Scholarships & Funding

If you completed your application by the Dec. 1 priority deadline and are admitted to the school, you will automatically be considered for first-round, school-related scholarships.

There are also several scholarships and fellowships that do require a separate application, along with resources for veterans.


Scholarships Available to Public Health Students

The Association of Schools & Programs of Public Health curates a list of scholarships available to public health students.

SPH Scholars of Excellence Awards

The University Of Minnesota School of Public Health Scholars of Excellence Award honors SPH graduate and professional students whose research and scholarly interests are focused on issues of equity, diversity, and/or social justice and who demonstrate outstanding creativity, innovation, and potential for scholarly and/or professional excellence in their discipline or field.

In addition, SPH Scholars of Excellence awardees will demonstrate experience with, or commitment to, serving or working with underserved, underrepresented or marginalized U.S. populations.

If you are interested in being considered, you must complete the Diversity Essay which is part of the SOPHAS application.

SPH Alumni Scholarship

The SPH Alumni Scholarship provides financial assistance to current students at the School of Public Health. Students must currently be enrolled in any certificate or degree program at the School and have completed one year in good academic standing. Submission deadline is Monday, March 6, 2017.

LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities)

LEND fellows are graduate or postgraduate students, or community members selected for their outstanding skills and commitment to improving the quality of life for children with neurodevelopmental disabilities and their families.

Lowell & Leslie Kruse Scholarship for Community Performance Excellence

Administered by the SPH, this scholarship provides financial assistance of up to $15,000 to a first-year, full-time graduate student (MPH-PHAP or MHA) at the University of Minnesota. Apply online by November 22, 2017.

Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change Fellowships

Prospective SPH students are eligible for consideration and can be nominated for up to two different types of ICGC Fellowships: Scholar and Mellon Fellowships. All scholarships are competitive and SPH only supports one ICGC Fellow each academic year.

SPH Scholarship for International Field Experiences

The SPH offers these scholarships (up to four awards of $1,000 each) to assist current students with their international field experience expenses. The application will be available online beginning Feb. 9.

Fellowships – Research Support

Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fellowship
Available to U.S. citizen graduate students in the humanities, social sciences, or natural sciences (including law, business, medicine, engineering, architecture or other formal professional training).

Howard Hughes Medical Institute International Student Research Fellowships
Supports outstanding international predoctoral students studying in the United States who are ineligible for fellowships or training grants through U.S. federal agencies

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship
Funding plus tuition stipend to support graduate level research in a variety of fields.

UNCF/ Merck Graduate Science Research Dissertation Fellowship
Each UNCF / Merck Graduate Fellow will be mentored by a Merck scientist or engineer and will be expected to maintain regular contact with his/her mentor.

International/Global Health

The Albert Schweizer Fellowship – Lambarene Public Health Fellows
Public Health Fellows work with the hospital’s staff, including the Community Health Outreach Program, which provides village-based health care.

ASPH/CDC Allan Rosenfield Global Health Fellowship Program
Provides international training opportunities for recent graduates of ASPH member accredited schools of public health.

Deborah Partridge Wolfe International Fellowship
Available to graduate or undergraduate U.S. students studying abroad and/or graduate or undergraduate foreign students studying within.

Fred H. Bixby Fellowship
Geared toward developing-country nationals in the early stages of their careers, and to those with a demonstrated commitment to remaining in their home countries to build capacity in local institutions or returning home after working/studying abroad.

Fulbright/Fogarty Fellowships in Public Health
Promotes the expansion of research in public health and clinical research in resource-limited settings; done in partnership with the Fulbright program through the State Department.

Luce Scholars Program
Provides an intensive experience in Asia for young Americans who show evidence of potential leadership and accomplishment.

The Mickey Leland International Hunger Fellowship
Two-year international fellowship; the mission is to develop leaders committed to finding solutions to hunger and poverty worldwide through both direct programming and good policies.

NSEP/David L. Boren Fellowship
For U.S. graduate students; adds an important international and language component to their graduate education through specialization in area study, language study, or increased language proficiency.

Post-Graduate Fellowships

APHA Public Health Fellowship in Government
Spend one year in Washington, D.C., working in a congressional office on legislative and policy issues such as health, the environment or other public health concerns.

Epidemic Intelligence Service
Two-year post-graduate training program of service and on-the-job learning for health professionals interested in the practice of applied epidemiology.


Traineeships through federally-funded programs enable the SPH to help train professionals in designated fields. Funds are distributed by divisions/majors to their incoming students. Examples include:

  • NIOSH: The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health provides stipend support and tuition reimbursement for students enrolled in full-time study.
  • Public Health Service General: The Public Health Service provides funding for students in majors that have been declared as having a severe shortage of health professionals.
  • Maternal & Child Nutrition: Applicants must be registered dietitians who have work experience related to nutrition and/or maternal and child health and who have career goals related to leadership or research in this area.

Study Abroad Support

We encourage students to pair study abroad experiences with their education, especially through the Field Experience. See below for opportunities to receive financial support in your study abroad adventures.

public health student Gabriela

I received scholarships to cover school costs, but also work part-time and took out loans to cover remaining expenses.
–Gabriela Lazalde, public health administration and policy MPH student