Part of the challenge with graduate school is finding ways to fund your education. The MPA-DP program (as well as the other SIPA programs) works hard to make sure students that are qualified and passionate about their education receive as much financial aid as possible.
While SIPA cannot provide funding to all of its students, it does what it can to support its students. One of the ways it does this, is by providing a database of upwards of 250 external funding sources. This list was curated by the SIPA Office of Admissions and Financial Aid, and lists only funding sources for graduate students in international affairs and public policy. You shouldn’t discount this resource, as students are awarded more than $1 million in external funding every year!
In general, incoming MPA-DP students have received financial support from the public sector, including foundations, institutes and local government ministries. When considering applying to the MPA-DP program, consider these entities that have already funded MDA-DP students, making it a bit more likely they will consider your application as well. (Keep in mind this isn’t an exhaustive list, but it is a good starting point for all two-year applicants.)
- American Association of University Women (AAUW)
- AmeriCorps Scholarship
- Government of Chile
- Earth Institute
- Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships Program
- Fulbright Fellowship
- Guatefuturo Foundation
- Governor’s Scholarship Program (by state of residence)
- Government of Trinidad & Tobago
- Harriman Institute
- Ministry of Finance, Indonesia
- Institute for African Studies
- The Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago
- The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship
- Ceil and Michael Pulitzer Foundation
- Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Graduate Fellowship
- Government of Turkey
- United States Indonesia Society
- World Bank
For second-year graduate, there is some additional financial assistance in terms of Instructional Assistantships (Teaching Assistants, Department Research Assistants, and Readers) and Program Assistantships. In fact, 33 of our MPA-DP students received an assistantship during the 2015-2016 academic school year. This is a testament to the fact that not only do the MDP students work hard to land these opportunities, but the faculty as well does everything in their power to make sure MDP students are recognized for their hard work and potential. Assistantships are open to all second-year students. A guide to these SIPA financial opportunities can be found here.