A variety of resources are available to help you make your graduate school experience more affordable, including funding opportunities specific to the O’NeillSchool of Public and Environmental Affairs.
O’Neill Funding Resources
Current master’s students can apply to a variety ofO’Neill-specific fellowships and research grants. Unless specified otherwise, fellowships are for students on the IU Bloomington campus.
O’Neill Fellowships for Continuing Students
These fellowships are for current O’Neill School students who will be continuing their program the next 2021-22 academic year. If you have any questions regarding O’Neill fellowship awards contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
*The O’Neill Awards Committee has the right to change all award amounts and number of awards at its discretion. Award amounts and award numbers may vary from the current listing.
Established to honor A. James Barnes, O'Neill's dean from 1988 to 2000, for his 12 years of leadership and loyal service. The scholarship was created to enable students to engage in nonpaying or low-paying internships in public service in either the public or non-profit sector.
- Undergraduate or graduate students who have demonstrated leadership potential and a strong interest in public service - Meant to enable students to undertake non-paying or low-paying internships in public service in either the public or nonprofit sector
Established as a tribute to Professor Emeritus Willard to recognize a student who best embodies Professor Willard's dedication and commitment to wetlands research.
- Graduate student - Demonstrated commitment to wetlands research - High academic standing - Strong interest in a career in public service or the not-for-profit sector - The fellowship will be used to continue efforts to enhance the School's research efforts at the outdoors environmental education center on Lake Monroe
Jesse Devitte Endowed Scholarship/Fellowship Fund
- O'Neill undergraduate or graduate student - Student must be a parent - Student must have demonstrated financial need
This award was established by the donor to honor her grandparents Donald ("Bill") B and Anna Josephine Routt.
- O'Neill undergraduate or graduate student - Preference for a student who is an Indiana resident - Demonstrated both merit and financial need - Majoring in Public Administration with a focus on a career in Indiana state government
A fellowship established to support a nonprofit management concentration MPA student on the IUB campus with a demonstrated interest in a career in nonprofit management or in the study of nonprofits. Note: A total amount of $11,500 will be given to a variable number of recipients determined by the Scholarship Committee.
- Outstanding graduate students in the Masters of Public Affairs program with a concentration in non-profit management on the IUB campus - Academic merit - Financial need - Demonstrated interest in a career in non-profit management or in the study of non-profits
This award supports O'Neill graduate students majoring in public finance administration.
- O'Neill graduate student - United States citizen - Public finance administration concentration - Preference given to students expressing a high degree of interest in pursuing a career in the public sector
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.
- Graduate student in Arts Administration (MAAA) - Financial need
The donor has established this award to support undergraduate or graduate O'Neill students majoring in environmental and sustainability studies or sustainability and sustainable development.
- O'Neill undergraduate student majoring in environmental and sustainability studies OR - O'Neill graduate student majoring in sustainability and sustainable development - Preference given to students participating in the Office of Sustainability internship programs
Established as a tribute to Senator Bob Dole, friend and mentor of O'Neill alumnus Jesse Devitte. The scholarship honors Dole, who was disabled during World War II, by supporting a student with a physical disability.
- Preference for O'Neill School student with a physical disability - Special consideration will be given to underrepresented populations, including but not limited to financially challenged students, and/or students with diverse cultural experiences
Established by John S. (Jack) Merritt, an alumnus and long-time member of the O'Neill School staff who held a variety of positions over a period of 25 years. In honor of his commitment to O'Neill, he created a Fellowship to assist O'Neill's graduate students.
- O'Neill graduate student
Established in honor of the achievements of Melissa Laney to assist promising graduate students.
- Master of Science in Environmental Science (MSES) student or MPA-MSES student - Preference give to student with financial need
Supports graduate and undergraduate students; recommended with demonstrated academic success, public and community service, and extracurricular activities.
- Current O'Neill School undergraduate or graduate student; recommended with demonstrated academic success, public and community service, and extracurricular activities.
The donors believe that a diverse student body enhances the education of all students. This award was established to support undergraduate and graduate SPEA students from diverse socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds, including first generation college students, international students, and students from underrepresented minorities.
- O'Neill undergraduate or graduate student from Bloomington or Indianapolis campus - First generation college student, international student, and/or student from underrepresented minorities
Support of two annual scholarships, as funds allow, for juniors, seniors, and/or first or second year Master's students in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Recipients who are juniors, seniors, or second year Master's students must be current members of Students for Equity in Public Affairs ("SEPA"). Applicants must write an essay displaying their activism, research, and experience in diversity, equity and inclusion work. Each Scholarship will be a minimum of $500 and a maximum of $1,000. The Scholarship is not renewable.
-Students who are juniors, seniors, and/or first or second year Master's students in the O'Neill School -Must be a current member of Students for Equity in Public Affairs (SEPA) -Must write an essay (300-500 words) displaying their activism, research, and experience in diversity, equity and inclusion work.
Established by Paul Wenbert, BSPA'76, who enjoyed a productive professional career in local government management and wishes to assist deserving students pursing a graduate degree in urban management and aspires to have a career in local government management.
- MPA student with concentration in urban management - Demonstrated interest in a career in local government management - Financial need - Academic merit with minimum GPA of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale
Scholarships for graduate students in the O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs who have demonstrated financial need.
- Undergraduate or graduate students in the O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs who have demonstrated financial need - International students will be eligible to receive the scholarship - Special consideration will be given to underrepresented populations, including but not limited to financially challenged students, and/or students with diverse cultural experiences - Preference for first generation Hispanic female students, and, where possible, with any connections to Colombia
This award was established by former Professor of Flute at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music to support nonprofit management students in O'Neill who are doing unpaid or low paying internships in the United States. Funds may be used to cover travel to and from the internship.
- Nonprofit management student in O'Neill doing an unpaid or low paying internship in the United States. A check stub or official letter from student's employer will be required. - Preference given to students working in communities serving Native Americans
Phil Rutledge Fellows Program was established to celebrate the tireless contributions to public good made by IU Professor Emeritus Philip J. Rutledge and make it possible for future generations of highly talented minority students to follow in his footsteps.
- Students from traditionally underrepresented groups who wish to pursue a Masters and/or Doctoral degree at the O'Neill School, at Bloomington and Indianapolis campuses - Applicant must provide record of academic excellence, supported by one academic and one professional reference letter - Applicant must provide documentation indicating promise in teaching, research and public service
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.
- Graduate student born in the Midwestern states of Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, or Minnesota - Full-time MPA student with a concentration in Policy Analysis or International Development - Minimum GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale - Working part time to help pay for their education. Must attach documentation to provide proof of employment. A check stub or official letter from student's employer will be required. - Preference is given to a student who is not affiliated with a national Greek fraternity or sorority organization - Preference given to a student who has demonstrated an interest and inclination in serving in some capacity in the Foreign Service - The family requests that the recipient recognizes the international political endeavors and contributions of Robert H. Frowick by familiarizing themselves with his life's achievements through writings, speeches, and other documentation on file.
Established by Larry Schuchman in honor of the family's long-time commitment to resource conservation and recycling. The scholarship assists students with an interest in the fields of recycling and solid waste management.
- Undergraduate or graduate O'Neill student - Students interested in a career in resources conservation, recycling, and/or solid waste management - Record of academic excellence - Financial need
Established in memory of Scott Chilcote, a B.S. Environmental Management graduate and joint MPA-MSES student, whose dedication to O'Neill and joy of life continue to serve as an inspiration to all who knew him.
- Undergraduate or MSES or joint MPA-MSES students in O'Neill School - Demonstrated leadership potential - Dedication to the environment, O'Neill, and Indiana University - Strong preference given to nontraditional and/or working students
Established by friends and family of Steven Eisenach, MPA'80, to honor his memory.
- Master of Public Affairs (MPA) student - Demonstrated financial need - Demonstrated academic merit
Undergraduate and graduate scholarships for students on the Bloomington campus who participate in IU's debate team, have financial need, and are promising debaters as demonstrated through clear records of leadership and involvement in debate events in high school or college.
--Undergraduate or graduate students on the Bloomington campus who participate in IU's debate team --Financial need --Promising debaters as demonstrated through clear records of leadership and involvement in debate events in high school or college --Demonstrated strong public speaking, research, and writing skills --Must be committed participants in the competitive growth and development of the IU debate team --Preference will be given to students in the O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs
This fellowship will be awarded to master's 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.
The application will be available in early spring 2021.
If you have questions about this fellowship opportunity, contact the international student service coordinators at email@example.com.
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