Scholarships and Financial Aid

Change requires diverse insights and should not be limited by financial constraints. With that in mind, we provide opportunities for students from around the world to gain the financial support they need to develop essential knowledge, skills and experience for a successful peacebuilding career. Available funding includes several scholarship, fellowship and loan options, in addition to external resources. Please note that scholarship funds are subject to eligibility criteria and require compliance with guidelines set forth by donors and the University.

Master's Scholarships and Awards

The Kroc School awards a variety of scholarships on a merit basis for which students from any country are eligible. The University offers the following scholarship awards:

  • Dean's Graduate Merit Scholarships
  • Joan B. Kroc Graduate Merit Scholarships
  • Kroc School Gandhi Scholarship
  • Kyoto Scholarship in Peace Studies
  • Institute for Peace and Justice Fellowships

In addition to the merit scholarships, Kroc School applicants may be eligible for the following funding opportunities, which may require additional information:

BusinessLink USD Endowed Scholarship Tuition support for students with a demonstrated commitment to just economic development or social enterprise.
Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program 50% tuition discount and 6 units for your service for returned Peace Corps Volunteers. 
Grillo-Marxuach Family Scholarship Tuition support for students accepted into the Master's in Peace and Justice or the Master's in Social Innovation programs. Preference given to students from Puerto Rico and Latin America. 
William Headley Endowed Scholarship In honor of the Kroc School's founding dean Father William Headley, CSSp, PhD
For applicants, regardless of their religion, whose work reflects the values of Catholic Social Teaching.

"Father Headley has embodied the concept of "peace" in his own life, modeled peace for others, and acted to study and bring peace to some of the world's hardest places." -Todd Johnson on the occasion of the establishment of the William Headley Endowed Scholarship
Katherine Francola Peace Scholarship Annual partial scholarship to assist with tuition, fees, room and board. For full-time students (preferably female) in the Kroc School MAPJ program with demonstrated financial need and participation in community service. Application available for admitted students. 
Paulus Peace and Justice Scholarship Tuition support and other costs for citizens of any country, with preference given to students from the Middle East.
University of San Diego *50% tuition discount for Catholic religious leaders. *(based on availability of funds)
External Funding Opportunities Kroc School encourages students to seek external funding opportunities as well. See a list of external funding opportunities currently available.
Begin quote I am very fortunate to have this opportunity to come here and gain the skills to make a difference in Nigeria by bringing together those with opposing views and beliefs. So many people will benefit from the money that is given to me. – Sister Agatha Ogochukwu Chikelue

Fellowships, scholarships and other financial aid are available for full-time students and are intended only to offset tuition costs.

Contact the Office of Financial Aid at the University of an Diego (USD) for additional information on how to apply for financial aid, scholarships and loans.