Fellowships & Financial Resources

We offer incoming students a generous amount of funding through a competitive award process each spring—approximately 50 percent of incoming students receive fellowship awards from O’Neill.

Fellowships are available to students pursuing their Master of Public Affairs (MPA), Master of Science in Environmental Science (MSES), MPA-MSES, Master of Environmental Sustainability (MES), Master of Science in Healthcare Management (MSHM), Master of Arts in Arts Administration (MAAA), and MAAA-MPA. 

To apply

Submit your complete application by the December 31 priority deadline to be considered for O’Neill School Fellowships. You will need to answer the Financial Aid questions found in the Program Materials section of the online application to be considered for all opportunities. We strongly recommend that you provide information in the Financial Aid section that accurately reflects your financial need. We encourage you to be as compressive as possible. Please note that answers to questions in this section of the application will not influence an admissions decision, but rather will be utilized in the fellowship decision process.

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The decision process

Academic and professional achievements, extracurricular and volunteer activities, recommendation letters, and responses to application questions are among the factors considered when selecting fellowship recipients. Decisions are made based on how your overall credentials compare to those of other applicants in that current year.

Award notification

O'Neill School Fellowship decisions are made separately from admission decisions—your admission notification will not be accompanied by an award offer. After our December 31 priority deadline, we begin making funding decisions. You will be notified of your selection for an award in mid-March.

Your O’Neill School Fellowship may include a placement in our Service Corps program to provide additional financial support while offering the opportunity to gain real-world experience.

Service Corps is available to students pursuing their Master of Public Affairs (MPA), Master of Science in Environmental Science (MSES), MPA-MSES, Master of Arts in Arts Administration (MAAA), and MAAA-MPA. 

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We value the experiences Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, VISTA, and Teach for America alumni bring to our classrooms and officially recognize your experiences with volunteer benefits. You will receive a 3-credit hour reduction per year of service (maximum reduction is 6 credits). A 3-credit hour reduction saves more than $1,500 for a resident and more than $3,800 for a non-resident.

Volunteer Benefits are available to students pursuing their Master of Public Affairs (MPA), Master of Science in Environmental Science (MSES), MPA-MSES, and Master of Environmental Sustainability (MES). 

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We offer many graduate and teaching assistantship positions throughout the academic year right here at O’Neill. These positions support classroom instruction, faculty research, and administrative functions. Graduate and teaching assistants typically work between 10 and 15 hours per week and are paid at an hourly rate. We will notify students of these opportunities as they arise.

Assistantships are available to students pursuing their Master of Public Affairs (MPA), Master of Science in Environmental Science (MSES), MPA-MSES, Master of Environmental Sustainability (MES), Master of Science in Healthcare Management (MSHM), Master of Arts in Arts Administration (MAAA), and MAAA-MPA. 

Indiana University Funding Resources

In addition to these IU resources, you can find additional funding opportunities through the IU Foundation.

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A clearinghouse of services, resources, and funding support.

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Primarily for first-year graduate students, who are first-generation college attendees or whose economic backgrounds made educational pursuits difficult. Recipients are selected through O’Neill’s merit-based aid process. 

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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.

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Search scholarships and financial assistance specifically for international students.

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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 O’Neill (Accelerated Master’s Program candidates are eligible for this award). 

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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.

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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.

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Funding sources internal to IU and external, as well as advising on funding proposals.

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External Funding Resources

These are just a few external funding opportunities specific to the degree programs and interests offered through O’Neill. We encourage you to look for additional fellowships online, filtering based on your intended field of study and specific background. The IU Office of Scholarships is a great place to start.

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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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The O’Neill School provides Bonner Scholars and Bonner Leader program participants and alumni an application fee waiver and a competitive financial aid award valued at a minimum of $5,000 per year.

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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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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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The Charles B. Rangel International Affairs program provides Rangel Fellows with over $80,000 in financial benefits over two years toward a two-year master’s degree. The O’Neill School provides all Rangel nominees with an application fee waiver. In addition to the financial benefits offered by the Rangel Program, the O’Neill School provides Rangel Fellows with a financial aid award valued at a minimum of $10,000 per year.

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The Col. Loren J. and Mrs. Lawona R. Spencer Scholarship Spencer Scholarship  provides funds to United States Air Force personnel.

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The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program provides Pickering Fellows with over $80,000 in financial benefits over two years toward a two-year master’s degree. The O’Neill School provides Pickering Fellows, or finalists for the Pickering Fellowship, with an application fee waiver. In addition to the financial benefits offered by the Pickering program, the O’Neill School provides Pickering Fellows with a competitive financial aid award valued at a minimum of $10,000 per year.

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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. 

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The Donald M. Payne International Development Fellowship Program provides Payne Fellows with over $70,000 in financial benefits over two years toward a two-year master’s degree. The O’Neill School provides Payne Fellows, or finalists for the Payne Fellowship, with an application fee waiver. In addition to the financial benefits offered by the Payne program, the O’Neill School provides Payne Fellows with a competitive financial aid award valued at a minimum of $10,000 per year.

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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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I was very fortunate to have multiple fellowships, scholarships, and assistantships that helped finance my O’Neill education.

Jessica Corry, MPA’14 Nonprofit Management, Specialized Concentration in International Human Rights Policy & Advocacy