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Financing Your Education

The School of Public Policy provides a range of financial support opportunities to students. Applicants seeking funding should notify the department at the time of application.

Graduate Assistantships
All full time MPP and Ph.D, students have the opportunity to apply for funding as a graduate assistant for up to 4 years. Graduate assistants work 20 hours per week with a faculty member on campus conducting research or providing teaching assistance, or on-site at the Maryland Department of Health (MDH). Full-time Graduate assistantships typically include a stipend, 10 hours of tuition remission and University health benefits. Graduate assistantships are also available through Residential Life, and the Office of Graduate Student Life. All students seeking aid should submit a FASFA application.

External Grant Funding Opportunities
The Maryland Institute for Policy Analysis and Research and The Hilltop Institute support graduate students through externally funded grants and research projects.

National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration Cooperative Science Center for Earth System Sciences and Remote Sensing Technologies (NOAA-CREST) offers several funding options:

  • An 8-week summer internship ($4,000 stipend) paid by NOAA-CREST, the SUMMER BRIDGE PROGRAM. Apply here.
  • NOAA-CREST Fellowship, 2-year funding for undergraduate or graduate student. Undergrads $12K, Master $25K, PhD $36K (Covers stipend, tuition, domestic travel), additional financial support of mandatory 12 week internship at NOAA lab anywhere in the US ($5k and $10k for MS and PhD, respectively. Research themes in the social sciences: public health, planning and policy, population science, environmental economics, and sustainability science. Apply here.
  • JCET Graduate Student Fellowship. JCET is seeking proposals from the JCET faculty or fellows at UMBC or NASA Goddard who wish to engage a new student on a research project, or support an existing exemplary student. Non-JCET faculty members who wish to work with a student should collaborate with a JCET scientist. Apply here.

UMBC Fellowships
The school offers three fellowships to help public policy students pursue their graduate studies. Students chosen for one of these fellowships may be full and part-time students.

  • Graduate School Dissertation Fellowship (one semester of stipend and tuition for doctoral candidates)
  • The Judith A. Shinogle Memorial Fund provides a one-time grant to a Ph.D. student committed to health policy research.
  • The Public Policy Alumni Graduate Fellowship provides tuition assistance to an incoming student. This fellowship is supported by contributions from Public Policy alumni.
  • Adam Yarmolinsky Travel Grant (up to $500 per student) for travel to research conferences. Apply here. 

Returning Peaceworkers
Each year the Shriver Peaceworker Program invites a group of returning Peace Corps volunteers (RPCVs) to participate in a two year service-learning program integrating graduate study, community service, and ethical reflection. Participation in the program is limited to Peace Corps volunteers who have successfully completed their service overseas. RPCVs who are interested in applying to the Public Policy program to receive funding through Shriver Peaceworker Program should contact Joby Taylor (410-455-6398; joby.taylor@umbc.edu) or visit their website. The application fee is waived for current PCVs.

Co-op and Work Study
UMBC also offers graduate student support through co-op programs, work study, and other arrangements. U.S. applicants should complete a FASFA form when they apply to graduate school.

Students planning to study full time should consult the UMBC Office of Financial Aid for details about the variety of other scholarships, grants, and loans available. Government agencies and other organizations may also provide support to their employees for graduate education. Employees should check with their human resources department.

Alumni Tuition Scholarships

$1000 Alumni Tuition Scholarships and application fee waivers ($50) are available for UMBC alumni who enroll in masters or certificate programs for spring 2019 or fall 2019. Complete information will be available about on the Graduate School website.

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