MPA & MPP Scholarship Opportunities

This page lists scholarship and grant opportunities by application deadline from UA and external resources for graduate students.

New scholarships are added as they are announced. Please direct any questions to the scholarship source. 

Scholarship opportunities with specific deadlines:

The American Association of University Women's (AAUW) Career Development Grants provide assistance to women who, through additional higher education, technical training, or participation in professional development institutes, are making career changes, seeking to advance in current careers, or reentering the workforce. Primary consideration is given to women of color and women pursuing credentials in nontraditional fields. Grants provide support for coursework toward degree programs other than a doctorate or for specialized training in technical or professional fields.

The International Peace Scholarship Fund, established in 1949, is a program which provides scholarships for selected women from other countries for graduate study in the United States and Canada. Members of P.E.O. believe that education is fundamental to world peace and understanding. 

Raftelis offers two Leadership Scholarships to undergraduate or graduate students interested in a consulting career. The Raftelis Leadership Scholarships were established with the goal of supporting and growing relationships with promising students who have an interest in becoming problem solvers for local governments and municipal water utilities. Students with diverse backgrounds and experiences are encouraged to apply. The successful applicants will have proven leadership ability and strong academic achievement. Although a specific major is not required, students who have a major in business, finance, communications, public affairs, economics, marketing, and government relations are aligned with the types of majors many of our employees have. Above all we are looking for well-rounded students with initiative and experience that they would like to share with our company and our clients. Scholarship recipients will each receive a $5,000 award toward college education, a match with a mentor from a Raftelis office and potential for an internship in a Raftelis office.

Graduate and professional students who demonstrate financial need are invited to apply for the Graduate Arizona Financial Aid Trust (AFAT) grant funding through Scholarship Universe.  The award amount is $3,000.  The application cycle is typically January 8th - July 1st; the priority deadline is March 1st. 

To Apply:
1. Log-in to Scholarship Universe
2. Search for AFAT in the top-right search bar.
3. Click "Apply" and follow the instructions.

Please note that this type of funding requires a FAFSA and regularly has alternative application processes.

Scholarships with various or rolling deadlines:

The Graduate & Professional Student Council (GPSC) has Travel Grants, Research and Project Grants, Professional Opportunities Development (POD) Funding, Completion Grants (new) and Basic Needs Microgrants.

The Arizona City/County Management Association (ACMA) offers the following scholarships to MPA and MPP students who are very active in local government:

  • Marvin A Andrews Scholarship/Internship
  • Charles A. Esser Memorial Scholarship

These additional scholarships are also available to apply for if attending specific conferences:

  • Jane L. Morris Woman Leading Government Scholarships (for the Winter ACMA Conference)
  • ICMA Conference Scholarship

Additional information on all the scholarships listed above can be found at


The Haury Program is pleased to announce an open call for proposals to support the research of graduate students who bring knowledge and experience on matters relevant to Native American and Indigenous resilience. Special consideration will be given to applications to support graduate students:

  1. whose work addresses the severe water access and water quality challenges that face Native American and Indigenous communities, especially those within Arizona; and
  2. who have experience or is interested in strengthening their skills related to tribal customs and governance, traditional knowledge, and ways of approaching resilience challenges of Native American and Indigenous communities that respect both.

These one-time Native Pathways Awards will be made on a rolling basis and evaluated as they are received. Funds are available immediately and must be spent within one year of receipt. Please note: we have limited funds available, and proposals received after funds have been exhausted will not be considered. Funds are available for up to $20,000 per applicant.

American Indian Graduate Center offers a variety of funding opportunities for graduate students including MA, MS, PhD, STEM, Medical, Law, MBA, and other professional degrees. There are several funding opportunities, including in special higher education, finance, aerospace, veterinary medicine, and more.

  • Deadline: Varies by opportunity

Since 2006, To Write Love on Her Arm (TWLOHA) has invested $2.6 million in making it possible for people to sit with a counselor or attend a support group when they need it most. Applications for Treatment & Recovery Scholarships are accepted in seasonal cycles, on a first-come, first-served basis, depending on the demonstrated financial needs of an individual. Our mission is to present hope and help for those struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, suicide, and other mental illnesses. TWLOHA exists to encourage, inform, inspire, and also to invest directly into treatment and recovery. The average amount awarded is between 3-6 months at the counseling (outpatient) care level.

American Indian Graduate Center offers a variety of funding opportunities for graduate students including MA, MS, PhD, STEM, Medical, Law, MBA, and other professional degrees. There are several funding opportunities, including the Empowering Scholars Initiative: AIGC Access Scholarships, REDW Scholarship, Scholarships and Professional Training Opportunities, Special Higher Education Program, and more!

Founded in 2006, Immigrants Rising transforms individuals and fuels broader changes. With resources and support, undocumented young people are able to get an education, pursue careers, and build a brighter future for themselves and their community. Immigrants Rising’s List of Graduate Scholarships contains scholarships for graduate studies that don’t require proof of citizenship or legal permanent residency. This up-to-date list, organized by deadline date, contains scholarships at the local (Bay Area), state and national level.

For students from developing countries who are currently studying in the United States or Canada, the MMMF awards grants of approximately $12,000 each; grants are not renewable. The MMMF also typically invites the recipients to Washington DC to participate in a three day Awards Program organized in their honor.

  • Deadline: Varies
  • Citizenship: National of a country listed on the MMEG Country Eligibility List (see website)
  • Website:

Page last updated: 11/13/23