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Graduate scholarships and awards

SPEA offers assistantships, scholarships and merit-based awards to SPEA graduate students. Additional scholarships that are relevant to SPEA students are also listed here. For a comprehensive list of all IUPUI scholarships, please visit the Office of Student Scholarships website.

Full Graduate Student Assistantships
SPEA IUPUI offers graduate assistantships and University Fellowships through a competitive application process. The graduate assistants work 20 hours per week during the academic year. These are research assistantships and not teaching assistantships. In exchange for the 20 hours per week, GAs receive full tuition, most fees, student health insurance and a stipend of $9,000 that is paid out monthly over the academic year. Graduate Assistantships are awarded in March for students who will attend full time. Applications are accepted year-round, but priority deadline is February 1. For more information, contact Luke Bickel at 317-278-0308 or lbickel@iupui.edu.
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Please mail the Graduate Student Assistantship application and a current resume to:

SPEA Graduate Admissions
801 West Michigan Street
Business/SPEA Building Room 4079
Indianapolis, IN 46202

Or send by email to lbickel@iupui.edu.

Lawrence M. Borst Fellowship
This unique fellowship provides financial support for a talented SPEA graduate student to gain experience with the Indiana Senate, specifically in finance and budgetary analysis and programs. This one-year experience requires a commitment of 20 hours per week during the fall semester, with the student typically enrolled as a full-time graduate student. The approximate award for the fall semester is $3,315. The spring semester requires a full-time commitment, so the student may register in a practicum course but take no other classes. During the spring semester, the Borst Intern will be paid at the rate earned by other interns, approximately $350 per week. Deadline is April 8. For more information on the fellowship and the application process, contact Kathy Hursh at 317-278-3651 or hurshk@iupui.edu.

Johnson Community Service Fellowship (application due April 1)
Approximately $8,600 awarded to a first- or second-year graduate student in SPEA. Any previous graduate GPA must be a 3.0 or above. Students must demonstrate their record of community service and complete an internship (approved by a SPEA faculty member) with a community nonprofit organization or governmental agency. The deadline is April 1. For more information, contact Luke Bickel at 317-278-0308 or lbickel@iupui.edu.
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C. Michael Pitts Scholarship (application due April 1)
This award was established in memory of C. Michael Pitts, who served as an associate professor for SPEA in labor relations and mediation for many years before his death in 2002. It awards two scholarships of $1,000 each to a first- or second-year graduate student in SPEA. It is for IUPUI SPEA students seeking an MPA and who have an interest in pursuing a career in public service or the nonprofit sector. Applicants must have a 3.0 grade point average, be a resident of the state of Indiana and demonstrate financial need. Deadline is April 1. For more information, contact Luke Bickel 317-278-0308 or lbickel@iupui.edu.
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Tom and Pat DeCoster Scholarship (application due April 1)
An award of $3,200 to support a first- or second-year graduate student in SPEA for one year. To be eligible, a student must be a single parent, attend full-time or part-time and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0. Recipient(s) will be chosen by members of the SPEA Scholarship Committee based on academic achievement and quality of the application. The deadline is April 1. For more information, contact Luke Bickel at 317-278-0308 or lbickel@iupui.edu.
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Robert E. Martin Scholarship (application due April 1)
Two $1,500 scholarships will be awarded to a first- or second-year graduate student in SPEA. This award is for an IUPUI SPEA student seeking an MPA who has an interest in public management and/or financial management. Applicants must have a 3.0 grade point average, be a resident of the state of Indiana and demonstrate financial need. Deadline is April 1. For more information, contact Luke Bickel at 317-278-0308 or lbickel@iupui.edu.
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Lindsey Scholarship for Civic Engagement (application due March 1)
A $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to a student majoring in one of SPEA's academic programs (graduate or undergraduate), with preference given to students who focus on environmental issues. Essay and transcript must be submitted with application to SPEA Student Services. Deadline is March 1.
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Carl and Lisa Schoedel Scholarship (application due April 1)
Two $2,500 scholarships will be awarded to an MPA student in good academic standing. Essay must be submitted with application to SPEA Student Services. Deadline is April 1.
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SPEA Alumni Association Scholarships (application due March 10)
The SPEA Alumni Association is proud to sponsor $1,000 scholarships for current SPEA students. The scholarships will be awarded to undergraduate and graduate students, from any IU campus, who meet the qualifications. The following students are eligible for the SPEA Alumni Association scholarship:

  • Current SPEA student; must be returning for the next academic year. *Money will be transferred to bursar account a few weeks before the fall semester.
  • A minimum GPA of 3.0; transcript will be verified for proof of academic status.

Apply at One.IU. Click on the student self-service tab. Under "Financial" click on "Campus" Scholarship Application. Although there is no check box for the SPEA Alumni Association Scholarships on the scholarship page in One.IU, students who complete the form and submit the general application by March 10 will be eligible to win this scholarship.

SPEA International Experience Scholar Application (application due March 1)
This scholarship supports graduate students who are participating in an overseas study opportunity. Award amounts range from $500 to $2000 per year, per scholarship. Essay must be submitted with application to SPEA Student Services. Deadline is March 1.
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World Police & Fire Games Scholarships (application due March 30)
Current full-time and retired police officers and firefighters in the state of Indiana are eligible to receive money to support undergraduate or graduate coursework at IUPUI. Scholarships range from $500-1,000 annually. For more information, contact Nicole Amonette at namonett@iupui.edu. Apply to the fellowship here.

Merit-based awards for out-of-state students
Five out-of-state students will be selected annually to receive merit-based awards of $16,000 ($4,000 per semester for two years). Students must meet the following criteria:

  • 3.7 or better GPA
  • 310 or higher GRE (600 or higher GMAT, 160 or higher LSAT)
  • Full-time student
  • Maintain 3.5 or higher GPA

Offers will be made when the student is admitted. If a student receives a graduate assistantship position, the assistantship takes precedence and the student is ineligible for the merit-based award. For more information, contact Luke Bickel at 317-278-0308 or lbickel@iupui.edu.

Other scholarships of interest to SPEA graduate students

Rhodes Scholarship
www.rhodesscholar.org

  • Must be nominated by her/her university
  • Award provides support for two years of graduate study at Oxford University
  • Single application for the Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell and Churchill scholarships

Marshall Scholarship
www.marshallscholarship.org/

  • Studying in the United Kingdom
  • Must be nominated by his/her university
  • Support for one to three years of graduate study at almost any university in the United Kingdom
  • Single application for the Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell and Churchill scholarships

Mitchell Scholarship
www.us-irelandalliance.org

  • Must be nominated by his/her university
  • Award provides support for one academic year of postgraduate study at institutions of higher learning in Ireland, including the seven universities in the Republic of Ireland and the two in Northern Ireland
  • Single application for the Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell and Churchill scholarships

Churchill Scholarship
www.winstonchurchillfoundation.org

  • Must be nominated by his/her university
  • Award provides support for one year of graduate study in engineering, math, or science at Churchill College, Cambridge University
  • Single application for the Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell and Churchill scholarship

Gates Cambridge
www.gatescambridge.org

  • For students from outside the UK to study at the University of Cambridge
  • Full cost of study at the University of Cambridge

Luce Scholarship
www.hluce.org/lsprogram.aspx

  • For language training and individualized professional placement in Asia
  • Living stipend to cover costs

(DAAD) German Academic Exchange Service
www.daad.org

  • Supports graduating seniors funding study, senior thesis research or internships in Germany in broad range of disciplines
  • Supports study abroad in Germany and German universities
  • Covers cost of study and stipend