Fellowships Requiring Separate Application

Several highly desirable and prestigious Fellowships exist at Maxwell.  The Snow Fellowships in Non-Profit Management and the Robertson Foundation for Government Fellowships along with a few others require a separate application for consideration. The timing of these fellowship selections is generally consistent with our departmental awards process.

The John Ben Snow and Vernon Snow Fellowships in Non-Profit Management

The Snow Foundation provides each Fellow a stipend of $15,000, disbursed in equal monthly installments of $1,250 over the duration of the MPA program. Syracuse University matches this award with a 40 credit hour tuition scholarship. Additionally, Snow Fellows serve up to 16 hours per week at a local foundation (CNY Community Foundation) during the academic year.

To be considered for a Snow Fellowship award a separate letter of application is necessary. This letter should summarize your background and interests in non-profit management and state your commitment to enter this field upon graduation. Please enclose a resume/curricula vita with the letter and address it to: The Snow Fellowship Selection Committee, c/o the Department of Public Administration and International Affairs, 215 Eggers Hall, Syracuse, NY 13244. You may include this letter with your application. Deadline for consideration is February 15.

The Robertson Foundation for Government- Robertson Fellows Program

Founded in honor of Charles and Marie Robertson, RFFG seeks to further their mission of helping to strengthen the Government of the United States and increase its ability and determination to defend and extend freedom throughout the world. Admitted students at the Maxwell School can pursue programs in the following two-year joint and concurrent degree programs that will prepare them for careers with the Federal Government: Public Administration/International Relations, International Relations/Economics, or Public Administration/Economics.

For this purpose, Robertson Fellows receive: full tuition for both years, living stipend of $20,000/yr plus health insurance, and Summer internship assistance. In turn, Robertson Fellows are required to work for the Federal Government for 3 of the first 7 years after graduation and must have proficiency in a foreign language upon graduation. 

To be considered for a Robertson Fellowship, applicants must submit an additional (250 word) statement outlining their academic and career goals and how these are aligned with the mission of the RFFG. This statement should be appended to the Personal Statement on the On-line application, or may be electronically mailed to the PAIA Office at paia@maxwell.syr.edu with the subject line: (YOUR LAST NAME): Robertson Fellowship.  This statement must also reaffirm the applicant's commitment to a career in the federal government upon graduation. The deadline is February 15.

The John L. and Stephanie G. Palmer Fellowships in Social Policy 

Each year two MPA students will be named Palmer Fellows in Social Policy. Honoring the exceptional public service career of University Professor and 7th Dean of he Maxwell School, John L. Palmer, these fellowships support students with a demonstrated interest in federal social welfare policy and/or fiscal and budgetary policy.  Students with exceptional academic records, prior work/internship experience related to social and/or fiscal policy, and federal service career goals aligned with the Fellowship are invited to apply.for the Palmer Fellowships in Social Policy. 

Each Palmer Fellowship is provided in two parts: a full time graduate assistantship and an additional cash stipend  of $17,500 to be used toward additional tuition and/living expenses. The Palmer Fellowships in Social Policy have a value of over $74,000 (2020-2021 pricing).  Palmer Fellows will also benefit from the opportunity to meet John Palmer over the course of their studies, and he will serve as an academic and professional mentor to the designated Palmer Fellows. Please indicate your interest in the Palmer Fellowship in your personal statement, as you outline your public service career goals.     

Ajello Graduate Fellowship in Energy and Environmental Policy 

Each year up to two MPA students will be selected as Ajello Fellow(s) in Energy and Environmental Policy.  Ajello Fellows will be chosen based upon their demonstrated interest in energy and environmental policy, and exceptional academic preparation.  Each Fellow will have the opportunity to engage in research projects under the direction of Professor Peter Wilcoxen, the Ajello Professor in Energy and Environmental Policy.  The Ajello Fellowship will be provided in two parts:  a full time graduate assistantship and an additional cash stipend  of $12,000 to be used toward additional tuition and/living expenses. The Ajello Fellowships have a value of over $68,000 (2020-2021 pricing).  Please indicate your interest in the Ajello Graduate Fellowship in your personal statement, as you outline your interests and career goals as they relate to energy and environmental policy.

Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships

Syracuse University's Center for European Studies Center announces Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowship competitions. The FLAS program provides tuition and stipend for SU graduate students who are US citizens of permanent residents to undertake intensive language training (HINDI only) and area studies that complements their program of study. FLAS awards are open to SU graduate students in any program, with interests in contemporary European Studies. Preference may be given to professional program students and those who may want to work in public service in the future. Deadline for consideration is in early March of each year.

John and Mabel deSardon and Joan deSardon-Glass Financial Awards

Available to students across most programs in the Maxwell School, including on campus executive Two or three full-funding (tuition and stipend for one year of study) financial awards are provided from this endowed fund to students who are nationals of Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, Venezuela and any other South American/Andean countries who intend to return to their home countries to work in the public or non-profit sector.

These awards are administered through the Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs of the Maxwell School. Deadline for full consideration is February 1st. In order for the department to nominate an applicant for deSardon-Glass funding, the department must have officially admitted the student to their graduate program, therefore it is crucial that applicants submit a complete application, including all official test scores, to the department by the February 1st deadline. Admitted and qualified applicants will be nominated internally by the department for these awards, so a separate application is no longer necessary.

Global Programs Awards for Internship & Program Support

The Maxwell School has funds available to support MAIR, MA in Public Diplomacy and Global Communications (PDGC) and joint MAIR students participating in off-campus opportunities through established Global Programs or independent internships.  Meritorious students with financial need and a commitment to participate in off-campus opportunities are eligible to apply for an award each semester. MAIR and PDGC graduate students will receive the award application via syr e-mail.