There are numerous opportunities for funding your graduate education At Harris Public Policy. OVER 50% of Masters’ students receive scholarships and fellowships that are awarded on a merit basis. A number of students also receive aid from third party sources.
Mexico's National Council on Science and Technology and Harris Public Policy offer up to 15 full scholarships for Mexican nationals per year who have been admitted into the MPP or PhD programs at Harris Public Policy.
Americorps Matching Scholarship
We proudly offer a full Segal AmeriCorps Education Award match for those students who are admitted to a Master's degree program. AmeriCorps applicants will also receive preferential consideration and a waived application fee.
Hank Paulson Fellowship
Henry Paulson served as the 74th United States Secretary of the Treasury before becoming a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the University of Chicago and chairman of the Paulson Institute at the University of Chicago. In addition to the Paulson Institute, which focuses on promoting sustainable economic growth and a cleaner environment around the world, Mr. Paulson has funded fellowship opportunities for students who want to study energy policy at the Harris School of Public Policy. Prospective students who indicate an interest in studying energy policy on their application will automatically be considered for the Paulson Fellowship. Successful candidates will receive up to $44,000 and an opportunity to meet Mr. Paulson.
Harris Alumni Fellowship
In 2012 the Harris Alumni Council created the Harris Alumni Fellowship Fund to directly support student fellowships. Funded solely by donations from the Harris alumni community, the Harris Alumni Fellowship is awarded to students who demonstrate a strong desire to pursue a Harris degree, have exemplary leadership skills, significant real-world work experience, and a strong academic record. The Harris Alumni Fellow is also recognized at alumni events and has ample opportunities to network with Harris alumni.
Funded by College alumnus Greg Wendt, AM’83, Wendt Fellowships are awarded to students who demonstrate exceptional leadership skills, a strong academic record, and interest in public service. Wendt Fellowships provide up to $42,500 to help students pursue their Harris education.
King Harris Fellowship
Each year select students receive a fellowship from Irving Harris’s nephew and Harris Council Chairman King Harris. King Harris Fellows are selected for their passion to pursue public policy and their strong academic records. Successful candidates will receive up to $22,000 and an opportunity to network with Mr. Harris.
Irving Harris Fellowship
Although he was known as a businessman, Irving B. Harris’s true passion was improving the lives of children through innovative solutions to wide-ranging social problems. He believed that societal tensions could be alleviated through effective social policies and wanted to see the country’s brightest young leaders apply their skills to address these challenges. Thus, Mr. Harris supported the creation of a School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago and provided significant financial support for students. In his honor, the top admitted students, based on merit and strength of application, are awarded an Irving Harris Fellowship, which covers the full cost of tuition and a living stipend. Preference is given to applicants who demonstrate a strong interest/background in child and family policy areas. Recipients are expected to engage in activities that support the Harris School and community.
Jerry Knoll graduated from the College and had a robust career in public policy, retiring as Deputy Director, Medical Programs Division, of the International Rescue Committee at the State department. As a long-time supporter of the Harris School of Public Policy and member of the school’s advisory board, the Harris Council, Mr. Knoll established a fund to provide financial support for students who are interested in international relations. The Knoll Fellowship is awarded to applicants who demonstrate a strong interest/background in international affairs, economics and national defense policy or federal education policy.
Awarded to applicants based on merit and strength of application, regardless of policy interest.
Awarded to an applicant who has demonstrated a strong interest in China-US relations, either in business or governmental relations. The applicant must have substantial work experience in a relevant policy area with an organization that is committed to China-US relations.
Urban Policy Fellowship
Awarded to an applicant who has demonstrated a strong interest in urban policy. The applicant must have substantial work experience in a relevant urban policy initiative or organization.
Municipal Finance Fellowship
Awarded to an applicant who has demonstrated a strong interest in municipal finance. The recipient will be expected to complete the Certificate on Municipal Finance.
Policy Change Fellowship
Awarded to an applicant who has demonstrated a strong interest/background in the politics of the policymaking process.
UChicago Careers in Public and Social Service (UCIPSS) Scholarship
Awarded to an applicant who has received an undergraduate degree from UChicago and was a participating member of the UCIPSS Scholars Program. Recipient is expected to participate and engage in activities supporting the UCIPSS Program.
Public Service Scholarship
Awarded to an applicant who has served in a key administrative position with a public service organization, including Peace Corps, Teach for America, and others.
Computational Analysis and Public Policy Fellowship
Awarded to an MSCAPP applicant that demonstrates a strong interest/background in addressing policy issues using the skill sets developed through the CAPP program.
The Pearson Fellowship includes financial aid and is designed for students with a demonstrated interest in security policy, conflict, or development, with aspirations to work in this policy space. The Fellowship provides students with financial aid, research opportunities with the Pearson Institute, and potentially living stipends.
Truman Matching Scholarship
We proudly offer a 100% full Harry S. Truman Scholarship match for those students who are admitted to a Master's degree program.
International Fulbright Foreign Student Matching Grant
We will proudly match up to $10,000 of the Fulbright Foreign Student Grant for those students who are admitted to a Master's degree program.
Third Party Funding
This guide is intended as a resource for current and prospective students at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy who are seeking scholarships, fellowships, and other sources of financial assistance from third party organizations. Please note, this is not an exhaustive resource of all the available third party funding options. As we identify them, we will add to this list.
The funding sources are organized into three categories: domestic sources available only to U.S. domestic students, international sources available only to international sources, and universal sources available to both.
For additional information on funding your Chicago Harris education, don't hesitate to contact the Admissions team directly.