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Public Policy Faculty Support

The university’s success in advancing breakthrough research, creating the next life saving invention and developing the next generation of leaders depends on recruiting, retaining and advancing great faculty. They make a profound impact through teaching, research, scholarship and service. Your support can provide world-class research and teaching facilities; endowed professorships that offer a financial incentive to relocate or remain at Maryland; and create programs that help faculty soar to the forefront of their fields.

School of Public Policy Events Fund

The School of Public Policy hosts events throughout the year, bringing thought leaders and policy practitioners to campus to discuss hot-button issues. This fund will support all that it takes behind the scenes to bring these events to our students, faculty, alumni, and the larger community.

Rawlings Undergraduate Leadership Fellows Program

Help support the next generation of undergraduate leaders dedicated to cultural pluralism, advocacy, and social change. Your gift supports resources for Rawlings Fellows and prepares them for leadership roles. Established at UMD in 2006, the Rawlings Program is part of undergraduate studies in the School of Public Policy. Students apply in the spring for a yearlong fellowship cohort that enters the following fall.  Those who are chosen as fellows engage in a holistic experience comprising two consecutive semesters of specialized activities, educational programming, and skill development to learn about ethical leadership and advocating for important issues. Fellows take nine credits of coursework focusing on leadership, policy, advocacy, and social change.

School of Public Policy Scholarship/Internship Fund

At SPP, we pride ourselves on providing our students the opportunity to engage in experiential learning to compliment the work they are doing in the classroom. Through the Scholarship/Internship Fund, SPP students at all levels- undergraduate, graduate, and PhD- can receive the financial support they need to take part in internships, research, and other opportunities outside the classroom to further their policy education. By doing such, they can focus on developing the skills they need to become the policymakers of tomorrow without stressing over financial constraints. 

Thomas C. Schelling Fund

Nobel Laureate Tom Schelling had a profound impact on the world and the field of public policy, and leaves a legacy that is truly unique. In honor of Tom’s grand contributions as a teacher, a leader and a dear colleague, the School of Public Policy has established the Thomas C. Schelling Fund to continue his legacy. The fund will support students, research and a lectureship, celebrating and growing Tom’s legacy.