Financial Support

Newell Fellowships Available for Fall 2017

The Department of Public Administration at the University of North Texas is excited and proud to announce that it is seeking three well-qualified applicants for the Newell Fellows program to begin in Fall 2017.

Newell Fellows work toward their PhD in Public Administration while completing important research projects with the department’s world-class faculty and assisting with course instruction. 

This exciting new program – named for a renowned scholar in the field and former UNT professor – provides financial support for the tuition and fees associated with attending the PhD program full time and a stipend for living costs. 

Newell Fellows are selected on a competitive basis in the Spring of each year from among applicants who will start the PhD program the following Fall semester. Applications should be submitted by February 1, and must include GRE scores. 

This is an exciting time to earn a PhD at UNT, and we would be happy to discuss how a Newell Fellowship could help make that a reality for you!  Please feel free to contact us for more information.

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Department of Public Administration                       Department of Public Administration
University of North Texas                                       University of North Texas
Chilton Hall, Room 204                                          1155 Union Circle 310617
940-565-2165                                                       Denton, TX 76203

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The Department of Public Administration partners with the Toulouse Graduate School and the College of Health and Public Service (HPS) to support the Newell Fellows program each year.

Resources for the programs are made possible in part by a generous gift to the Department by the late Regents Professor Emerita Charldean Newell, a former faculty member at the University of North Texas.  Dr. Newell served on the faculty of UNT for 37 years, authoring or co-authoring four books and more than 50 articles.  Dr. Newell earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in government from UNT before completing her PhD at the University of Texas at Austin.  She then joined the faculty of UNT, first in the Department of Political Science, where she served as chair, and starting in 1992, in the newly established Department of Public Administration.  She also served UNT as Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, Assistant to the Chancellor for Planning, and in the UNT Senate. Dr. Newell served on the national council of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration and two sections of the American Society of Public Administration.  She received three important national recognitions: the Elmer Staats Career Public Service Award from National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration from NASPAA, honorary membership in the International City/County Management Association, and election as a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.  She taught and published in the areas of personnel administration, local government management, and Texas politics.  At UNT, she received a Special Recognition Award on Honors Day, The President’s Council Service Award, the Hiram Friedsam Award, and the Dean’s Award from the School of Community Service. In the community, she served as the Chair of the Denton Public Utilities Board, president of the Denton Christian Pre-school, chair of Denton Fire and Police Civil Commission, Senior Warden at the St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, and on the Executive Committee Diocese of Dallas.  She passed away November 22, 2014.

Major funding for the programs is also provided by the Graduate School and allocated by the College, and students must meet all requirements of these program partners to qualify.

Please note that funding is contingent on availability and requires that students successfully meet all obligations of the university, department, and program, as well as any stipulations of the Newell Fellows program.