Department of Education

Urban Education Fellowship

Students pursuing graduate education in teaching or urban education policy could be eligible for a no-cost master’s degree from Brown as part of a distinctive loan forgiveness program.

In 2003, the Brown University Steering Committee on Slavery and Justice was created by then-University President Ruth Simmons “to investigate and issue a public report on the University’s historical relationship to slavery and the transatlantic slave trade.” The final report recommended that the university contributes to K-12 education, and the Brown Corporation approved a collection of initiatives to take action in response. One of these initiatives declared, “The University will provide free tuition to as many as 10 admitted graduate students per year who, after successful completion of a master’s degree in teaching or a master’s degree in urban education policy, agree to serve in Providence-areas schools or surrounding area schools for a minimum of three years.”

The Urban Education Fellowship (UEF) reflects the Department’s and University’s commitment to Providence’s local urban community by providing loan forgiveness for up to ten MAT and UEP students each year who stay in the community for at least three years serving urban students and schools. Upon graduation, Fellows must complete the three-year commitment in its entirety in order to have the loan canceled. Applicants can apply for the Fellowship when they apply to the MAT and UEP programs. 

For Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) students, applicants from all teaching disciplines may apply. UEF recipients are required to teach for three years in an urban school in Rhode Island that meets the following criteria:

  1. Qualifies for federal funds
  2. More than 30% of the school’s enrollment must be made up of children from low-income families

For Master's in Urban Education Policy (UEP) students, UEF recipients are required to work for three years in a full-time position within a public sector education organization or non-profit entity in the state’s urban core region.

Fellowship applications are due the same day as program applications. 

The Urban Education Fellowship application can be found within the graduate program application.

To access it, click on the "Financial Information" section on the left-hand menu and scroll down to the "Program-Based Scholarships" section. Please follow those instructions to complete and submit your fellowship application. 

Urban Education Fellows are required to provide documentation on an annual basis to certify the completion of their service commitment. They must submit an Urban Education Loan Deferment Request Form for each year of service and an Urban Education Loan Cancellation Request Form once the service commitment has been fulfilled.

Current & Past Fellows

Since the program’s inception in 2008, Urban Education Fellows have served the local community in schools and educational organizations including:

Achievement First charter schools

Alvarez High School

Blackstone Valley Prep Mayoral Academy

College Crusade in Providence

Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI) 

Highlander Charter School 

Hope High School

The Learning Committee in Central Falls

The Met 

Paul Cuffee High School in Providence

Providence Career and Technical Academy

Providence Public School District (PPSD)

Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE)

Rhode Island Department of Human Services

Rhode Island Office of Management and Budget

Sophia Academy 

Swearer Center at Brown

Teach For America Rhode Island

Trinity Academy for the Performing Arts