Obtaining a master's degree is a substantial investment of time and resources, but many students are able to secure funding through fellowships, grants, work-study positions, teaching assistantships, and more. Review an extensive list of funding resources and suggested tips for success from the Ford School fellowship coordinator.
The Ford School believes that a lack of financial resources should not be a barrier to students who are interested in pursuing an advanced degree and professional career in public policy or public administration. We've established a growing number of fellowships to help students pay for their degrees.
Approximately 60 percent of our incoming class receives fellowship support directly from the Ford School. Highlights from among our school fellowships include:
- The David Bohnett Foundation Leadership and Public Service Fellowships: two years of tuition support plus a paid internship in the City of Detroit Mayor's Office. Learn more and find out how to apply.
- The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Fellowship: in-state tuition, a generous stipend, internship funding, and more. Learn more about the fellowship. (All in-state admitted MPP students are automatically considered for this fellowship.)
- The Riecker Michigan Delegation Fellowship: spend six months in DC on assignment with a senator or representative from Michigan. Learn more and find out how to apply.
Many students also secure assistance from the University of Michigan and federal programs, from graduate assistantships and work-study positions, and from a wide variety of external fellowships available to domestic and international students.
As you weigh your options, carefully review the estimated cost of a Ford School degree--including two years of tuition, fees, housing, food, and other expenses--and request a confidential 'funding-your-degree' advising session with our full-time fellowship coordinator.
Securing funding: Tips for success
- Start early: Begin researching funding sources while you prepare your application.
- Invest time to search for funding: Students who have looked for funding more proactively have found new and unexpected sources from places such as professional organizations, state agencies, and local or community organizations. Explore the links above, and funding search engines.
- Continue your search. Securing funding for graduate education is a process that begins when you are an applicant, but it shouldn't end after admission. Many students continuously search for funding throughout their studies.
- Stay in touch with our fellowship coordinator. Contact our fellowship coordinator to discuss funding options early on, but stay in touch even after you enroll. Our fellowship coordinator can work with you to help you uncover new funding leads throughout your studies.