Public Engagement

Scholarships and Awards

  • Milano offers competitive merit-based scholarships and fellowships to new master's and PhD degree applicants. Our scholarships are based on a percentage of tuition and are renewable. Many of our scholarships are provided by long-time supporters of the Milano School and our students. These awards may be offered in lieu of department funding.

    In addition to the scholarships offered by Milano below, a directory of scholarships available to public policy students can be found on the Public Policy Degree website.


    Americorps Vista, City Year, and Teach for America alumni who apply to Milano are eligible for tuition scholarship consideration. Two tuition scholarships that cover at least 40 percent of tuition are awarded annually (the 2016-2017 scholarship amount is equivalent to $5,508 to $7,434 for full-time study or 9-12 credits per semester).

    Adrian W. DeWind Scholarship Fund

    This fund provides assistance to outstanding full-time students who evidence an ability to make a professional impact through careers in urban service.

    Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellowship

    Charles Rangel Fellowship applicants are invited to apply to any one of the Milano MA or MS programs. Milano will cover the difference between its tuition and the Rangel Fellowship tuition assistance. For the 2017-2018 academic year, the cost of full-time (21 credits/year) tuition and mandatory fees (university and student senate fees) is $37,750 ($33,390 tuition and $360 mandatory fees). The Rangel Fellowship provides $20,000 toward the total cost of tuition. Milano fellowships are awarded for the first year of study and are renewable in the second year, provided the student maintains good academic standing. Rangel Fellowship applicants may still be considered for merit-based awards offered at The New School. No separate application is required. 

    Donald Payne Fellowship

    Donald Payne Fellowship applicants are invited to apply to any one of the Milano MA or MS programs. Milano will cover the difference between its tuition and the Donald Payne Fellowship tuition assistance. For the 2016-2017 academic year, the total cost of tuition is $32,408 ($32,130 tuition and $276 fees). 

    Dorothy Hirshon Scholarship in Urban Policy Analysis and Management

    This scholarship is awarded each year to an incoming minority student in the Urban Policy Analysis and Management program who is enrolled full-time and shows outstanding promise in urban policy.

    DUAPA Fellowship

    The DUAPA Fellows Program reaches out to mature students of diverse academic backgrounds and opens its doors to emerging leadership in all sectors of the city. The fellowship is designed to promote a more innovative and rationalized leadership for the City of New York.

    Edward Neinken Memorial Scholarship in Law and Urban Policy

    This scholarship is awarded annually to an incoming full-time student in Urban Policy Analysis and Management who shows potential in the field.

    Erwin S. Wolfson Scholarship

    Funds from this scholarship are used to assist promising full-time students of Milano in meeting their tuition costs.


    The Fulbright Program supports educational exchanges that strengthen understanding and communication between the United States and over 140 countries. It is administered through the Institute for International Education (IIE). The fellowship award is evaluated and awarded on a case-by-case basis and informed by IIE's evaluation. For more information on how to apply, visit the Fulbright website.

    Henry A. and Louise S. Loeb Scholarships

    Awards are made to new full-time students in Urban Policy Analysis and Management on the basis of demonstrated ability and unusual professional promise.

    Impact Entrepreneurship Fellowship

    The Impact Entrepreneurship Graduate Fellowship seeks to attract and support high-potential leaders from diverse backgrounds who are committed to creating positive social impact through entrepreneurship while pursing a master's degree at The New School. Selected fellows will receive a 50 percent merit-based scholarship and participate in a cohort-based experience that includes mentorship, workshops, networking opportunities, and the chance to apply for a Venture Lab in the second year of their program. For more information on how to apply, visit the Impact Entrepreneurship Initiative website

    Isador Lubin Fellowship

    The Isador Lubin Fellowship is dedicated to the memory of Isador Lubin, whose contributions to economic statistics inspire the education and training of policy analysts in the PhD Program in Public and Urban Policy. Dr. Lubin was responsible for upgrading the Bureau of Labor Statistics when he served as commissioner in the early 1930s, served as a trusted advisor to President Roosevelt, and was the U.S. representative to the United Nations' Economic and Social Council. The Isador Lubin Fellow shall be selected from the ranks of entering PhD students. To be eligible for this honor, a student must be enrolled full-time in the PhD program and committed to the advancement of sound and equitable urban policies. Preference will be given to students pursuing a career in public service with an international orientation and/or an interest in urban development. The fellowship will last for a period of two years.

    Jacob M. Kaplan Fellowships

    These fellowships assist full-time and part-time students entering the program in Urban Policy Analysis and Management who demonstrate outstanding ability in policy analysis and a concern for the improvement of life in American cities.

    Mayor's Scholarship Program

    The Milano School of Policy, Management, and Environment offers competitive scholarships of up to 50 percent of tuition costs to qualified permanent New York City government employees who are entering part-time students in the school's master's degree programs. The Mayor's Scholarship is awarded for the duration of the student's registration in the program as long as he/she takes at least six credits each semester and makes satisfactory academic progress. Applications are available from Mayor's Scholarship Program, Office of the Mayor, City Hall, New York, NY 10007. You must submit a letter of intent with your application in order to be eligible for the scholarship.

    Paul D. Coverdell Peace Corps Fellowship Program

    The Milano School of Policy, Management, and Environment is one of the few schools eligible to enroll students who have been selected to receive graduate fellowships through the Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program. Our similar mission of social responsibility, our master's degree programs, and the unique environment at The New School have been a strong attraction for Paul D. Coverdell Fellows to Milano. The Peace Corps Description of Service must accompany your application in order for you to be eligible for these competitive scholarships. Scholarships cover from 25 to 50 percent of tuition costs. 

    Robert Curvin Fellowship

    Established to recognize former Dean Robert Curvin, the fund provides one fellowship award per year to an incoming full-time graduate school student who has demonstrated a commitment to social justice.

    Seth Glickenhaus Fund For Student Fellowships

    This fund supports scholarship grants for entering students who have demonstrated strong academic ability. Made possible through the generosity of the Glickenhaus Foundation, it enables Milano students to train for careers in public service and community development.

    William Randolph Hearst Endowed Scholarship

    Established in 1996 by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation for members of underrepresented groups in Nonprofit Management and Leadership.

    Urban Leaders Scholarship

    Milano offers the Urban Leaders Scholarship to train a cadre of new leaders in city government. Full-time and part-time students are eligible for awards that cover up to 50 percent of tuition. No candidate is eligible for more than one award. Requirements include strong academic credentials, with a GPA of 3.4 or above. Candidates must submit three letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose discussing how Milano will help candidates achieve their goals, a second essay addressing and proposing a solution to an ongoing urban issue affecting their community, a résumé showing previous commitment to the field, and other general admission criteria as outlined on Milano's website and catalog.

    Special Programs or Recognition

    Milano gives additional consideration for merit-based awards or special recognition to those applicants who have actively participated in professional or academic or service programs such as the CORO Fellowship Program or the Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Fellowship Program.

    CORO Fellowship Program

    Milano offers CORO Fellows the opportunity to pursue an MS degree in Urban Policy Analysis and Management or Nonprofit Management. Based on the content and requirements of the CORO Program, Milano offers Fellows a reduction of up to 9 credits toward the total required for the degree and a total of up to 6 credits for CORO Leadership applicants. A recommendation from CORO and a portfolio of completed work must accompany the application in order for the student to be eligible for participation in this fellowship program.

    Coro New York Leadership Center
    42 Broadway, Suite 18-2735
    New York, NY 10004
    Phone: 212.248.2935
    Fax: 212.248.2970

    Public Policy and International Affairs Fellowship Program

    This fellowship provides students who successfully complete a Junior Institute and who have been accepted as Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) graduates with a combination of grants, application fee and tuition waivers, and assistantships. PPIA prepares students for careers in public policy through activities leading to a master's degree. Students enter the program following their undergraduate junior year by applying for admission to a Junior Institute. Once admitted, they participate in three phases of the program: Junior Institutes, Senior Options, and Graduate Fellowships. The PPIA evaluation must accompany your application in order for you to be eligible for this scholarship. See the PPIA website for more information.