Master of Public Affairs

Financial Assistance

Nine sources of financial assistance are offered to MPA graduate students: Graduate Assistantships; NCCCMA Scholarship; Next Generation Graduate Award; Americorps Scholarships; Cemala Foundation Fellowship; Graduate Dean's Awards; May Davidson Scholarship; Annie Parham Scholarship; and Paid Internships.

Graduate Assistantships

The Department of Political Science offers graduate assistantships to a limited number of full-time graduate students. Such students must take at least 6 graduate credits and should not have any other employment. Application for assistantships is made by letter to the Graduate Director, Department of Political Science, UNCG. Students interested in an assistantship for the fall should apply by March 15.

NCCCMA Scholarship

A scholarship for a full-time student interested in a city or county management career is awarded annually by the North Carolina City and County Management Association. 

Next Generation Graduate Award

This scholarship is funded by our MPA Alumni, and is awarded to two to five students annually, based primarily on their academic record, though financial need may also be considered.

Americorps Scholarships

Two scholarships of $2000 for two years are awarded to graduates of Americorps and Vista programs. Preference will be given to North Carolina residents or those who served in North Carolina. Financial need as demonstrated in a FAFSA will be required.

Cemala Foundation Fellowship

ELIGIBILITY: Up to $11,000 per year for a full-time student who works 10 hours a week for a local nonprofit organization and assists with the MPA program.

Cemala Foundation Scholarship For Interns

The Cemala Foundation provides some funds for unpaid interns in the MPA program who work for a nonprofit agency in Guilford County.

Graduate Dean's Award

The Graduate Dean provides awards of $4000 for MPA students who demonstrate financial need, have a solid academic record, and are not receiving an assistantship. Priority is given to students who have no full-time employment.

May Davidson Scholarship

Due to the generosity of a UNCG graduate, the department can award one to three scholarships to financially needy students.

The University maintains an Office of Financial Aid, and students needing financial assistance (other than assistantships) should contact this office for work-study assistance and student loans.

Annie Parham Scholarship

A $2000 scholarship is awarded each year to a student who is pursuing a local government career. Preference is given to those who have internship or work experience in North Carolina city or county government.