Diversity Scholarship

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. The Diversity Scholarships place an emphasis on supporting domestic students who can add diversity to our graduate program, the academy, and the field of policy analysis.

Each year, a number of Diversity Scholarships are awarded to entering and continuing Pardee RAND graduate students. These comprehensive funding packages offer recipients the opportunity to acquire and develop advanced research skills through faculty mentoring relationships, professional development, and tuition assistance.

Diversity Scholarships will be awarded to students whose background or experience, when evaluated holistically, suggests they are uniquely able to contribute to the diversity of the Pardee RAND community and to the academic profession as a whole.

The Diversity Scholarship is intended for incoming domestic students achieving satisfactory progress toward the Ph.D.

Elements of the Diversity Scholarship

Tuition scholarship

The scholarship covers the full cost of tuition in the first year and up to the full cost of tuition in the second year. This scholarship allows recipients more time to focus on research and academics.

Faculty mentoring

The faculty mentoring program offers Diverse Scholars supplemental formal mentoring, in addition to the academic advising, career services, and peer support resources that all students receive to assist with the completion of their Ph.D. program. It is designed to improve mentoring for students who are not yet at the dissertation stage and have not yet advanced to candidacy.

Conference support

Dedicated funding is available to Diverse Scholars with the goal to present at one conference each year for four years starting in the second year. The conference support funding includes travel costs, conference fee, and payment for poster printing, as applicable.

How to Apply

The Diversity Scholarship is available to more than one student each year. For consideration, interested applicants should mark the Diversity Scholarship checkbox when filling out the Pardee RAND application.

For more information please contact us at diversityscholarship@prgs.edu or visit our Statement on Diversity and Inclusion.