Graduate Scholarships and Fellowships

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SPEA offers scholarships and fellowships to graduate students based on academic achievement, civic engagement, and financial need. Graduate assistantships are also available to full-time students.

  • C. Michael Pitts Scholarship
    • Award: $1,000
    • Deadline: 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. For more information, contact Nicole Amonette.

  • Carl and Lisa Schoedel Scholarship
    • Award: $2,500
    • Deadline: April 1

    Two $2,500 scholarships will be awarded to MPA students in good academic standing. Essay must be submitted with application to SPEA Student Services. 

  • Johnson Community Service Fellowship
    • Award: $8,600
    • Deadline: 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. For more information, contact Nicole Amonette.

  • Lawrence M. Borst Fellowship
    • Award: $3,315 (fall semester) or $315/week (spring semester)
    • Deadline: April 8

    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. For more information on the fellowship and the application process, contact Kathy Hursh.

  • Lindsey Scholarship for Civic Engagement
    • Award: $1,000
    • Deadline: 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.

  • Robert E. Martin Scholarship
    • Award: $1,500
    • Deadline: 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. For more information, contact Nicole Amonette.

  • SPEA Alumni Association Scholarship
    • Award: $1,000
    • Deadline: 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. Current SPEA students returning for the next academic year with a 3.0 GPA or higher are eligible to apply. Students who complete the form and submit the general application by the deadline will be eligible to receive this scholarship.

  • SPEA International Experience Scholarship
    • Award: $500–$2,000
    • Deadline: March 1

    This scholarship supports graduate students who are participating in an overseas study opportunity. Award amounts range from $500 to $2,000 per year, per scholarship. Essay must be submitted with application to SPEA Student Services.

  • Tom and Pat DeCoster Scholarship
    • Award: $3,200
    • Deadline: 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. For more information, contact Nicole Amonette.

  • World Police and Fire Games Scholarship

    Award: $500–$1,000

    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.

Graduate assistantships

Graduate assistants work 20 hours per week in a research capacity during the academic year. In exchange for the 20 hours per week, graduate assistants receive full tuition, most fees, student health insurance, and a stipend of $9,000 that is paid out monthly over the academic year.

Apply for a graduate assistantship

Midwest Student Exchange Program

Out-of-state students from select Midwestern states can save thousands of dollars on tuition by participating in the Midwest Student Exchange Program. You must be a legal resident of Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, or Wisconsin to receive the discount.

Learn more about the program

Out-of-state student scholarships

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

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 Nicole Amonette.

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