Scholarships and Funding

Scholarships and Funding

Financial Aid:

Financial Aid- The Office of Financial Aid at George Mason  processes both grant and loan assistance requests. They also maintain a database of scholarship opportunities.

In addition, the office of Post-Graduate Scholarships and Fellowships maintains a list of additional opportunities and offers assistance with applications

Click here for more information on Financial Assistance


Working on campus:

Each year S-CAR hires a number of students in part time administrative roles. As these opportunities open they are circulated to the entire graduate student community with information on how to apply. These appointments are not set aside ahead of time but are done through matching of needs of the position and student experience and skills. Look for announcements on the S-CAR Network and within the emailed weekly newsletters.

Students are eligible for a variety of on-campus positions. In the past students have worked at:

Off-campus employment:

Washington, DC still enjoys one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country. Relevant off-campus employments has regularly been found at organizations such as the United States Institute of Peace, Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy, various International Development agencies and many others. Several websites are particularly good sources for finding positions including:

Connect with S-CAR's Career Officer Jackie Finch for more career assistance.

Travel Funds

GMU Graduate Travel Fund:

GMU Graduate Student Travel Fund- Small grants for graduate students to travel to conferences.

S-CAR Travel Fund:

S-CAR has budgeted funds to support S-CAR graduate student travel for conferences and workshops to encourage presentations and publications by S-CAR students.  Priority for funding will be given to PhD students, funding requests for MS students will also be reviewed.

In order to be eligible students must have submitted the request first to Mason’s Graduate Student Travel Fund.  Information is available at

(Here, if you have already received your max from the GMU GSTF, please include documentation that this is the case as part of your S-CAR funding application)

To apply:

1. Students must have submitted a request to the Mason Graduate Student Travel Fund (GSTF) Apply here at

2. Students will create an account at and fill out an authorization to travel form with expected expenses. Part of the travel authorization includes registration fees, even if you aren't traveling far for the conference.

3. Submit a copy of the GSTF request package and authorization to travel form by email to Monique Peterson (

4. Submit the following e-form found here.

S-CAR will dispense funding according to the following priority list

    1. Paper Presentation

    2. Poster Presentation

    3. Workshop facilitator

    4. Panel participant

    5. Professional development

The maximum award is $300 per request. 

Following the travel, students will login to and fill out the travel expense reimbursement form and submit it with receipts for reimbursement.

Scholarships and Funding

If you are looking for other scholarship opportunities you may want to check GMU's scholarships and GMU Alumni Association Scholarships

If you are looking for other grant opportunities you may want to check GMU's grants and S-CAR's Grants and Grant Writing page.


Here are a selection of common S-CAR scholarships available as a start:




The Native Leadership Scholarship (NLS) program creates educational opportunities for women around the world who are grassroots leaders, organizers and activists demonstrating financial need.   NLS invests in women's leadership and leadership development by supporting non-doctoral graduate education in human rights, sustainable development, and public health.

The NLS awards four to six scholarships per year, up to US$25,000 per academic year for a maximum of two years. The awards help the recipients meet the costs of tuition, fees, books, educational supplies, housing, maintenance, and travel to and from the home country and the educational institution. NLS awards are paid directly to the institution in a student's account. For women intending to study at U.S. universities, NLS funding for expenses other than tuition and books is subject to a 14% U.S. tax.



USIP Jennings Randolph Fellowship Program  

Senior Fellowship Overview

The United States Institute of Peace invites applications for Senior Fellowships in its Jennings Randolph Program for International Peace. These fellowships support practitioners and scholars working on research projects concerning the sources and nature of international conflict and ways of preventing, managing, or resolving conflict.

Senior Fellowships generally last for ten months, starting in October. Shorter-term fellowships are also available. Fellowships are open to citizens of any country.

Proposals in all fields are welcome. Fellowships are open to citizens of any country.

Senior Fellows play an important role in helping to advance understanding on issues related to the prevention, management, and resolution of international conflicts.




SREB Doctoral Scholars Program

More than one-third of the nation’s workers are people of color. So are more than one-fourth of America’s college students. But the percentage of racial/ethnic minorities who are faculty in higher education is a small fraction of the total. Nationally, about 5 percent are African-American and about 2 percent are Hispanic.

The Southern Regional Education Board’s Doctoral Scholars Program was developed with support from The Pew Charitable Trusts and The Ford Foundation. It is part of a nationwide initiative, the Compact for Faculty Diversity, to produce more minority Ph.D.s and to encourage them to seek faculty positions.

Now in its tenth year of operation, the SREB Doctoral Scholars Program supports more than 200 scholars, who attend 78 institutions in 23 states. SREB states share resources, work to expand their minority applicant pool, support qualified candidates with financial assistance for up to five years of graduate study, and assist graduates and higher education institutions in identifying employment opportunities. The program has maintained a retention rate of more than 90 percent, and more than 70 percent of its graduates have begun academic careers.

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