The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Fellowship Resources: US Students

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US students at the School of Public Policy are encouraged to look into the wide range of fellowship opportunities available.

The Byron Hanke Fellowship for Graduate Research on Community Associations
The Foundation for Community Association Research offers an annual fellowship available to graduate students working on topics related to community associations. Community associations govern common-interest communities of any kind (condominiums, cooperatives, townhouse developments, planned unit developments, and other developments where homeowners support an association with mandatory financial assessments, and are subject to use and aesthetic restrictions). The fellowship ranges from $2,000 to $4,000.

Soros Fellowship for New Americans
Awarded for resident aliens, naturalized US citizens, or the child of two parents who are both naturalized citizens. These fellowships provide up to two years of graduate study in the United States and are awarded on a national competitive basis. Thirty fellowships are awarded each year.

Public Employee Retirement Research and Administration Scholarship
Yearly scholarship offered by the Government Finance Officers Association to a full or part-time student in a public administration, finance, business administration, or a social sciences graduate program. Applicants should have the intent to pursue a career in state or local government with a focus on public-sector retirement benefits. The scholarship amount is $4,000.

Minorities in Government Finance Scholarship
Annual scholarship offered by the Government Finance Officers Association to a graduate student of public administration, accounting, finance, political science, economics, or business administration. The purpose of the scholarship is to recognize outstanding performance by minority students preparing for careers in state and local government finance. The scholarship amount is $5,000.

National Hispanic Scholarship Fund
Designed to assist students of Hispanic heritage obtain a college degree. Scholarships are available, on a competitive basis, to graduate students. The scholarship ranges from $500 to $5,000.

Career Development Grants
The American Association of University Women offers grants between $2,000 and $12,000 for women who hold a bachelor’s degree and are preparing to advance or change careers or re-enter the workforce. Primary consideration is given to women of color and women pursuing their first advanced degree or credentials in nontraditional fields.

HORIZONS Scholarships
The Women In Defense HORIZONS Scholarship Program encourages women to pursue careers related to US national security and defense and to provide development opportunities to women already working in these fields.

Patsy Takemoto Mink Educational Foundation
Education Support Awards are available for low-income mothers with minor children. The scholarships, of up to $5,000, can be used to pay direct school expenses or for living expenses while you are enrolled in an educational program.