Graduate Scholarships and Fellowships

Apply for a graduate scholarship or fellowship

O’Neill IUPUI offers scholarships and fellowships to incoming and current graduate students based on academic achievement, civic engagement, and financial need. Graduate assistantships are also available to full-time students.

Deadline: March 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 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: March 1

Two $2,500 scholarships will be awarded to MPA students in good academic standing.

Deadline: April 1

Award: $10,000 ($5,000 per semester)

My Community, My Vision is a youth-based policy and planning partnership between the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority and IUPUI SPEA’s graduate program. 

Local units of government and high school student groups or Mayor’s Youth Councils will work in partnership with a SPEA IUPUI graduate student mentor to create a youth-driven community vision plan and a project. The SPEA mentor will craft the vision plan based on the students’ ideas for their communities.

The MCMV program year will be from September to April. The SPEA IUPUI mentor will be responsible for leading and attending regular meetings with the high school groups, leading the creation of the plan and facilitating the initial implementation of the project in the community.

Finalists for this fellowship will be interviewed. For more information on the fellowship contact Marshawn Wolley or Adam Eckerd.

Deadline: March 1

The Cory R. Elson Scholarship was established for fallen Indiana State Trooper, Cory Elson by his wife, Amy.  This scholarship provides recognition and financial support to criminal justice students who wish to pursue a career in policing. To apply, students must demonstrate financial need and have at least a 2.6 cumulative IU GPA.

Deadline: March 1

Established to honor former SPEA IUPUI Executive Associate Dean Greg Lindsey. The Greg Lindsey Academic Scholarship supports an undergraduate or graduate SPEA student. To apply, students must demonstrate financial need and have at least a 3.0 cumulative IU GPA.

Deadline: March 1

Awarded to an MPA student in SPEA. Recipients will have a minimum 3.0 GPA, demonstrated financial need, interest in pursuing a career in public service or not-for-profit sector, and is a current resident of the state of Indiana. 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.

  • Deadline: March 1

This unique fellowship provides financial support for a talented SPEA graduate student to gain experience with Indiana Senate Leadership and the majority Fiscal Analysts, specifically in finance, budgetary analysis and policy research. This two semester experience requires a commitment of 20 hours per week during the fall semester with a stipend of $5,000. The spring semester requires a full-time work commitment and will pay a biweekly stipend of $750. Partial tuition remission is available for up to 9 hours in the fall and 6 hours in the spring. For more information on the fellowship contact Kathy Hursh.

Deadline: March 1

This three-semester fellowship provides financial support for a talented SPEA graduate student to gain experience with the City of Indianapolis Mayor's Office. Peterson Fellows work in partnership with the Mayor's Office on one or more select projects that address a specific challenge in Indianapolis while supporting the City's strategic plan and vision. The Fellows program includes a rotation in other City departments. The Fellow receives $15,000 during the course of the three semesters. Finalists for this scholarship will be interviewed and must be accepted as an intern by the City. For more information on the fellowship contact Kathy Hursh.

Deadline: March 1

Scholarships will be awarded to a first- or second-year MPA graduate student. This award is for students who have an interest in public management and/or financial management. Applicants must have a 3.0 grade point average and demonstrate financial need. Preference will be given to residents of Indiana.

Deadline: March 1

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 who meet the qualifications. Current SPEA students returning for the next academic year with a 3.0 GPA or higher are eligible to apply. 

Deadline: March 1

The SPEA Dean's Council is proud to sponsor scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 for current SPEA IUPUI students. The scholarships will be awarded to undergraduate and graduate students based upon major.

  • Deadline: March 1

The SPEA International Experience Scholarship offers the opportunity for graduate and undergraduate students who are participating in a SPEA abroad program to share their experiences in a variety of creative ways, such as leading the Passport program or documenting international experiences on Instagram over the course of a week.

Deadline: March 1

Award of support for a first or second year graduate student in SPEA. Student may be attending full or part time. To be eligible, a student must be a single parent and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0.

Deadline: March 1

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 to $1,000 annually.

Graduate assistantships

O’Neill IUPUI hires dozens of graduate students to work with our faculty members in a research capacity every academic year. Graduate Assistants work 20 hours per week and receive tuition remission, some fees, student health insurance, and a stipend of around $9,000 that is paid out monthly over the academic year. Student Research Assistants work up to 20 hours per week and receive a competitive hourly rate roughly equivalent to $10,000 per academic year. Both positions are competitively awarded.

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