The School of Public Health Student Senate offers grants for students to grow both personally and professionally. These grants are funded by the SPH Student Senate budget and are open to all University of Minnesota School of Public Health students.

2019-2020 funding has been awarded for the following student groups and professional development opportunities:

  • Diversity Matters
  • EDIT
  • Health Equity Work Group
  • Public Health Review
  • American Public Health Association Annual Meeting
  • American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene Annual Meeting
  • Annual Solving the Campus Sexual Assault Dating Violence Puzzle National Conference
  • APA Work Stress and Health 2019
  • Emerging Infections in Clinical Practice and Public Health Conference
  • Minnesota Association for Professionals in Infection Control Conference

Available Grants

Professional Development Grant

School of Public Health students can apply for grant funding to assist them with direct expenses for professional development opportunities. This award may cover academic and professional workshop and conference registration fees. Funding is not available for airfare, ground transportation, lodging, internships, certificate programs, required research, or classes taken for credit.

Professional Development Grants could also be used for technology subscriptions that are not covered by the school, access to data or other reference materials for research, professional development tools, and coursework that does not count for credit.

The SPH Senate funds students for direct expenses related to professional development for a maximum award of $200.

Professional Development Grant Application

There is an annual maximum budget for grants awarded, so we encourage students to apply early so that they have the best chance of receiving funding.

Submission deadline for the 2020-2021 fiscal year (July 1, 2020–June 30, 2021) is April 24, 2021.

SPH Student Group Grant Funding

SPH Student Groups are eligible to apply for funding to support the group’s work for hosting events, speaker fees, group subscription fees (examples include podcast services or Canva Pro), and a range of other possibilities that benefit the SPH community. These funds should not be used to purchase services or equipment that are already available to students of the University.

Please contact for inquiries about Student Group Grants.

Submission deadline for the 2020-2021 fiscal year (July 1, 2020–June 30, 2021) is April 24, 2021.

American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Conference Grants

Eligible expenses include APHA registration fees.

Submission deadline is October 18, 2020 at 11:59 PM.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to present at the conference to be eligible for a grant?
No; however, please note that priority is given to applicants who are presenting.

Can I apply for a grant if I have been awarded a grant in a previous year?
Yes, you may. It is also possible to receive a second award in the same semester. However, please note that priority is given to applicants that have not received funding in previous years.

How do I apply for conferences that occur in the summer?
You will need to apply before April 24, 2021 to receive an award. You must be a student at the time of the conference and the conference must occur before June 30, 2021. It is your responsibility to submit reimbursement documents before the fiscal year closes.

Can I apply for a grant event if the event has passed?
APHA Annual Conference grant applications must be submitted before the deadline of October 18, 2021 at 11:59pm. Professional Development grant applications may be submitted within 30 days of attending the conference/event.

Am I eligible to apply for funding?
All current students of the School of Public Health are eligible and encouraged to apply.

Documents and Resources

Additional Sources of Funding

Professional Student Government (PSG)
Only Professional Students (MHA, MPH) students are eligible to apply for PSG grants. Visit the PSG website for additional details.

Council of Graduate Students (COGS)
Only Graduate Students (MS, PhD) are eligible to apply for COGS grants. Visit the COGS website for additional details.

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