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1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Suite 314
Washington, DC 20037
saisfinaidinfo@jhu.edu
+1 (202) 663-5706

SAIS Europe Financial Aid Office
Bologna Center
via Beniamino Andreatta, 3
40126 Bologna, Italy
sais.eu.finaid@jhu.edu

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Washington Office
1619 Massachusetts Ave NW, Suite 509
Washington, DC 20036
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Scholarships

We offer a wide array of scholarship opportunities to eligible students without regard to citizenship. These opportunities include prestigious named scholarships and fellowships from sponsoring organizations.

Institutional Aid

Johns Hopkins SAIS funding is awarded to US and non-US citizens. Prospective students must indicate on their admissions application that they wish to be considered for scholarship aid.

Please keep in mind that very few scholarship awards cover full tuition. Students are, therefore, encouraged to seek other sources of funding in addition to applying for scholarships.

Merit-based scholarships are awarded to full-time DIA students, irrespective of citizenship, who demonstrate outstanding academic and professional achievement. Scholarships to are limited (i.e., will not cover full tuition) and there are no stipends.  Scholarships are not available to students pursuing the DIA degree on a part-time basis. This includes all students in the final, non-residential year of the DIA program, as it is only delivered part-time.

Students admitted to the PhD program receive scholarship and stipend funding for a limited amount of time. Students who have completed the two-year Master of Arts degree from Johns Hopkins SAIS are eligible to receive funding for a maximum of three years, and those who have not completed the Master of Arts degree from the school may be eligible to receive funding for a maximum of four years. Students may apply for additional financial support to attend conferences, conduct additional research, or additional methods training. 
 
PhD scholarship awards are evaluated each year by the PhD Committee to determine if the financial award will be renewed. Annual scholarship evaluations are based on performance in class, satisfaction of degree requirements, and a written evaluation from the student’s PhD advisor. 

Dean’s Scholarship

The Dean’s Scholarship is merit-based and awarded to students with outstanding academic achievement. Scholarships range from partial to full tuition and can be renewed each year.

Global Scholarship

The Global Scholarship is offered to international students (non-US citizens and non-permanent residents) who demonstrate strong academic and personal achievement. Scholarships range from partial to full tuition and can be renewed each year.

Johns Hopkins SAIS Scholarship

The Johns Hopkins SAIS Scholarship is awarded to outstanding students from underrepresented US-minority groups including, but not limited to, African American, Hispanic, or Native American students. Scholarships range from partial to full tuition and can be renewed each year.

Eligibility
  • US citizens and non-US citizens studying in Washington DC.
  • US citizens studying in SAIS Europe
  • (For non-US citizens studying in SAIS Europe, see SAIS Europe Financial Aid)
Scholarship Renewal
  • Admitted students who receive scholarships in their first year are guaranteed the same amount of aid in their second provided they meet the required enrollment and academic standards.
  • Admitted students who do not receive aid in their first year may apply for and be granted scholarships in their second year on the basis of exceptional academic performance in their first year.
  • Second-year scholarship consideration is managed by the Financial Aid Office. The application process typically begins in the month of March during the student’s spring semester in their first year.

The Master of Arts in Global Policy (MAGP) awards generous scholarships to students based on outstanding academic and professional achievement. MAGP gives special consideration to:

  • professionals currently working in the US public sector;
  • members of underrepresented US minority groups;
  • diplomats serving at embassies or international organizations in Washington DC;
  • and nonprofit and private sector employees in organizations that have established partnerships with Johns Hopkins SAIS.

MAGP awards a limited number of half-tuition scholarships to exceptional candidates with work experience in the following areas:

  • International Organizations
  • International Development
  • Energy Resources and Environment
  • Global Strategy/Security
  • Journalism

Applicants wishing to be considered for these half-tuition MAGP scholarships must indicate this on the "Statement of Funding" they are required to submit as part of the application.

Individuals with additional questions about scholarship availability or establishing a Johns Hopkins SAIS partnership with their organization should contact the Director of Executive Education Recruitment and Outreach, Martina Leinz at mleinz@jhu.edu.

Scholarships for MIEF students are awarded based on outstanding academic and professional achievement. MIEF scholarships are available to both US and international students. Since the MIEF program is completed in 11 months, scholarships are limited and cover partial tuition only.

Please contact the Washington DC Office of Admissions if you have additional questions about scholarship availability or about establishing a Johns Hopkins SAIS partnership with your organization.

Scholarships for MIPP students are awarded based on outstanding academic and professional achievement and are available to both US and international students. Because the MIPP program is completed in just two semesters, scholarships are limited and cover partial tuition only.

Program Scholarships

A limited number of Johns Hopkins SAIS programs award scholarship funding to first- and second-year students. No separate application is required.

Named Scholarships

Named scholarships are made possible by the generous contributions of donors. First-year students may receive named scholarships under special circumstances, but most are awarded to second-year students. The Continuing Student Aid Application will be emailed to students in March of their first year of study.

Sponsorship Scholarships

The school participates in matching agreements with the external sponsors listed below. The school makes every effort to exceed the minimum scholarship up to full tuition. Scholarships will be granted on a competitive basis, with amounts subject to availability of funds.

External Scholarships and Fellowships

Established in 1979 by the Diplomatic and Consular Officers, Retired (DACOR) Foundation, this scholarship provides assistance for a student pursuing a better understanding of US foreign policy. This scholarship is open to U.S. citizens and current MA students only.

More information may be provided by emailing the Washington DC Office of Financial Aid at saisfinaidinfo@jhu.edu. Deadline: TBD 2020

Johns Hopkins SAIS is a one of the designated institutions of The Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fund. This fund supports graduate students in any recognized field of study in the humanities, social sciences, or natural sciences. Mrs. Liebmann was the daughter of Krikor Zohrab, a prominent Armenian intellectual, writer and statesman.

Graduate school fellowships cover the cost of tuition and provide an annual $18,000 stipend for living expenses. Graduate student applicants can be of any national descent but must be US citizens.

Fellowship applications are distributed to Johns Hopkins in October, applications are due in January, and notifications are sent by mid-June. More information may be found here.

The late Herbert Roback was a highly respected public servant who encouraged talented and promising students to consider lifetime careers in public service. In his honor, the National Academy of Public Administration awards The Herbert Roback Scholarship of up to $7,500 to one graduate student currently enrolled, or admitted for enrollment, in a full-time master’s degree program in public administration, public and international affairs, and/or political science.

Visit the National Academy of Public Administration for more information about the application process. Email all application materials to saisfinaidinfo@jhu.edu.

Established in 1936, The International Student House in DC (ISH-DC) is an exceptional residence for a highly diverse international community of graduate students, interns, and visiting scholars. ISH-DC provides residential scholarships in the amount of $2,500 per semester, which covers 1/3 to 1/2 the cost of room and board at the house.

To apply, students complete a housing application and scholarship application and submit it to the Washington DC Office of Financial Aid at saisfinaidinfo@jhu.edu or in-person to the Student Services Center, Nitze 3rd Floor. Applications are usually due in April.

Priscilla Mason was one of the founding administrators of Johns Hopkins SAIS and a former member of the school's Advisory Council. Established in 1995, this scholarship supports students intending to pursue a career in US government service. Applicants must be in need of financial aid, a US citizen, and a first-year MA student willing to accept the terms and conditions of the Priscilla Mason Fund.

More information may be provided by emailing the Washington DC Office of Financial Aid at saisfinaidinfo@jhu.edu. Deadline: TBD 2020

Established in 2005 by W.W. Norton & Company, publisher of the authorized version of The 9/11 Commission Report, this scholarship supports two students, one American and one student from a predominantly Muslim country, who will pursue careers in promoting international understanding and preventing terrorism.

More information may be provided by emailing the Washington DC Office of Financial Aid at saisfinaidinfo@jhu.edu. Deadline: TBD 2020