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Graduate Fellowship Program – Payne Program University Partners

Payne Fellows can use their fellowships to attend any graduate program based in the United States that is approved by the Payne Program.  However, there are a number of graduate programs that have offered in advance to provide financial assistance, in addition to the $21,500 for tuition and $15,000 for a stipend that is awarded this year.  Because the universities themselves provide these benefits, students should work directly with the key contact points at each university to confirm all aspects of this assistance.  The universities recommend that you include the fact that you are applying for the Payne Fellowship in your application.  Payne Fellows are not limited to attending these programs.  Other programs may also give additional financial aid on a case-by-case basis.  Other universities may be added to the current list.

Potential applicants can request a list of the universities and their offers by e-mailing the Payne Program at

University Partners include:

Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University
Contact:  John Templeton, Assistant Dean for Graduate Admissions


The School of Public Policy and Management at H. John Heinz III College, Carnegie Mellon University
Contact:  David Eber, Director of Admissions and Financial Aid


The Fletcher School, Tufts University
Contact: Laurie Hurley, Director of Admissions and Financial Aid


Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver
Contact:  Brad Miller, Director of Admissions and Financial Aid


The Milano School of International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy, The New School
Contact: Merida Escandon Gasbarro, Director of Admission


Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Master of Science in Foreign Service (MSFS), Georgetown University
Contact: Tennille Haegele, Director for Admissions


School of International Service, American University
Contact:  Amanda Taylor, Director of Graduate Admissions and Financial Aid


Richard & Rhoda Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley
Contact:  Martha Chavez, Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs


John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
Contact:  Stephanie Streletz, Director of HKS Financial Services


School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University
Contact:  Rebecca DeSalvo, Director of Enrollment Management


Johns Hopkins University, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies
Contact: Sidney Jackson, Director of Admissions


Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), Harvard University
Contact:  Kathy Austin, Director of Student Financial Services


School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), Columbia University
Contact:  Grace Han, Executive Director for Admissions and Financial Aid, SIPA


The Pepperdine University School of Public Policy
Contact:  Melinda van Hemert, Assistant Dean for Admission and Student Services


Duke University Center for International Development, Sanford School of Public Policy
Master of International Development Policy
Contact: Cheryl Bailey, Program Coordinator, Admissions


Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh
Contact: Michael Rizzi, Director of Student Services


Master of Development Practice, University of California, Berkeley

Contact: Lauren M. Krupa, Student Services Advisor




 Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, University of Virginia

 Contact: Jeffrey L. Chidester, Director of Outreach & Engagement




Master of Public Administration (MPA), Cornell Institute for Public Affairs (CIPA), Cornell University
Contact: Thomas O'Toole, Executive Director 
Elliott School of International Affairs, The George Washington University 
Contact: Nicole A. CampbellDirector of Graduate Admissions
School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA), Indianna University
Contact: Michele L. Lersch, Associate Director of Admissions and Student Services 
School of International Affairs, The Pennsylvania State University
Contact: Christie (Forcellini) Persio, Director of Admissions, (814)863-0788,


Donald M. Payne International Development Fellowship Program . 2218 6th Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20059
Tel: (844) 257-9821 . .