Top 10 Public Policy Scholarships

Fulbright Program
A public policy graduate degree (MPP) involves the various actions that government bodies take towards many public policy issues. An educational degree in public policy studies the decision making of today’s governments. The Fulbright program is available for students and teachers. This government sponsored program sponsors advanced public policy research, university teaching positions, and teaching positions in elementary and secondary classrooms. Fulbright programs are available for several thousand students each year, and the award amounts are larger than most scholarships.

Anita F. Alpern Scholarship Fund
This scholarship fund is available for students wishing to gain an advanced degree in public policy. The requirements for this scholarship are based on scholastic merit and grades, financial need, and a commitment to public service. Full or part time students within the public policy curriculum are able to apply for this scholarship funding. Anita F. Alpern was a member of the faculty at American University and served on the adjunct faculty as well. She taught classes in public administration and administrative ethics for graduate students. There is one award, and the amount is $2500.

Bernard H. Ross Public Administration Scholarship
The Bernard H. Ross scholarship is awarded yearly, and there are three awards that are granted each year. The amount given for outstanding achievement and dedication to public work is $2,000, that may be renewed each year by maintaining a 3.2 grade point average or higher. This award is given to students who show academic achievement at the undergraduate level and have a history of community service projects as well.
The school of public affairs at American University set up the Bernard H. Ross Public Administration Scholarship to recognize Dr. Ross’ research accomplishments.

The John D. Young Memorial Scholarship
The family of John D. young set up this scholarship fund after the professor’s death. He was dedicated to public service over a thirty six year career in government. He served on the faculty of American University for ten years in the fields of public administration and public policy. A faculty committee chooses the one yearly recipient of this award of $3,500. The recipient chosen must be a first year full time student with a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher. The student chosen needs to show leadership ability as well.

Robert P. Boynton Award
This scholarship award is given out each year to one individual, and the amount granted is $500. The school of public policy established this award in memory of the late professor Robert P. Boynton. The scholarship money goes to a graduate student who has shown academic excellence in the fields of comparative public administration, nonprofit management, and international development administration. Most of these scholarships are based on high academic grade point averages within a public policy academic program. Outside leadership roles are included in certain of the scholarship programs, and community outreach is important to complete.

AAUW Association of American University Women International Fellowships
The Association of American Women has several international fellowships available each year. There are 245 fellowships and grants that can be awarded, and the budget for these awards is in the millions of dollars. Several individual scholarships are awarded by separate groups within the AAUW organization. The American Fellowship and Career Development Grant may be offered each year for academic study. The Community Action Grant is awarded, and an International Fellowship is given by this academic organization. An International Project Grant is available, and a student may apply for Selected Professions Fellowships.

Digital Innovation Fellowships Program
The Andrew W. Mellon foundation supports the ACLS Digital Innovation Fellowship. The deadline for applications for this funding is in September of each year. The amount of the stipend granted is up to $60,000. The amount of the project costs that may be granted are up to $25,000. The tenure for each awarded project is one academic year that begins between July and September of each year. A completed application for this program may be sent online. This fund supports the digitally based research projects across all disciplines of the humanities and social sciences.

Fellowship Competition of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
The Woodrow Wilson Center is now accepting applications for the upcoming deadline of October. The center supports the work of outstanding and award winning scholars, practitioners, journalists, and public intellectuals. The center in Washington, D.C., hosts around 160 scholars each year and supports the intellectual exchange of research on national and international issues regarding public policy and various policy challenges. Academic applicants should have a doctorate. Other applicants should have a certain level of accomplishment as well. The stipend awarded is usually equal to the regular salary of the fellow.

Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Program
The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) welcomes applications for its fellow positions until the deadline of November. This endowment group supports freedom around the world. An academic applicant will need a doctorate in order to apply for this program. Other types of applicants are welcome to apply. Other applicants will need a career equivalent of achievement in order to be considered. The program has a practitioner track and a scholarly track. Around 16 to 20 fellows are hosted each year in Washington, D.C., and given a monthly stipend for living expenses, health insurance, and travel reimbursement.

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation/ACLS Early Career Fellowships
The American Council of Learned Societies sponsors a fellowship program that supports the completion of a PhD dissertation. This fellowship program helps advance graduate studies in the humanities and related social sciences in the last year of a PhD program. The stipend for this program is $25,000 plus funds for research costs up to $3,000. University fees can be reimbursed up to $5,000. Tenure for this position is one year. The fellow will be expected to complete the dissertation work within this year of study and academic fellowship tenure.

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