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Josef Korbel School of International Studies

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Scholarships and Grants

Embarking on a graduate education at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies requires a financial investment. Yet, like any sound investment, your degree will yield positive outcomes for years to come. That's why we make sure you have the help you need to finance your education.

Information on this page:

  • MA Program: Merit-Based Scholarships
  • MA Program: Sie Fellowship
  • MA Program: Endowed Scholarships
  • Military Veterans Scholarship
  • PhD Program
  • Federal Aid
  • External Financial Resources

For current information on cost of attendance, please visit the University of Denver Office of Financial Aid.

MA Program

Josef Korbel School Merit-Based Scholarships

The Josef Korbel School offers merit-based scholarships ranging from $5,000 per year to the full-tuition Sie Fellowship award.

  • All complete applications are considered (no additional application is required).
  • Scholarships are traditionally offered for up to two academic years.

To receive priority consideration for merit-based scholarships, we strongly encourage you to apply to the Josef Korbel School prior to the application deadline (November 1 for winter admission and January 15 for autumn admission).

When reviewing your completed application for merit-based scholarships, some of the aspects our admissions committee considers include:

  • Work experience
  • Previous academic success, and
  • Demonstrated ability to succeed in the field.

There are no minimum GRE or GPA requirements for scholarship consideration.

Please contact the Conflict Resolution Institute for questions about scholarships in the Conflict Resolution MA degree.

Sie Fellowship at the Josef Korbel School

All completed applications are automatically considered for the prestigious Sié Fellowship, a two-year full tuition scholarship.  The Sié Fellowship is a competitive scholarship awarded to 10 incoming students each year. Priority consideration is given to applicants with a history of outstanding academic credentials and significant work experience in the field. The Sie Fellowship is only awarded to students matriculating for the fall quarter. Unfortunately, winter applicants are not considered for this award.

Josef Korbel School Endowed Scholarships

Thanks to the generous support of alumni and friends of the Josef Korbel School, we also offer several endowed scholarships. All applicants to the Josef Korbel School are considered for these awards, which range from $1,000 to $10,000.

Complete list of endowed scholarships (PDF)

Military Veterans

The Josef Korbel School is honored to administer the General George W. Casey, Jr. Endowed Scholarship Fund for Distinguished Military Veterans. Named for one of our most distinguished alumni, this scholarship is awarded annually to graduate students who have served in the United States Armed Forces who exemplify exemplary leadership qualities and who have been accepted to pursue a graduate degree at the Josef Korbel School. Learn more

PhD program

All applicants admitted to the doctoral program are eligible to receive a full tuition scholarship and a living stipend of $17,000/year for the first three years of study.

Federal financial aid

If you are a U.S. citizen, financial assistance is available through U.S. federal loan programs. Applicants and current students are encouraged to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year to be considered for Federal Direct loans, Perkins loans, PLUS loans, and work study positions.

To learn more about federal funding, please visit the University of Denver's Office of Financial Aid or call 303-871-4020.

Work Study

The Federal Work Study program offers part-time employment for eligible students demonstrating financial need. Work Study jobs range from 10-20 hours per week, and the pay scale starts from $5,000 per academic year.

To be considered for a Federal Work Study position, complete the FAFSA and be sure to check the specific "work study" box to express interest in this opportunity.  Funding for work study positions is limited and is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

To learn more about work study funding, please visit the University of Denver's Office of Student Employment website or call 303.871.6792.

External Financial Resources for Graduate Students

At the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, we are committed to your professional success. The following resources will help connect you with a wide variety of opportunities for external financial assistance. The resources presented here are intended for information purposes only. You should contact each entity directly for the most accurate and detailed information regarding current opportunities, application requirements and associated deadlines.

List of additional financial aid resources (PDF)