Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Tulsa Fellowship Program

Students selected for this prestigious fellowship receive 100% tuition funding.

Brown University’s Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, in partnership with the George Kaiser Family Foundation (GKFF), is offering a unique fellowship program. Students selected for the Tulsa Fellowship Program receive 100% tuition funding, with the GKFF funding 50% and Brown University funding 50%. In accepting the fellowship, each student will commit to spend two years living and working in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in a policy-related position upon completion of their MPA degree. 

In order to qualify for consideration, applicants must agree to this three-year commitment: In year one, the students will study at Brown and carry out their 11-week consultancy placement at a Tulsa organization; in years two and three, students will return to Tulsa to work. 

Students will begin the MPA program in June, complete the MPA degree the following May, then take a full-time position in Tulsa. GKFF will collaborate with the Tulsa Fellows to identify job opportunities and placement. The reduced cost of tuition is fully earned only through the completion of two years of service.

How to apply

Apply to the MPA program through the online application. Applicants seeking to be considered for the Tulsa Fellowship are required to include in their personal statement how working in Tulsa will positively affect their career.

About the MPA

The Master of Public Affairs program at the Watson Institute prepares students to be public policy leaders, analysts, and advocates in government, politics, and the nonprofit and private sectors. Students gain problem-solving, quantitative, communication, and managerial skills. The MPA program gives students the tools to develop effective, evidence-based solutions in any policy area from health and the environment to security and governance.

Features of the program:

  • Build skills in data analysis, program evaluation, presentation
  • Policy-in-Action Consultancy at a Tulsa organization
  • Personalized career coaching
  • Accelerated June – May schedule