Public Administration

Public administration is the implementation of government policy and also an academic discipline that studies this implementation and prepares civil servants for working in the public service. As a "field of inquiry with a diverse scope" whose fundamental goal is to "advance management and policies so that government can function". Some of the various definitions which have been offered for the term are: "the management of public programs"; the "translation of politics into the reality that citizens see every day"; and "the study of government decision making, the analysis of the policies themselves, the various inputs that have produced them, and the inputs necessary to produce alternative policies."

Public administration is "centrally concerned with the organization of government policies and programs as well as the behavior of officials (usually non-elected) formally responsible for their conduct". Many unelected public servants can be considered to be public administrators, including heads of city, county, regional, state and federal departments such as municipal budget directors, human resources (HR) administrators, city managers, census managers, state mental health directors, and cabinet secretaries. Public administrators are public servants working in public departments and agencies, at all levels of government.

In the United States, civil servants and academics such as Woodrow Wilson promoted civil service reform in the 1880s, moving public administration into academia. However, "until the mid-20th century and the dissemination of the German sociologist Max Weber's theory of bureaucracy" there was not "much interest in a theory of public administration". The field is multidisciplinary in character; one of the various proposals for public administration's sub-fields sets out six pillars, including human resources, organizational theory, policy analysis, statistics, budgeting, and ethics.

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Scholarships for Public Administration Majors

Bullet name award deadline Link
 

Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program

Howard University - International Affairs Center

$42,000 September 22, 2022 See Details
 

Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program

Howard University - International Affairs Center

award

$42,000

deadline

September 22, 2022
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Fischler Doctoral Fellowship

Nova Southeastern University

$30,000 Varies See Details
 

Fischler Doctoral Fellowship

Nova Southeastern University

award

$30,000

deadline

Varies
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PIRG Fellowship

National Association of State Public Interest Research Groups

$25,500 Varies See Details
 

PIRG Fellowship

National Association of State Public Interest Research Groups

award

$25,500

deadline

Varies
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Sturgis Fellowship

University of Arkansas

$12,500 February 01, 2023 See Details
 

Sturgis Fellowship

University of Arkansas

award

$12,500

deadline

February 01, 2023
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Graduate Assistantships for Doctoral Students Scholarship - Nova SEU

Nova Southeastern University

$10,000 Varies See Details
 

Graduate Assistantships for Doctoral Students Scholarship - Nova SEU

Nova Southeastern University

award

$10,000

deadline

Varies
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Timothy J. Penny Federal Public Service Fellowship

Minnesota State University Student Association

$5,000 Varies See Details
 

Timothy J. Penny Federal Public Service Fellowship

Minnesota State University Student Association

award

$5,000

deadline

Varies
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Jewish Foundation for the Education of Women (JFEW) Scholarship - NYU

New York University, Wagner

Up to $7,500 Varies See Details
 

Jewish Foundation for the Education of Women (JFEW) Scholarship - NYU

New York University, Wagner

award

Up to $7,500

deadline

Varies
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Jennifer Curtis Byler Scholarship

National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association

$5,000 Varies See Details
 

Jennifer Curtis Byler Scholarship

National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association

award

$5,000

deadline

Varies
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Feinstein Scholarship

Providence College

Up to $5,000 Varies See Details
 

Feinstein Scholarship

Providence College

award

Up to $5,000

deadline

Varies
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Goddard Family Scholarship

Barrett, The Honors College at Arizona State University

Up to $4,750 February 01, 2023 See Details
 

Goddard Family Scholarship

Barrett, The Honors College at Arizona State University

award

Up to $4,750

deadline

February 01, 2023
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