Ideas to help finance your participation in the Summer Institute


  1. Analyze and compare costs to what you are already paying per class for graduate courses. $799 for a 3-credit course (and an additional $599 if you take the additional optional independent study for 3 more credits) is MUCH less expensive than normal graduate tuition at UMass Boston, as well as most other research universities in the United States. The savings from tuition compared to what you would otherwise pay during the semester may help to offset the cost of the program fee that covers in-country expenses.  In some cases, taking a course (or two) in the summer might help accelerate your progress toward completion of your degree, which might also save you money.


  1. If you have financial aid left over for the semester, this can often be applied toward tuition for the summer, so check with your financial aid counselor. Note that graduate assistant tuition waivers do not count toward summer CAPS courses.


  1. Student loans can usually be applied toward the costs of summer courses.Check with your financial aid counselor for more detailed advice.


  1. Many employers have professional development funds available to support employees taking trainings or other continuing education classes.Check with your employer to see if this might be a possibility for you, especially if skills like negotiation, effective communication, proposal writing, etc., might add value to your organization or company.


  1. If you are currently enrolled in a university (other than UMass Boston), check to see what funding resources are available to you.Often centers and institutes on campus have grants and funding to support summer study, internships, field work, etc., and there may be university-wide competitive grants you can apply for.  Also, check your Office of International Education to see if there are study abroad scholarships specific to your university that you can apply for.




Especially for those who want to use the summer institute to do preliminary field work or develop a thesis proposal, check out various Graduate Student Association grants:


The Office of Global Programs has some competitive travel funds available, but they sometimes have rather rigid deadlines:


[For those who are in the department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security, & Global Governance, if you want to accomplish research goals/develop a thesis proposal/etc. during the summer institute, you can apply for competitive departmental research or professional development funds.  Those in the Conflict Resolution graduate programs (MA or certificate) can apply for funding from the Matz fellowship, deadline is usually in March:]





Beacon’s Student Success Fellowship–UMass Boston full-time, undergraduate students who have secured an experiential learning opportunity (study abroad included) are eligible to apply for this award up to $3,000.   Applications are often due in March. 

Robert Hildreth Latin America Internship Award–Sponsored by the Gastón Institute, the Hildreth Award provides approximately $3,000 for travel and research in Latin American or Caribbean countries.  Applicants must be undergraduate students, enrolled full-time with a current GPA of 3.0 or higher and read/speak Spanish.:



Go Overseas Study & Intern Abroad Scholarship ($500, applications due May 6)


Diversity Network Summer Scholarship [check to see whether your school is a member of the Diversity Network, making you eligible; applications due April 1]


Check out the extensive list of possible sources of external funding/scholarships for study abroad (not all will be applicable to our program):


The Chantal Paydar Foundation provides travel funding for an internship related to peace and conflict resolution.  Working in collaboration with CEMPROC, our partner NGO in Ecuador, we could work out a proposal with you to do some service learning during and/or after the summer institute that would make you eligible.  We had a participant (from India) win this award last year:


Check this list of resources in the UMB Office of Global Programs for ideas on crowd funding and other fundraising strategies:


FOR DOCTORAL STUDENTS (often useful to link your participation in the summer institute with some research goal/outcome that you would accomplish, using the experience as exploratory field research)


Institute for Humane Studies (IHS) Conference and Research Grant ($750)


Peace Psychology Small Grants Program


Louis & Clark Fund for field research

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ICNC Rapid field research & data collection grant for nonviolent action struggles