Merit-based Tuition Awards at the Trachtenberg School
All applicants who indicate interest on their application and submit by the January 5 deadline are automatically considered for partial tuition fellowships and assistantships within the Trachtenberg School. No other application is required for consideration. For more information about what these fellowships and assistantships look like, please email your questions to [email protected].

Minority Serving Institution Award 
Graduates from a select list of minority-serving institutions are eligible for an application fee waiver and a tuition award of at least 40%. Students who submit their application by February 1 will automatically be considered for this award.

Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, and Teach for America Alumni
Students who have completed the AmeriCorps, Peace Corps or Teach for America programs are eligible to receive a one-time award of $5,000. Due to the large number of applicants who have this background, not every applicant will receive the award. In order to be considered, students should upload an addendum to their application stating alumni status and requesting financial aid consideration. Additionally, these applicants may request a fee waiver for their application fee.

Recent graduates and seniors at GW may receive a 10% tuition discount for master’s level study at the Trachtenberg School. A separate Grad2Grad Fellowship enrollment form is required to receive this award.

GW Employee Benefits
GW employees may be eligible for 90% of 6 credit hours each semester (fall, spring, and summer and their family members may be eligible for up to a 40% reduction in tuition. A separate tuition remission application is required for each semester the student wishes to request the benefit.

The Victoria P. Thomas and Dr. John R. Thomas Fellowship in National Security
This Fellowship ($5,000 tuition) is a single annual award to a Trachtenberg School student. All MPA and MPP applicants are automatically considered for the Thomas Fellowship if they submit a degree application by the January 15 deadline and it reflects the intent to have a field of concentration in Homeland Security and Emergency Management, or National Defense.

Awards from the Office of Graduate Student Assistantships and Fellowships (OGSAF)
As members of the GW community, Trachtenberg School students also qualify for various grants and fellowships offered throughout the University.

  • The Office of Graduate Student Assistantships and Fellowships provides information on funding opportunities at the master's and PhD levels.

  • A list of GW fellowships that Trachtenberg Students may find particularly applicable include the following:

    • Career Development Fellowship (https://www.gwu.edu/~fellows/fellowships/career_development.html)
      Deadline for incoming students: March 13, 2018 (Incoming Students) and April 3, 2018 (Current Students)
      Intended for students with a minimum 3.4 GPA who are working or interning either full- or part-time in a position directly related to the student’s degree program. Award covers up to $5,000 for part-time students and up to $10,000 for full-time students, excluding fees. Note: Other awards cannot be combined with this award.

    • GW/ McNair Fellowship (https://www.gwu.edu/~fellows/fellowships/mcnair.html)
      Deadline: February 28, 2018
      Intended for incoming students who were McNair Fellows in their undergraduate programs at other universities. Award may cover up to full-tuition.

    • Scottish Rite Fellowship (https://www.gwu.edu/~fellows/fellowships/scottish.html)
      Deadline: August 10th, 2018  (for consideration for Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 funding) Applications received before the deadline will be reviewed within fourteen business days of submission.
      Intended for graduate students with verified affiliation with a US Scottish Rite organization. Award is $15,000 for full-time students and $7,500 for part-time students with priority given to those attending full-time.

    • Walter Green Fellowship (https://www.gwu.edu/~fellows/fellowships/waltergreen.html)
      Deadline: March 9, 2018
      Intended for students pursuing a career in public service or government who work in a paid job or internship related to their field of study in the DC Metro Area. Award is up to $6,000 for full-time students and up to $3,000 for part-time students.

    • Wolcott Foundation Fellowship (http://www.wolcottfoundation.com/index.html)
      Intended for students with outstanding academic, civic, and social credentials who are pursuing public service careers. Maximum award covers tuition and fees for 40 credit hours and requires 4 years of employment in federal, state, or local level government services upon graduation.

  • OGSAF also provides a database for external, private scholarships and fellowships. An example is the Marjorie Cook Scholars Program, which is available for female Maryland Residents pursuing a degree in public policy.