Funding for Students

Financial resources for those looking to enroll or are already enrolled in the School of Public Administration (SPA):

Albert H. Rosenthal Fellowships

Each semester, the School of Public Administration provide awards of up to $3,600 each to students based on their academic accomplishments and/or financial need. These funds provide critical support for many new and returning students as the MPA Program caters to non-traditional students. Remarkably, the Rosenthal Fellowships provide support for over twenty-five students each year. Such support can offset the cost of tuition or books for students and can help reduce the need for external funding such as student loans or other debt.

The Albert H. Rosenthal Fellowship Endowment is a major source of financial support for students in the MPA Program and a fitting tribute to the man, instrumental in the development and growth of the School of Public Administration. To be considered, please complete this aid application and submit it to the SPA office at

Graduate Assistantship

There is a limited number of Graduate Assistantships available at the School of Public Administration per year as appointment terms are based on funding (e.g. grant, award) provided by a SPA faculty member. A Graduate Assistantship is a financial award to a graduate student for part-time work while pursuing study toward an advanced degree. See the Graduate Assistantship Guidelines for more information. *Applications are accepted until April 1 for the Fall semester and October 1st for the Spring semester. 

*Graduate assistantship applications will be reviewed based on faculty funding and need during fall and spring semesters.

Anne J. Brown Scholarship for UNM MPA Students

The Anne J. Brown Scholarship is offered through the UNM Alumni Association. Download the list of selection criteria for the award. Check the UNM Alumni website for the application form.

Sandra Weeke's Endowment Fund

The Sandra Weeke Scholarship Fund was established by her family to commemorate the life and work of UNM School of Public Administration Master of Public Administration (MPA) alumna, Sandra B. Weeke. The Sandra B. Weeke Scholarship is awarded to support students enrolled in the MPA program at the UNM School of Public Administration that are single parents. Check the criteria to apply for consideration.

Non-SPA Financial Resources for Graduate Students:

Graduate Studies

Learn more about funding possibilities for graduate students at UNM through the Office of Graduate Studies. UNM provides graduate student funding in a variety of forms, including service awards, such as assistantships with other units, and non-service awards, such as fellowships, grants, and scholarships. Additionally, you can apply for support based solely on need, in the form of work-study and loans, through the University Financial Aid Office.

Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA)

GPSA offers several types of funding for graduate students and organizations on campus. Visit GPSA to find out more.

Graduate Resource Center (GRC)

For more funding opportunities, check the Graduate Resource Center for a comprehensive list of funding sources for graduate students.

Financial Resources for International Students

Please contact the Global Education Office (GEO) for further financial resources that may be available, such as the AMIGO Scholarship.