The Askew School offers a few graduate assistantships and scholarships to qualified students. Recipients are chosen on a merit basis. This financial assistance is awarded beginning in the Fall semester. To be assured of consideration, applications should be received by March 31st. Assistantships include a tuition waiver and a stipend for approximately 1/4 or 1/3 time service (approximately 10 to 15 hours per week). Students may be assigned as teaching, research, or administrative assistants.
New students with especially strong undergraduate grades and GRE scores may apply for University Fellowships through the school before January 10th. University fellowships include an out-of-state tuition waiver.
Other fellowship opportunities are announced throughout the year. The Office of Graduate Studies publishes a monthly bulletin, "For Your Information," which includes notices of newly-opened competitions. The Office of Graduate Studies maintains current information about sources of financial aid on their website at: http://gradstudies.fsu.edu/funding.html. Application forms for loans and financial assistance may be obtained from the Office of Financial Aid. In addition, the Division of Student Affairs has information on assistantships available elsewhere in the university itself.
The university offers a number of programs specifically for minority students. The deadlines are typically around the first of February, and require short separate applications. Those qualified are encouraged to apply simultaneously for one or more of the following:
- The Wilson Assistantship program for Black graduate students offers stipends which may be supplemented by the Askew School.
- The Delores Auzenne Fellowship for Black graduate students provides support which may be supplemented by the School.
Most, though not all, MPA students obtain paid internships while in the program. Agencies usually expect students to have at least a semester of course work prior to beginning an internship. The most selective internships are those in the Gubernatorial Fellows Program. Only a handful of these are selected each year. This program provides a stipend and assigns the student to work with a specific state agency. In addition, FSU’s Office of Graduate Studies provides a tuition waiver for each Gubernatorial Fellow. Students who perform well in the classroom and elsewhere may qualify for the competitively selected internships of the Florida Senate and House of Representatives (these are separately administered). An internship competition of the Florida City and County Management Association Scholarship provides a stipend, placement in a paid internship, and waiver of out-of-state tuition when appropriate. Very few pre-service MPA students receive parental support. Many enter the program while working part-time in non-professional jobs and then manage to move into one or more paid forms of employment with governments and related organizations in the capital city of Tallahassee while completing their coursework.
Fellowship, Assistantship, and Financial Aid Flyer (PDF download)
Fellowship Information Online
- University and Presidential Fellowships
- Leslie N. Wilson Assistantship
- Delores Auzenne Fellowship
- Dissertation Research Grants
From FSU colleges, schools, and departments:
From other FSU organizations:
- The Humanities and Social Sciences
- The Sciences and Engineering
- Traveling Scholars Program (ACC)
- Gubernatorial Fellows Program for the State of Florida (PDF download)
- French Embassy Resources (PDF download)
- Florida Foreign Language Association Teacher Grant Program (PDF download)
- Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Scholarship Program (FSU 2006 deadline—TBA)
- Florida International Linkages Institute Programs