Public Policy Student Fellowships

Judith A. Shinogle Memorial Fellowship

Dr. Judith Ann “Judy” Shinogle was a former Senior Research Scientist with the Maryland Institute for Policy Analysis and Research and Adjunct Associate Professor of Public Policy, who passed away in May 2012. Judy’s work for MIPAR included studies on gambling, childhood obesity, and wellness initiatives. Her published work includes articles on the effects of mental health insurance coverage on employees’ disabilities, mental health parity in insurance, economic costs of obesity, and pharmaceutical use among persons with disabilities.

The Judith A. Shinogle Memorial Fellowship is chosen by a faculty panel and awarded each year to a Health Policy doctoral student for their notable contribution to research in Health Policy. Each yeah in November, the student recipient presents their work at the Judith A. Shinogle Memorial Award Lecture.

Tanguy Ringoir is the 2023 recipient of the Judith A. Shinogle Memorial Fellowship.











Past recipients of the Shinogle Fellowship include:

Mark Boward (2022)
Zippora Kiptanui (2021)
Kiki Malomo-Paris (2020)
Erin Dorrien (2019)
Jennifer Walsh (2018)
Jennifer Smith (2017)
Cheryl Camillo (2016)
Michael T. Abrams (2015)
Alison Mitchell (2014)
Stephen S. Johnston (2013)

Watch Shinogle award lectures here. 


Renato DiPentima Fellowship

Dr. Renato DiPentima is the former President, CEO and Board Director of SRA International. He served as President and CEO of SRA International from 2005 to 2007 and President and COO from 2003 to 2005 and President of the Federal Sector from 1997-2003. Prior to joining SRA as CIO in 1995, Dr. DiPentima held several senior management positions in the U.S. Federal Government, including serving as the Social Security Administration’s Deputy Commissioner and CIO. Dr. DiPentima serves on several Boards of Directors, including Cap Gemini Government Solutions and Blue Delta Capital Partners. He graduated with a B.A. from New York University, an M.A. from George Washington University and was one of the first to receive a Ph.D. in Policy Sciences from the Policy Sciences Graduate Program at UMBC (now the School of Public Policy at UMBC). He currently serves on the School of Public Policy External Advisory Board.

The Renato DiPentima Fellowship supports Public Policy doctoral student success at UMBC through grants to fund educational expenses, including tuition and fees or research expenses. All public policy doctoral students are welcome to apply.

Priority will be given to:

  • Dissertation research support for students who have advanced to candidacy;
  • Students currently employed by the federal government;
  • Students who have previously applied for and been denied UMBC dissertation funding.
  • Students who have not previously received DiPentima funding.

Current doctoral students can apply via this form.


Adam Yarmolinsky Fellowship

Mr. Adam Yarmolinsky devoted his life to civil service, education, and social justice – serving in the Kennedy, Johnson, and Carter Presidential administrations and later joining UMBC as Provost. During his career in the federal government, he used his position in the Department of Defense to reorganize and modernize the Pentagon and advocate for for placement of military bases only in desegregated areas. He was also integral in establishing the Peace Corps and developing national programs to fight poverty; most notably President Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty. Mr. Yarmolinksy later joined UMBC as Regents Professor of Public Policy and Provost. As Provost, he led the creation of the Shriver Center, and was known as a compassionate mentor to junior faculty and valued advisor to leadership. Read Dr. Freeman Hrabowski’s remarks on Mr. Yarmolinsky’s passing here.

The Adam Yarmolinsky Fellowship supports Public Policy masters and doctoral students’ success at UMBC through grants for educational expenses, including tuition and fees or research expenses.

All public policy students are welcome to apply. Priority will be given to those who demonstrate how their course of study or research relates to the values Adam Yarmolinsky represented with his work by promoting either:

  • Poverty alleviation and/or social programs that help low-income populations,
  • International diplomacy and peace (in line with the values of the Peace Corps and the UMBC Shriver Center)

Apply via this form.

Judy Yin Shih Fellowship for the Advancement of Health Policy Research

Dr. Judy Yin Shih is a 2002 School of Public Policy alumna, with a focus on health policy.  Dr. Shih’s dissertation examined the impact of an intensive case management program on health care costs and service utilization for a Medicaid population of children with rare and expensive medical conditions. Prior to her doctorate, she worked as a master-level clinician at Johns Hopkins Medical School, Sinai Hospital, and in a private practice. While earning her doctoral degree, Dr. Shih served as a senior research analyst with what is now The Hilltop Institute.  After graduation, she took the position of project director at JBS International, where Dr. Shih directed the implementation of evaluation projects focused on federally funded health care programs across the nation.  Dr. Shih is active in community and philanthropic endeavors, and has served on several boards including the inaugural Board of Trustees for Southern Oregon University, the American Association of University Women (Ashland Branch), the Johns Hopkins Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Advisory Board, and the Marquette University Arts and Sciences College Leadership Council.  In addition to her Ph.D., Dr. Shih has a B.S. in psychology from Iowa State University and a M.S. in clinical psychology from Marquette University. 

The Judy Yin Shih Fellowship for the Advancement of Health Policy Research is intended to assist School of Public Policy doctoral candidates in devoting the necessary time and attention toward the expeditious completion of their dissertation in the field of health policy.  The fellowship funds can be used for tuition, research expenses, or as a stipend.  One fellowship of $5,000 will be awarded annually.

Priority will be given to students who do not have other funding support.

Apply via this form.


M.P.P. Alumni Fellowship

The School of Public Policy M.P.P. Alumni Fellowship supports M.P.P. student success at UMBC. Fellowships of up to $500 can be used for research expenses (e.g., purchase of materials, interviewing research participants, research related travel) and professional development (e.g., conference attendance). Students do not have to be UMBC alumni to apply. Only one request can be made on an annual basis. Fellowship recipients can expect to receive the fellowship 4-6 weeks after submission. Awards will be made on a rolling basis by the School of Public Policy Financial Aid Committee.

To apply, prepare and submit a written request of up to 500 words, describing how you will use the Fellowship support, to Myriam Ralston ( This request should be approved by your advisor. Please cc your advisor on your application email. This support is intended to supplement support available through the Graduate Student Association, so applicants should first apply for Graduate Student Association support, if applicable.

View the flyer.



Meet our current fellows