Harris scholarships and fellowships are awarded based on merit. Amounts awarded vary depending on the qualifications of the student.

Harris Public Policy offers numerous opportunities to fund your graduate education with fellowships and scholarships. All students are considered for these awards upon application to Harris–with the exception of students applying to our executive programs, including the Double Executive Masters in Health Policy Program.

A number of students also seek funding from third-party sources

Merit Scholarships

More than half of our master's degree students receive scholarships and fellowships that are awarded on a competitive, merit basis. All students are considered for these awards upon application to Harris and are notified of any awards at the time of acceptance. 

Please note: All scholarships awarded from Harris are considered merit scholarships. Harris scholarship awards are provided in partnership by one of the following scholarship programs on this page.

The Pearson Fellowship

The Pearson Fellows program is open to Master of Public Policy (MPP) students at Harris Public Policy.  Fellows are selected based on a student’s leadership, academic aptitude, and dedication to global conflict resolution through demonstrated experience and/or course work. Awards may vary based on overall qualifications. Potential Fellows can declare their interest during the application process to Harris Public Policy.

Applicants interested in being considered for the Pearson Fellowship are encouraged to apply in Early Action. While applications for the Fellowship will be reviewed in Round One and Round Two, Fellowship positions may be limited.

The Center For Effective Government (CEG) Fellowship

CEG was founded with an ambitious but vital mission: to strengthen democratic institutions and improve the capacity of government to solve public problems. To be considered for the Center for Effective Government Fellowship, please answer the optional essay question on your Harris application for the CEG Fellowship providing a short answer which analyzes a specific institutional reform that will lead to more effective governance, keeping in mind CEG’s mission. (Optional, max 500 words)

Harris Alumni Fellowship

In 2012, the Harris Alumni Council created the Harris Alumni Fellowship Fund to directly support student fellowships. Funded solely by donations from the Harris alumni community, the Harris Alumni Fellowship is awarded to students who demonstrate a strong desire to pursue a Harris degree, have exemplary leadership skills, significant real-world work experience, and a strong academic record. The Harris Alumni Fellow is also recognized at alumni events and has ample opportunities to network with Harris alumni.

Wendt Fellowship

Funded by College alumnus Greg Wendt, AM’83, Wendt Fellowships are awarded to students who demonstrate exceptional leadership skills, a strong academic record, and interest in public service. Wendt Fellowships provide up to $42,500 to help students pursue their Harris education.

King Harris Fellowship

Each year select students receive a fellowship from Irving Harris’s nephew and Harris Council Chairman King Harris. King Harris Fellows are selected for their passion to pursue public policy and their strong academic records. Successful candidates will receive up to $22,000 and an opportunity to network with Mr. Harris.

Irving B. Harris Fellowship

Although he was known as a businessman, Irving B. Harris’s true passion was improving the lives of children through innovative solutions to wide-ranging social problems. He believed that societal tensions could be alleviated through effective social policies and wanted to see the country’s brightest young leaders apply their skills to address these challenges. Thus, Harris supported the creation of the School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago and provided significant financial support for students. In his honor, the top admitted students, based on merit and strength of application, are awarded an Irving B. Harris Fellowship, which may cover up to the full cost of tuition and a living stipend. Preference is given to applicants who demonstrate a strong interest/background in child and family policy areas. Recipients are expected to engage in activities that support Harris and its community.

Knoll Fellowship

Jerry Knoll graduated from the College and had a robust career in public policy, retiring as deputy director, Medical Programs Division, of the International Rescue Committee. As a long-time supporter of Harris and a member of the Harris Council, Knoll established a fund to provide financial support for students who are interested in international relations. The Knoll Fellowship is awarded to applicants who demonstrate a strong interest and/or background in international affairs, economics, and national defense policy or federal education policy.

TC Young Scholarship

Awarded to an applicant with demonstrated experience and commitment to social impact work in China.