University of Minnesota
Department of Political Science

Department of Political Science


A number of scholarships and awards are given to undergraduate students each year. The Charles Backstrom, Asher Christensen, Judge Earl and Mrs. Cecill Larson, William Schaper, Michelle Roberts and Jonathan Smaby, Cephas Allin, and Wolfsberg Family Scholarships are restricted to political science majors only. The A. I. Johnson Scholarship and the William Jennings Bryan Prize are available to all undergraduates. The C. Charles Jackson Congressional Scholarship is available to political science majors and minors only.

The 2015-16 scholarship application deadline was February 13, 2015.



The John E. Turner Award is given to the CLA Honors student with the best undergraduate Honors project completed in the previous academic year. The award honors Regents' Professor Emeritus John E. Turner (a former Political Science professor) for his commitment to students and excellence. While this is not a monetary prize, the recognition can be quite valuable, particularly for students who intend to pursue (or who have already embarked upon) graduate or professional studies. One student is nominated by each department and academic program, and projects are generally assessed on the basis of their originality, creativity, and importance. Nomination deadlines are in late March.

Portrait: William Jennings Bryan.The William Jennings Bryan Prize is a cash award given to the student who writes the best undergraduate paper in Political Science in an academic year. Professors nominate outstanding papers which are submitted by students in their classes, subject to the student's approval. The Undergraduate Work Committee evaluates the papers nominated for the prize and awards the prize each spring semester. The William Jennings Bryan Prize winner receives a check for $500.

Other Scholarship Resources

Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid
Scholarships and grants are the most desirable type of aid because the funds do not need to be repaid. In addition to state and federal grants, many scholarship programs have been established through the generosity of individuals, friends, and alumni of the University, as well as academic, professional, fraternal and business organizations and foundations to give recognition and support to University students.

Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship
The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship was established in 1987 to provide college graduates with the opportunity to gain a Washington perspective on key issues of peace and security. Twice yearly, the Fellowship's Board of Directors selects a group of outstanding individuals to spend six to nine months in Washington . Supported by a monthly stipend, the Fellows serve as full-time project assistants at the participating organization of their choice. To date, 102 fellowships have been awarded.

The Junior Fellows Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Each year the Endowment offers 8-10 one-year fellowships to uniquely qualified graduating seniors and individuals who have graduated during the past academic year. They are selected from a pool of nominees from close to 300 colleges. Carnegie Junior Fellows work as research assistants to the Endowment's senior associates.

Deutscher Akademischer Austrausch Dienst (German Academic Exchange Service)
We're here to help you on your journey to study or research in Germany . The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is a publicly-funded independent organization of higher education institutions in Germany .

Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program
The fellowship program is funded by the United States Department of State and administered by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. The Department of State seeks a Foreign Service that represents America in world affairs with citizens who reflect the diversity and excellence of our society. The program seeks to recruit talented students in academic programs relevant to international affairs, political and economic analysis, administration, management, and science policy. The goal is to attract outstanding students from all ethnic, racial and social backgrounds, who have an interest in pursuing a Foreign Service career in the U.S. Department of State. The Program develops a source of trained men and women from academic disciplines representing the skill needs of the Department, who are dedicated to representing America 's interests abroad.

University Scholarship Recipients
Check out a list of all the past scholarship recipients.

Political Science National Scholarship Recipients

Rhodes Scholarship
  • Diana Fu (B.A. 2006)
  • David Simon (B.A. 2003)
Harry S. Truman Scholarship
  • Joseph Walla (B.A. 2006)
  • David Simon (B.A. 2003)
  • Jessica Kimpell (B.A. 2001)
  • Kjersten Nelson (B.A. 2001)
  • Rachel Paulose (B.A. 1993)
  • Judy Grew (B.A. 1986)
  • David Linder (B.A. 1984)
  • Steve Ansolebehere (B.A. 1982)
  • James St. George (B.A. 1979)
David L. Boren Scholarship
  • Matthew Connell (B.A. 2002)
Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange
  • Michael Fenton (B.A. 2005)
DAAD Study Scholarships
  • Adam Kephart (2012)
  • Michael Fenton (B.A. 2005)
Emigre Memorial German Internship Program
  • Andrew Timm (B.A. 2012)
Fulbright Grant
  • Amy Conner (B.A. 2012)
  • Elizabeth Troolin (B.A. 2012)
  • Caroline Abadeer (B.A. 2011)
  • Thomas Snyder (B.A. 2009)
  • Thomas Flynn (B.A. 2008)
  • Alia El Bakri (B.A. 2008)
  • Laura Hammond (B.A. 2004)
Gilman Scholarships
  • Kafia Ahmed (B.A. 2011)
  • Ashley Grimm (B.A. 2011)
  • Hannah Johnson (B.A. 2011)
  • Molly Mollenkamp (B.A. 2011)
  • Patrick Grumley (B.A. 2010)
  • Rustin Rhone (B.A. 2010)
  • Chou Moua (B.A. 2008)
  • Mayky LeePalao (B.A. 2007)
Glamour Magazine, Top Ten College Women
  • Jennifer Carrier (B.A. 2001)
Luce Scholarship
  • Joseph Walla (B.A. 2006)
Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarships
  • Leah Rogotzke (B.A. 2012)
  • Samuel Kramer (B.A. 2007)
Udall Native American Congressional Internships
  • Hannah Lussier (B.A. 2009)
  • Marissa Kramer (B.A. 2013)


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Contact Info

Undergraduate Adviser
Rose Miskowiec
1482 SocSci

Internship Director

Paul Soper
1480 SocSci

Director of Undergrad Studies

Wendy Rahn
1309 SocSci

Director of Undergrad Studies

Lisa Hilbink
Assoc. Professor
1337 SocSci