English for Refugees Fellowship

There are currently more than 60 million displaced people worldwide, people who need the resources and tools—including the language skills—to rebuild their lives in new places. Language is a critical skill to access basic needs, health care, and employment; and to weave a new community. Thanks to a partnership with the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI), Marlboro College is able to offer the English for Refugees Fellowship for educators interested in teaching English to help people build independent and dignified lives.

English for Refugees Fellows will be embedded in a community working directly with refugees and immigrants at USCRI Field Offices where they will practice language teaching, get to know the stakeholders involved and learn about the process of resettlement. This experience combined with an MA in Teaching will prepare fellows for careers in education, non-profit program development, international relations, and policy making.

To learn about the fellowship or to apply, contact graduateadmissions@marlboro.edu or request more information.


  • Empower refugees and immigrants through language learning.
  • Work alongside mentor teachers in one of six placement centers.
  • Debrief your teaching experience with graduate faculty and peers each week.
  • Receive $5000 scholarship toward your MAT.

A Year of Service

English for Refugees Fellows may choose to serve at any of the six resettlement centers across the U.S. for their practicum placement (September through May). Fellows will work with field office staff to learn about the populations each resettlement center serves. During the fall trimester (September - December) students will either observe a mentor teacher, with opportunities for collaboration, or solo teach. During the winter trimester (January - April) students will be required to complete at least 65 hours of solo teaching, which will include planning and implementing their own lesson plans. During their interim fellowship year they will be supported by a faculty mentor.


All fellows will enroll in our MATESOL program; if you are applying to the fellowship you should submit all of the required documents for the MATESOL application, and indicate that you are applying for the fellowship on the online application form. When completing your statement please also explain why you are interested in working with refugees, and describe any experience they have working in diverse groups. Upon acceptance fellows will be required to sign a contract indicating that they agree to complete their practicum at one of the six USCRI Refugee Resettlement Centers in the United States. Applicants will also need to complete a background check for their placement at a USCRI resettlement center.

Deadline: There is a rolling application deadline, but for preferred consideration, applicants must initiate contact with Graduate Admissions by November 30. The signed fellowship contract must be returned to the fellowship coordinator by April 1.


Supporting Coursework

The fellowship will be bounded by two summer residencies of coursework at Marlboro College. Courses will include curriculum design, teaching diverse learners, best practices in language pedagogy and language acquisition theory. During the practicum, fellows’ practical experience will be complemented by academic work focused on trauma-informed practice and other factors to consider when working with displaced peoples. During the second summer residency, all fellows will be required to focus on an aspect of their practicum learning for their student-designed Bridges Conference presentation.



Applicants may select one of the following resettlement centers for their placement:

  • Colchester, VT

  • Albany, NY

  • Dearborn, MI

  • Des Moines, IA

  • Erie, PA

  • Cleveland, OH

Once accepted to the MATESOL program students will go through the following steps to finalize their placement. 

  1. Accepted student notifies the fellowship coordinator of their site preference.

  2. The student completes a background check.

  3. The fellowship coordinator will connect the student with the director of their site preference.

  4. The field office director will interview the student.

  5. The fellowship coordinator will confirm the placement with the student.

  6. The student gives signed contract to the fellowship coordinator.

  7. The student begins their placement in September.



All fellowships are unpaid. In recognition of this act of service all fellows will automatically receive a $5,000 tuition scholarship disbursed in $1,000 increments over the course of the fellow’s five trimesters.


Fellows will be responsible for covering their own room and board, transportation and incidental expenses during their placement. Domestic students are eligible for federal student loans, which can be applied toward living expenses. Questions about funding and expenses can be sent to graduateadmissions@marlboro.edu.

Teaching can be parttime with a minimum of two-hours per week. We expect many fellows would also choose to seek part-time employment to cover living costs.


Fellows are responsible for finding and financing their own housing during their practicum.


About our Partnership

Marlboro is proud to offer this fellowship in partnership with USCRI, grounded in a shared vision for social justice and global citizenship. USCRI, a well respected national non-profit, works to protect the rights and address the needs of persons in forced or voluntary migration worldwide, and to support their transition to a dignified life.

Through this partnership, Marlboro College and USCRI will develop a cohort of highly-skilled educators who are not merely trained in the methodology of TESOL but who also understand the additional challenges faced by those who have experienced trauma and displacement. Together we hope to equip fellows to teach alongside these survivors, acknowledging their resiliency, and help them in their journeys to create dignified, independent lives.