Girard School of Business

Public Affairs Graduate Fellowships

Earn your Master of Public Affairs in one year – with reduced tuition and nine months of valuable work experience with a fellowship. 

Reduced Tuition with Real-Word Experience

Merrimack’s competitive graduate fellowships offer you meaningful real-world field experiences in the fields of public administration, public policy and not-for-profit management. Plus, you’ll have peace of mind knowing you’ll be saving thousands of dollars in tuition. With the guidance of experienced site-based supervisors and MPA program faculty, you’ll have the support you need to excel in your field placement, graduate studies and career development.

Public Affairs Fellowship Process

The fellowship selection/appointment process for the Master of Public Affairs program is as follows:

  1. To be considered for a graduate fellowship, apply to the Master of Public Affairs program and indicate your fellowship interest within your online application by checking the box for Fellowship Interest. All interested students must submit a “Fellowship Essay.”
  2. The MPA program will begin considering fellowship applications of admitted students on February 15, 2022, and will continue considering applicants until all fellowships are awarded. While there is no deadline, the earlier the student is admitted the better the chance of being awarded a fellowship.
  3. Applicants who are admitted by February 15, 2022, will be notified of their status in the process by March 1, 2022.
  4. You will then receive a list of all available fellowships in the program and provide us with your top 3-5 fellowship preferences. These rankings will be used to assign student fellowship interviews.
  5. You will participate in virtual interviews in March 2022.
  6. Fellowship placement will happen no later than April 1, 2022.
  7. You will have until April 15, 2022, to accept or decline your fellowship.

Please note:

  • Participation in the fellowship placement process is NOT a guarantee of a fellowship.
  • Master of Public Affairs fellowships begin in the fall or spring semesters.
  • Acceptance into the fellowship program is a competitive process. In addition to the materials required for traditional graduate admittance, the fellowship application may require additional documents and an interview.
  • If you are offered and accept a fellowship position, you will not be eligible for any other discounts or scholarships, including a merit-based Dean scholarship or the Double Warrior alumni scholarship
  • When you apply for the fellowship, you are also automatically considered for the traditional degree program.
  • If you are admitted into the traditional program but not offered a fellowship, you will automatically be considered for a Dean scholarship.
  • If you are originally awarded a scholarship and then are given a fellowship placement, you will no longer receive the merit scholarship. The fellowship will replace any other discounts.

Questions? All interested students should email Alexandra Harrigan in Graduate Admissions or email Dr. Brad Miller, MPA program director, for further information.

Additional Fellowship Details

Provost fellows receive a 50% tuition scholarship on their graduate tuition in exchange for completing a nine-month, practicum placement. Presidential fellows receive a 100% tuition scholarship on their graduate tuition in exchange for completing a nine-month, practicum placement.

  • Provost fellows serve 15 hours a week at your placement site while taking graduate courses in the evenings full time through the academic year.
  • Presidential fellows serve 25 hours a week at your placement site while taking graduate courses in the evenings full time through the academic year.
  • Earn your 32-credit Master of Public Affairs in one year.

The ideal candidate will possess:

  • Excellence in academics and undergraduate educational background
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated leadership experience
  • Strong multitasking and time-management skills
  • Personal characteristics of compassion, integrity, and an ability to genuinely connect with others

Sample Fellowships

Example sites may include:

  • City of Salem, MA
  • Delta Dental Massachusetts
  • Energy New England
  • Merrimack College
  • Office of the Comptroller, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • Social Capital, Inc.
  • Town of Andover, MA
  • Town of Bedford, MA
  • Town of Hudson, NH
  • Town of Middleton, MA

Dean and Alumni Scholarships

Dean and Alumni Scholarships are available to students who are not receiving a fellowship. No additional application is needed.


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