Wallerstein Scholarship

lightbulb animationThe Wallerstein Scholarship is administered by the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service and the Virginia Municipal League.

This Scholarship provides support to an exceptional individual for a period of one year for the purpose of undertaking research either a) as a rising senior or graduate student at the University of Virginia, University of Virginia's Wise campus or any of UVA's regional centers or b) as a Fellow of the Cooper Center.

A student shall be defined as a person pursuing an academic degree, preferably at the graduate level, who has an interest in local government. Interest in local government can be demonstrated by past experience with internships, volunteering, relevant research, or by a brief essay defining an interest in local government. This scholarship is targeted towards graduate students, but rising seniors may be considered.

A Fellow shall be a practitioner who would like to undertake a significant research project within a higher education environment, and who has reached a point in his/her career when he/she would benefit from time to pursue a sustained program of research.

A Fellow can also be a retired practitioner or academician who would like to pursue research that would benefit Virginia local government.

The Wallerstein Scholarship was established in 1973 at the University of Virginia by a gift from Ruth C. and Morton L. Wallerstein to foster interest and research in Virginia local government. Several previous scholarship recipients hold policy-making and management positions in state and local government in Virginia.

The application deadline for the 2020–2021 Scholarship is March 31, 2020.


Wallerstein-UIP Scholarship

Students in the University Internship Programs may apply for the Wallerstein-UIP Scholarship for 2019 Summer Internships in Virginia Local Government. For more information click here.


Contact the Cooper Center at 804-371-0202 or wallerstein@virginia.edu or the Virginia Municipal League at 804-649-8471.