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University Partnership: Brown University Department of Education

City Year is proud to partner with The Department of Education at Brown University to offer 25% annual tuition scholarships to explore the field of education through the Master of Arts in Teaching Program (MAT) and the Master’s Program in Urban Education Policy (UEP). 


The Department of Education at Brown University fosters a graduate student community of reform-minded educators and policy professionals. Our MAT and UEP programs are committed to small, cohort-based experiences that allow students to personalize their graduate year.

The MAT program includes a dynamic summer practicum and diverse student teaching experiences with mentor teachers across Rhode Island.  The MAT program prepares teachers in secondary education (grades 7-12) in English, history/social studies, or science (biology, chemistry, or engineering/physics).  MAT students form close relationships with faculty, who are experts in teaching and learning, teach analysis seminars, and supervise practicum experiences.  Graduates will be prepared to approach the teaching of students in diverse communities with empathy and cultural competence based in critical reflection that strives to continuously improve their own practice. The program is one year in length. 

The UEP Program combines a focused academic curriculum and nine-month internship to impart a set of core skills necessary for successful careers in urban education policy. UEP students begin their year with a collaborative research practicum with local educational organizations and leave the program with a powerful national network of education reformers. UEP students complete core academic coursework integrated with a nine-month internship and receive an MA in Urban Education Policy. The program is one year in length.

Benefits offered by Brown University Department of Education


Scholarship Amount

25% annual tuition scholarship

Number of Scholarships Awarded Annually
Application Fee Waiver Yes


Eligibility & Additional Info

  • 25% Tuition Scholarship. The scholarship will be 25% of tuition, for up to ten (10) recipients per year. 

  • Scholarships awarded to City Year corps members and alumni for at least one year of service and City Year staff members employed for at least two years.

  • Scholarships described above represent the minimum awards; applicants will be considered for additional aid based on the strength of the application.

Eligible programs:

To Apply

  • Click here to access The Department of Education at Brown University admissions website and apply online.

  • To identify your City Year affiliation: If available, please check the City Year box on the online application. Otherwise, please contact the Admissions Office and state that you served with City Year and reference our partnership. Applicants requesting an application fee waiver must submit an application and fee waiver request form at least two weeks in advance of the program’s application deadline.

  • City Year verification:  To get the application fee waived and to be considered for the scholarship, a service verification letter must be requested by emailing with "Brown University Department of Education" and note either "UEP" or "MAT" in the subject line. Within the email, include the site where you served and your corps graduation month and year. This letter will be sent electronically by City Year to Admissions Office and added to your applicant file..

To Contact the Admissions Office

Please note that all admissions and scholarship decisions are made by the educational institution. Corps members, alumni and staff interested in these scholarships must complete the full application process for the institution. Please pay close attention to deadlines, and consider beginning work on your applications early in the year.