Funding and Support for Prospective Graduate Students

The Bloustein School offers many opportunities for funding and support to qualified students in its graduate urban planning, public policy, public informatics and doctoral programs. Merit-based aid is awarded to students in several forms, as described below. Financial aid packages may be for a single year, or multiyear, and may combine university, school, and outside sources.

To apply, make sure you check off your interest in financial aid on your graduate admissions online application prior to submission. There is NO separate application required for most of these awards below. For continuing students, a separate, internal application process is conducted in the spring of each year. Students are notified of this process by internal communication.

University Financial Aid also can assist you in providing information on loans, grants and other national and state merit and need-based support.

Awards

Following are some of the funding and support that students in Bloustein School programs have received in the past:


Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT)
Supporting students pursuing doctorates in the fields of:

  • Nanotechnology for Clean Energy
  • Renewable and Sustainable Fuels Solutions
  • Nanopharmaceutical Engineering
  • Stem Cell Science and Engineering
    Full tuition plus $30,000 stipend, awarded to selected applicants


Up to $25,000 plus tuition remission


Up to $20,000 per year plus tuition remission, awarded to exceptional graduate students with backgrounds of substantial educational disadvantage


Up to $25,970 per year plus tuition remission, and health benefits awarded to eligible graduate students. Student assistants have the opportunity of working with faculty and staff in a variety of research and professional projects, teaching, or assisting in courses


$15,000 plus tuition remission, awarded to exceptional students from underrepresented populations


Seven to ten awards of up to $10,000 plus tuition remission for full-time public policy students during their first year of study


$1,100 per semester stipend for planning students, merit and need-based


Tuition remission, awarded to students in planning, merit-based


A meritorious award that provides $2,000 to a full-time graduate student enrolled at the Edward J. Bloustein School.


Provides a $5,000 annual award to a full-time graduate student enrolled in the MCRP program at the Bloustein School.


Provides for a $4,000 award to direct-admit undergraduate students pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Public Health and graduate student enrolled in the MCRP program, with preference given to public health candidates.


Awarded for outstanding academic achievement and service in the pursuit of an undergraduate degree at the Bloustein School.


Up to $20,000 per year, merit-based award to a Bloustein School student


Honors Professor Robert W. Burchell’s lifelong commitment to further engage planning students with the profession by assisting with funding student attendance at planning conferences and annual meetings.


Provides a $10,000 award to a graduate student enrolled in the MCRP and other graduate degree programs at the Bloustein School.

Provides an annual award of $2,500 to a full-time graduate student based on academic merit and financial need and with preference for a student(s) in the design and development/redevelopment concentration.


Provides for a $1,000 award to an academically-qualified, full-time, minority scholar in a graduate program at the Bloustein School.

Provides an annual award of $2,500 to a full-time graduate student based on academic merit and financial need and with preference for a student(s) in the design and development/redevelopment concentration.


This merit-based fellowship was established in memory of Budd Chavooshian by his family, friends, and colleagues. It provides up to $12,000 in meritorious awards and is awarded to an outstanding student in the Urban Planning and Policy Development Program who best exemplifies Budd’s commitment to the field of planning.

Provides an annual graduate fellowship award to a full-time graduate student based on merit and financial need with preference for students pursuing a concentration in environmental and land use planning.

Awarded to full-time graduate students in the MCRP program who are residents of urban areas in the United States.


Provides an annual graduate fellowship of $10,000 to a student enrolled in the MCRP program who demonstrates a significant personal commitment and/or outstanding academic potential in the fields of planning or public policy at the Bloustein School.


Established by alumna Christiana R. Foglio, this award is given to outstanding full-time graduate planning students based on academic merit and financial need, with preference given to students with a degree from Douglass Residential College.


Awarded for outstanding academic achievement in the pursuit of an undergraduate degree at the Bloustein School.


The annual award, established in memory of the late councilwoman from Orange, New Jersey the Honorable Patricia Juliano, provides a $4,000 award to a full- or part-time female student in the Bloustein School’s public policy program with interests in local or state government policy and ties to the community.


Bequeathed by Paul, this fellowship will provide student assistance and support student achievement in transportation planning.


Established by the Susan Kirk Foundation to recognize Susan Kirk’s contribution to public transit and transportation in New Jersey, the award provides a $2,500 award to a student who demonstrates a sincere interest and ability in transportation planning.

Provide financial assistance to a full-time student enrolled as in the Ph.D. Program in Planning and Public Policy, and whose research, academic and professional career goals best exemplify Professor Krueckeberg’s enthusiasm and pursuit of professional and academic excellence.


The scholarship was established in memory of Jennifer S. Lightner, who was a part-time student in the M.C.R.P. program, and whose enthusiasm and pursuit of professional and academic excellence inspired those who knew her well to create the scholarship. The $1,000 award is given to an aspiring M.C.R.P. student.


The Harold H. and Reba Martin Endowed Fellowship is awarded to a full-time student in the public policy program, helping to advance the study of public policy at the university and within the state. It provides up to a $10,000 award to a student in public policy pursuing excellence in public service.  This fellowship was funded by former New Jersey State Assemblyman Harold Martin and his wife Reba.


Established by the friends of Brandon Poli, Bloustein School Class of 1997, this $1,000 scholarship is awarded to an urban planning student who “exemplifies Brandon’s wit, intelligence, and perseverance.”


Established by planning alumnus Wayne Soojian, this $2,000 award is given to a second-year graduate student demonstrating academic promise and financial need in recognition of the outstanding education that alumnus Wayne Soojian received at Rutgers University.


$2,500 award to MCRP or MCRS students to participate in credit-bearing partnerships with a non-profit or government organization in areas such as community development and planning, community-based education, housing and public transportation, public health and public policy.


Teach for America Partnership Program (TFA)
Up to $5,000 scholarship for a select number of offered to incoming public policy masters students based on Teach for America service. For students considering TFA and graduate school, we also are happy to defer your admission for up to two years while you participate in Teach For America. Students must declare interest to Steve Weston, Assistant Dean at sdweston@rutgers.edu after application to the public policy program.

City Year – Give a Year
The award for Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy graduate programs will be equal to 25% of tuition for up to 2 City Year alumni per year. All students must meet the school’s admission criteria. Application fee reimbursement for City Year alumni who attend the Bloustein School . A one-year deferral for students admitted to a graduate program who decide to serve with City Year before starting their study with The Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy.

AmeriCorps – Corporation for National and Community Service
The award for Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy graduate programs will be equal to 25% of tuition for up to 2 AmeriCorps alumni per year. All students must meet the school’s admission criteria. Application fee reimbursement for AmeriCorps alumni who attend the Bloustein School. A one-year deferral for students admitted to a graduate program who decide to serve with AmeriCorps before starting their study with The Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy.


Henry J. Raimondo Legislative Fellowships, Governor’s Executive Fellowships
Partnership between Rutgers and the NJ State Legislature. Up to $8,150 stipend plus tuition and fee remission (in some cases), awarded to selected, full-time, second year graduate students, merit-based. Requires an internship at a partisan or non-partisan legislative office in Trenton, NJ. These programs run separately through the Eagleton Institute of Politics.