A variety of resources are available to help you make your graduate school experience more affordable, including funding opportunities specific to the School of Public and Environmental Affairs.
SPEA Funding Resources
Current master’s students can apply to a variety of SPEA-specific fellowships and research grants. Unless specified otherwise, fellowships are for students on the IU Bloomington campus.
SPEA Fellowships for Continuing Students
These fellowship is for current SPEA students who will be continuing their program the next academic year. If you have any questions regarding SPEA fellowship awards, contact email@example.com.
- SPEA Alumni Association Scholarships
Two $1,000 fellowships for current undergraduate or graduate SPEA students with a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA and demonstrated academic success, public and community service, and involvement in extracurricular activities.
- A. James Barnes Fellowship
One $1,500 fellowship for undergraduate or graduate students who have demonstrated leadership potential and a strong interest in public service. The purpose of the scholarship is to enable students to undertake non-paying or low-paying internships in public service in either the public or nonprofit sector.
- Scott Chilcote Fellowship
One $1,200 fellowship to support undergraduate and graduate scholarships. Each Scholarship will be a minimum of $1,000. The recipients will be undergraduate students, MSES or joint MPA/MSES students in SPEA who have demonstrated leadership potential and a dedication to the environment, SPEA and Indiana University. Strong preference will be given to nontraditional and working students.
- Jesse Devitte Disabled Student Scholarship
One $1,200 fellowship used to support an annual award for a student who has a physical disability.
- Steven D. Eisenach Memorial Graduate Fellowship
A $1,200 fellowship established by friends and family of Steven Eisenach, MPA’80, to honor his memory. The Fellowship supports a student pursuing an MPA degree who exhibits financial need and academic merit.
- Robert H. Frowick Memorial Fellowship
Established by the family of Ambassador Frowick in honor of his exemplary service as a foreign diplomat, efforts to promote democracy in Eastern Europe, and dedication and commitment to making a difference in the world. Three $1,500 scholarships are available for a full-time MPA student born in Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota, or Wisconsin with a concentration in Policy Analysis or International Development, a minimum 3.20 cumulative GPA, and employed part time. Preference to students with an interest in a Foreign Service career.
- Melissa Laney Graduate Fellowship
Four $5,000 fellowships established in honor of the achievements of Melissa Laney to assist promising graduate students pursuing an MSES or a joint MSES/MPA degree and with financial need.
- Eileen McDavid Memorial Fellowship
A $500 fellowship established to honor the memory of SPEA graduate Eileen McDavid. The fellowship, funded by friends and family of McDavid, supports second-year MPA students.
- John S. "Jack" Merritt Graduate Fellowship
This $2,000 graduate student fellowship was established by Merritt, an alumnus and long-time member of the SPEA staff who held a variety of positions over a period of 25 years. In honor of his commitment to SPEA, he created a Fellowship to assist SPEA's graduate students.
- Phil Rutledge Fellows Program
A $5000 fellowship to support students from traditionally underrepresented groups who wish to pursue a Masters and/or Doctoral degree at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs. The student must have a record of academic excellence supported by academic and professional reference letters, and indicate promise in teaching, research and public service.
- Schuchman Family Scholarship in Resource Conservation and Recycling
One $2,500 scholarship to be used to support undergraduate and graduate scholarships for students enrolled in the School. Recipients shall be interested in pursuing a career in resource conservation and recycling, have a record of academic excellence, and financial need.
- James E. Suelflow Fellowship
A $1,500 fellowship created by alumni and friends of the Arts Administration Program as a tribute to Dr. Suelflow, who served as the program’s director for more than 25 years, building it into one of the premiere programs of its kind. Qualified applicants are MAAA students with high academic standing and financial need.
- Paul Wenbert Local Government Management Fellowship
A $1,000 fellowship established by Paul Wenbert, BSPA’76, who enjoyed a productive professional career in local government management, to assist a graduate student with a concentration in Local Government Management, financial need, academic merit, and the intent to pursue a career in local government management.
- Daniel E. Willard Fellowship in Wetlands Research
A $2,000 fellowship established as a tribute to Professor Emeritus Willard to support an outstanding student pursuing an MSES with a strong interest in a career in public service. The award recognizes a student who best embodies Professor Willard's dedication and commitment to wetlands research and with a high academic standing.
SPEA International Engagement Fellowship
This fellowship will be awarded to students on a competitive basis who plan to pursue a unique, self-directed summer experience abroad. Current master’s students with at least nine hours of graduate coursework completed are eligible to compete for awards of up to $2,500 each. These awards will support a self-directed project to pursue relevant international, experiential, and/or academic opportunities.
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Indiana University Funding Resources
- Student Central on Union
A clearinghouse of services, resources, and funding support.More information
- Educational Opportunity Fellowships
Primarily for first-year graduate students, who are first-generation college attendees or whose economic backgrounds made educational pursuits difficult. Application deadline occurs during the spring semester. You must submit the application to the SPEA Masters Program Office (MPO) for the director’s nomination.More information
- Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships
If you intend to make your career in college or university teaching, government service, or other employment where knowledge of foreign cultures is a prerequisite for success. Generally five IU programs—African Studies, East Asian Studies, Russian and East European Institute, Central Eurasian Studies, and Western European Studies—apply for institutional FLAS funding. Contact the appropriate program for information.More information
- Office of International Services (OIS)
Search scholarships and financial assistance specifically for international students.
- IU Pathways Scholarship
Available only to IU Achievement Scholarship recipients who complete their undergraduate degree in three years—apply the remaining year of your Dean’s or Provost’s scholarship funds toward your first year of graduate coursework at SPEA (Accelerated Master’s Program candidates are eligible for this award).More information
- Residence Hall Graduate Assistantships
Graduate assistantships that usually provide room, board, and either a fee scholarship, stipend, or both. Selection is based on undergraduate academics and qualifications for working with in a residence hall setting.More information
- Student Affairs Graduate Assistantships
Locations and availability vary, but normally include a stipend and fee scholarship. Graduate assistantships include the Alcohol-Drug Information Center, Student Activities Office, Career Development Center, Student Academic Center, Health and Wellness Education and Office of Student Financial Assistance. Application deadlines range from February to April.More information
- University Graduate School
Funding sources internal to IU and external, as well as advising on funding proposals.
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—we encourage you to research additional funding sources.
- Asian Pacific American Congressional Fellowship
A year-long fellowship with opportunities to work on policy issues as a staff member of a congressional office in Washington, D.C.
- Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Internship
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.
- Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute
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.
- Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs
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.
- William Randolph Hearst Fellowship
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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- Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program
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.More information
- Public Service Loan Forgiveness
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.More information
- Rangel International Affairs Graduate Fellowship
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.More information
- Tillman Military Scholarship
IU is a partner school with the Pat Tillman Foundation. Applications for this benefit typically open in early February and are due in early March for the following academic year.
- USAID Payne Fellowship
The Payne Fellowship Program provides benefits of up to $94,000 over two years toward a two-year master's degree, arranges internships in Washington D.C. and at USAID missions overseas, and provides professional development and support activities leading to employment in USAID.