In an effort to produce more original research about Southern New Jersey while amplifying the education and professional experiences of Rutgers University – Camden students, the Senator Walter Rand Institute for Public Affairs welcomes applications for its endowed graduate scholarship. The Graduate Scholarship for Southern New Jersey Initiatives at the Walter Rand Institute for Public Affairs provides a $1,500 contribution toward a graduate student’s tuition at Rutgers University–Camden and supports his/her research on an issue impacting southern New Jersey by awarding a paid research internship with the Walter Rand Institute for the upcoming academic year.

The graduate scholarship is open to any full-time graduate student, currently enrolled and in good standing (3.5 GPA or higher) at Rutgers University – Camden, who exemplifies interest and growing expertise in public affairs that impact Southern New Jersey.

Application Timeline

Submissions closed for 2017.  Applications for next year’s scholarship will open in early 2018.

Additional Requirements

  1. Curriculum vitae and professional resumes should not exceed two pages.
  2. Applications require one academic recommendation from a faculty member in your department and one recommendation from a representative of a community or public affairs organization served.  Recommendations must be emailed directly to Monica Rears ( by the faculty and community members who prepared them. Recommendations submitted by the applicant will not be accepted.
  3. A descriptive summary of the research initiative you would pursue while you are a graduate scholar at the Senator Walter Rand Institute for Public Affairs must be included in your application. The proposed initiative should address a public policy issue impacting Southern New Jersey through applied research, community engagement, or organizational development. Descriptions should include the question(s), gap being addressed, contribution of the proposed research to public affairs, and design (i.e., research activities, recruitment plan, and data collection strategies). Conclude with a description of how the research initiative will support your personal and professional aspirations. Summaries should be 2 double-spaced pages prepared in 12 point, Times New Roman font, and not exceed 500 words.