Funding Opportunities

External Funding Resources

Below is just a sample of external funding opportunities specific to the types of degree programs and interests offered through SPEA. This list is not meant to be all-inclusive.

A year-long fellowship with opportunities to work on policy issues as a staff member of a congressional office in Washington, D.C.   

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Program participants receive housing, a stipend, office placements, and opportunities to meet and interact with professional legislators and leaders working in all branches of government.   

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Two programs, both for Latino Leaders: Spend nine months working in D.C. with a Public Policy Fellowship or immerse yourself in a specific public policy area with a Graduate Fellowship. 

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Join an intimate cohort of 12 participants for a nine-month program, with each cohort encompassing a wide range of communities, interests, ideologies and experiences.

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Open to both undergraduate and graduate students of color, the Hearst Fellow serves as an intern with PSI in the Washington, D.C., office of the Aspen Institute for 12-15 weeks. All travel and housing costs must be covered by the student. Fellows will be compensated on an hourly basis.

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Up to $37,500 annually for expenses toward a two-year master’s degree in fields related to foreign service. Mentoring, internships,and employment are also available.

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Individuals working in public service professions for 10 years may be eligible to have any remaining interest and principal forgiven on their Federal Direct Loans, including Ford Federal Direct, Federal Direct Grad PLUS and Federal Direct Consolidation Loans. You must have made 120 payments as part of the Direct Loan program for this benefit.

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Benefits of up to $90,000 over two years toward a two-year master's degree, arranges internships on Capitol Hill and at U.S. embassies, and provides mentorship and professional development support. Study any area of relevance to the Foreign Service, including international relations, public policy, public administration, languages, or business administration.

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