Partnership Programs and Matching Awards


Harry S. Truman Scholarship Program

Truman Scholarship Program
Eligible Students: Admitted MPA, MA IR and MA in Public Diplomacy and Global Communications (PDGC) Students who were elected as Truman Scholars
Award Benefits:  Maxwell provides a guaranteed 50% tuition scholarship with admission. Scholars can be considered for additional cash/tuition scholarships.  

Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Fellowship Program

PPIA website.
Eligible Students:  Admitted MPA, MA IR and PDGC Students who have successfully completed a PPIA Junior Summer Institute program.
Award Benefits:  Maxwell provides a guaranteed 50% tuition scholarship with admission. Fellows can be considered for additional cash/tuition scholarships.  
Application Fee Waiver:  Note on your application that you are a PPIA Fellow and have your Summer JSI reports forwarded to the school. Email:  paia@maxwell.syr.edu for an application fee waiver code, 

Charles B. Rangel & Thomas R. Pickering International Affairs Programs

Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program  /  Thomas R. Pickering International Affairs Program
Eligible Students:  Admitted MPA, MA IR and PDGC Students who are selected as Rangel or Pickering Finalists and Fellows.  
Award Benefits: 

Maxwell provides guaranteed funding to any Fellow or Finalist admitted to the two year, 58 credit MPA/MA International Relations program.  

  • First Year Award:  Half-time Graduate Assistantship (12 credits of tuition and stipend)
  • Second Year Award: A cash scholarship toward tuition &/or living expenses of $20,000.

Maxwell provides guaranteed funding to any Fellow or Finalist admitted to the 16 month, 40 credit MA International Relations degree program. 

  • First Year Award:  Half-time Graduate Assistantship (12 credits of tuition and stipend)
  • Second Year Award: A cash scholarship toward tuition &/or living expenses of $8,000

Maxwell provides guaranteed funding to any Fellow or Finalist admitted to the 18 month, 43 credit MA Public Diplomacy & Global Communications degree program. 

  • First Year Award:  Half-time Graduate Assistantship (12 credits of tuition and stipend)
  • Second Year Award: A cash scholarship toward tuition &/or living expenses of $8,000.

Application Fee Waiver:  Provided to all Rangel/Pickering Fellows & Finalists.  Email:  paia@maxwell.syr.edu for an application fee waiver code, 

Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Graduate Award 

Eligible Students: Admitted MPA, MA IR and (MA in Public Diplomacy and Global Communications (PDGC) pending) students who are designated RPCVs.
Award Benefits:  Maxwell provides a guaranteed 50% tuition scholarship with admission and application fee waiver.  Candidates can be considered for all other forms of merit based funding.  .
Email:  paia@maxwell.syr.edu for an application fee waiver code,     

US Fulbright Scholars Graduate Award 

Eligible Students: Admitted MPA, MA IR and (MA in Public Diplomacy and Global Communications (PDGC) pending) students who successfully completed a Fulbright Scholarship program outside of the US. 
US Fulbright Scholars evacuated before the completion of their program due to the COVID-19 pandemic are also eligible.
Award Benefits:  Maxwell provides a guaranteed 50% tuition scholarship with admission and application fee waiver.  Candidates can be considered for all other forms of merit based funding.  . 
Email:  paia@maxwell.syr.edu for an application fee waiver code,    

Teach For America / Teach for All Partnerships

 Teach for America and Teach For All 

  • Any student admitted to Syracuse University Maxwell School’s Master of Public Administration (MPA) , Master of Arts in International Relations (MA IR) and Master of Arts in Public Diplomacy & Global Communications (PDGC) 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 , MA IR or PDGC degree programs. TFA and TFAll alumni will also be eligible for other forms of department or university sponsored merit-based aid.

Japan Exchange Teaching Programme Alumni Association (JETTA) Partnership

USJETAA
Eligible Students:  Admitted MPA, MA IR and PDGC Students in the campus based programs who are USJETTA Alumni
Award Benefits: An award of at least 30% of tuition for single- or dual- degree, and as well as consideration for further merit-based cash scholarships.  

Congressional Black Caucus Foundation:  CBCF – Maxwell Graduate Award

CBCF Website
Eligible Students:  Admitted MPA, MA IR and PDGC Students in the campus based programs who have completed Internships/Fellowships via CBCF.  
A letter of support attesting to the successful completion of the CBCF internship will be required for the official administration of this award.
Award Benefits: An award of at least 30% of tuition for single- or dual- degree, and as well as consideration for further merit-based cash scholarships.  

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute:  CHCI – Maxwell Graduate Award

CHCI Website
Eligible Students:  Admitted MPA, MA IR and PDGC Students in the campus based programs who have completed Internships/Fellowships via CHCI.   
A letter of support attesting to the successful completion of the CHCI internship will be required for the official administration of this award.
Award Benefits: An award of at least 30% of tuition for single- or dual- degree, and as well as consideration for further merit-based cash scholarships.  

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

Payne 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. The Program is funded by USAID and managed by Howard University. 

Civil Society Leadership Awards

CSLA website.
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

McNair Graduate Fellowships

Syracuse Fellowship website 
Syracuse University is a participating institution in the Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program. 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.
Application Fee Waivers:  The application fee is automatically waived for all McNair Scholars who note their status on their application.   

Specific to our US Military and their families:

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, and their families. Partnership programs exist with advanced schooling / officer fellowship 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 and post 9/11 GI Benefits.  .

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.