Scholarships and Fellowships

The scholarships and fellowships on this page provide some good opportunities for political science students.

The Dunn Fellowship Program

The Dunn Fellowship Program is an opportunity for graduates to obtain hands-on experience in Illinois state government for one year (August to July). This is a paid fellowship: $31,332 for the year, plus full state benefits.

Fulbright UK Summer Institutes

The Fulbright UK Summer Institutes are three- or four-week programs for U.S. undergraduate students. Participants can explore the culture, heritage, and history of the UK while experiencing higher education at a UK university. For more information, see the Fulbright UK Summer Institutes web page.

Richard Eikenberg One Voice Washington D.C. Trip

The Bloomington-Normal Area Economic Development Council offers a college student the opportunity to participate in its One Voice Washington D.C. trip. The goal of the One Voice campaign is to make McLean County a stronger economic force and a better place to live.

In the spring, the task force travels to Washington D.C. to meet with a congressional delegation and show them the community stands united in support of the projects. This opportunity is open to students of any major. For information on how to apply and requirements of the scholarship, see the One Voice web page.

The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship

The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship is a Washington D.C. program for graduates. The Scoville Fellow will work with a public-interest organization and will receive a stipend, health insurance, and travel costs. This fellowship is offered twice a year, in the fall and in the spring.

The ICPSR Summer Undergraduate Internship Program

The Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) at the University of Michigan sometimes offers a summer undergraduate internship program. For more information, please see the Summer Undergraduate Internship Program page at the ICPSR website.

The Illinois City/County Management Association (ILCMA)

ILCMA offers these scholarships:

NORC at the University of Chicago

NORC offers a summer internship program for individuals with an interest in the social sciences, survey research, data analysis, and research methods. For more information, see the NORC website.

Paul Simon Public Policy Institute

The Paul Simon Public Policy Institute has a variety of scholarships and internships available. For more information see the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute website.

Pi Sigma Alpha Howard Penniman Scholarship for Graduate Study

Pi Sigma Alpha is the national political science honor society. They offer the Howard Penniman Scholarships for Graduate Study. These annual scholarships are awarded to up to five members entering graduate school in political science in the upcoming academic year. For more information, please visit the Pi Sigma Alpha website.

Rotary Scholarships

The Rotary Foundation and clubs invest in future leaders and philanthropists by funding scholarships for undergraduate and graduate study. For descriptions of the scholarships, see the Rotary Scholarships web page. For more information about the  Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarship, contact the Hart Career Center.

The Weir Fellowship

The Weir Fellowship is an annual action research fellowship offered by the IWU Action Research Center (ARC). Weir fellows work on projects that have been thoughtfully developed using action research strategies. For more information, see the Weir Fellowship page on the ARC website.