Scholarships & Financial Aid

The Political Science Department is proud of our major scholarship and award winners. The department has the most winners of any department on campus.

Below is a listing of scholarships for which undergraduate and graduate students may be eligible.

Undergraduate

McKelvie Scholarships

Open to Midwest undergraduate and graduate students pursuing careers in government, the purpose of the McKelvie Scholarships is to promote and strengthen public service leadership in the public sector. Applicants will be judged on their scholarship and academic standing; evidence of commitment to a public service career, reflected in past, current and/or anticipated future government employments and/or an internship with a public/government agency. In addition to the application form, applicants must submit transcripts of all academic work, a resume, and two letters of support. Ten to fifteen scholarships ranging up to $2,000 are awarded each year. All application materials are to be sent online only, by April 1, to David Csontos at dcsontos2@unl.edu. Download the form here

John Jay Douglass Scholarships

These scholarships are open to UNL undergraduate political science majors, sophomores and above, with demonstrated academic merit. In addition to the application form, applicants must submit transcripts of all academic work, a letter of recommendation from a faculty member in political science, and an essay of no more than two pages on "Why I Deserve a Scholarship in Political Science". Two scholarships of $500 are awarded each year. All application materials are to be sent online only, by April 1, to David Csontos at dcsontos2@unl.edu. Download the form here

Libby Swanson Jacobs Scholarship

This scholarship is open to UNL undergraduate political science majors, juniors and above, who have an outstanding academic record and extraordinary involvement in campus and/or community organizations and activities. Preference will be given to students demonstrating financial need. In addition to the application form, applicants must submit transcripts of all academic work, a resume and two letters of recommendation. All application materials are to be sent online only, by April 1, to David Csontos at dcsontos2@unl.edu. Download the form here.

Edna Jo VanNeste McGinley Memorial Scholarship Fund

This scholarship is intended for Freshman and Sophomores pursuing a major in the Department of Political Science at UNL. Preference is given to students who can demonstrate financial need. In addition to the application form, applicants must submit transcripts of all academic work, a letter of recommendation from an academic adviser or instructor, and an essay of no more than two pages on "Why I Deserve a Scholarship in Political Science". All application materials are to be sent online only, by April 1, to David Csontos at dcsontos2@unl.edu. Download the form here.

Graduate

Graduate Assistantships

All assistantships are awarded on a competitive basis. Once funded, students who remain in good standing can anticipate continued support — MA students for four semesters, Ph.D. students eight. Graduate assistantships carry tuition waivers.

Funded students at the MA level serve as research assistants, which involves working with and assisting faculty in research and/or teaching. Students serve as teaching assistants and either direct recitation sessions associated with large lecture sections taught by faculty or teach their own course. The later includes the basic courses in American politics, international relations, comparative politics and political theory. On occasion, there is opportunity to teach an upper level course, reserved for the most experienced and capable teaching assistants.

Graduate Fellowships

Graduate Fellowships A number of university and department fellowships are available on a competitive basis. University fellowships are full fellowships including tuition wavier. They are open to all students who qualify regardless of area of study. For more, contact Graduate Studies . Department fellowships supplement assistantships, are awarded by the Department, and limited to students in political science.

John P. Senning Scholarship Fund

This fund supplements graduate assistantships. No application necessary.

The Elizabeth Stone Senning Memorial Scholarship Fund

This fund is available on a highly selective basis to Ph.D. students at the dissertation stage for dissertation research in the fields of public administration, public policy or state government. Recipients will devote the year in which the scholarship is awarded exclusively to dissertation research and are ineligible for an assistantship and other funding.

Walter Kiechel Memorial Social Science Fund

This fund supports graduate student travel to present research findings at professional meetings, travel associated with research activities or professional development, and tuition in special programs related to one's program of study offered at other colleges and universities.

Clare and Marguerite MacPhee Fellowship Fund

This fund is available in special circumstances to supplement graduate assistant stipends.

Find more scholarships via the College of Arts and Sciences.

Find more information on financial aid from the Scholarship and Financial Aid Office