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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.

Deadline for All Scholarships is February 1

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.

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

The Leek scholarships are merit-based scholarships for Political Science majors. To be eligible, students must be a full-time, regularly enrolled undergraduate or graduate student. Undergraduate students must have completed nine-twelve credit hours in their major field.

The Saxe scholarship is a merit-based scholarship for Political Science majors.  To be eligible, students must be a full-time, regularly enrolled undergraduate or graduate student, with a 3.0 cumulative GPA, and demonstrated financial need.

The Martin scholarship is a merit-based scholarship for Political Science majors. To be eligible, students must be a full-time, regularly enrolled undergraduate or graduate student, with a 3.0 cumulative GPA. Priority consideration will be given to students shown to have good character, who show professionalism and have financial need.

Political Science Faculty Nomination Only

This award is for full-time, regularly enrolled graduate students in the department and recognizes continuous development growth as a scholarly researcher as demonstrated by a record of seminar papers, conference presentations, research accepted for publication, or published research or dissertation. The student must have demonstrated independence as a scholarly researcher as indicated by the completion of single authored work, co-authored work with other graduate students, or lead authorship with a faculty co-author. High-quality and professional competent research as judged by the student’s faculty chair, or other faculty mentors, journal reviews and acceptance, or other means, innovative and professional application of research methods and skills. preference is given to research conducted in the fields of American government and politics, public administration and public policy, scholarly research accomplishment in all areas of political science with be considered. This is not an award for a single paper or article. Students can only be nominated by OU Political Science faculty. 

Political Science Faculty Nomination Only

The Wood award is for the best graduate or undergraduate paper, thesis or dissertation paper and is faculty-nominated. Students must be a regularly enrolled student in the Department, must have written a paper, thesis or dissertation in the field of American political theory, political leadership or the Presidency. Undergraduate work may include either a single paper or a series of papers amounting to ten to twenty pages. A more lengthy paper is expected for a graduate thesis or dissertation. Students must not receive a like award for the same research. Students can only be nominated by OU Political Science faculty.

Political Science Faculty Nomination Only

The Williams award is a faculty nominated award 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. Students can only be nominated by OU Political Science faculty.

Political Science Faculty Nomination Only

The Peters award is 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 distribu1ions, 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. Students can only be nominated by OU Political Science faculty.

The Leek scholarships are merit-based scholarships for Political Science majors. To be eligible, students must be a full-time, regularly enrolled undergraduate or graduate student. Undergraduate students must have completed nine-twelve credit hours in their major field.

Political Science Faculty Nomination Only

The MacNiven award is for the most outstanding research paper written by a student in the Master of Public Administration program for the previous calendar year. Students can only be nominated by OU Political Science faculty.

The Scheffer Scholarship is a merit-based 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.

The Peters Scholarship is a merit-based scholarship for students in the department's Public Administration programs. To be eligible, students must be a full-time undergraduate or graduate student who are Oklahoma residents with a 3.0 cumulative GPA. Preference is given to students who graduated from either Blackwell High School or Edmond High School.

The Martin scholarship is a merit-based scholarship for Political Science majors. To be eligible, students must be a full-time, regularly enrolled undergraduate or graduate student, with a 3.0 cumulative GPA. Priority consideration will be given to students shown to have good character, who show professionalism and have financial need.

Political Science Faculty Nomination Only

This award is for full-time, regularly enrolled graduate students in the department and recognizes continuous development growth as a scholarly researcher as demonstrated by a record of seminar papers, conference presentations, research accepted for publication, or published research or dissertation. The student must have demonstrated independence as a scholarly researcher as indicated by the completion of single authored work, co-authored work with other graduate students, or lead authorship with a faculty co-author. High-quality and professional competent research as judged by the student’s faculty chair, or other faculty mentors, journal reviews and acceptance, or other means, innovative and professional application of research methods and skills. preference is given to research conducted in the fields of American government and politics, public administration and public policy, scholarly research accomplishment in all areas of political science with be considered. This is not an award for a single paper or article. Students can only be nominated by OU Political Science faculty. 

Political Science Faculty Nomination Only

The Wood award is for the best graduate or undergraduate paper, thesis or dissertation paper and is faculty-nominated. Students must be a regularly enrolled student in the Department, must have written a paper, thesis or dissertation in the field of American political theory, political leadership or the Presidency. Undergraduate work may include either a single paper or a series of papers amounting to ten to twenty pages. A more lengthy paper is expected for a graduate thesis or dissertation. Students must not receive a like award for the same research. Students can only be nominated by OU Political Science faculty.

Political Science Faculty Nomination Only

The Williams award is a faculty nominated award 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. Students can only be nominated by OU Political Science faculty.

Political Science Faculty Nomination Only

The Peters award is 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 distribu1ions, 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. Students can only be nominated by OU Political Science faculty.

The Saxe scholarship is a merit-based scholarship for Political Science majors.  To be eligible, students must be a full-time, regularly enrolled undergraduate or graduate student, with a 3.0 cumulative GPA, and demonstrated financial need.

The Leek scholarships are merit-based scholarships for Political Science majors. To be eligible, students must be a full-time, regularly enrolled undergraduate or graduate student. Undergraduate students must have completed nine-twelve credit hours in their major field.

Political Science Faculty Nomination Only

This award is for full-time, regularly enrolled graduate students in the department and recognizes continuous development growth as a scholarly researcher as demonstrated by a record of seminar papers, conference presentations, research accepted for publication, or published research or dissertation. The student must have demonstrated independence as a scholarly researcher as indicated by the completion of single authored work, co-authored work with other graduate students, or lead authorship with a faculty co-author. High-quality and professional competent research as judged by the student’s faculty chair, or other faculty mentors, journal reviews and acceptance, or other means, innovative and professional application of research methods and skills. preference is given to research conducted in the fields of American government and politics, public administration and public policy, scholarly research accomplishment in all areas of political science with be considered. This is not an award for a single paper or article. Students can only be nominated by OU Political Science faculty. 

Political Science 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. Students can only be nominated by OU Political Science faculty.

Political Science Faculty Nomination Only

The Wood award is for the best graduate or undergraduate paper, thesis or dissertation paper and is faculty-nominated. Students must be a regularly enrolled student in the Department, must have written a paper, thesis or dissertation in the field of American political theory, political leadership or the Presidency. Undergraduate work may include either a single paper or a series of papers amounting to ten to twenty pages. A more lengthy paper is expected for a graduate thesis or dissertation. Students must not receive a like award for the same research. Students can only be nominated by OU Political Science faculty.

Political Science Faculty Nomination Only

The Williams award is a faculty nominated award 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. Students can only be nominated by OU Political Science faculty.

Political Science Faculty Nomination Only

The Peters award is 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 distribu1ions, 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. Students can only be nominated by OU Political Science faculty.

Political Science 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. Students can only be nominated by OU Political Science faculty.

The Martin scholarship is a merit-based scholarship for Political Science majors. To be eligible, students must be a full-time, regularly enrolled undergraduate or graduate student, with a 3.0 cumulative GPA. Priority consideration will be given to students shown to have good character, who show professionalism and have financial need.

The Saxe scholarship is a merit-based scholarship for Political Science majors.  To be eligible, students must be a full-time, regularly enrolled undergraduate or graduate student, with a 3.0 cumulative GPA, and demonstrated financial need.