MPA & MPP Fellowships

This page lists fellowship opportunities, both UA and external resources, for graduate students. Please direct any questions to the fellowship source. New fellowships will be added as they are announced.

School of Government & Public Policy Fellowship Opportunities

The School of Government & Public Policy has four fellowship opportunities for incoming (Keane, Valdez, Local Government Management) and current (Tucson) students.  For additional information on each of these opportunities, please click on the links provided below.

  1. Keane Fellowship - application available in January 2024!
  2. Valdez Fellowship
  3. Local Government Management Fellowship
  4. Tucson Fellowship

Other Fellowship Opportunities By Application Deadline

The International City/County Management Association (ICMA) is currently accepting application for their Local Government Management Fellowship (LGMF), which is a career-development opportunity designed to attract recent or current MPA/MPP (or related programs) graduates to be placed in full-time management-track local government positions.

Finalists are selected based on academic performance, demonstrated leadership potential, commitment to public service, communication skills, initiative, creativity, and positive attitude. They then interview for 12-month fellowship appointments at local governments across the country, during which they receive direct mentorship from a senior government leader at the organization.

Learn more at https://icma.org/page/local-government-management-fellowship.

Application Deadline: December 15th

Fellows spend nine months working in Washington, DC, with significant exposure to leaders in congressional offices, federal agencies, national nonprofit advocacy organizations, government-related institutes, and more—growing both personally and professionally during your fellowship experience. As a CHCI Public Policy Fellow, you will immerse yourself in the legislative process, learning all facets of public policy as well as leadership development centered on CHCI’s four Pillars of Leadership—Civic Engagement, Social Responsibility, Self Empowerment, and Promoting Community and Hispanic Culture. Your weekly programming will also prepare you to fully understand policy issues facing the Latino community and how to propose effective solutions by critically examining all sides and implications of these issues.

Note: The Public Policy Fellowship is for those within 3 years post-completion of their bachelor’s degree.

  • Deadline: December 15th
  • Citizenship: U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, asylees, or individuals who are lawfully authorized to work full-time without restriction for any U.S. employer and who, at the time of application, possess lawful evidence of employment authorization. International students on F-1 or M-1 visas are not eligible for CHCI programs.
  • Website: https://chci.org/programs/public-policy-fellowship-program

CHCI’s Post Graduate Fellowship Program is designed for exceptional emerging Latino leaders who want to immerse themselves in a specific public policy area. This paid, nine-month fellowship will provide you with valuable work experience, access to powerful Latino network, and a chance to showcase your public policy knowledge on Capitol Hill.

  • Deadline: December 15th
  • Citizenship: U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, asylees, or individuals who are lawfully authorized to work full-time without restriction for any U.S. employer and who, at the time of application, possess lawful evidence of employment authorization. International students on F-1 or M-1 visas are not eligible for CHCI programs.
  • Website: https://chci.org/programs/post-graduate-fellowship-program/

Applications are open for the Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship, a highly competitive national fellowship program that provides recent college and graduate school alumni with the funding and opportunity to work with one of more than two dozen participating institutions in Washington, DC, including leading think tanks and advocacy groups that focus on international security and diplomacy issues.

Scoville Fellows are supervised by senior-level staff members at their host institutions and may work on a range of issues including nuclear and conventional arms control and nonproliferation; atrocity prevention, conflict resolution, and peacebuilding; diplomacy; emerging technology threats; environmental security; and global health security. They contribute to their host organizations' goals through research, public education, advocacy, and by writing articles, blog posts, fact sheets, letters to the editor, op-eds, and/or reports. In addition, fellows often help organize talks and conferences and attend coalition meetings, policy briefings, and congressional hearings. Benefits of this fellowship include salary, basic health insurance compensation, mentoring, moving costs to DC, meetings with policy experts, a modest stipend for professional development purposes, and an entrée into an increasingly influential network of alumni working for domestic and international NGOs, the federal government, academia, and media.

Learn more and apply at https://scoville.org/.

Application Deadline: January 8, 2024
Fellowship Dates: July - October, 2024

EDF Climate Corps fellows are part of an innovative network of top-tier graduate students who are working on the ground with leading companies and public-sector organizations to reduce energy use, increase efficiencies, and make the business case for sustainability. Our fellows are hired by their host organizations and work directly with staff from operations, finance, and sustainability departments on a wide range of innovative projects. Additionally, this year we are excited to announce our first ever Climate Corps Animal Agriculture Fellowship. The benefits of being part of the EDF Climate Corps network stay with our fellows throughout their professional careers.

Applicants may include individuals who have recently completed their undergraduate or graduate degrees, as well as those with several years of work experience. Coro Fellows are diverse, talented individuals committed to positive change in their communities throughout their lives and careers. They are emerging innovators in business, policy and government who demonstrate exceptional leadership through their accomplishments, curiosity and civic involvement. Fellows are brought together by a common interest in creative leadership and civic engagement and building strong connections that will support them as they drive impact in their cities and organizations.

  • Deadline: January 13, 2024 by 11:59 PM PST
  • Citizenship: Unrestricted, but must hold a US visa at the time of application and for the duration of the program.
  • Website: http://www.corofellowship.org/

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Science, Technology and Policy (STP) Program serves as a next step in the educational and professional development of scientists and engineers by providing opportunities to participate in policy-related projects at DOE's Office of Nuclear Energy (NE) in Washington, D.C.  Participants will become part of a group of highly-trained scientists and engineers with the education, background, and experience to be part of the workforce that supports the DOE's mission in the future.  You will have opportunities to enhance your quantitative and qualitative reasoning, critical thinking and problem solving, communication, and teamwork skills. You will receive training, mentoring, and additional support to effectively accomplish internship goals. Participants will receive a stipend to be determined by NE, and are typically based on the participant’s academic standing, discipline, experience, and research facility location.

UA Tech Launch Arizona and the Graduate College collaborate to provide U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident degree-seeking graduate students (main campus only) to gain practical startup company and technology commercialization experience. The selected Fellow will receive an hourly wage from Tech Launch and $10,000 Graduate Tuition Scholarship from the UA Graduate College that will apply to the fall and/or spring base graduate semester tuition during the Fellow’s tenure as a Student Entrepreneurial Fellow. Please note if the Fellow is concurrently appointed as a graduate assistant/associate (GA) at .50 FTE or higher, the tuition award will not apply due to the full tuition coverage provided as a benefit of the GA appointment. Applicants must be degree-seeking graduate student admitted to a main campus Master’s or doctoral program at the University of Arizona.

Page last updated: 12/7/23