Scholarships & Funding
All students that complete their SOPHAS application by midnight (EST) on the December 1 priority deadline and that are admitted to the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, will automatically be considered for first-round, institutional-related scholarships.
The University also offers several scholarships and fellowships which require separate applications. Additional resources are available for veterans.
Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change Fellowships
Prospective SPH students can be nominated for two different types of ICGC Fellowships: Scholar and Mellon Fellowships. All scholarships are competitive and SPH only supports one ICGC Fellow each academic year. Submission deadline: January 29, 2018.
LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities)
LEND fellows are graduate students, postgraduate students, or community members who display outstanding talent and commitment to improving the quality of life for children with neurodevelopmental disabilities and their families. Submission deadline: March 1, 2018.
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 demonstrate experience with, or commitment to, serving or working with underserved, underrepresented, or marginalized U.S. populations.
Interested applicants must complete the Diversity Essay portion of the SOPHAS application. Submission deadline: December 1, 2017.
Scholarships Available to All Public Health Students
The Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health curates a list of scholarships available to public health students.
SPH Scholarship for International Field Experiences
The SPH offers up to four awards of $1,000 to assist current students with international field experience expenses. The application will be available online beginning February 9, 2018.
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. Submission deadline: November 25, 2018.
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: February 10, 2019. A brown bag information session about applying for the scholarship will be held on Wednesday, January 23 from 12-12:45 p.m. in Mayo A301. No RSVP necessary.
Submission Deadline: Sunday, February 10, 2019, 11:59 p.m. CST
Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fellowship
The Liebmann fellowship is 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). Fellowship candidates must have an outstanding undergraduate record and demonstrate financial need. Submission deadline is in January, 2018.
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship
The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based Master’s and doctoral degrees. Submission deadlines are in October and November, depending on the discipline.
The Albert W. Dent Graduate Student Scholarship
This scholarship is offered to provide financial aid to minority students in healthcare management graduate programs to help offset tuition costs, student loans and expenses. Submission deadline is March 31, 2018.
ASPPH Public Health Fellowship Programs
ASPPH fellowships offer opportunities for current masters and doctoral level students and recent graduates to round out academic training and gain hands-on public health experience across the globe while continuing to develop professional skills and expertise in public health. Submission deadlines vary depending on the program.
Deborah Partridge Wolfe International Fellowship (not currently available)
The Wolfe Fellowship is available to graduate or undergraduate U.S. students studying abroad and/or graduate or undergraduate foreign students studying within the U.S. Submission deadline is February 1, 2018.
Fred H. Bixby Fellowship
The Bixby Fellowship is geared toward students from developing countries 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.
Luce Scholars Program
The Luce Scholars Grant provides an intensive experience in Asia for young Americans who share the Luce family’s values of broadening knowledge and encouraging the highest standards of service and leadership. Submission deadlines occur every March, June, and November.
NSEP/David L. Boren Fellowship
This fellowship provides unique funding opportunities for U.S. graduate students interested in national security who wish to study abroad in regions with less commonly taught languages critical to U.S. interests. Submission deadline is January 30, 2018.
The School of Public Health offers federally funded programs which assist professionals in designated fields receive training. Funds are distributed by divisions/majors to their incoming students. Examples include:
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 and/or research in this area.
NIOSH: The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health provides stipend support and tuition reimbursement for students enrolled in full-time graduate programs.
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.
The University strongly encourages students to pair their education with study abroad experiences, especially through Field Experiences. See below for opportunities to receive financial support for studying abroad.
- Center for International Programs (UMN Morris)
- Funding Opportunities at the Learning Abroad Center
- Funding Your Work, Intern, or Volunteer Experience
- Home page for Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for Study abroad
- ICGC Fellowships
- Katherine Sullivan Scholarship
- Learning Abroad Center Home Page
- McKnight’s Travel Grant for Faculty
- Minnesota Studies in International Development
- Office of International Programs
- Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships
- Relocation Assistance Program for Faculty and Staff
- Travel Abroad International Directory
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
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