Scholarships, Financial Aid, and Student Work Opportunities

The Bloustein School offers merit-based funding to certain graduate program applicants in a variety of formats during the admissions process. This may include tuition awards, scholarships, fellowships and assistantships, and a variety of hourly work assignments. Applicants are considered for funding based upon faculty review of their full graduate application. Individual programs and program directors make recommendations on supporting candidates based upon those faculty evaluations. There is no separate application for these scholarships.

The Bloustein School Dean’s Office makes all final offers of aid after recommendations have been made. Nearly all awards are offered to full-time students. There are some small endowed awards that are provided to part-time students. It is important to note that not all students will receive offers. Funds available will only cover a portion of all applicants.

Federal and state loans and grants are not a part of this process. You should contact the Rutgers Financial Aid Office for more information on these opportunities.

Research centers and institutes and individual faculty also provide assistantships and hourly work opportunities for graduate students.

A very limited number of scholarships and fellowships are available for students in Bloustein School undergraduate majors. Opportunities listed below are denoted with (*). Undergraduates are encouraged to contact the Rutgers Financial Aid Office for more information about federal and state loans and Federal Work Study programs.

Resources for Current Students

Student & Academic Services

Steve Weston

Assistant Dean of Academic Administration

Courtney Culler

Associate Director for Graduate Student Services

Greg Marrero

Student Counselor, Graduate Student Services

Andrea Garrido

Career Management Specialist for Planning, Policy, and Informatics Masters Students

Cheryl Egan

Career Management Specialist for Health Administration Masters Students

Graduate students may speak to their academic advisor for more information about scholarship and fellowship criteria.


Merit-based tuition remission may be awarded to students in designated graduate programs.

Graduate Scholarships

Bloustein School scholarship awards are offered per semester to students in designated graduate programs and may be merit- or need-based.

New Jersey Planning Officials Annual Graduate Scholarship

Awarded to a full-time graduate student enrolled in the MCRP program at the Bloustein School.

Nike and Jim Bach Endowed Fellowship in Urban Planning and Public Informatics

Awarded to a graduate student in the MCRP program who demonstrates interest and ability to apply informatics to planning analysis and decision-making.

Edward J. Bloustein Memorial Scholarship

Established at the time of the founding of the Bloustein School in 1992, the Edward J. Bloustein Memorial Scholarships are provided to select, meritorious scholars in the pursuit of their academic goals, with deference to deserving students in financial need.

Bob Cotter City Kid Endowed Graduate Scholarship in Planning

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

Honorable Patricia Juliano Memorial Scholarship Fund

Established in memory of late councilwoman Patricia Juliano from Orange, NJ, the scholarship is awarded 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 community.

Susan Kirk Foundation Endowed Scholarship

Established by the Susan Kirk Foundation to recognize Susan Kirk’s contribution to public transit and transportation in New Jersey, this scholarship is awarded to a student who demonstrates an interest and ability in transportation planning.

Dr. Donald A. Krueckeberg Endowed Memorial Scholarship

Provides 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.

Jennifer S. Lightner Endowed Memorial Scholarship Fund

This scholarship was established in memory of Jennifer S. Lightner, who was a part-time student in the MCRP program, and whose enthusiasm and pursuit of professional and academic excellence inspired those who knew her.

Brandon M. Poli Memorial Scholarship

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

Health Administration Program Student Support Fund

Funds will be used to support graduate students enrolled in the Health Administration Program at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy through recruitment, fellowship awards, and student travel to conferences or competitions.

Dean’s Community Scholarship and Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship

Community, Diversity and Inclusion Scholars work on DEI-related matters for the school, including research, outreach, communications, and events planning. All work will be coordinated through the school’s Special Advisor to the Dean on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI). It is expected that during the course of the year the scholar will collaborate and engage with the Special Advisor and be representative to the graduate students in their program as well as others, and support the objectives, mission and work of the Committee on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging.

Master of Health Administration External Funding Opportunities

To advance its mission and values, the Rutgers University Master of Health Administration (MHA) program promotes merit-based scholarships for its students.

Undergraduate Scholarships

Miriam Barker Endowed Memorial Undergraduate Student Achievement Award

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

Sydney and Mildred Greenberg Memorial Scholarship

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

Graduate Fellowships

Bloustein School Alumni Association Endowed Graduate Fellowship

Awarded to a full-time graduate student enrolled at the Bloustein School.

Dawne D. and Lawrence B. Burrows Endowed Graduate Fellowship in Planning and Public Policy

Awarded to a graduate student enrolled in the MCRP and other graduate degree programs at the Bloustein School.

Isadore Candeub Endowed Graduate Fellowship in Planning

Awarded to a full-time graduate student based on academic merit and financial need and with preference for students in the design and development/redevelopment concentration.

Dr. Robert A. Catlin Endowed Fellowship

Awarded to a full-time graduate student based on merit and financial need with preference for students whose studies focus on the impact of race in public policy decision-making and/or urban revitalization.

B. Budd Chavooshian Endowed Memorial Fellowship

Established in memory of Budd Chavooshian by his family, friends, and colleagues and awarded to an outstanding student in the Urban Planning and Policy Development Program who best exemplifies Budd’s commitment to the field of planning.

Peter C. Cosier IV Environmental Fellowship

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.

Walter C. Evans Endowed Graduate Fellowship in Planning and Public Policy

Provides an annual fellowship to a graduate 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.

Christiana R. Foglio Endowed Annual Graduate Fellowship in Planning

Established by Christiana R. Foglio MCRP ‘86, this award is given to outstanding full-time graduate planning students with preference given to students with a degree from Douglass Residential College.

Paul J. Larrousse Endowed Fellowship in Planning

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

Harold H. and Reba Martin Endowed Fellowship in Public Policy

This fellowship is awarded to a full-time student in the public policy program, pursuing excellence in public service, and helping to advance the study of public policy at the university and within the state.

SEA Metropolitan Section Fellowship

Awarded to full-time graduate students who are studying or have an interest in alternative mechanisms for financing the cost of electric power distribution infrastructure upgrades required to support electric vehicle fleet operator charging stations. Students will have the opportunity to share and present findings from a related research product.

Robert W. Burchell Fund for Student Planning Conference Travel

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.

Undergraduate Fellowships

* Mary Ann and Steven J. Allard Fellowship in Planning and Public Health

Awarded to direct-admit undergraduate students pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Public Health or graduate students enrolled in the MCRP program, with preference given to public health candidates.

* Ralph W. Voorhees Fellowship Program in Public Service

Awarded to 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.

External Awards and Funding

The following are some of the funding and support opportunities Bloustein School students have received in the past. The Bloustein School does not award these scholarships and fellowships.

National Science Foundation

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

Rutgers University Excellence Fellowships

Up to $25,000 plus tuition remission

Ralph Johnson Bunche Distinguished Graduate Awards

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

Past Fellowships

Louis Berger Graduate Fellows Program (2009-2016)

This competitive fellowship enabled graduate students to be considered for a comprehensive fellowship award and earn internship credit while taking on a professional experience internship at one of the leading consulting organizations in the country.

Part-Time Student Jobs on Campus

The Student Employment Office (SEO) administers two employment programs for students: the Federal Work Study Program (FWSP) and the Job Location and Development Program (JLDP). The FWSP is offered to financial aid recipients who meet certain criteria; the JLDP is available to all currently-enrolled university students.

Eligible students can work in a variety of on-campus jobs, such as in campus centers, recreation centers, libraries, and University departments. Additionally, students can work in on-campus and off-campus paid community service positions for non-profit agencies and organizations in areas related to education and literacy, human and social services, law and public policy, arts and humanities, multicultural, diversity and social justice, health and business.