Partnership Programs and Matching Awards

The Department of Public Administration offers matching funds for external scholarship holders or participants from the Truman Scholars, Charles B. Rangel Scholars, Thomas R. Pickering Fellows, Teach For America, Teach For All, and the PPIA Fellowship programs.

PAIA is also able to recommend McNair Scholars for University McNair Fellowship consideration, though candidates pursuing the PhD are given primary consideration for these awards. Syracuse University and the Department of Public Administration and International Affairs are also proud supporters of the men and women who have served or are currently serving in our US military.

Partnership programs exist with advanced schooling programs across several branches of the military. Additionally, SU is proud to be a dedicated Yellow Ribbon University and to support students through on campus ROTC programs.

Harry S. Truman Scholarship Program

The Maxwell School has had a long-standing relationship with the Truman Scholarship program. Beginning in 2018, the Truman Scholar matching award will be a partial tuition scholarship (50%) and be granted at time of admission to the MPA or MA IR program. Please note on your application that you are a Truman Scholar. For more information, please visit the Truman Scholarship Program website.

Public Policy and International Affairs Fellowship Program: Students who have participated in the Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Fellowship program and have been awarded a PPIA Fellowship through the new APPAM consortium are invited to apply to the Maxwell School's MPA program. Upon admission, the University is committed to providing a minimum $5,000 cash award to all PPIA Fellows and waives all mandatory fees associated with graduate study at the University (including the application fee). PPIA Fellows are eligible for all other forms of merit based financial aid. Typical awards provide for a partial (50%) tuition waiver and will be granted on the basis of merit.  Please note on your application that you are a PPIA Fellow and have your Summer JSI reports forwarded to the school. Please contact us at paia@maxwell.syr.edu for an application fee waiver code, which can be provided once we have confirmed your PPIA Status. For more information see the PPIA website.

McNair Graduate Fellowships

Syracuse University is a participating institution in the Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program. Not only does the University provide research training and mentoring to promising undergraduate students preparing for graduate study, but it also provides a limited number of Graduate Fellowships to incoming McNair Scholars accepted into the graduate programs across campus. The Ronald E. McNair Graduate Fellowships provide full tuition support and a stipend. Once admitted to a program, the departments will internally nominate all Scholars for the Graduate Fellowship. Announcements of these awards will be made by the McNair Fellowship selection committee in mid-Spring. To be competitive for these limited graduate fellowships, McNair Scholars should be careful to include a letter of recommendation from their primary mentor with their application. Additionally, the application fee is waived for all McNair Scholars applying to graduate programs at Syracuse University. Be sure to have the application and all supporting materials submitted by February 1st. For more information, please visit the Syracuse Fellowship website for more information.

US Army ROTC Opportunities

Graduate students admitted to the Department of Public Administration and International Affairs and perhaps another program and whom are planning on being at SU for two years may be eligible for participation in the Army ROTC program for graduate students. While this program offers much more than funding- participation may have financial benefits. Please visit SU's ROTC benefits website for more information.

GI Bill-Yellow Ribbon Program Education Benefits

As a veteran of the U.S. armed forces, you have earned educational benefits. We are pleased that you are considering our programs and Syracuse University as you plan your future. Please visit  SU's Veteran and Military Affairs website for more information.

Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program, Graduate Fellowship Program and Thomas R. Pickering International Affairs Fellowship Program

These programs seek to attract and educate outstanding young people who desire careers in Foreign Service. Funded by the US Department of State and managed by the Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center at Howard University, these fellowships prepare students to enter exciting and rewarding careers in public service as Foreign Service Officers, The Rangel and Pickering Programs encourages the application of members of minority groups or historically underrepresented in Foreign Service and those with financial need. Fellows receive up to $37,500 annually in assistance for tuition, room, board and other related expenses for a two year masters degree in international public service. Maxwell matches the Rangel Fellowship funding with merit based financial aid, to significantly reduce any out of pocket expenses for selected Rangel Fellows.  For more information please visit the Rangel Program website.

Teach For America / Teach for All Partnerships

The mission of the Maxwell School is Public Service. We are pleased to partner with both Teach for America and Teach For All and their partner organizations in honor of this joint mission of making the world a better place. 

  • Any student admitted to Syracuse University Maxwell School’s Master of Public Administration (MPA)  and/or Master of Arts in International Relations (MA IR) programs will be granted a two-year deferral (upon written request) so that they might participate in a Teach for America or Teach For All partner organization. 

  • The Department of Public Administration and International Affairs of SU’s Maxwell School is pleased to recognize the public service commitment of Teach for America and Teach For All alumni with an automatic scholarship of or equal to $10,000 upon admission to either the MPA or MA IR degree programs. TFA and TFAll alumni will also be eligible for other forms of department or university sponsored merit-based aid.

USAID's Donald M. Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship Program

This initiative is designed to promote excellence and diversity in the USAID Foreign Service. The USAID Donald M. Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship seeks outstanding young people interested in careers in international development as USAID Foreign Service Officers. The Payne Fellowship Program provides benefits valued at up to $90,000 over two years to fund a two-year master's degree, arranges internships on Capitol Hill and at USAID missions overseas, and provides professional development and support activities. Fellows who successfully complete the program become USAID Foreign Service Officers. Information and application materials for the program are available at www.paynefellows.org. The application deadline is in January of each year. The Program is funded by USAID and managed by Howard University.

Donald M. Payne International Development Fellowship Program Howard University 202-806-4367; 877-633-0002 paynefellows@howard.edu

Civil Society Leadership Awards

The Civil Society Leadership Awards (CSLA) provide fully funded Masters' degree study to individuals who clearly demonstrate academic and professional excellence and a deep commitment to leading positive social change in their communities.  Syracuse University's Maxwell School, College of Law and School of Education partner with the administrators of the CSLA Scholarship program to bring talented scholars to study at our University.  CSLA scholarships are available to citizens of the following countries:  Azerbaijan, Belarus, Cambodia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Laos, Libya, Republic of Congo, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. Application Deadline, December 15.  Complete Program Details and Applications Instructions can be found at the CSLA website

CBCF – Maxwell Fellowship Award

The Maxwell School's Department of Public Administration and International Affairs has a long standing partnership with the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc.  Any current of former CBCF Intern admitted into the MPA or MA IR degree program (including any PA/IR joint degree with the exception of dual JD candidates) will be granted a CBCF – Maxwell Fellowship Award upon admission.  The CBCF – Maxwell Fellowship Award has a value of $10,000 which will be credited toward tuition. Admitted CBCF – Maxwell Fellows will also be considered for additional funding via our traditional awards process. A letter of support attesting to the successful completion of the CBCF internship will be required for the official administration of this award.

CHCI – Maxwell Fellowship Award

The Maxwell School's Department of Public Administration and International Affairs has a long standing partnership with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute.    Any current of former CHCI Intern admitted into the MPA or MA IR degree program (including any PA/IR joint degree with the exception of dual JD candidates) will be granted a CHCI – Maxwell Fellowship Award upon admission.  The CHCI – Maxwell Fellowship Award has a value of $10,000 which will be credited toward tuition. Admitted CHCI – Maxwell Fellows will also be considered for additional funding via our traditional awards process. A letter of support attesting to the successful completion of the CHCI internship will be required for the official administration of this award.