Scholarships and Funding

Scholarships are made possible through the generosity of the Carter School's closest donors, alumni, and partners. Award recipients are recognized at the annual Celebration of Achievement in the spring semester for the coming academic year.

student shaking hands with the dean after receiving a scholarship award

Celebration of Distinction.

Students are welcome to apply for multiple scholarships but must complete individual applications for each award.

School-wide Scholarships

John W. Burton Scholarship

This scholarship celebrates the life and legacy of John Burton, a pioneer in conflict resolution and leader for the Carter School.

This scholarship supports students who have demonstrated excellence in academics and an advanced understanding of the role of human needs in promoting conflict.

Successful candidates focus on collaborative problem-solving across conflict divides and keeps the spirit of John Burton’s work alive at the Carter School. 

Awards range between $2,000 to $3,000.

The Harold "Hal" and Carol Saunders Scholarship

This scholarship celebrates Harold and Carol Saunders and their personal commitments to education and increasing access for future generation leaders in the field of conflict resolution. Students with a focus in: diplomacy, sustained dialogue, peace building, or human rights qualify.

Successful candidates will support their interest in the above topics through research, practice, or scholarly work.

Students with experience in civil service are encouraged to apply.

This scholarship is renewable for multiple years.

Undergraduate Student Scholarships

The IMPACT Morgan Scholarship

The IMPACT Morgan Scholarship supports students pursuing either an unpaid internship, study abroad experience, or the Peacebuilding Fellowship.  This scholarship awards up to $2,000 to a qualifying student for use in either spring or summer semester.  Applicants should submit their transcript (unofficial) and resume with a cover letter that addresses how this award will support their future goals.  Particular attention should be given to how these goals incorporate one of the following principles:  (I)nnovation, (M)ulti-cultural understanding, (P)eacebuilding, (A)ction, (C)ollaborative solutions, (T)olerance.  

Qualifications to apply:

  • 60 credit hours completed by application due date
  • Enrolled full time as a CONF major
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Planned participation in either study abroad, Peacebuilding Fellows, or an unpaid internship during the period Jan though August immediately following the application deadline

Submit applications to with the subject line Morgan IMPACT Scholarship.

Graduate Student Scholarships

Alumni Scholarship

This award recognizes students' academic achievements and service to the community, as well as their promise as contributors to the field of conflict analysis and resolution.

  • Applicants must be a returning graduate student.
  • Successful applicants can demonstrate commitment to the Carter School community and can identify how they will contribute as an alum.
  • Awards range between $500 to $1,000.

Benjamin and Edith Avruch Scholarship

This scholarship recognizes graduate students working on issues related to the prevention of genocide, mass atrocities, state-sponsored violence, violence against ethnic or religious minorities, refugees, or war.

  • Students with a demonstrated interest in the above topics-- either through research, practice, or scholarly work--should apply.
  • This scholarship is renewable for multiple years.
  • Awards range between $500 to $1,000.

Stephen M. Cumbie and Druscilla French Graduate Fellowship

This scholarship recognizes graduate students who are pursuing research or fieldwork in any of the following areas: human rights, community resilience and empowerment, citizen or track two diplomacy, direct dialogue and peace processes.  

  • Scholarships can support travel costs, living expenses, project related expenses, language study.
  • Successful candidates are participating in a structured research project, or fieldwork through coursework and individual projects.
  • Awards range between $2,500 to $10,000.

Advisory Board Scholarship

This scholarship recognizes excellence in leadership, research, publications, and service. Applicants must submit a personal statement of approximately 500 words highlighting these areas.

  • Master's level applications must have greater than 50% of required coursework completed. Doctoral level applicants must be at the dissertation phase.
  • Applicants must also submit a resume or CV.
  • Final candidates will be invited to give a brief presentation on their current work to the Advisory Board.

Awards of $1,500 available.

Joan Shapiro Scholarship

  • The Joan Shapiro scholarship is available graduate students to assist with costs related to an applied research project.
  • Students will be asked to submit the final report on their project as part of an archive of projects supported by the Shapiro Scholarship.
  • Students will be chosen based on academic performance and the quality of the proposed applied research project.
  • Awards range between $500 to $1,500.

Richard J. and Marian M. Walker Fellowships for the Carter School

The Walker Fellowship Fund provides support for graduate students seeking to participate in the study of conflict in countries outside the United States. Fellowship funds are intended support travel to Bosnia Herzegovina in 2020 and Ukraine in 2021, this award is renewable.

  • Recipients may be full-time or part-time students; and may be in-state or out-of-state students.
  • Recipients will be chosen based on financial need and academic merit, a minimum GPA of 3.3 is required.
  • Awards range between $2,000 to $3,000.

Wallace Warfield Scholarship Endowment

This scholarship honors Wallace Warfield and his philosophy that theory and practice must be a collaborative process. The Carter School carries forward his legacy in the field and exceptional commitment to students through this award.

  • This scholarship supports students conducting fieldwork, a practicum or internship in conflict analysis and resolution.
  • Recipients will be chosen based on financial need and academic merit.
  • Successful candidates submit high quality practice projects, applicable to the field of conflict analysis and resolution with potential to benefit the external community.
  • Awards range between $500 to $1,000.

Faculty Nomination Graduate Scholarships

Mary Lynn Boland Award for Outstanding Student Service

  • This award is given annually to a student who has made an outstanding contribution to the Carter School and its academic program in terms of time, involvement, dedication, and service.
  • The award winners are individuals who excel at collaborative problem solving, whose contributions to the Carter School community have enriched the School and those surrounding them.
  • Awards of $250 available.

Faculty Scholarship

  • The award is made to a returning graduate student at the Carter School.
  • Successful candidates have a strong record of academic achievements during the first year and demonstrate promise as a contributor to the field of conflict analysis and resolution.
  • Awards will range between $500 to $1,000.

James H. Laue Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship award honors the memory of James Laue; his dedication and service to the field of education and in particular, the Carter School.

  • This award recognizes graduate students from under-represented groups in the field of conflict resolution and within the Carter School.
  • This award recognizes students with scholarly work in an area that represents a continuation of the work of James Laue.
  • Awards will range between $1,500 to $3,500.

Brenda Rubenstein Award

  • The award is made to a rising, second year Master's student.
  • Successful candidates have a strong record of academic achievements during the first year and demonstrate promise as a contributor to the field of conflict analysis and resolution.
  • Awards will range between $500 to $800.

Additional Sources of Funding

Graduate Research Assistants

A select number of doctoral students are offered Graduate Research Assistant positions each year as part of the admissions process. The positions include a stipend, tuition assistance, and subsidized health insurance and requires a 20 hour per week commitment. No separate application is necessary, the review committee will use the admissions application. If there is a vacant position, it is advertised in April for the following year. Current Carter School students will receive the call for applications.

Additional GRA positions may become available through grant funds. These are advertised to the Carter School student community as they become available. The positions include a stipend, tuition assistance, and subsidized health insurance and requires a 20 hour per week commitment.

Graduate Teaching Assistants

Each year the Carter School selects a small group of Doctoral students, usually students that have advanced to candidacy, as Teaching Assistants. GTAs may be assigned to teach undergraduate course sections, assist faculty with course, or provide advising or course development support. A call for GTA's and application instructions will go out in April for the following year. The positions include a stipend, tuition assistance, and subsidized health insurance and requires an approximately 20 hour per week commitment.

Graduate Lecturers

Graduate students can serve as graduate lecturers for undergraduate conflict courses if they hold a Master's degree or have taken at least 18 graduate credits in Conflict Analysis and Resolution. Open calls and application instructions for Graduate lecturers are circulated when courses are available.

Grants and Grant Writing

Students are encouraged to obtain grants. Contact the Carter School's Development Director, Maria Seniw for assistance with writing and managing grants. Usually grants are administered through the Office of Sponsored Programs, which offer grant writing resources and supports.

To find grants, start with Mason's Office of Research Development for workshops, recommended databanks, and other information about grants and grant writing. University Libraries also host several databases for grants, including access to The Foundation Center. Students may find The Foundation Center's free workshopstraining videos, and online seminars to be of great help. For online grant-writing courses, log into your account.

*Note- access to the Foundation Directory may require a Mason Patriotpass off campus. The Arlington County Central Public Library also has a version available if you have an Arlington library card.


Students often obtain fellowships to support their studies and research travel. Connect with Mason's Office of Graduate Fellowships for rich information and guidance on finding and applying for fellowships.

Graduate Travel Grants

The Carter School has funds to support our graduate student travel for conferences and workshops. PhD students get priority, but funding requests for master's students will also be reviewed. The maximum award is $300 per request, which will be awarded as a reimbursement for submitted receipts.

To apply for funding:

Fund requests are prioritized based on:

  • Paper presentation.
  • Poster presentation.
  • Workshop facilitator.
  • Panel participant.
  • Professional development.

On Campus Employment

The Carter School hires a number of students in part-time roles. Look for announcements on in the emailed weekly newsletters. Information about other campus jobs can be found on Mason's Career Opportunities website. Connect with Mason's Career Services or the Carter School Career Advisor for the tools to help you find work on and off campus.

Financial Aid and Residency

See Mason's Office of Financial Aid for assistance with applying for federal loans and other forms of financial assistance. Students may be able to submit a domicile appeal for a reduction in tuition if you meet the Commonwealth of Virginia's requirements.

External Funding Sources

The Carter School regularly posts CAR related opportunities on the Carter Network Forum on Grants, Fellowships, and Scholarships forum. These are often highlighted in Carter School newsletters and weekly email announcements. Share with your colleagues the funding resources you have discovered!