Tuition and Funding
We have limited additional funding resources available for the MA program, although we encourage students to apply for all available funding sources. As the State University of New Jersey, Rutgers has significantly more affordable tuition than private universities. Additionally, after one year of residency in the State of New Jersey, students may file for New Jersey Residency status, which entitles the student to “in-state” tuition rates. For details, go to:
Some important funding sources for PCS students include:
Fulbright Grants for Graduate Study and Research Abroad (part of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program)
- Overview: This program is an international educational exchange program designed to increase mutual understanding between Americans and people in other countries. The program provides participants, chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential, with the opportunity to study, teach, conduct research, exchange ideas, and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. Fulbright projects span every major discipline, and recipients carry out a wide variety of unique projects and activities while on their grant.
- Eligibility: The Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers fellowships for U.S. graduate students to study, conduct research, and/or teach English abroad. The Fulbright Foreign Student Program offers opportunities for foreign graduate students to study, conduct research, and/or teach their native language in the U.S.
- Citizenship: U.S. applicants (U.S. citizens) apply either through their university or college or at-large to the cooperating agency responsible for the program in which they are interested. Non-U.S. applicants (non-U.S. citizens) apply to either the Fulbright Commission in their country of citizenship or the U.S. Embassy in their country of citizenship (in countries where there is not a Fulbright Commission).
- Award/Program Size: The Fulbright Program awards approximately 8,000 new grants annually. In FY 2017, the congressional appropriation was $240 million. Foreign governments and private organizations also contribute funding.
Donald M. Payne International Development Fellowship Program
- Overview: The USAID Donald Payne Fellowship Program honors the late former congressman by providing support for graduate students interested in careers in international development. The program supports students seeking master’s degrees in international affairs or subjects such as economics, development, history, political science, environmental studies, agriculture, public health, urban studies, public administration, or public policy. Applicants must commit to at least five years working for USAID as a member of the Foreign Service as a requirement of the program. The Payne Program specifically seeks applicants from minority groups historically underrepresented among international development professionals. The Program supports graduate study for students who want to work across a broad array of international development topic areas.
- Eligibility: Applicants must be U.S. citizens, be seeking admission to a two-year graduate program, and have a GPA of at least 3.2 (on a 4.0 scale) at the time of application. Applicants cannot already be enrolled in graduate school at the time of application.
- Citizenship: Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Additionally, fellowship money can only be used at U.S. institutions of higher education.
- Program/Award Size: The Payne Program provides up to $93,000 over two years for graduate school, internships, and professional development activities. USAID awards approximately five fellowships per year.
- Due Date: Applications are annually due in January.