Scholarship for Public Administration, Public Policy, and Public Affairs

In order to apply for an ICPSR scholarship, you must fill out the application form and submit all required materials through our online application manager. Additionally, all scholarship applicants must register through our portal for the courses that they would like the scholarship to cover. You are not required to pay the registration fee in order to apply for a scholarship. You may apply for more than one ICPSR scholarship. The application deadline for all 2020 ICPSR scholarships is Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. EDT.

The Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) Council has authorized a scholarship to encourage participation in the ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research by graduate students in the fields of public administration, public policy, and public affairs.

This scholarship is intended for advanced students who are currently enrolled and active in graduate programs (including Master of Public Administration, Master of Public Policy, and Master of Public Affairs programs, as well as Ph.D. and D.P.A. programs). There are no requirements about the specific substantive focus of a student's research, but applicants to this scholarship must be interested in acquiring quantitative skills in order to execute empirical (i.e., data-based) work within public administration, public policy, or public affairs. Typically, we award 8 of these scholarships.

All applicants must register for at least one four-week workshop, but are not required to pay the registration fee in order to apply for the scholarship. Note that workshop selections may be changed later, but that the ICPSR Scholarship Committee may use your course preference as a criterion in the selection process. Applicants must email the following supporting materials directly to

  1. A current curriculum vitae

  2. A cover letter from the student, explaining how participation in the ICPSR Summer Program will contribute toward completion of the graduate degree

  3. Two letters of recommendation from faculty. Your letter writers should directly submit their recommendations to the ICPSR Summer Program at and include your name and the scholarship you're applying for in the subject line or body of the email.