Public Affairs Program Dissertation Research Fund

The Department of Public Policy and Administration offers a one-time research grant to advanced doctoral students to support dissertation research activities by providing up to $1,500 for research-related expenses.  Please complete the form below to submit your proposal.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis by the Ph.D./M.S. Public Affairs Program Committee.  If you have any questions, please contact the Public Affairs Program Graduate Director, Dr. Richard A. Harris at


Public Affairs Program Doctoral Student Manuscript Award

Each year, the Department of Public Policy and Administration recognizes outstanding scholarship by a Public Affairs doctoral student with the Doctoral Student Manuscript Award.  This award is only open to pre-qualified students who have not yet passed their qualifying examination. 

The nominated paper may have been written for a class, but it must be one the student is working on under the supervision of a faculty member for scholarly presentation or publication.  The award will be presented at the DPPA end-of-year reception in early May, and carries a cash prize of $500.  The winner will present the paper at the Department’s Brown Bag Seminar in the fall of 2019.

The deadline to submit a manuscript is March 15, 2019.  If you have any questions, please contact the chair of the DPPA Awards Committee, Dr. Michael Hayes, at