Girard School of Business

Graduate Fellowships

Earn your Master of Public Affairs in one year – with reduced tuition and nine months of valuable work 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, and the peace of mind that you’ll be saving thousands of dollars in tuition. With the guidance of experienced site-based supervisors and MPA program faculty, you’ll have support you need to excel in your field placement, graduate studies and career development.

Here’s how it works:

Fellows save 50% on their graduate tuition in exchange for completing a nine-month, on-site practicum placement.

If you are selected for our competitive, reduced-tuition Public Affairs Fellowship, you will:

  • Serve 15-20 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 have demonstrated leadership, academic, and communication skills. 

Graduate Fellowships

Master of Public Affairs fellowships begin in Fall or Spring semesters.

Spring 2021 Fellowship – Apply by November 1
Applicants will be notified about a fellowship beginning November 15, 2020. Applications for a fellowship will continue to be reviewed on a rolling basis until all positions are filled.

Fall 2021 Fellowship – Apply by February 15
Applicants will be notified about a fellowship beginning March 1, 2021. Applications for a fellowship will continue to be reviewed on a rolling basis until all positions are filled.


Sample Fellowships

Fellowship sites for the 2020-21 academic year will be finalized soon. 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

General Qualifications

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

How to Apply

To be considered for a graduate fellowship, apply to the Master of Public Affairs program and indicate your fellowship interest within your online application.

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.   

Please note:

  • 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 about the MPA fellowship? Contact the Director of the MPA Program, Dr. Brad Miller, at for more information.

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