Created in 2001, the School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) boasts award-winning faculty and students, and is ranked as the 4th best public affairs graduate school in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. We seek to recognize our past achievements, but we also look to the challenges of the future. SPIA contributes to a better world through cutting-edge research on domestic and international policy and politics, and through teaching and mentoring the next generation of leaders in public service. Private funding is essential to sustain a high level of educational excellence at SPIA. We ask our proud alumni, donors and friends to contribute to SPIA in support of our outstanding educational and research efforts.

To sustain innovative academic programs for the next generation, SPIA relies heavily on the support of private donors. Your gifts provide direct support for students and faculty, programs and research, and facilities that advance our mission.  Every gift and commitment of support has immediate and lasting impact! There are a number of ways to make a financial gift to the School.

SUPPORT THE SPIA GENERAL FUND

SPIA General Fund: General gifts make a difference in the student experience offering immediate support for student organziations, student-centered events, and special lectures.
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SUPPORT A DEPARTMENT OR CENTER
  • International Affairs Department Fund
    Benefits the International Affairs Department within the School of Public and International Affairs; includes equipment, graduate student stipends, supplies and books, travel and events.
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  • Political Science Department Fund
    Supports the Political Science Department within the School of Public and International Affairs; includes equipment, graduate school stipends and supplies
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  • Public Administration & Policy Department Fund
    Benefits the Department of Public Administration and Policy at the University of Georgia; includes awards, graduate student stipends and supplies
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  • GLOBIS Fund
    Benefits the activities of The Center for the Study of Global Issues
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  • CITS Fund
    Benefits the Center for International Trade and Security; includes travel, awards, equipment and other expenses
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SUPPORT A SPECIFIC FUND
  • Applied Politics Program Support Fund
    Provides support for the Certificate in Applied Politics and Public Affairs Communications in the Department of Political Science.
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  • Clute – Nigro Fund
    Supports graduate research projects in the SPIA; includes travel expenditures and general supply expenses
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  • Enhancing Governance in Transitioning Democracies Fund
    Provides support for training programs for government officials, journalists, and leaders of civil society at a ‘Transnational Academy for Effective Governance’ in coordination with Babes-Bolyai University (BBU) in Cluj-Napoca, Romania.
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  • Globis Track II Initiatives Support Fund
    Provides support for the Globis Track II Initiatives program in the Center for the Study of Global Issues.
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  • Han S. Park Professorship
    Provides funding to endow a professorship to support teaching, scholarly research and activities in international affairs in honor of Dr. Han S. Park.
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  • Ione Wells Hanly Endowment Fund
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  • J. Thomas Askew Graduate Scholarship Fund
    Provides a scholarship to graduate students studying American Government and/or State and Local Government in the Department of Political Science.
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  • Master of Public Administration (MPA) Graduate Student Fund
    Provides support to graduate students enrolled in the Master of Public Administration Program.
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  • Public Administration and Policy PhD Assistantship Fund
    Provides support to PhD graduate students in Public Administration and Policy.
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  • School of Public and International Affairs Study Abroad Scholarship Fund
    Provides scholarship support to undergraduate students in School of Public and International Affairs for participation in a study abroad program within the School.
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  • SPIA Georgia Legislative Outlook
    The SPIA Alumni Board hosts this annual event to raise funds for a study abroad scholarship and an MPA internship.
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  • Susette M. Talarico Fund
    Supports students and faculty studying Criminal Justice and Political Science within SPIA and the Franklin College; funds the Susette M. Talarico Teaching Award.
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  • Thomas P. and M. Jean Lauth Graduate Fellowship Fund
    Provides private support to enhance a state-funded graduate assistantship in the School of Public and International Affairs.
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