Scholarships and Assistantships
The McCourt School offers merit-based scholarship funding. All MPP, MPM, MIDP, and MS-DSPP admitted students (including part-time students) are eligible to be considered for merit-based assistance as long as they submit their application by the Early Action (December 1) or Priority (January 15) deadlines. To be considered, simply answer “yes” when asked in the application if you wish to be considered for merit-based scholarships.
- Awards are based on a candidate’s grades, test scores, professional and lived experience, community service/volunteerism, and overall strength of application.
- Scholarship notification is sent in the same letter as the admissions notification.
- All merit scholarship awards are guaranteed for the student’s first year of study. Scholarships awarded for the first year of study are renewable at the same amount for the second year of study contingent on satisfactory academic progress (i.e. maintaining at least a 3.0 grade point average). Students in dual-degree programs will get a maximum of two years of merit funding from McCourt for coursework that pertains to the MPP degree.
The McCourt Scholars are a select group of promising future policy makers and scholars whose background, experience, and academic excellence qualify them for this prestigious award. Each year, five incoming students are nominated as McCourt Scholars based on the strength of their applications to the McCourt School.
- All full-time MPP, MPM, MIDP, and MS-DSPP who apply by the December 1 or January 15 deadline are eligible to be considered for the McCourt Scholars program. Although no additional application is required, candidates in consideration for the McCourt Scholarship will be contacted and interviewed by a selection committee.
- The Scholar award includes full tuition, mandatory fees, a stipend, and health insurance.
The Howard Scholar
This scholarship, open to degree-seeking students and alumni from Howard University, began in Fall 2021. Each year, one qualified candidate will receive a full tuition scholarship to attend one of the following McCourt School degree programs: MIDP, MPM, MPP (full time or Evening Program) or MS-DSPP. Applicants need to apply through the regular application process by the January 15 priority deadline in order to ensure consideration for this award. Although no additional application is required, eligible candidates for the Howard Scholarship may be contacted and interviewed by a selection committee.Back to Top
George E. Richmond Foundation Fellowship
The Richmond Foundation Fellows are a select group of McCourt students with demonstrated interest in improving health policy and in increasing their knowledge about the role of oral health in comprehensive health care.
- All applicants to the MPP, MPM, MIDP, and MS-DSPP programs who submit their admissions applications by the January 15 deadline will be notified when applications for the fellowship are open.
- The Fellowship award includes a partial-tuition scholarship of up to $25,000, a full-year paid research assistantship to work with select McCourt School faculty and affiliated research centers, and mentorship opportunities.
Craig Newmark Veterans Scholarship Fund
With generous support from Craig Newmark Philanthropies, the McCourt School of Public Policy is proud to increase access to public policy education for active-duty servicemen and women, veterans and military-connected students. Craig Newmark Scholars are enrolled in our full-time or part-time graduate programs and receive scholarships of $20,000 and access to networking and community building opportunities.Back to Top
Pablo Eisenberg Public Interest Fellowship
The endowed Pablo Eisenberg Public Interest Fellowship was created in 2006 to honor the work of McCourt School of Public Policy Senior Fellow Pablo Eisenberg. The fellowships (up to two each year) are awarded to McCourt School of Public Policy students who, through academic pursuits as well as volunteer and work experience, demonstrate a strong commitment to social and economic justice, and the potential to play a leadership role in the public interest arena. The award is designed to offer each Fellow a unique research experience working for and being mentored by a current leader in the field. The application process for this Fellowship will be shared with applicants during the admissions cycle.Back to Top
Graduate Assistants (GAs) will support McCourt School staff typically in an administrative capacity for approximately 10-15 hours per week and are paid hourly (current rate is $17 per hour). All students (including international students) may apply for graduate assistant positions in late August. McCourt hires approximately 15-20 GAs per year.
Research Assistants (RAs) will support tenure-line McCourt School faculty in their research for approximately 10 hours per week and are paid hourly (current rate is $20 per hour). Several of McCourt’s Research Centers hire RAs throughout the academic year and the summer. All students (including international students) may apply for research assistant positions in late August. McCourt hires approximately 30-40 RAs per year.Back to Top
McCourt Affiliated Scholarships
McCourt also offers a variety of scholarship opportunities in conjunction with other organizations. In order to be considered for any of these scholarships, applicants must submit their application to the McCourt School by the December 1 or January 15 deadline. Scholarship eligibility is contingent on the applicant indicating their affiliation with the partner organization in their application materials. Applicants may also be asked to submit verification that they are recipients of these other scholarship awards in order to receive matching funds from the McCourt School.
- Admitted Truman Scholars will receive a minimum $15,000 matching scholarship award from McCourt
- Up to 10 Admitted Fulbright Scholars will receive a $5,000 minimum scholarship award from McCourt
- Admitted Americorps Segal Education Award recipients will receive a minimum of a 100% matching scholarship award from McCourt if the Segal Education Award is applied to McCourt’s tuition
- Payne Fellows admitted to the Master in Public Policy, Master in International Development Policy, and Master of Science in Data Science for Public Policy programs will receive a minimum $25,000 scholarship award from McCourt
- Up to 5 Rangel Fellows admitted to the Master in Public Policy, Master in International Development Policy, and Master of Science in Data Science for Public Policy programs will receive a minimum of $15,000 scholarship award from McCourt
- Pickering Fellows admitted to the Master in Public Policy or Master of Science in Data Science for Public Policy programs will receive a minimum $15,000 scholarship award from McCourt
- Admitted Former Jesuit Volunteer Corps Members will receive a $3,000 minimum scholarship award from McCourt
- All Admitted Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Fellows and participants in McCourt’s Public Service Weekend will be considered for a minimum scholarship award of $18,000 from McCourt
- Between 1 and 5 admitted COLFUTURO scholarship recipients will receive a minimum scholarship award of $15,000 from McCourt
- Up to 2 admitted Bonner Scholars or Bonner Leaders will receive a $25,000 minimum scholarship award from McCourt
- Up to 2 admitted NYPD Scholarship recipients will receive a $20,000 scholarship award for the full-time MPM program at McCourt; to be considered for this award, NYPD applicants must apply no later than the January 15 application deadline.
- Admitted Lead For America Fellows and Govern for America Fellows will receive a minimum scholarship award of $18,000 from McCourt.
- Up to 30 students admitted to the full-time MPM through the McCourt School’s partnership with the National Urban Fellows (NUF) will receive a full tuition scholarship.
- Interested candidates need to apply first through NUF. The NUF application deadline is January 15. Only those selected as semi-finalists will be invited to submit an application to the McCourt School and only NUF finalists will receive the tuition scholarship from McCourt and NUF.
**Please note, all scholarship awards are guaranteed for the student’s first year of study. Scholarships awarded for the first year of study are renewable at the same amount for the second year of study contingent on satisfactory academic progress (i.e. maintaining at least a 3.0 grade point average). Students in the dual-degree programs will get a maximum of two years of merit funding from McCourt for coursework that pertains to the MPP degree.Back to Top
McCourt Funding Opportunities for Second Year/Returning Students
Graduate and Research Assistantships
Returning students are eligible to apply for Graduate and Research Assistant positions, as listed above.
McCourt hires returning students and alumni as Teaching Assistants (TAs) for the academic year to help support faculty and students in the quantitative, economics, and data science courses. The pay is $20/hour for approximately 8-11 hours per week, and TAs are expected to hold office hours, answer questions, conduct recitations, grade assignments, and/or provide other support for faculty and students. Applications are collected during the summer; McCourt hires approximately 60 TAs per year.
McCourt School Leadership Fellows
The McCourt School Leadership Fellows Program is a year-long program to develop the leadership potential of outstanding returning McCourt students. The selected Leadership Fellows will take part in intensive training workshops in coaching and team-building during the summer. In the fall, Fellows will apply their skills to help incoming McCourt students and develop their own potential through community-building and individual identity exploration exercises. Throughout the year they will continue their personal development and build coaching skills through cohort-activities and continued engagement as they plan and lead activities for the McCourt community. Students will be able to apply in March to serve as a Fellow for the following year. Leadership Fellows receive a $2,500 stipend.
Colin McCollester Mission Fund
The Colin McCollester Mission Fund was established by the family of Colin McCollester (G’14), who died on December 12, 2019 as a way to remember his generous spirit of doing good by serving others. Recipients will receive a $2,500 stipend to participate in an international internship or short term study abroad program during the Summer or Fall.
Dean’s Scholarships For Returning Students
All part-time and full-time McCourt School students who will be returning in the following academic year (Fall, Spring) and have earned a cumulative GPA of 3.33 or higher are eligible to apply for the Dean’s Scholarships awards. Students are typically awarded scholarships in the range of $1,000 to $20,000. Scholarships are for one academic year and students who are returning for a 3rd or 4th academic year will need to apply again in the next year’s process. Scholarships are competitive and are based on merit.
The Whittington Scholarship is awarded each year to an outstanding McCourt student in honor of Leslie Whittington, a professor of Economics and Public Finance who was killed during the attacks on 9/11. The scholarship, created in remembrance of Leslie and her family, is typically around $15,000 for one academic year. Only full-time students who have a 3.5 or higher cumulative GPA are eligible to apply. This competitive scholarship is awarded based on academic achievement at McCourt and a student’s contributions to the McCourt community.
- Read about the 2022 Whittington Scholarship recipient, Mackenzie Loy (MPP/ MBA ’22)
- Read about the 2021 Whittington Scholarship recipient, Andrea Arciniegas Murillo (MPP ‘21)
- Read about the 2020 Whittington Scholarship recipient, Maddie Pickens (MS-DSPP ‘20)
Fund for Experiential Learning
The McCourt School strongly believes in the value of experiential learning and internships for students who wish to apply their skills and gain experience while making a difference in their field of interest. This fund seeks to provide financial assistance to any student who wishes to pursue substantive and meaningful experiences and unpaid internships in and outside of Georgetown. The Fund typically provides a stipend payment of approximately $2,500.Back to Top