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External Scholarships, Fellowships and Awards

The Web site, publicpolicydegree.com, has links to many public policy scholarships.  Below are several that may be of special interest, but it would be worthwhile to look at all those listed on the site.

These competitive awards and their applications require careful planning to complete. The following list is a starting point, but is not inclusive. Be aware that application deadlines and requirements differ.


American Association of University Women - The AAUW Educational Foundation has a long and distinguished history of advancing educational and professional opportunities for women in the United States and around the globe.

Gerald R. Ford Foundation - Each year, the Gerald R. Ford Foundation awards grants to scholars conducting research at the Gerald R. Ford Library, located in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Each grant includes up to $2,000 in support of defraying cost of travel, living, and photocopy expenses of a research trip to the Ford Library from within North America

International Affairs Fellowships - Council on Foreign Relations - The Council offers a variety of fellowships.

International Education Financial Services Organization - The IEFA. provides numerous scholarships, grants, and awards for international students interested in studying in the United States.

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship - One of the largest and most competitive scholarship programs in the nation, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Scholarship provides awards of up to $50,000 per year for up to six years of study to deserving low-income college seniors and recent college graduates. Students interested in the program must be nominated by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation faculty representative at their school, and may not apply directly to the Foundation.

James E. Webb Internship Program - Internships are offered to U.S. minority undergraduate junior, seniors and graduate students majoring in areas of business or public administration. These opportunities are intended to increase participation of minority groups who are underrepresented in the management of not-for-profit scientific and cultural organizations. Interns are placed in offices, museums, and research institutes throughout the Smithsonian Institution.

Mary Louise Roller Panhellenic Scholarship - The Mary Lousie Roller Panhellenic Scholarship is an annual award of $1,000 awarded to an undergraduate woman who plans to attend graduate school the following fall.

North American Treaty Organization (NATO) Fellowships - NATO  Headquarters (HQ) introduced its Internship Programme in 2004. The aim of the programme is to provide a small number of current or recent students with the opportunity to intern with the International Staff at NATO Headquarters in Brussels.

Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans - The purpose of The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans is to provide opportunities for continuing generations of able and accomplished New Americans to achieve leadership in their chosen fields. The Program is established in recognition of the contributions New Americans have made to American life and in gratitude for the opportunities the United States has afforded the donors and their family.

Presidential Management Fellowship - The purpose of the Program is to attract to the Federal service outstanding men and women from a variety of academic disciplines and career paths who have a clear interest in, and commitment to, excellence in the leadership and management of public policies and programs.

The Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship - Over the course of a nine-month program, Bosch Fellows complete two work phases at leading German institutions, both customized to each fellow's professional expertise, and attend three seminars with key decision-makers from the public and private sectors, taking place across Europe. The program is fully funded by Robert Bosch Stiftung, one of the largest foundations in Germany, with the goal of creating a new generation of American leaders who have firsthand experience in the political, economic and cultural environment of Germany and the E.U.

Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarships - The purpose of the Ambassadorial Scholarships program is to further international understanding and friendly relations among people of different countries and geographical areas.

Title VIII Research Scholar Program - Funded by the U.S. Department of State, Program for the Study of Eastern Europe and the Independent States of the Former Soviet Union (Title VIII), the American Councils Research Scholar Program provides full support for graduate students, faculty, and independent scholars seeking to conduct in-country, independent research for three months to nine months in Belarus, Central Asia, Russia, the South Caucasus, Ukraine, and Moldova.

White House Fellows Program - White House Fellows typically spend a year working as full-time, paid special assistants to senior White House Staff, the Vice President, Cabinet Secretaries and other top-ranking government officials. Fellows also participate in an education program consisting of roundtable discussions with renowned leaders from the private and public sectors, and trips to study U.S. policy in action both domestically and internationally. Fellowships are awarded on a strictly non-partisan basis.