Financial Aid

Merit-Based Aid

Admitted Humphrey School applicants who apply by the application deadlines listed below are automatically considered for merit-based aid awards. Merit-based aid is competitive at the School, and aid decisions are delivered on or before March 15.

  • December 15: Deadline for consideration for both University of Minnesota fellowships and Humphrey School merit-based aid
  • January 15: Deadline for consideration for Humphrey School merit-based aid
  • February 15: Deadline for consideration for Humphrey School merit-based aid

University OF Minnesota Fellowships

Students who submit a completed application by December 15 will be considered for the University of Minnesota fellowship programs listed below.

Applicants are nominated by the Humphrey School admissions committee based on materials provided in the admissions application. While there is no separate application necessary to be considered for nomination, the Office of Admissions may request selected nominees to submit additional statements, forms, or recommendations.

Please note: These fellowships may have deadlines that differ from the December 15 deadline, but that is the deadline required by the Humphrey School in order to allow sufficient time for application review.

DOVE Fellowship

Administered by the Office for Diversity in Graduate Education, the DOVE Fellowship Program seeks to assist graduate programs to promote a diversity of views, experiences, and ideas in pursuit of research, scholarship, and creative excellence. Applicants admitted to the following Humphrey School degree programs may be considered for nomination: MS-STEP and PhD.


The Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change (ICGC) offers fellowships that provide financial support for graduate students with backgrounds and interests committed to the interdisciplinary study of the Global South in the context of global change. Applicants admitted to the following Humphrey School degree programs may be considered for nomination: MDP, MHR, and PhD.

Humphrey SCHOOL Merit Aid

Students who submit a completed application by January 15 will be considered for Humphrey School merit-based aid. All merit-based aid offers are announced on or before March 15.

Charles R. Krusell Fellowship

The Charles R. Krusell Fellowship is designed to increase the supply of highly trained community development professionals from indigenous communities and communities of color, to improve the representation of communities of color in agencies that serve those communities, and provide hands-on work experience to ensure students are prepared to meet the challenges in this ever-evolving field. Students interested in this opportunity will need to apply and submit additional information. Applicants admitted to the following Humphrey School degree programs may be considered for nomination: MPP and MURP.

Learn how to apply to the Krusell Fellowship

Graduate Assistantships

While a limited amount of assistantships are awarded through the Humphrey School merit-based aid process, the majority of assistantships are posted and available outside of this process, and graduate students apply for these positions as they would any other advertised position with the University. Types of assistantships include:

  • Administrative Fellow: May involve responsibilities such as advising undergraduates or performing administrative support/research functions. The Humphrey School occasionally offers a limited amount of administrative positions for graduate students.
  • Research Assistantship: The most common type of assistantship, which is connected with a faculty project or University research center.
  • Teaching Assistantships: Typically available for second-year students to assist in various Humphrey School core courses.

Terms and benefits for assistantships can vary depending on the type and appointment, but typically include tuition benefits, an hourly wage, health coverage, and in-state tuition waivers for non-Minnesota residents, and can last for a single semester or more. More information on assistantships can be found at the Graduate Assistant Employment Services.

Need-Based Aid

All qualified students pursuing a master’s degree at the Humphrey School are eligible for financial aid in the form of federal loans up to the total estimated cost of attendance (COA) minus any other scholarships, grants, or other funding. Eligibility for need based aid is determined through the submission of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the University’s OneStop Student Services Office

Incoming and current Humphrey School students are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program. Many Humphrey School graduates pursue careers in the public and/or nonprofit sectors, and as a result, may qualify this program.

Other Resources

We encourage all students to actively seek out opportunities from outside agencies for scholarship opportunities including corporations, special interest organizations, religious institutions, and local community leadership groups. Outside organizations are a significant source of gift aid. When searching for scholarship opportunities, students are encouraged to verify the legitimacy of the scholarship. Students should not have to pay to find scholarships or other financial aid. Below are some resources to start an outside scholarship search: