How to Become a Center for Drug Policy and Prevention Graduate Fellow
The Center for Drug Policy and Prevention (CDPP) offers a limited number of graduate fellowships for full‐time, University of Baltimore graduate students. Graduate fellows work for the Center 20 hours per week while attending school. CDPP graduate fellows assist on Center projects in a variety of ways, including but not limited to, collecting primary and secondary data, reviewing data for accuracy, assisting research staff with field interviews, preparing written and oral reports, providing support for the Center’s training programs and strategic planning activities, performing data analysis utilizing SPSS, preparing charts and graphs, and conducting library research.
- fall semester: June 15
- spring semester: Oct. 15
*The interview process is usually finished by July 15 for the fall semester and by Nov. 30 for the spring semester.
- A background or interest in public policy research with a focus on one or more of the following: drug enforcement, treatment, and prevention; program evaluation; survey research; strategic planning; or other policy-related areas
- Excellent writing and public speaking skills
- Candidates must be enrolled or planning to enroll in at least nine credits per semester as a University of Baltimore graduate student
- Minimum undergraduate or graduate GPA of 3.0
- Application. Complete a Center for Drug Policy and Prevention graduate fellowship application.
- Resume. Include a professional resume that highlights your experiences and accomplishments.
- Letters of recommendation. Have two professors or employers/former employers write letters of recommendation on your behalf.
Essay. In a three-to-five page essay, please answer the following questions:
- Why did you decide to attend graduate school?
- What are your career goals and aspirations?
- How will receiving a CDPP graduate fellowship fit in with your academic and career goals?
- How will the CDPP benefit from awarding you a fellowship?
Send your completed application package to:
Veronica Pallutch, executive assistant to the director
Center for Drug Policy and Prevention
University of Baltimore
9001 Edmonston Road, Suite 300
Greenbelt, MD 20770
Application review process:
CDPP first screens applicants to determine if their application packets are complete. Those with incomplete application packets are sent written notification to the address on their graduate fellowship application form.
A review committee composed of Center staff will then screen applicants who meet the minimum qualifications, and recommend top applicants for in‐person interviews. These interviews generally are scheduled in June/July and in December. CDPP awards fellowships on a competitive basis with GPA, previous work experience, educational goals, research and public policy interests, references, and overall suitability to the work of CDPP as the criteria for award.
Graduate fellows receive full tuition remission up to nine credits per semester, and a stipend of $3,500.00 per semester. A full-year package (two semesters) is 18 credits and a $7,000 stipend. The Center awards fellowships on a semester basis. Dependent upon CDPP needs and funding, fellows may have the opportunity to work at the CDPP during the summer.
For more information about Center for Drug Policy and Prevention graduate fellowships, please contact Veronica Pallutch at firstname.lastname@example.org.