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Scholarships

General Tuition Scholarship

All incoming students receive a two-year Tuition Scholarship of $26,500 in their first year and $8,650 in their second year, for a total of $35,150. This covers the full cost of tuition in the first year and is a partial cost of tuition in the second year.

General scholarships are awarded during the admissions process; no separate application is required. Each general scholarship is individually funded by a generous donor who has given to the school to support an exceptional student.

Some students may qualify for a specific tuition scholarship below. Students receive the following scholarships in place of (not in addition to) the general tuition scholarship.

The Edward and Estela O'Brien Inclusion, Diversity and Equity Award

Pardee RAND is committed to creating a diverse graduate community in order to tackle the most critical issues of relevance to the public policy debate. Scholarships provided through the Edward and Estela O'Brien Inclusion, Diversity and Equity Award (IDEA) program place an emphasis on supporting domestic students who can add diversity to our graduate program, the academy, and the field of policy analysis.

Students receiving the O'Brien IDEA scholarship receive a two-year tuition scholarship of $26,500 in both their first year and second year, for a total of $53,000. This covers the full cost of tuition in both the first and second years. This scholarship seeks to support and strengthen the work of outstanding and diverse students admitted to the Pardee RAND Ph.D. program.

Interested applicants should mark the O'Brien IDEA Scholarship checkbox when filling out the Pardee RAND application.

The O'Brien IDEA scholarship is funded through the generous support of award-winning journalist Soledad O'Brien, a longtime Pardee RAND Graduate School supporter and member of the Pardee RAND Board of Governors, in honor of her parents. The scholarship is intended for students who are underrepresented in the student body population; have overcome obstacles such as socioeconomic or educational disadvantage; or are the first generation in their family to attend college and/or pursue an advanced degree.

Learn more about the O'Brien IDEA scholarship

Jeremy R. Azrael Scholarship

Students receiving the Azrael Scholarship receive a two-year Tuition Scholarship of $26,500 in their first year and a minimum of $8,650 in their second year, for a total of $35,150. This covers the full cost of tuition in the first year and is a partial cost of tuition in the second year. Depending on funding, this scholarship may extend for additional years.

The Azrael Scholarship is available to citizens from these independent post-Soviet states: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan.

Funding for the scholarship comes from donations given in memory of Dr. Jeremy Azrael, a long-time RAND political scientist and expert on Russia and Eurasia who devoted his career to promoting better understanding between the U.S. and the former Soviet Union. To be considered for this honor, the student must be a citizen of one of the countries listed above, hold a bachelor's degree or higher, and receive a score of 100 or higher on the TOEFL exam. No additional application is required.

Learn more about the Azrael Scholarship

Kerr Family Scholarship

Students receiving the Kerr Family Scholarship receive a two-year Tuition Scholarship of $26,500 in their first year and a minimum of $8,650 in their second year, for a total of $35,150. This covers the full cost of tuition in the first year and is a partial cost of tuition in the second year. Depending on funding, this scholarship may extend for additional years.

The Kerr Scholarship is available to citizens from the greater Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, preferably those with prior degrees in the humanities and social sciences who plan to return to their home country to share what they have learned at Pardee RAND, be a leader in public policy, and act as a catalyst for positive social change.

Funding for the scholarship comes from a generous donation from longtime supporter Ann Kerr-Adams. To be considered for this honor, the student must be a citizen of the MENA region, hold a bachelor's degree or higher, and receive a score of 100 or higher on the TOEFL exam. No additional application is required.