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The Humphrey School of Public Affairs is the University of
Minnesota's school of policy and planning.

Merit Based Aid

The Humphrey School of Public Affairs considers admitted applicants who apply by the December 15 and/or January 15 application deadlines for a variety of merit based aid awards. Merit based aid at the Humphrey School is very competitive, with approximately twenty-five to thirty percent of the incoming class receiving merit based aid. Applicants are encouraged to review the aid opportunities and corresponding application deadlines below for more information, and contact the Office of Admission with questions. All merit based aid offers are typically sent out in mid-March, and will be announced this year on March 16, 2015. Please note: applicants who submit complete applications by the deadlines outlined below who are not admitted at the time merit based aid offers are extended will not be considered for merit based aid.

University-wide Graduate Fellowships

Students who submit a completed application by December 15 and are subsequently admitted will be considered for the following University fellowship programs. Applicants are nominated by the Humphrey School admissions committee based on materials provided in the admissions application. While there is no separate application necessary to be considered for nomination, the Office of Admissions may request selected nominees to submit additional statements, forms, or recommendations. Please note: These fellowships have deadlines that may differ from the December 15 deadline noted here, but that is the deadline required by the Humphrey School in order to allow sufficient time for reviewing application materials for admission and determining nominees for the fellowship programs.

Diversity Of Views and Experiences (DOVE) Fellowship

Administered by the Office for Diversity in Graduate Education (ODGE), the DOVE Fellowship Program seeks to assist graduate programs to promote a diversity of views, experiences, and ideas in pursuit of research, scholarship, and creative excellence.

Please Note: The criteria of the DOVE Fellowship are currently being revised and may exclude those pursuing professional master's degrees. Please check this website for updates.

Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change (ICGC) Fellowship

ICGC offers fellowships that provide financial support for graduate students with backgrounds and interests committed to the interdisciplinary study of the Global South in the context of global change.(MORE)

Humphrey School Merit Based Aid

Merit based aid is awarded by the Humphrey School Office of Admissions. Aid is competitive and historically awarded to approximately 25-30% of the incoming class. While the majority of awards are available to students in any degree program, there are a number of awards available with special criteria for each degree program. For a listing of scholarship opportunities available by degree program, please visit the appropriate link below. Students who submit a completed application by January 15 and are subsequently admitted will be considered for Humphrey School merit based aid. Please note: all merit based aid offers are typically announced in mid-March, and applicants must be admitted by that time in order to be considered.


While a limited amount of assistantships are awarded through the Humphrey School merit based aid process, the majority of assistantships are posted and available outside of this process, and graduate students apply for these positions as they would any other advertised position with the University. Types of assistantships include:

Administrative Fellow
May involve responsibilities such as advising undergraduates or performing administrative support/research functions (development, student services, etc.). The Humphrey School occasionally offers a limited amount of administrative positions for graduate students.

Research Assistantship
The most common type of assistantship, which is connected with a faculty project or University research center.

Teaching Assistantships
Typically available for second-year students to assist in various Humphrey School core courses, however, first-year students may be eligible to assist in departments outside of the Humphrey School (depending on their undergraduate degree and previous experience).

Terms and benefits for assistantships can vary depending on the type and appointment, but typically include tuition benefits, an hourly wage, health coverage, and in-state tuition waivers for non-Minnesota residents, and can last for a single semester or more. More information on assistantships can be found at the Graduate Assistant Employment Services website.