LBJ School Fellowships

Fellowships for Current Students




Fellowship Eligible Deadline
Barbara Jordan Professional Development Fund Ph.D. & master's students Rolling
Barefoot Sanders Excellence Fund in Effective Governing Master's students Rolling
William & Judith Bollinger International Student Enrichment Fund International master's students Rolling
Brumley Next Generation Graduate Fellows Ph.D. & master’s students March 28, 2017
Terrell Blodgett Fellowship for Government Services in Urban Management and Finance First-year master’s students April 14, 2017
ICMA Scholarship Award First-year master’s students April 21, 2017
TCMA Scholarship Award Master's students enrolled in Summer 2017 May 1, 2017
OGS Profesional Development Awards Ph.D. students May 5, 2017
Elspeth D. Rostow Memorial Graduate Fellowship Second-year master’s students Nov. 17, 2017
Clarence E. Ridley Scholarship Ph.D. & master's students Jan. 12, 2018

Barbara Jordan Professional Development Fund 

The Barbara Jordan Professional Development Fund is available to all degree-seeking LBJ School students in good academic standing. These fellowship awards can be used to offset costs associated with academic and professional experiences, such as traveling to a conference or an interview.

  • Master's Students: Individual master’s students can receive up to $250 annually until the funds are exhausted.
  • Ph.D. Students: If you are seeking funding to present original research, you must first apply for an OGS Professional Development award. 
    Ph.D. students are eligible for up to $600 from the Barbara Jordan Fund annually until the fund is exhausted.

More Information on Eligibility
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Barefoot Sanders Excellence Fund in Effective Governing

The Barefoot Sanders Excellence Fund in Effective Governing is available to full-time master's students in good academic standing. Awards from this endowment can be used to supplement any available Barbara Jordan Professional Development Funds to assist students in covering the costs associated with exceptional opportunities to develop policy and governing skills. For example, these funds may aid students who are selected to present research at a major conference, testify before a legislative body, or similar opportunities.
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William & Judith Bollinger International Student Enrichment Fund

Individual Awards: The Bollinger International Student Enrichment Fund is designed to elevate the educational experience of LBJ School’s international full-time master’s program students. Through this fellowship, an average award of $2,500 per student is available annually until the funds are exhausted to enjoy culturally enriching trips or events at UT Austin and beyond. Students are encouraged to aggregate their planned activities into one application for the entire year.
More Information on Eligibility
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Group Trip: The Bollinger Endowment also sponsors an annual group trip open to all international master's students at the LBJ School.

Brumley Next Generation Graduate Fellows

The Strauss Center’s Brumley Next Generation Graduate Fellows program is open to Ph.D. and master’s students with an interest in international affairs. The mission of the program is to provide a transformative experience for UT graduate students from an array of disciplines, accelerating their path towards career success with an emphasis on building professional and scholarly skills and networks. Fellows will receive academic and professional mentorship, opportunities for individual research and networking, and a monetary stipend for the academic year. Click here for application information. 

Terrell Blodgett Fellowship for Government Services in Urban Management and Finance

The Blodgett Fellowship is awarded annually on a competitive basis as part of the internship fellowship process. First-year master's students pursuing an internship in local government and/or city management are eligible to apply. Support for the Blodgett Fellow will extend through the student's second year in the form of a stipend and unique professional development opportunities. For complete information, visit the Blodgett Fellows page here.
More Information on Eligibility
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ICMA Scholarship Award

The Terrell Blodgett and Barefoot Sanders Endowments are co-sponsoring a $1,000 scholarship award for four first-year students to attend this year’s International City/County Management Association (ICMA) conference in San Antonio, TX from October 22-25, 2017. The ICMA Annual Conference is the largest annual event in the world for local government managers and staff. Students will have the opportunity to attend a variety of exciting workshops and keynote sessions, and network with over 3,000 attendees.

  • ICMA also provides a number of scholarship awards for students interested in attending. If you are not selected for an LBJ School award, you are encouraged to take advantage of the conference scholarship opportunities listed on the ICMA website.

Download the Application Form

TCMA Scholarship Award

The Barefoot Sanders Endowment is sponsoring scholarship awards for students to attend this year’s annual Texas City Management Association (TCMA) conference in Austin, TX from June 22-25, 2017. TCMA is an organization of local government professionals dedicated to promoting the highest standards of governance, service, leadership, ethics, and education while embracing individual and regional diversity for the benefit of the cities of Texas. Each scholarship winner will be awarded $150.00 to cover the costs of TCMA membership, conference registration, meals, and tickets to attend special events, plus additional funds for parking, travel, and, if traveling a long distance, hotel.

  • TCMA also provides a number of scholarship awards for students interested in attending. If you are not selected for an LBJ School award, you are encouraged to take advantage of the conference scholarship opportunities listed on the TCMA conference website.

Download the Application Form

OGS Professional Development Funds

The University of Texas at Austin Office of Graduate Studies (OGS) provides support for Ph.D. students to attend major professional meetings at which they will present original research. Awards range from approximately $250 to $1,000. The graduate advisor and graduate coordinator will nominate students for these awards, which are then approved and administered by the Graduate School. Students seeking these awards should submit a completed application to OSAA, who will then work with advisors to nominate the student through OGS. More information on these awards can be found here

Elspeth D. Rostow Memorial Graduate Fellowship

The Elspeth D. Rostow Public Service Fellowship is an award given annually on a competitive basis to one degree-seeking second-year master’s student who has demonstrated a superior commitment to public service. The Rostow Fellowship recognizes students who actively engage in opportunities to serve the public through his or her work (campus leadership, volunteer work, internship and employment) while pursuing a degree at the LBJ School. Applications are accepted each fall.
More Information on Eligibility
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Clarence E. Ridley Scholarship

In 1956, Clarence E. Ridley retired after serving 27 years as executive director of the International City/County Management Association. The Clarence E. Ridley Scholarship, sponsored by the Texas City Management Association, was established later that year to honor Mr. Ridley. The scholarship is an educational fellowship that provides a $3,500 award to graduate students at a Texas university each academic year. Preference is given to graduate students pursuing a degree in public affairs who have demonstrated a serious commitment to pursuing a career in local government. Learn more about the award and access the application on the TCMA website.