Wolcott Foundation Fellowship

Applications have closed for the 2023-2024 academic year.

The Wolcott Foundation assists young, enthusiastic, and highly qualified college graduates seeking a career in government service. The assistance from the Foundation provides the selected student with partial tuition funds, allowing pursuit of a graduate degree as a Wolcott Foundation Fellow from the George Washington University (GWU) in Washington, DC. These awards are designed to encourage young scholars (age 30 or younger) with outstanding academic, civic, and social credentials to pursue public service careers.

This tuition assistance comes with a two-year post-graduation public service stipulation. It specifies that the scope of Public Service cannot be with an elected politician or an organization that is not government sponsored. This requirement is the cornerstone of the Foundation’s belief in public service for the good of the citizens of the United States.

The Wolcott Fellowship covers graduate degree tuition to a maximum of $30,000.00. The award is to be considered a grant (not to be repaid) if upon graduation the recipient is employed for two years in government services (federal, state. or local level), in international affairs, or in selected international business in the private sector. Fellowship recipients may also request a relocation loan of up to $1,800.00. Relocation loans are awarded on the basis of need and must be repaid upon graduation.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicant is pursuing a master's degree and has not previously earned an advanced degree 
  • Prospective or current student in the George Washington University's School of Business, the Elliott School of International Affairs, or the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration.
  • Applicant is a U.S. Citizen