Professional Doctorate Funding

Funding available for the PhilD

Financial aid

An applicant for the PhilD is eligible for a variety of external financial aid opportunities, including federal aid (as determined by the FAFSA), private scholarships, and employer-based funding.

In addition to financial aid available to students who qualify and opt for those programs, the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy offers the following fellowship opportunities to Professional Doctorate in Philanthropic Leadership (PhilD) admitted students:

PhilD Gateway Fund: 2024 Cohort

The PhilD Gateway Fund supports partial tuition for admitted graduate students in the PhilD program with demonstrated financial need. Fellows will be chosen by the PhilD admissions committee, with support for the students granted for the first year of the PhilD program.

This award does not guarantee the same or similar award for the following two years of the program; you will need to re-apply with an updated statement and FAFSA each year. Any admitted 2024 PhilD student in the cohort starting the program in August 2024, may apply for the PhilD Gateway Fund. You must submit a seat deposit before applying for the fund.

Gateway Fund requirements

  • Eligibility for the PhilD Gateway Fund is based on demonstrated financial need as determined by the FAFSA. You must file the 2024-25 FAFSA and have results sent to IUPUI's financial aid office using the school code: 001813.
  • A short narrative, no longer than 250 words, describing your specific need for the PhilD Gateway Fund for PhilD tuition as you begin the program in August 2024. This narrative should be sent to with “PhilD Gateway Fund Application” in the title of the email by the deadline.

We look forward to pragmatic proposals for PhilD applied research topics, ranging from innovative systematic solutions for increasing wide adoption of Impact Investing and capitalizing the realization of the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDG’s), lifting reliable evidence proving (or not) the superior financial performance created by investing with impact, to lifting up impact measurement solutions for this form of investing. We are interested in finding leaders who wish to explore how to advance culture change and real-world social funding tools, platforms and solutions to solve ESG goals in our country and beyond.

For the 2024 PhilD cohort, applications for the Mission Throttle Fellowship will close April 1, 2024. Application details will be available through the PhilD program. Recipients will receive a scholarship equal to full tuition for the PhilD program.

For over a decade, Mission Throttle has been dedicated to accelerating philanthropic innovation in communities. They invest in and support impact-driven organizations that seek to use market-based strategies to address social and environmental challenges. Please visit the Mission Throttle’s website for more information.