Sanford School of Public Policy Magdalena Yesil Fellowship for Master’s Degree Students, Duke University, USA

Publish Date: Oct 06, 2015

Deadline: Jan 05, 2016

The Sanford School of Public Policy (SSPP) at Duke University is interested in attracting qualified, English-proficient candidates from Armenia or neighboring countries to apply for a fellowship to support their master’s level studies at SSPP.

Candidates must demonstrate English proficiency and an interest in sustainable development and nation-building in Armenia or in conflict resolution in the surrounding region.

The SSPP has long demonstrated its commitment to creating knowledge in the service of society and to educating leaders with innovative, engaging and policy-relevant teaching. Sanford has established centers and programs to educate students in the ethical and practical requirements of leadership. Sanford’s mission and record of success make the school a solid choice for students with goals of leadership positions in government agencies, international organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and businesses devoted to nation-building, conflict resolution, and cooperation among neighbors. With the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, SSPP is host to one of six Rotary Peace Centers in conflict resolution. 

The Magdalena Yesil Fellowship provides financial support to cover the cost of study in either of Sanford’s two master’s degree programs, the Master of Public Policy (MPP) and the Master of International Development Policy (MIDP).

The MPP's mission is to prepare future public policy leaders for the changing and complex world of the twenty-first century. Graduates go on to start nonprofit organizations, run government agencies, and consult around the world. Because MPP students pursue diverse and dynamic careers, the program emphasizes the core analytic and professional skills important in any context: microeconomic, statistical and data analysis; policy analysis; political analysis; globalization and governance; ethical analysis; and management and leadership. Writing and presentation skills, teamwork and working in groups are emphasized. The MPP is a two-year program.

The MIDP is for mid-career professionals who are likely to dedicate their careers to policy-making and public service in developing countries and countries in transition. The MIDP is part of the Duke Center for International Development (DCID) and provides interdisciplinary training in policy analysis on issues related to long-term social and economic development.  Each MIDP class includes students from dozens of countries, and students enjoy a multi-disciplinary, multi-cultural educational environment, learning from one another as well as from outstanding faculty. The MIDP has both a two-year and a one-year master degree option.

Deadline for online submission of applications for the 2016-2017 academic year is January 5, 2016. Application for future years is early January of the year preceding August entrance into the program. The application and complete information about the Sanford School’s MPP and MIDP degrees, faculty, research, and SSPP activities, can be found at

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Eligible Countries

Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh)





Host Countries

United States