The late Herbert Roback encouraged talented and promising students to consider lifetime careers in the public service. To honor Mr. Roback, his family and friends established the Herbert Roback Scholarship Fund to perpetuate his work.

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Eligibility and Award

The National Academy of Public Administration annually awards one scholarship up to $7,500 to a graduate student currently enrolled, or admitted for enrollment, in a full-time accredited master’s degree program in public administration, public and international affairs, public policy and/or political science.

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Campus Application and Selection Process

Eligible graduate programs may submit up to two students to the Graduate School for consideration. The following materials, comprising each individual application, are due via email by the program via this form no later than Monday, May 2, 2022. Self-nominations are not accepted. Interested students should check with their programs for earlier internal program deadlines.

  • undergraduate and graduate transcripts (unofficial copies or photocopies of official transcripts can be submitted for the campus review)
  • a biographical resume or curriculum vita
  • two letters of recommendation from professors; recently admitted students may submit letters from undergraduate professors
  • a 500 word statement describing the applicant’s professional interest

The application materials should be collated into one PDF document per student when submitted.

The two students selected as Georgetown’s institutional nominees will be notified by May 24, to allow time for honing of statements and securing official transcripts (if unofficial were provided for the campus review). Georgetown’s nominations are due to NAPA by May 31, 2022.

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Questions relating to the fellowship program and/or campus application and selection process should be directed to Maria Snyder (

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Joaquin Taussig, MPP ’20

Joaquin Taussig is a Fulbright Scholar, Master of Public Policy student, and Research Assistant at Georgetown University. He studied Economics at the Catholic University of Argentina and worked six years in the public sector, mainly in programs aimed at the lowest income populations. He started working as a consultant at the National Congress and then at the Ministry of Education of Buenos Aires on the implementation of educational programs for people living in poverty. After that, he worked as Executive Director of a local political party in one of the most unequal municipalities of the country. In 2016, he took a position at the National Ministry of Social Development as Assistant to the Deputy Minister and worked in the design and implementation of a new national conditional cash transfer aimed at aiding people in situations of extreme poverty. At Georgetown, he is working at the Massive Data Institute promoting the use, linkage, and analysis of administrative data to improve public policies.

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