Fellowships & Scholarships

UEP majors have a good track record at receiving prestigious fellowships, including post-colleg fellowships such as the CORO program in public affairs (a leadership training program in six cities around the country), the Public Policy and International Affairs program (a summer institute at several universities for students interested in graduate schools and public service careers), the California state fellowship program (a one-year fellowship working in state government), and others.

Contact the Director of National and International Fellowships for the faculty advisors, application details, and internal and external deadlines. Click here for the Oxy Fellowships Directory.

PPIA Junior Summer Institute 

2021 Application deadline: tbc (application opens Fall 2020)
Eligibility: Junior standing

The PPIA Junior Summer Institutes (JSI) have been the hallmark of the PPIA Fellowship Program for over 20 years. JSI is an intensive seven-week summer program that focuses on preparing students for graduate programs in public and international affairs and careers as policy professionals, public administrators and other leadership roles in public service.

Award amount: Full tuition to attend PPIA JSI, stipend up to $1,500 and minimum $5,000 toward graduate school tuition.
PPIA JSI Program and application details

Davis Projects for Peace

2021 Oxy internal deadline: Please contact faculty advisor
National deadline: February 2021 (tbc)
Eligibility: Undergraduate students, all levels

Davis Project for peace is an initiative for all students at the Davis United World College Scholars Program schools to design their own grassroots projects for peace that they themselves will iplement anywhere in the world during the summer 2016. Through a competition on over 90 campuses, 100 projects will be selected for funding at $10,000 each.

Award Amount: $10,000 for the implementation of the project.
Davis Projects for Peace program and application details

CORO Fellows Program in Public Affairs

2021-2022 Application deadline: January 2021 (tbc) (application opens Fall 2020)
Eligibility: BA/BS by Fall 2020

The CORO Fellows Program in Public Affairs is a full-time, nine month, graduate-level experiential leadership training program that prepares diverse, intelligent and committed individuals for effective and ethical leadership in the public affairs arena. The Fellows Program is rigorous and demanding, an unparalleled opportunity for personal and professional growth. The Fellows Program is offered in Los Angeles, New York, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and St. Louis.

Award amounts: Varies based on placement.
CORO Fellows program and application details

Donald A. Strauss Foundation Scholarship

Oxy internal deadline: January 2020
Application deadline: March 2020
Eligibility: Junior standing

The Donald A. Strauss Public Service Scholarship Foundation was created as a memorial to the late Don Strauss, who demonstrated a strong, lifelong commitment to public service and education. The Foundation annually awards $10,000 scholarships to no fewer than 14 California college juniors who've reflected a similar commitment.

Award amount: $10,000 to be used in the last year of undergraduate study.
Donald A. Strauss Foundation program and application details

Capital Fellows Program

2021-2022 Application deadline: February 2021 (application opens Fall 2020)
Eligibility: BA/BS by September 2021                 

These programs, known collectively as the Capital Fellows Programs, are nationally recognized. The 18 Assembly Fellows, 18 Senate Fellows, 18 Executive Fellows and 10 Judicial Administration Fellows receive an outstanding opportunity to engage in public service and prepare for future careers, while actively contributing to the development and implementation of public policy in California.

Award amount: $2,794/month plus health benefits for 10-11 months.
Capital Fellows Program and application details

Morris K. Udall Scholarship

Oxy internal deadline: January 2021
2020 Online registration deadline: March 2021
Eligibility: Matriculated sophomore or junior-level student

The Udall Foundation seeks future leaders across a wide spectrum of environmental fields, including policy, engineering, science, education, urban planning and renewal, business, health, justice, and economics. The Foundation also seeks future Native American and Alaska Native leaders in public and community health care, tribal government, and public policy affecting Native American communities, including land and resource management, economic development, and education.

Award amount: Up to $7,000 for tuition, room and board, or other educational expenses.
Morris K. Udall program and application details

Oxy may nominate up to 8 applicants per year. To apply through Oxy, applicants must email a completed sample application (available here) and an unofficial transcript to fellowships@oxy.edu by January 27, 2020. If your application is nominated, you will work with the committee to polish their applications before the national deadline.