Financial Support

MDP and Emory Funding

The MDP Program provides several types of financial assistance to all students. For additional information on ways to fund this graduate program, please see the following sections.

All admitted MDP students in good academic standing will benefit from the following financial assistance:

  • Summer term scholarship to cover graduate residency tuition during field practicum
  • Funds to cover airfare, lodging, meals, and visa expenses related to international practicums for two summers

Partial tuition Merit Scholarships are granted to highly qualified applicants on a competitive basis without regard to citizenship status. All applicants are automatically considered and will be notified upon acceptance if they have been awarded a scholarship. They do not need to fill out any additional paperwork.

External Fellowship Partners

Emory MDP also participates in the following fellowship programs. Through these programs, Emory partners with other organizations to access additional financial resources to cover program tuition and fees. These require additional paperwork on the applicant’s part, and are tied to experiences and service garnered before enrolling in MDP:

Yellow Ribbon (for Veterans)

The Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program is a provision of the Post-9/11 GI Bill that provides support for veterans attending some private schools and graduate programs that cost more than pubic school tuition caps. Through this, Emory MDP offers special scholarships to veterans that can, with matching funds from the Yellow Ribbon program, cover the full cost of tuition and fees for MDP.

Paul D. Coverdell Peace Corps Fellowship

Returned Peace Corps Volunteers are eligible for the Paul D. Coverdell Fellowship Program. Through this program, Emory MDP provides financial support to returned volunteers, equal to at least 25% of the program’s tuition. As Coverdell Fellows, RPCVs are required to complete substantive internships with organizations that serve impoverished and/or socially-disadvantaged communities in the United States.

Segal AmeriCorps Education Award

MDP Students who receive LGS Tuition scholarships and who have completed a term of service with AmeriCorps are eligible to apply their Segal AmeriCorps Education Award to their education at Emory. Upon receiving the LGS offer of admission letter that includes the level of funding support, students contact AmeriCorps to confirm their eligibility, determine the amount of the Segal Award for which they qualify, and decide how they want to allocate those funds. The amount of each student’s dollar for dollar match is included in their Laney Graduate School tuition scholarship offer. Specific amounts will vary depending on how each student allocates their Segal Award. Emory’s Office of Financial Aid works with the student to facilitate the transfer of the appropriate amount of the award to the student’s Emory account.

Additional Funding Sources

We encourage students to research additional opportunities for funding their MDP studies. Information on federal student aid, scholarships, and scholarship resources is located below.

Federal Student Aid
US citizens and permanent residents are eligible to apply for Federal Student Aid. International students are not eligible for this funding and should consult the information on scholarships below.

For a general overview of Federal Student Aid loans and various types of assistance, we recommend starting here. Students will need to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Emory University’s Office of Financial Aid provides some instructions on how to complete this form. Federal student loans are often more advantageous than private loans due to lower interest rates. Students may quality for income-based repayment plans and programs such as the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF), designed for students that select to work in government agencies or non-profit organizations after completion of their degree. We encourage students to research updates to these programs as they are currently evolving under the US Department of Education. 

Emory MDP encourages students to seek external funding to supplement the assistance Emory offers. A wide range of foundations, employers, professional organizations, religious institutions, government agencies and other groups sponsor scholarship programs to support graduate study. Students may also be able to find funding from advocacy organizations and foundations that focus on specific issues or groups, such as minorities, women, LGBTQ, ethnic/cultural identity, and persons with disabilities.

We highly recommend that both domestic and international applicants visit the Development Practice Library Guide's Fellowships and Funding Sources webpage, which is maintained by Emory’s Development Studies Librarian. This list is specifically curated with development students in mind and is regularly updated. The directory provides an excellent starting point for a scholarship search.

International students are also encouraged to visit the International Student Scholarship search engine or IEFA for additional resources. Some international students may be eligible for prestigious Fulbright Visiting Scholar Programs, which can support studies in the US. In lieu of Federal Student Aid, international students may also wish to consult options for private educational loans available in the Atlanta area and recommended by Emory’s Office of Financial Aid.

Resources for Finding Scholarships
Applicants may consult search engines such as those listed below. Applicants are responsible for investigating and applying directly to external funding agencies or programs. Please be mindful of scams, such as websites that solicit payment of a fee as a condition for accessing scholarship information or assistance.

Paid Internships and Student Employment

In any given year about 85-90% of MDP students engage in internships or assistantships with units of Emory University and/or with MDP partner organizations. Time commitment for these positions varies, typically between 10 and 20 hours per week. In addition to providing students with some income, paid internships/assistantships are invaluable opportunities to enhance students’ classroom learning and strengthen their professional networks.

Below are some examples of Emory units and partners where MDP students typically work (note that not all positions or opportunities are available at all times: check website for up-to-date information).