Graduate Scholarships & Fellowships

Philip R. Baumann Graduate Scholarship

The Dr. Philip R. Baumann Graduate Scholarship Fund in Political Science honors the Baumanns’ son, Philip. He received B.S. and M.S. degrees in political science from Iowa State and went on to complete another M.S. and a Ph.D. degree at Michigan State University.
• Recipient shall be pursuing his or her graduate degree in Political Science
• Recipient shall be a full-time student
• Submit a cover letter with your GPA and a list of graduate courses that you have taken

Amount: $1,000

Dwight Ink Graduate Scholarship

• Graduate student in Political Science enrolled during the 2014-2015 academic year
• Recipients shall have been involved in the academic element of policy implementation or an academic activity related to public policy implementation.
• A proposal for applied research in the field of public policy implementation

Amount: $1,000

Political Science Graduate Student Award

Criteria: The student must have completed 12 credits of coursework in Political Science and have a minimum GPA of 3.5)
• a written statement formally applying for the award (include address, email address, telephone number)
• a statement outlining your plans for the next year, including anticipated graduation date
• one or more letters from faculty members who can provide an appraisal of your academic performance and your promise for future excellence

Amount: $500

Yong S. Lee Excellence in Public Management Scholarship

Awarded to a student enrolled in the Public Policy and Management Program who is pursuing his/her Master’s degree.

Faculty instructors in Pol S 569, 571, 572, 573, 574 or their successor courses, will select the “best in class” based on students’ papers from their respective courses. The recipient will be selected based on how many “best in class” papers he or she submits in one academic year.

Amount: $750/each (2 awards)

James Socknat Scholarship

The Socknat Scholarship was initiated by Matt and John Socknat in memory of their late father, Jim Socknat, a former World Bank colleague, Iowa State University graduate and long-time member of the ISU Alumni Advisory Board. The award is intended for a graduate student doing research related to Jim Socknat’s work at the World Bank on such public policy issues as global development, education, and environment.

Submission Instructions: Please submit a cover letter with your GPA, graduate courses that you have taken, and a statement of interest (in international relations and other work associated with the World Bank) to Alex Tuckness ( The selected applicant will receive a stipend in the amount of $1000 from the Socknat Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Amount: $1000 (Socknat Scholarship)

Alex Tuckness
Director of Graduate Education/Chair, Scholarship Committee