Pardee RAND Graduate School Ph.D. Program in Policy Analysis 2020 (Funding available)

Pardee RAND Graduate School Ph.D. Program in Policy Analysis 2020 (Funding available)

Deadline: January 7, 2020

Applications are open for the Pardee RAND Graduate School Ph.D. Program in Policy Analysis 2020. The Pardee RAND Graduate School is a selective, multidisciplinary doctoral program with a focus on policy analysis and the ways it can shape our world.

They offer a full-time Ph.D. program in policy analysis — the first and largest of its kind in the country. And they are backed by the brainpower and resources of the RAND Corporation, a nonprofit, nonpartisan research institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis.

Their students come from diverse personal and academic backgrounds, and about a third of their students come from outside the U.S. All of them are supported by a combination of fellowships and scholarships that cover tuition, include a living stipend, and can enable them to graduate debt-free.


Pardee RAND’s program enables students to cover their tuition while receiving a consistent stipend for living expenses each year and graduate debt-free.

Doctoral student receive:

  • A full-tuition scholarship for the first year, partial scholarship in the second year, and reduced tuition thereafter
  • A research fellowship earned by working on RAND projects of the student’s choice that gives students a stipend to cover living expenses for the length of the program
  • Generous health insurance and other benefits, including paid parental leave
  • Use of a laptop computer
  • Support for travel to conferences and to other RAND offices
  • Competitively awarded internal dissertation funding
  • Paid visit to Pardee RAND for preview weekend in March after acceptance


Applicants must:

  • Be available to participate in the full-time combined research-and-study program at RAND’s headquarters in Santa Monica, California
  • Have completed a bachelor’s degree; an advanced degree and/or some work experience is desired
  • Demonstrate strong quantitative skills, although all majors and disciplines welcome.


Applications must contain the following elements:

  • An online application
  • Resume or CV
  • Three essays to understand your motivations to work in the field of policy analysis
  • Test scores on the GRE or GMAT; TOEFL for some international students
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • School transcripts

Click here to apply

For more information, visit Pardee RAND Graduate School.