Scholarships, Awards and Other Prizes

ASPA's Annual Conference can sometimes prove challenging for students and new professionals to attend on limited budgets, especially if you don't have organizational support to help out.

On this page, we have gathered information about scholarships, awards and other prizes being offered to students and new professionals. Take a look at each; hopefully one or more will be appropriate for you to submit an application!

Each listing includes basics about the scholarship/award, the application deadline - if known - and a link for more information.

ASPA Scholarships

ASPA offers two scholarships for students: The Walter Mode Scholarship and the Wallace W. Keene Scholarship.
Walter W. Mode Scholarship
A $1,500 scholarship awarded for graduate study in public administration to a student who is an ASPA member and who demonstrates a commitment to a career in the public service.
Number offered: One
Application Deadline: November 1, 2019
Click here to apply.

Wallace O. Keene ASPA Conference Scholarships
Awarded to students in the fields of public administration and public policy, this scholarship is intended to provide a student with financial assistance to attend the ASPA national conference and thereby expand their knowledge of the field and their acquaintance with others in the field. The $250 scholarship is intended to emphasize the impact of ethical leadership on the public's trust in government.
Number offered: One
Application Deadline: November 1, 2019
Click here to apply.

SCNS Best Paper Award

The Sam Overman Award is granted to the scholarly work that makes a significant contribution to the network or complexity literature and also holds practical relevance to the field of public administration. It is open to any subfield within public administration and comes with a $200 prize.
Number offered: One
Contact Michael Siciliano for more information.

SICA Scholarships

2020 Gould Scholarship Award
This award offers talented graduate students in the fields of public administration, public policy or international development some support to facilitate their participation in the ASPA annual conference.  Each year one or two students receive a nominal stipend and a free registration for the SICA Symposium.  In order to nominate a graduate student for a Gould Scholarship, please send a letter of nomination by a faculty member (should mention the student’s current GPA) and the student’s CV to Dr. Kim Moloney, SICA Chair, at
Number offered: One or two
Application Deadline: December 1, 2019.

SKPA Scholarship

Junior Asian Scholarship Award
This award is presented to East Asian graduate students whose paper has been accepted for presentation or graduate students who will present papers on East Asian-related topics at the ASPA annual conference. The best and notable papers are awarded with certificates and monetary prizes to recognize students’ scholarly promise in this field. The Section also provides travel awards to students who present high quality research at the ASPA conference.
Number offered: One or more
More information:

STPA Student Paper Competition

STPA invites undergraduate and graduate students who have written research papers related to transportation policy and administration to submit their papers for consideration. The best paper will receive a cash award of $100 plus a free year of membership in ASPA and STPA. At the discretion of the Committee, an honorable mention paper may be selected. Please send papers or questions regarding this call to Prof. Can Chen (
Papers should be prepared according to a standard style such as APA, be 20-35 pages long and include citations and references. The review committee encourages students to submit copies of previously prepared research papers, conference papers, and journal article manuscripts. Literature reviews and review essays are not eligible for consideration. Papers co-authored with faculty members are not eligible. The committee will evaluate papers in a blind review process. Students are asked to limit self-references to a title page that can be removed prior to review by the committee. Papers should be submitted as an e-mail attachment using MSWord (.doc) or pdf.
Number offered: One and maybe an honorable mention.
Application Deadline: February 1, 2020.

SWPA Scholarships

ASPA's Section for Women in Public Administration (SWPA) annually awards up to three $500 scholarships to help defray the costs associated with attending ASPA's annual conference. Applicants must be full-time practitioners in public service, or students enrolled in a Master’s or Doctoral degree program in public administration/public policy. Contact: Charlene Roach (
Number Offered: Up to three
Application Deadline: December 1, 2019
Download the scholarship application.