The Truman School admissions committee awards Graduate Research Assistantships on a competitive basis each year.  These GRA’s are funded through generous donations of alumni and other friends and supporters of the Truman School.  For more information on Graduate Research Assistantships, please visit the "Apply-MPA" page and scroll down to the "Funding" section.

In addition, there are several scholarships administered by other entities for which Truman School students may be eligible:

American Association of University Women

AAUW provided to announce more than 200 awards and $3.5 million in funding for fellows and grantees in the 2020–21 award year. Types of funding available include:

Career Development Grants: For women pursuing a certificate or degree to advance their careers, change careers, or reenter the workforce in education, health and medical sciences, or social sciences and whose bachelor’s degree was received at least eight years before the award period. (Deadline November 15).

International Fellowships: For women pursuing full-time graduate or postdoctoral study in the United States who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents. (Deadline November 15).

American Fellowships: For women pursuing full-time study to complete dissertations or conduct postdoctoral research, or to those preparing research for publication for eight consecutive weeks. (Deadline November 1).

Charles B. Rangel Graduate Fellowship Program

The Rangel Graduate Fellowship is a program that aims to attract and prepare outstanding young people for careers in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State in which they can help formulate, represent and implement U.S. foreign policy. The Rangel Program selects outstanding Rangel Fellows annually in a highly competitive nationwide process and supports them through two years of graduate study, internships, mentoring, and professional development activities.

Curator’s Grant-in-Aid Scholarship

The GIA Scholarship is designated exclusively for international undergraduate and graduate students. The scholarship is awarded on a single-semester basis based on an evaluation of academic merit, financial need, longevity at MU, and on-campus employment and student activities. Undergraduate awards provide $500 to $2,000 of tuition support for one semester, but often carry over from year-to-year depending on funding availability and number of qualified applicants. Graduate awards waive between one and nine credit hours of tuition toward required courses and all nonresident fees for all credit hours that you are enrolled in for one semester. The awards are not automatically renewable, but must be applied for each semester. No GIA Scholarships are available for the summer term.

The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation

The Truman Foundation is the nation’s official living memorial to our thirty-third president and The Presidential Memorial to Public Service. Created by Congress in 1975, the Foundation was President Truman’s idea.  The hallmark of the Foundation’s work is the Truman Scholarship, the premier graduate fellowship in the United States for those pursuing careers as public service leaders. 

Hispanic Scholarship Fund

The HSF Scholarship is designed to assist students of Hispanic heritage obtain a college degree.  Scholarships are available on a competitive basis to high school seniors, undergraduates (all years), community college students transferring to a four year university and graduate students.  Awards are based on merit; amounts range from $500 to $5,000 based on relative need, among the Scholars selected.

Islamic Scholarship Fund

The ISF vision is a society where religion, culture and race are not barriers to equality.  ISF increases American Muslim representation in media and politics in order to improve public opinion and policy.  ISF provides scholarships to U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents who are active members of the Muslim community for several majors including public policy (social justice-civil rights) and public administration (government).

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Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program 

The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program is a program funded by the U.S. Department of State, administered by Howard University, that attracts and prepares outstanding young people for Foreign Service careers in the U.S. Department of State.   It welcomes the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the State Department, women, and those with financial need.  Based on the fundamental principle that diversity is a strength in our diplomatic efforts, the program values varied backgrounds, including ethnic, racial, social, and geographic diversity.  Upon successful completion of a two-year master’s degree program and fulfillment of Foreign Service entry requirements, fellows have the opportunity to work as Foreign Service Officers in accordance with applicable law and State Department policy, serving in Washington, DC and at a U.S. embassy, consulate, or diplomatic mission around the globe.   Fellows also agree to a minimum five-year service commitment in the Department of State’s Foreign Service.  The five-year service commitment begins upon entry into the Foreign Service.

Tillman Scholar Program (Pat Tillman Foundation)


  • Veteran and active duty military service members from all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces including the National Guard who have served in both pre-and post-9/11 eras.
  • Current Spouses of veteran or active service members, including surviving spouses

The tenets of the Tillman Scholar program are:

  • Scholarships: Annual funding for academic expenses, including tuition, books, and living expenses
  • Professional Development: Opportunities to advance knowledge, skills, and experience
  • National Network: Access to a community of high-performing peers, mentors and industry leaders

Walter W. Mode Scholarship

The Mode Scholarship is awarded from a special American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) Endowment fund named in honor of Walter W. Mode, the 30th National President of ASPA and a public administrator with a distinguished record of public service at the federal and international levels. A $1,500 scholarship is awarded for graduate study in public administration to a student who is an ASPA member and who demonstrates a commitment to a career in the public service.

WomenLead Scholarships

WomenLead recognizes the need for diverse leadership in ministry, nonprofits, and civic organizations and seeks to accelerate the extraordinary leadership of diverse women of faith to lead change by using their talents to educate, advocate and activate.

Two educational scholarships in the amount of $3,000 will be awarded annually to women of Christian faith seeking a Masters or Doctoral level degree that will prepare them to serve in public service, non-profit leadership and/or in Christian ministry.

Women of diverse backgrounds (race/ethnicity, age, faith) eager to lead through bold action, innovative vision and faith-inspired passion are encouraged to apply.

Women in Federal Law Enforcement (WIFLE) Foundation Scholarship

WIFLE Foundation, Inc., and WIFLE are organizations with a goal to achieve gender equity within federal law enforcement through the recruitment, retention and promotion of qualified women.   WIFLE scholarships are awarded based on a student’s academic potential, achievement and commitment to service communities in the field of law enforcement.  Eligibility includes students pursuing a graduate degree in public administration.