Scholarships & Funding

All applicants that complete their SOPHAS application by midnight (EST) on the priority deadline of December 1 and that are admitted to the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, will be considered for first-round, school-wide scholarships. Scholarships are awarded on a rolling basis.

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.

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.

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.

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.

School-wide Scholarship Awards
Scholarships to the University of Minnesota School of Public Health are highly competitive. All applicants that complete their SOPHAS application by midnight (EST) on the priority deadline of December 1 and that are admitted to the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, will be considered for first-round, school-wide scholarships. Scholarships are awarded on a rolling basis.

Please note that scholarships are only available to full-time students who are accepted to the School of Public Health.

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.

The scholarship application for the 2020-2021 Academic Year is now closed.

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.

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Submission Deadline: Sunday, February 21, 2021, 11:59 p.m. CST

Note: Submission of scholarship application gives the School of Public Health Alumni Scholarship Committee permission to access the applicant’s application and supporting documentation materials.

Questions about the scholarship? Please contact Heidi Mastrud, Director of Alumni Relations at or 612-625-2443.

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.

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.

International/Global Health

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.

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.

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.

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.

Students are eligible for graduate assistantships, which consist of teaching, helping conduct research, or administrative support. These opportunities are highly competitive as they can help to fund the students’ education. These opportunities can be found on the Careers page, or by connecting with faculty members during your time as a student.

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

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