Many fellowships and scholarships are available to students studying in the Trachtenberg School, from internal funding to sources including the broader GW options and external resources, including:

Merit-based Tuition Awards at the Trachtenberg School

All applicants who indicate interest on their application and submit by the February 1 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.

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.
  • Some of the GW fellowships that Trachtenberg Students may find particularly applicable include:
    • GW/ McNair Fellowship: 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: If you or your parent or grandparent are/was part of a US Scottish Rite organization you are eligible. 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: 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: 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.