Graduate Scholarships and Opportunities

Online Graduate Scholarships and Opportunities

SPGS Director's Graduate Scholarship

Each fall the School of Politics and Global Studies will award 2 Director’s Scholarships for graduate students enrolled in online Master’s degree programs in the amount of $1000 each. This scholarship is competitive and is based upon an evaluation of the applicant’s personal statement, academic performance, extracurricular and/or work activity, faculty recommendation, and need. To be considered, applicants must submit all required materials by the published spring deadline. Scholarships will be awarded during the fall semester of the following academic year. Applicants must be enrolled in at least one 3-credit course in their plan of study in the fall semester the scholarship is awarded. Academic excellence and financial need will be considered in awarding this scholarship. Only applicants in the following Master’s programs will be considered:

  • Global Security (including Cybersecurity concentration)
  • International Affairs and Leadership
  • Political Psychology

Interested students must complete the portal application requirements and submit a 500-word maximum personal statement detailing post-graduate plans and/or career goals, a current resume or curriculum vitae, and a letter of recommendation from an SPGS faculty member. An additional statement/clarification of financial circumstances not to exceed 500 words may also be submitted.

Please note: Recommenders will not receive the link to upload their letters until the student has submitted their complete online application. It is therefore recommended that students submit the online application at least one week before the published deadline, to allow the recommender time to upload their letter.

Scholarship applications are due every year on March 12th at 11:59pm MST. For questions about the application process, please contact Leah Legg at or Jenna Roelle at, depending on your respective program.

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Tempe Graduate Scholarships and Opportunities

For questions regarding scholarships and opportunities for our Tempe graduate programs, please contact Jenna Roelle at

Stephen G. Walker Graduate Support Endowment Fund

This fund is in honor of emeritus professor Stephen G. Walker, who was a faculty member in the Department of Political Science from 1969 until his retirement in 2003. During his time at ASU, Dr. Walker produced numerous PhD students who have since obtained faculty positions around the world. Those former students, and even students primarily advised by other faculty, have contributed to this fund to show appreciation of Professor Walker’s mentorship.

Graduate students will receive support to attend conferences, receive additional professional development and training opportunities, and conduct dissertation fieldwork, among other activities thanks to this fund.

Graduate Student Conference Travel Award


SPGS PhD Student Grant Opportunities

A  variety  of  different  competitive  funding  opportunities  are  available  to  doctoral  students  in  the  School of Politics and Global Studies. These include Conference Travel Grants, Summer Research Grants, and Methods and Language Training Grants. All funding is contingent on the resources available to SPGS in a given year, and the total number of and amount of grants awarded may vary from year to year. See the descriptions below for additional information.

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