Apply to become a Schaefer Center graduate fellow.

The Schaefer Center offers a limited number of graduate fellowships for full‐time, University of Baltimore graduate students. Graduate fellows work in the center 20 hours per week while attending graduate school on a full time basis. Schaefer Center graduate fellows assist on Center projects in a variety of ways. Typical graduate fellow assignments include collecting primary and secondary data, reviewing data for accuracy, assisting research staff with field interviews, providing support services for the center’s training programs and strategic planning activities, data analysis utilizing SPSS, preparation of charts and graphs and library research.


  • a background or interest in public policy research, program evaluation, survey research, strategic planning or other policy related areas
  • enrolled or planning to enroll in at least 9 credits per semester as a graduate student at the University of Baltimore
  • minimum undergraduate or graduate GPA of 3.0

Application deadlines:

  • fall semester: April 15
  • spring semester: October 15

*The interview process is usually finished by June 15 for the fall semester and November 30 for the spring semester.

Application materials:

  1. Application. Complete a Schaefer Center graduate fellowship application.
  2. Resume. Include a professional resume that highlights your experiences and accomplishments.
  3. Letters of recommendation. Have  two  professors or employers write letters of recommendation on your behalf.
  4. Essay. In a three to five page essay, please answer the following questions:
    *Why did you decide to attend graduate school?
    *What are your career goals and aspirations?
    *How will receiving a Schaefer Center fellowship fit in with your academic and career goals?
    *How will the Schaefer Center benefit from awarding you a fellowship?

Send your completed application package electronically to:

Dr. Ann Cotten, director
Schaefer Center for Public Policy
University of Baltimore
1420 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

Application Deadline:

Applications are due by April 15th for Fall fellowships and November 15th for Spring fellowships.
(Note, fellowships are typically awarded for the fall semester. It is rare that fellowships become available in the Spring semester.)

Application review process:

Applicants are preliminarily screened to determine if their application packets are complete. Those with incomplete application packets are sent written notification to the address on their graduate assistant application form.

Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications are screened by the review committee, and the committee recommends applicants to be interviewed. The top applicants are selected for in‐person interviews which are held in June and December.   Interviews are conducted by one or two Schaefer Center staff members. Fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis with GPA, previous work experience, educational goals, research and public policy interests, references, and overall suitability to the work of the Schaefer Center as the criteria for award.  

Award package:

Schaefer Center fellowships are generally awarded on an academic year basis. Graduate fellows receive full tuition remission up to 9 credits per semester and a stipend of $3,500.00 per semester. A full-year package (two semesters) is 18 credits and a $7,000 stipend. In addition, fellows are given the opportunity to continue to work at the Center during the summer.

Contact Us:

For more information about Schaefer Center graduate fellowships, please contact Dr. Ann Cotten at