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Graduate Awards and Scholarships

The Department of Political Science offers several scholarship and award opportunities for our current graduate students.

Full-Time Enrollment

A graduate student must be enrolled in at least nine graduate credit hours during the fall and spring semesters to be considered full-time. An exception is made for graduate student receiving a graduate teaching or research assistantship. A graduate teaching or research assistant must hold a .50 FTE appointment and be enrolled in a minimum of five hours during the fall and spring semesters to be classified as a full-time student.

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While the majority of our graduate awards are faculty nominated, students may apply for our scholarhips through the Centeralized Academic Scholarship Hub (CASH). Faculty nominated awards are not processed through the CASH web portal.

CASH DATES: The application portal will open on October 1st, 2018 and close on February 1st, 2019Be sure to check your eligibility using the criteria below to ensure qualify for the awards you're applying for.

CASH Portal


For more information regarding political science graduate scholarships and awards, please contact Mr. Jeff Alexander, Graduate Programs Coordinator at 405-325-1845 or jjalexander@ou.edu.

NOTE: The scholarships and awards listed below are subject to change with or without notification.

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Master of Arts Students

John Halvor Leek Memeorial Scholarship
Number Given:
Varies ‑ Amount: Approximately $5,000 pool
Application Deadline: February 1st

Applicants must be currently working toward an M.A. degree either in the Department of Political Science or the Carl Albert Congressional Studies Program. Students must be enrolled full-time in coursework and have at least a 3.50 GPA in graduate work. Students who have already received the scholarship three times are discouraged from applying. A student may self-nominate by submitting an online application.

CASH

Master of Public Administration Students

Number Given: Varies ‑ Amount: Approximately $5,000 pool
Application Deadline: February 1st

Applicants must be currently working toward an M.P.A in the Department of Political Science or the Carl Albert Congressional Studies Program. Students must be enrolled full-time in coursework and have at least a 3.50 GPA in graduate work. Students who have already received the scholarship three times are discouraged from applying. A student may self-nominate by submitting an online application.

CASH

Number Given: 1—Amount: $500
PSC Department Faculty Nomination Only

The MacNiven Award is awarded for the most outstanding research paper written by a student in the M.P.A. graduate program during the previous calendar year. PSC department faculty members make nominations for this award.

Number Given: 2—Amount: $500 each
Application Deadline: February 1st

The Scheffer Scholarship is a merit scholarship for students currently enrolled in the MPA program who have completed a minimum of eight (8) hours of OU graduate work, have no more than twenty-four (24) completed hours and have a minimum 3.50 GPA. The award is based on grade point average, letter of recommendation, career accomplishments or other evidence of academic promise. Students may self-nominate by submitting an online application.

CASH

Number Given: 1—Amount: $1,000
Application Deadline: February 1st

The Peters Scholarship is a merit scholarship for students in the department's public administration programs. Full-time undergraduate or graduate students who are Oklahoma residents are eligible. Preference is given to students who graduated from either Blackwell High School or Edmond High School. The award is based on grade point average, letter of recommendation, career accomplishments or other evidence of academic promise. Students may self-nominate by submitting an online application.

CASH

Doctor of Philosophy Students

Number Given: Varies ‑ Amount: Approximately $5,000 pool
Application Deadline: February 1st

Applicants must be currently working toward a Ph.D. either in the Department of Political Science or the Carl Albert Congressional Studies Program. Students must be enrolled full-time in coursework or engaged in full-time dissertation research under an approved prospectus for the full academic year in which the award is given. For those students who have recently taken general exams, the approved prospectus would be required within one year of taking the exams. Applicants must have at least a 3.50 GPA in the graduate work. Students who have already received the scholarship three times are discouraged from applying. Students may self-nominate by submitting an online application.

CASH

Number Given: 1 ‑ Amount: $750
PSC Department Faculty Nomination Only

For doctoral students at the end of their second year in the program or later, the award recognizes outstanding research accomplishments by a doctoral student as judged by continuous developmental growth, demonstrated independence, high-quality and professionally competent research, and innovative and professional application of research methods and skills. PSC department faculty members make nominations for the award.

Number Given: 1 ‑ Amount: $250
PSC Department Faculty Nomination Only

This award honors scholarly excellence and commitment by recognizing and encouraging outstanding research and writing by students in the Ph.D. program. Articles submitted for publication to professional journals, papers delivered or accepted for delivery at professional meetings, or other scholarly papers nominated by members of the faculty are eligible for consideration. The paper must have been written while the student is still enrolled in course work, before the completion of the General Examinations.The award is open as to field of study and topic of research; however, the quality of work being equal; preference will be given to work in comparative politics and international affairs. The award need not be given if no eligible work satisfies the standard of excellence. PSC department faculty members make nominations for the award. 

Number Given: 1 ‑ Amount: $200
PSC Department Faculty Nomination Only

This is an award established by Professor Emeritus John W. Wood of Dallas, Texas. The award will be given for the best graduate or undergraduate paper, thesis, or dissertation in the field of American political theory, political leadership, or the presidency. Research and writing will comply with accepted academic standards, department, and university policies. Undergraduate work may include either a single paper or a series of papers amounting to 10 to 20 pages. A more lengthy work would be expected for a graduate thesis or dissertation. The award may be given for a paper or series of papers written for a course, for a master's thesis or a doctoral dissertation. PSC department faculty members make nominations for the award. 
 

Number Given: 1 ‑ Amount: $1,000
PSC Department Faculty Nomination Only

The late Charles Baskerville Williams of Norman, Oklahoma, to honor his father, the late George B. Williams, who gave many years of elected public service to the City of Wetumka, Oklahoma, as a city council member, endowed the George B. Williams Award. The award is presented for the outstanding graduate research paper, thesis, or dissertation completed during the calendar year, with a preference for, but not limited to, work in state and local government.

Number Given: 1—Amount: $500
PSC Department Faculty Nomination Only

Given in recognition of exceptional teaching as a graduate teaching assistant. Outstanding teaching is determined by assessments from the P SC 1113 coordinator and faculty visitations, as well as evidence of accessibility to students. Such evidence includes high scores on student evaluation surveys or testimonial letters from students, rigorous reasonable grade distributions, well-prepared course syllabi, demonstrations of interest in and care for students found through holding regular office hours, advising students, and writing letters of reference. The award is given only when an outstanding candidate is presented. PSC department faculty members make nominations for the award.

Number Given: 1 – Amount: $500
PSC Department Faculty Nomination Only

The award honors Prof. Richard C. Kearney, a 1977 graduate of the Department’s doctoral program. The fellowship recognizes and encourages scholarly excellence in student research by providing support for a doctoral student to present his or her research at a conference, attend student academic or professional development workshops that aid in the advancement of a student’s research, or provide funding for conducting field research. Candidates for this award must meet the following eligibility criteria for consideration: a.) Should be regularly enrolled in the Political Science Ph.D. graduate program; b.) Must have written an elite paper in the area of state and local politics or policy, or be working on a dissertation in that area; c.) Shall provide evidence that his or her research is ongoing; and d.) May not be the donor or an immediate family member of the donor. PSC department faculty members make nominations for this award.