Public Policy & International Affairs (PPIA) Fellowship Program

Provides training, mentoring, and financial support to encourage students, particularly those from underrepresented groups, to pursue graduate study and careers serving the public good. Applicants must be JUNIORS, U.S. citizens or permanent residents, with a demonstrated interest in public service, and able to contribute to diversity of perspectives. Consideration is given to financial need. Fellows participate in a seven-week Junior Summer Institute (tuition, books, housing, meals, and a $1500 minimum stipend are included) and receive a minimum $5000 scholarship for graduate study in public policy or international affairs at a PPIA-affiliated institution. The U's Humphrey Institute and most other top public affairs schools in the U.S. are PPIA affiliates. Most PPIA Fellows receive additional financial assistance for graduate study.


This scholarship does not require a nomination from the University of Minnesota. The Office for National and International Scholarships consults with interested students on assembling competitive applications, helps them prepare for interviews or other stages of the selection process as necessary, and publicizes results.


Application Deadline: 
November 15, 2020
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University of MN Recipients


  • 2019 – Mahima Gupta, Political Science
  • 2019 – Denise Lor, Geography
  • 2019 – Christine Ludi, Biology
  • 2018 – Tenzin Dhakong, Political Science
  • 2018 – Molly Dunn, Political Science
  • 2018 – Maya Smith, Sociology
  • 2017 – Cara Claflin, Bachelor of Individualized Studies
  • 2017 – Carissa Riemers, Professional and Strategic Communication
  • 2011 – Muna Adani, Global Studies; Political Science
  • 2015 – Vanna Chan, Global Studies