Field Experience Scholarships

International travel can be expensive and it is the responsibility of the student to find funding (fellowships, scholarships, personal savings, fundraising, etc.) for their Field Experience. Below are a few scholarships and fellowships available to students.

SPH International Public Health Experience Scholarship

Application for consideration for the Dr. J. Arthur Myers Endowed Scholarship for International Experience in Public Health and for the Dr. James and Roberta Craig Scholarship for International Public Health Studies.

By completing this application, you will be eligible for both awards. There are two application deadlines each academic year: October 15 for winter and spring travel and March 1 for spring and summer travel.

Complete application

Walter H. Judd  International Graduate & Professional Fellowships

These Fellowships are designed to support the continued internationalization of the University of Minnesota by providing critical assistance to students, and to increase opportunities for students to study, undertake internships, and conduct research projects abroad. A primary goal of the fellowships is to increase exposure to other cultures. The program especially encourages applications from students who have never traveled abroad.

  • Due February each year.
  • Up to $2,500 may be requested. The fellowship also provides international medical insurance for all recipients for the duration of their project abroad.

NEWAID Foundation 

The NEWAID Foundation provides research funding to public health students, encouraging their involvement with traditionally neglected infectious diseases in the developing world.

  • Deadlines between January 15th and February 15th each year.
  • Full Funding: Research projects between ten to twelve weeks, maximum of $4,000.
  • Travel Grants: Maximum award of $750.

Alexander Dubcek Fund

Supports research projects in the countries of Eastern Europe.

Katie Evans Memorial Scholarship

Since 1995, Foundation for Sustainable Development (FSD)  has trained and supported students to collaborate on significant health projects with our community partners around the world. To support advancement of our partners’ community health programs and to honor the legacy of Katie Evans, the Katie Evans Memorial Scholarship is available  for Winter and Spring programs through FSD for graduate public health students .

J.B. Hawley Student Research Awards

The Division of Epidemiology has established a small grant mechanism to support public health oriented research projects. Students currently enrolled in degree programs in Epidemiology, Community Health Education, Maternal and Child Health, Clinical Research, or Public Health Nutrition or post-doctoral fellows in Epidemiology & Community Health are eligible to apply.

  • Typically two rounds of requests for proposals (one per semester) are conducted.
  • $3,500 maximum.
  • Email for updated deadlines and Division news.

Midwest Center for Lifelong Learning in Public Health Field Experience Stipend Program

The Midwest Center for Lifelong Learning in Public Health is part of the Center for Public Health Education and Outreach, which is part of the School of Public Health.

  • Up to 4 students may receive stipends in the amount of $500
  • Open to students in any program of study, but field experience must focus on population health improvement
  • TBD: Applications available in January 2019.

Other University of Minnesota funding sources

“While working at the Minnesota Department of Health, it was really great to know that I was working with information that could be used to inform foodborne surveillance and help prevent illness in the state. The Foodborne Diseases Unit has a long history of helping provide field experiences to students so it really is a great place to work or volunteer.” –Epidemiology student, Minnesota Department of Health

“My preceptor ensured I had lots of hands-on training, thereby gaining lots of real time work experience. She was always on hand to answer questions I might have on aspects of toxicology.” –Environmental Health student at 3M

Ekland Abdiwahab
Scholarship recipient Ekland Abdiwahab (Community Health Promotion) worked with Breast Care International in Kumasi, Ghana. She assisted the organization with the implementation and evaluation of their H.O.P.E peer-nurse navigation program. Ekland conducted a needs assessment, including a survey for their Peer-Nurse Navigation training and participated in community education and outreach.
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