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Financing Your Studies: Assistantships, Fellowships and Scholarships

Most students in the Policy Center receive some form of financial support, including:

  • Tuition scholarships for up to 6 credits per semester.
  • Graduate assistantship, which typically provides a stipend of $4,000-$4,500 per semester. Students work 20 hours per week, assisting a faculty member with research or teaching.
  • Sponsorship from a governmental or non-profit agency in the Pittsburgh area as a Community Development Fellow, which provides a stipend for part-time work in the agency.
  • Regional and international scholarships (Fulbright, Muskie, IREX, Ron Brown, etc.).
  • Fixed-rate loans for qualifying students (available only to U.S. citizens and permanent residents).

The Policy Center awards graduate assistantships and tuition scholarships on the basis of need and merit. To apply for a graduate assistantship or tuition scholarship applicants should reply fully to the financial aid section of the application form. Awards can be renewed based on satisfactory progress in your degree program and availability of funds.

Dr. Michael P. Weber Research Grant

Through the generosity of family and friends of Dr. Michael P. Weber, the Policy Center's founder, the Policy Center awards an annual competitive Dr. Michael P. Weber Research Grant.

Competitive External Scholarships and Awards

There are many external scholarships, fellowships and awards that can assist Policy Center students.