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LBJ School Fellowships

Fellowships for Current Students

Student must be in good academic standing (a minimum GPA of 3.0 and not on academic probation) and must be enrolled full-time (a minimum of nine hours in long semesters or a minimum of three hours in the summer) in courses that credit toward their LBJ School degree, and must meet the criteria and eligibility of the fellowship for which they are applying, in order to be considered for any fellowships.

LBJ School Fellowships

Fellowship Eligible Deadline
Barbara Jordan Professional Development Fund Ph.D. and master's students Rolling
Barbara Jordan Baines Report Fellowship Fund Master's students April 16, 2018
Barbara Jordan Excellence Fund Master's students Rolling
William & Judith Bollinger International Student Enrichment Fund International master's students Rolling
Brumley Next Generation Graduate Fellows Ph.D. and master’s students March 28, 2018
Terrell Blodgett Fellowship for Government Services in Urban Management and Finance First-year master’s students April 15, 2019
OGS Professional Development Awards Ph.D. students Refer to UT Graduate School 
Academic Competitive Scholarship and Tuition Waiver Program Continuing Ph.D. and master's students July 30, 2018
Elspeth D. Rostow Memorial Graduate Fellowship Second-year master’s students Dec. 3, 2018
Clarence E. Ridley Scholarship Ph.D. and master's students Jan. 12, 2018

Barbara Jordan Professional Development Fund

The Barbara Jordan Professional Development Fund is available to all full-time, attending, 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. Apply using the common Current Student Endowed Fellowship Application form, located on the right side of this page.

  • More Information on Eligibility
  • 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 and submit your award determination with your application for the Barbara Jordan Professional Development Fund.
    Ph.D. students are eligible for up to $600 from the Barbara Jordan Fund annually until the fund is exhausted.

Barbara Jordan Baines Report Fellowship Fund

The Barbara Jordan Baines Report Fellowship Fund is available to students interested in gaining skills in policy writing and storytelling, as well as exercising leadership through managing the student-run publication, The Baines Report. Students are eligible to receive up to $750 per semester. Both the fall and spring fellowship awards also provide $500 toward travel funds to the Journal of Public and International Affairs reading weekend at Princeton University, contingent on JPIA's invitation. More information is available in the fellowship eligibility and criteria document below. Apply using the common Current Student Endowed Fellowship Application form, located on the right side of this page.

Barbara Jordan Excellence Fund

The Barbara Jordan Excellence Fund 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. Apply using the common Current Student Endowed Fellowship Application form, located on the right side of this page.

William & Judith Bollinger International Student Enrichment Fund

The William and Judith Bollinger International Student Enrichment Fund was established to enable international students studying at the LBJ School to pursue educational and cultural interests both at and away from The University of Texas at Austin. The funds are meant to elevate the experiences of international students by expanding their knowledge and inspiring them to share that knowledge with their peers, friends and family back home. Apply using the common Current Student Endowed Fellowship Application form, located on the right side of this page.

William and Judith Bollinger also fund a group trip once a year for "all" international students in attendance full-time at the LBJ School during the semester the trip occurs. A meeting time notification to discuss the group trip will be posted to lbjschool@utlists.utexas.edu. The location and details to plan the group trip is discussed during this meeting.

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 toward 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.

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.

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 adviser 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 advisers to nominate the student through OGS.

Academic Competitive Scholarship and Tuition Waiver Program

The competitive scholarships and tuition waiver program is authorized through Texas Education Code §54.213. This program provides for $1,000 Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation Fellowship award and/or tuition waivers until all waivers and/or funds are exhausted.  A tuition waiver is defined as a tuition reduction to in-state rates. The $1,000 awards are paid directly to students by direct deposit, and the tuition waivers are applied directly to the students' tuition bill at the beginning of each semester (Fall – September; Spring – January; Summer – June).

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.

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.