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The Leo M. Bernstein Graduate Fellowship In American Democracy Award

The Leo M. Bernstein Graduate Fellowship is awarded to Master’s degree students who are engaged in the study of American Democracy at American University. Eligible students must be enrolled in a Master’s program in any of American University’s academic units in a field with an emphasis on the subject of American Democracy. The fellowship is applied to tuition. The maximum annual award is $10,000.00. The application deadline is April 16, 2012. Contact Anita Brown at abrown@american.edu or 202-885-6333 with questions or visit http://www.american.edu/provost/grad/internal-funding.cfm for more information.

Summer Abroad Scholarship

Awards (ranging from $500 to $2,000) are given to SIS graduate students who can demonstrate scholastic achievement, a commitment to global service, strong motivation for studying abroad and financial need, and who will be participating in a SIS Summer Abroad Program. Further information about the Scholarship and the SIS Summer Abroad Programs is available on the SIS Study Abroad website.

Graduate Research Grant

The Graduate Research Grants, sponsored by the Dean's Office and the Graduate Student Council, are designed to promote SIS graduate student scholarship and professionalism. Award recipients are given up to $1000 for travel abroad and $500 for domestic travel to engage in academic research or participate in an internship or conference. PhD candidates and students applying to a SIS Summer Abroad Program are not eligible to apply. For further information, please visit: http://www.american.edu/sis/graduatestudentcouncil/grants.cfm.

Tinker-Walker Fellowship

Students are encouraged to include overseas field experience in their research, internship, or practicum. Through the International Development program's endowed Irene Tinker-Millidge Walker Fellowship, students can receive financial support to offset the costs of study. Please visit http://www.american.edu/sis/id/Tinker-Walker.cfm for further information.

Tuition and Fees

Graduate and non-degree students are charged tuition on a per credit hour basis. For the 2012-13 academic year, tuition is $1,399 per credit. SIS program fees (per semester) are $750 (full-time students) or $500 (part-time students). Full-time enrollment is defined as 9 or more credit hours per semester. Tuition is subject to increase on an annual basis. For more information, visit AU Tuition and Fee website.


About Need-Based Aid

Need-based aid is administered through the University's Central Office of Financial Aid. At the graduate level, it generally takes the form of a federal low-interest loan package with a work-study option. Both part-time and full-time students may apply for need-based assistance. The FAFSA code for American University is 001434.


International Students and I-20 Requirements

International students are required to demonstrate the ability to meet a certain level of financial obligation. For more information and a detailed cost guide, visit the AU International Student and Scholar Services website.