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Students may apply for financial aid through the OU Office of Financial Aid.

Scholarship Opportunities

Through the Department of Political Science:

The John Halvor Leek Memorial Scholarships are for graduate students in the MA, MPA, or PhD programs in the department, as well as undergraduate students, who have at least a 3.50 cumulative GPA in their OU graduate work.  These scholarships are funded through an endowment of the late David Ross Boyd Professor John Halvor Leek, a distinguished professor in the department for 39 years and his sister, the late Norma Leek.  The application deadline is the Monday after Spring Break.

Through the College of Arts and Sciences:

The Robert E. and Mary B. Sturgis Scholarship (40 awarded) Amount: $1,200. Applicants must be full-time undergraduate or graduate students who have a major in Arts and Sciences. Selection is based on academic record with a minimum GPA of 3.0.  Applicants must show financial need.  Current recipients may reapply.

The Corrine Price Scholarship (25 Awards) Amount: $1,200.  Applicants must be full-time undergraduate and graduate students who have a major in Arts and Sciences.  Selection is based on academic record with a minimum GPA of 3.0.  Applicants must show financial need.  Current recipients may reapply.

The G.W. and Vera Dobbs Pullin and Charles A. and Janice Pullin Drake Scholarship (Multiple recipients)  Minimum amount $1,200. Applicants must be citizens of the United States, be enrolled as a undergraduate or graduate full-time, regularly enrolled student in the College of Arts and Sciences. The student must have a minimum GPA of 3.0. Applicants must show financial need. Essay required. International students are eligible to apply. Please submit a statement stating you are an international student. If you do not have financial aid through OU Financial Aid Office and work as a teaching assistant, please ask your department to write a statement with the amount of stipend you are receiving.

The Ruby Brakebill Scholarship (1 Award) Amount:  $1,000.  Applicants must be full-time undergraduate or graduate student, have earned a GPA of 3.50 or above, show demonstrated leadership, and have a record of community service work.


The Department of Political Science has available basic graduate teaching assistantships, which are awarded almost exclusively to doctoral students on a competitive basis.  However, a number of research assistantships may be available to M.A. and Ph.D. students in the affiliate research units of the department:

School of International and Area Studies
International Programs Center
University of Oklahoma Public Opinion Learning Laboratory (OU-POLL)
Institute for Public Affairs
Bellmon Chair of Public Service


The Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center.  Founded in 1979, the Carl Albert Center is one of the nation's principal institutions for the study of Congress.  It combines a large and growing collection of Congressional papers, including those of over 50 recent and former members of Congress, with academic programs offered through the Department of Political Science.

Each year the Carl Albert Center selects one new student to receive a full funded, five-year package of financial support as a Carl Albert Fellow.  Students selected for the Carl Albert Fellowship spend a year in Washington, DC and also teach on campus as well.  For more details and information about applying for a Carl Albert Fellowship, contact the Carl Albert Center

Other Fellowship Opportunities

Andrew W. Mellon Fellowships in Humanistic Studies, administered through the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Program, provides graduate tuition and required fees for the first year of graduate study toward a PhD; it includes a stipend of $17,500.

The National Security Education Program offers the David L. Boren Graduate Fellowships for students enrolled in or applying to a graduate degree program.  All recipients agree to work either for a U.S. government agency involved in national security affairs or in higher education.

International Dissertation Field Research Fellowships provide support for humanists and social scientists to conduct dissertation field research in all areas and regions of the world.  Full-time graduate students in the humanities and social sciences are eligible–regardless of citizenship–enrolled in doctoral programs in the U.S. 

Other funding sources include:

- The American Political Science Association (APSA)
- Social Science Research Council
- Database of College Scholarships, Graduate Fellowships, and Postdoctoral Awards for Minorities

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