knowledge and tools gained through a master’s degree.

Lend your voice and perspectives in exploring where theory and practice intersect; the importance of intercultural collaboration; and how to create a peaceful and just society grounded in real-world experience.

Become an effective change-maker in critical fields such as sustainable development; TESOL; peacebuilding and conflict transformation; and international education.

Did you know?
  • SIT Graduate Institute is a Yellow Ribbon School. If you are 100% eligible for post-9/11 GI Bill educational benefits, you will qualify for an additional $10,000 scholarship from SIT.
  • To process your GI Bill educational benefits, SIT Graduate Institute will need a Certificate of Eligibility from your Veterans Affairs (VA) office. The VA gets this paperwork from your discharge form (DD214).
  • SIT grants gift aid based on a combination of need and merit. Average gifts range between $500 and $4,000. Scholarships include a Veterans Service Award, which covers books and materials. See complete scholarships listing.
  • SIT Graduate Institute has its own chapter of Student Veterans of America. Members have participated in peace marches, movie nights, and have helped build awareness on campus and in the community.
  • SIT offers disability services and short term mental health counseling for students. Information and referral to community support services is also available.
  • We have personal relationships with local Veterans Affairs staff. SIT can refer students who want more information about accessing the network of veterans’ services to which they are entitled.

A WORLD OF POSSIBILITIES . . .

Consider the extraordinary ways in which you can put your experience into practice:

Put your passion into practice with an SIT master’s degree. Contact our Admissions Office for more information at 800 336-1616 (toll free inside the US) or 802 258-2510 (outside the US) or at admissions@sit.edu.

Volunteers Colombia

In recognition of their shared goals for international education and responsible global citizenship, Volunteers Colombia and SIT Graduate Institute have partnered to provide benefits to students and alumni of both institutions.

Benefits

  • SIT Graduate Institute will provide up to five (5) competitive $5,000 scholarships to current and past volunteers from Volunteers Colombia, given that they meet SIT’s eligibility requirements.
  • Volunteers Colombia will reserve two to three (2–3) fully funded, yearlong program positions for SIT Graduate Institute students entering the practicum or portfolio phase.

Eligibility

  • Volunteers Colombia alumni or current volunteers who have successfully completed a teaching period and have been accepted into an SIT master’s degree program are eligible for a $5,000 scholarship.
  • SIT Graduate Institute students enrolled in the practicum or portfolio phase are eligible to apply for a program position with Volunteers Colombia.

SIT Graduate Institute and WorldTeach have partnered to provide financial assistance to WorldTeach alumni interested in pursuing a graduate degree at SIT. This partnership highlights the visions and values of both organizations integrating the power of knowledge and service in addressing global issues. The partnership will help bring idealistic and committed leaders with experience working in diverse settings to SIT Graduate Institute.

Benefit

Several scholarships of $5,000 will be awarded each year on a competitive basis to WorldTeach alumni.

Eligibility

  • WorldTeach alumni or current volunteers who are accepted into an SIT master’s degree program and have completed at least one year of teaching with WorldTeach are eligible for a competitively awarded $5,000 scholarship.
  • Current SIT students interested in working for WorldTeach can complete a WorldTeach program position to fulfill their practicum requirement. WorldTeach will reserve a minimum of two fully funded year-long program positions for SIT Graduate Institute students each year. These students will be eligible for a 50% tuition discount for the practicum or portfolio phase.

SIT will waive the application fee of $50 for WorldTeach alumni.