Scholarships and fellowships are awarded based on merit. Except for the Irving B. Harris Fellowship, which covers 100 percent of tuition plus a stipend, scholarship and fellowship amounts vary depending upon the qualifications of the student.

Harris Public Policy offers numerous opportunities to fund your graduate education with fellowships and scholarships. More than half of our master's degree students receive scholarships and fellowships that are awarded on a competitive, merit basis. A number of students also seek funding from third-party sources.

Harris Public Policy Scholarships and Fellowships

CONACYT Scholarship

Mexico's National Council on Science and Technology and Harris offer up to 15 full scholarships for Mexican nationals per year who have been admitted into the MPP or PhD programs at Harris.

Americorps Matching Scholarship

We proudly offer a full Segal AmeriCorps Education Award match for students who are admitted to a master's degree program. AmeriCorps applicants will also receive preferential consideration and a waived application fee.

Hank Paulson Fellowship

Henry (Hank) Paulson served as the 74th US Secretary of the Treasury before becoming a distinguished senior fellow at the University of Chicago and chairman of the Paulson Institute, based on the University of Chicago campus. In addition to the Paulson Institute, which focuses on promoting sustainable economic growth and a cleaner environment around the world, Paulson has funded fellowship opportunities for students who want to study energy policy at Harris. Prospective students who indicate an interest in studying energy policy on their application will automatically be considered for the Paulson Fellowship. Successful candidates will receive up to $44,000 and an opportunity to meet Hank Paulson.

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 covers 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.

Dean’s Fellowship

Awarded to applicants based on merit and strength of application, regardless of policy interest.

China-US Fellowship

Awarded to an applicant who has demonstrated a strong interest in China-US relations, either in business or governmental relations. The applicant must have substantial work experience in a relevant policy area with an organization that is committed to China-US relations.

Urban Policy Fellowship

Awarded to an applicant who has demonstrated a strong interest in urban policy. The applicant must have substantial work experience in a relevant urban policy initiative or organization.

Municipal Finance Fellowship

Awarded to an applicant who has demonstrated a strong interest in municipal finance. The recipient will be expected to complete the Certificate in Municipal Finance.

Policy Change Fellowship

Awarded to an applicant who has demonstrated a strong interest and/or background in the politics of the policymaking process.

UChicago Careers in Public and Social Service (UCIPSS) Scholarship

Awarded to an applicant who has received an undergraduate degree from UChicago and was a participating member of the UCIPSS Scholars Program. Recipient is expected to participate and engage in activities supporting the UCIPSS Program.

Public Service Scholarship

Awarded to an applicant who has served in a key administrative position with a public service organization, including Peace Corps, Teach for America, and others.

Computational Analysis and Public Policy Fellowship

Awarded to an MSCAPP applicant who demonstrates a strong interest and/or background in addressing policy issues using the skill sets developed through the CAPP program.

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. Evaluation also includes a student’s grade point average and GRE score, which may be supplemented by fieldwork directly related to conflict resolution. Awards may vary based on overall qualifications. Potential Fellows can declare their interest during the application process to Harris Public Policy.

Truman Matching Scholarship

We proudly offer a 100 percent full Harry S. Truman Scholarship match for those students who are admitted to a master's degree program. 

International Fulbright Foreign Student Matching Grant

We will proudly match up to $10,000 of the Fulbright Foreign Student Grant for those students who are admitted to a master's degree program.