Public Service Scholarships

(Public Policy, Pubilc Administration, Public Health, Public Interest Law, Environmental Policy, Social Services, Government, Urban Planning, Public Economics, International Relations & Affairs)

Unless otherwise noted, the Office of Special Scholarship Programs at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) does not administer or sponsor the programs listed on its website. The content of these pages are merely a guide for current undergraduate and professional school students at UIC. Deadlines are subject to change without notice, and for questions or contact information, please refer to the website that the short description is linked to.

Deadline varies or is not available:

American University Women & Politics Institute internship bank - positions for female undergraduate and graduate students with an interest in public affairs and potentially running for office

AmeriCorps - working for a year (before, during or after the completion of a bachleor's degree) within the U.S. to meet the country’s critical needs in education, public safety, health, and the environment

Congressional Budget Office Summer Internships - graduate students and exceptional undergraduate students in public policy, public administration, economics or other related fields

Environmental Careers Organization (ECO) - search engine for paid internships related to the environment

Government Finance Officers Association Scholarships - finance, accounting, business administration, and public administration looking to go into state and local government finance

Partnership for Public Service - current students or recent graduates of graduate or professional programs, paid internships in public service for a summer, semester or academic year in Washington, DC

Teach for America - for students who have recently completed a bachelor's degree; placement in high schools in urban centers across the U.S. for a minimum of two years

United Nations Internship Program - for graduate students in all fields; fall, spring and summer placements at UN Headquarters in NYC

United States Agency for International Development (USAID) - various fields, paid and unpaid; for currently enrolled graduate and undergraduate students; positions in public policy, economics, journalism, law, management, political science, public health

U.S. Air Force Health Scholarships Program - for students accepted into an accredited health professional program; program is paid for in return for serving in the U.S Air Force as a health professional

U.S. Army Health Professions Scholarship Program - for students going into a health profession, and school is paid for by the Army; pay-back is by serving in the U.S. Army as a health professional

U.S. Department Of State Internship Program - all majors, placements in Washington, DC, and at embassies and consulates abroad for fall, spring and summer; continuing undergraduate and graduate students only

Zonta International Young Women in Public Affairs Award - for young women of any nationality, who are pre-university or pre-college students (ages 16-20) at the time of application and demonstrate evidence of active commitment to volunteeris, volunteer leadership achievement, international awareness and dedication to advancing the status of women worldwide

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October:

FBI Volunteer Internship Summer Program - undergraduate and graduate students who want to work at FBI Headquarters in Washington, DC, or select field offices for 10 weeks during the summer

Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship for Spring Semester - for graduating seniors, recent graduates or current graduate students able to work full-time for 6-9 months; individuals work with nonprofit, public-interest organizations addressing peace and security issues in Washington, DC; especially encouraged to apply are candidates with a strong interest in these issues who have prior experience with public-interest activism or advocacy

Polikoff-Gautreaux Fellowship - for recent law school and public policy school graduates interested in developing skills, experiences and networking in public interest advocacy

Truman Scholarship (APPLY THROUGH OSSP ONLY)- for current undergraduate students who demonstrate achievement in leadership, academics and public service who want a career related to public service

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency STAR Fellowships for Graduate Environmental Study - supports master's and doctoral students in environmental studies; students can pursue degrees in traditionally recognized environmental disciplines as well as other fields such as social anthropology, urban and regional planning, and decision sciences; up to $42,000 per year in support

Youth Service America-State Farm Good Neighbor Service Learning Awards - for support of projects that engage youth in public service

November:

Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Foundation Disabled Veterans Scholarships for Spring Semester - awards of $2,500 each for active-duty service personnel, honorably discharged U.S. military veterans, reservists, and National Guard personnel who are disabled because of wounds received during active-duty combat service in Enduring Freedom-Afghanistan or Iraqi Freedom Operations; must be an undergraduate student studying electrical, aerospace, systems or computer engineering; computer engineering technology; computer network systems; information systems security; computer information systems; information systems management; technology management; electronics engineering technology; computer science; physics; mathematics; or science or mathematics education

East-West Center Graduate Degree Fellowship - provides Master's and Doctoral funding for graduate students from Asia, the Pacific, and the U.S. to participate in educational and research programs at the East-West Center while pursuing graduate study at the University of Hawai‘i; areas of international study including politics, governance and security, economics, environmental change, population and health, education and Pacific islands development

Harvey Fellows Program - Christians; various fields; graduate work

Princeton in Africa - for students who have completed a bachelor's degree; 12-month fellowship opportunities with a variety of organizations across Africa dedicated to creating young leaders committed to Africa's advancement

Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Fellowship - for current, undergraduate juniors or rising seniors interested in exploring careers in public service, international affairs; receive stipend to attend Junior Summer Institute and $5,000 towards graduate degree

December:

Barbara Jordan Health Policy Scholars Program - summer internship for minority college seniors and recent graduates studying health policy and other issues affecting racial and ethnic minority and underserved communities

Echoing Green Fellowship - any field, two-year grants to social entrepreneurs for seed money; requires a bachelor's degree

Princeton in Asia - for students who have completed a bachelor's degree; yearlong, service-oriented fellowships in 18 Asian countries in the fields of education, international development (NGOs), environmental advocacy, journalism, law and business, with a majority of fellows working as English teachers at universities and high schools

Princeton in Latin America - for students who have completed a bachelor's degree; partnerships with non-profits throughout Latin America to match them with young, public sector professionals seeking full-year fellowships in development work 

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) Undergraduate Fellowships - for undergraduate sophomores pursuing environmental studies (can be from a variety of different fields); receive support for junior and senior years, as well as a summer internship with EPA between junior and senior year; up to $17,000 per year and $7,500 in internship support

January:

Coro Fellows Program - for post-undergraduate young professionals, internships in public affairs

Humanity in Action Fellowship - for current undergraduates (sophomores, juniors and seniors) or recent graduates; programs that bring together international groups of college students and recent graduates to explore national histories of discrimination and resistance, as well as examples of issues affecting different minority groups today; open to residents of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, Ukraine and the United States

Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship for Fall Semester - for graduating seniors, recent graduates or current graduate students able to work full-time for 6-9 months; individuals work with nonprofit, public-interest organizations addressing peace and security issues in Washington, DC; especially encouraged to apply are candidates with a strong interest in these issues who have prior experience with public-interest activism or advocacy

The Institute for Humane Studies (IHS) Charles G. Koch Summer Fellows Program - paid public policy internship for 8 weeks and two weeks of policy seminars in Washington, DC; state policy track as well as federal policy track; for undergraduates, recent college graduates and graduate students

Institute for Responsible Citizenship - summer fellowships in Washington, DC, and NYC for African-American males; college sophomores only

Rangel International Affairs Fellowship - for graduating seniors going on to graduate programs in international affairs or relations, planning on career in the Foreign Service

Samuel Huntington Public Service Award - a $10,000 stipend for a graduating senior to pursue a public service project anywhere in the world for one year before proceeding to graduate school or a career

Simon Fellowship for Noble Purpose - a $40,000 unrestricted grant awarded to graduating college seniors who have demonstrated passion, dedication, a high capacity for self-direction, and originality in pursuit of a goal that will strengthen civil society; additional awards of $20,000 and $10,000 are made to two other outstanding students

Udall Congressional Summer Internship for Native Americans - internship positions for Native American Indians and Alaska Natives in Washington, DC, for a summer; college juniors, seniors or recent graduates and graduate or law students

Young People For (YP4) Fellowship - for all undergraduate students; leadership development program focusing on identifying, engaging and empowering young progressive leaders to effect positive change on their campuses and in their communities

Zuckerman Fellowship - individuals who have, or are pursuing, an MBA, JD, or MD degree AND are seeking an additional degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, the Harvard Kennedy School, or the Harvard School of Public Health

February:

Congressional Black Caucus Foundation General Mills Health Scholarship - for students preparing to pursue an undergraduate or graduate degree full-time OR a current full-time student in good academic standing at an accredited college or university pursuing a degree in the fields of medicine, engineering, technology, nutrition, or other health-related studies; minimum 2.5 GPA on 4.0 scale and exhibit leadership ability and participate in community service activities

Jewish Federation Academic Scholarship Program - for Jewish college and graduate students pursuing degrees in the "helping" professions

Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship - for undergraduate seniors planning to attend a graduate program in international relations and want a career in the Foreign Service

Pickering Undergraduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship - for undergraduate juniors planning a career in the Foreign Service, funding to support senior year and first year of graduate work in international affairs

Rangel Summer Enrichment Program - six-week program focusing on current events and international affairs; for undergraduates, held at Howard University in Washington, DC

Udall Scholarship for Undergraduates - (UIC STUDENTS APPLY THROUGH OSSP ONLY) for Native American or Alaska Native college juniors who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to tribal public policy; or who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to Native health care

Wellstone Fellowship for Social Justice - (NOT OFFERED DURING 2013-14) social justice and health care advocacy and policy; seeks to increase the number of low-income, African American, Latino, Asian American, Native Pacific Islander, and Native American Indian and Alaska Native social justice leaders

March:

Manatt Fellowship - for conducting research in democracy-building; U.S. or international graduate students pursuing degrees in international relations, political science, public administration or other related areas; graduate institution must be in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, or Wisconsin

Native Health Initiative Summer Health Justice Internship Program - for people interested in Native American health, community health, or public health and social justice; placements in tribal communities located in rural North Carolina, New Mexico or Arizona

JW Saxe Prize - award for undergraduate or graduate students for supplemental funding in taking a low-pay or no-pay public service internship or position

Tillman Military Scholars - for military veterans or active-duty service members and their spouses to pursue undergraduate, graduate or post-graduate degrees at a public or private US-based four-year institutios; renewable awards

April:

Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Foundation Disabled Veterans Scholarships for Fall Semester - awards of $2,500 each for active-duty service personnel, honorably discharged U.S. military veterans, reservists, and National Guard personnel who are disabled because of wounds received during active-duty combat service in Enduring Freedom-Afghanistan or Iraqi Freedom Operations; must be an undergraduate student studying electrical, aerospace, systems or computer engineering; computer engineering technology; computer network systems; information systems security; computer information systems; information systems management; technology management; electronics engineering technology; computer science; physics; mathematics; or science or mathematics education

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Scholarships - Latino students in the United States who have a history of performing public service-oriented activities in their communities, demonstrate a desire to continue their civic engagement in the future; no GPA or academic major requirement

Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund - grants to undergraduate and graduate students pursuing social justice and activism

McKelvie Scholarship - for undergraduate juniors and seniors or graduate students whose career plans include public service positions within state or federal government

May:

Byron Hanke Fellowship - available to graduate students working on topics related to community associations; must be enrolled in an accredited master's, doctoral, or law program in the United States of America or Canada

June:

Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Foundation Grants - grants of up to $10,580 (a symbolic amount representing the cost of the Spirit of St. Louis) to men and women whose individual initiative and work in a wide spectrum of disciplines furthers the Lindberghs' vision of a balance between the advance of technology and the preservation of the natural/human environment

National Health Service Corps Scholarship - for students interested in primary health care, and serving in health professional shortage areas; pays up to four years tuition, fees, educational costs, and provides a living stipend; medicine, dentistry, nurse practitioner, midwife and physical assistant programs

July:

Women in Defense HORIZONS Scholarship - for female undergraduate and graduate students in a variety of fields, ultimately interested in a career related to defense and national security