Scholarships and Assistantships

Scholarships and Assistantships

Scholarships are mostly tax-free financial awards, given to students with the intention to pursue a specific area of study or research. They are usually awarded based on certain qualifying traits.

Scholarships for graduate work are often more limited than those for undergraduate degrees. Students who are successful at obtaining funding usually starts the process early and devote about two hours per week to financial aid and scholarship search.

 

DEAN’S SCHOLARSHIP

CUNY SPH awards several Dean’s Scholarships to MPH students each academic year. Potential candidates for these scholarships are identified from our pool of admitted students. There is no formal application for these scholarships. Each scholarship awarded will be for the amount of $4,000. The scholarship will be distributed in two parts: $2,000 for the first semester and $2,000 for the second semester.

Students applying for spring admission will be awarded $2,000 for that semester based on availability of funds.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

No additional application required – we will review based on completed SOPHAS applications for all MPH applicants.

Undergraduate GPA of 3.3 or higher. Once awarded a Dean’s Scholarship, you must maintain a minimum of a 3.5 Graduate GPA. Candidates are also required to commit to enroll for at least 6 credits per semester.

 

GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIP

SPH awards Graduate Fellowships to incoming DPH students each academic year. The Admissions Committee members identify potential candidates for Graduate Fellowships from our pool of admitted students, there is no formal application for the Fellowship. The Admissions Committee selects potential candidates based on excellent entering academic

Graduate Assistants are awarded a stipend plus in-state tuition. In addition to the stipend and in-state tuition waiver, Graduate Assistants are also given the opportunity to work as research assistants and/or teaching assistants on faculty scholarship projects. Graduate Assistants are often matched with projects in their own area of interest and thereby gain immeasurable experience through this work.

 

Other CUNY scholarship opportunities

THE NIOSH SCHOLARSHIP

The M.S. in industrial hygiene is an ABET accredited program funded through the NIOSH ERCs. Students admitted into the M.S. degree program are eligible for at least 24 credits of tuition reimbursement. Admission criteria for the M.S. degree include a baccalaureate degree in a science or engineering, a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0., and a minimum GRE score of 150 for quantitative and verbal reasoning.  Considerations will be given to promising applicants that are currently working in the field. All applicants must have completed at least 40 credit hours in the following courses: biology, chemistry, health sciences, mathematics, statistics, physics, or engineering prior to admission.

 

THE MAYOR’S GRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

The Mayor’s Graduate Scholarship Program (MGSP) is a collaborative partnership between a number of academic institutions and the City of New York to inspire and assist City government employees in attaining their goals in higher education.

Participating colleges and universities offer full or partial scholarships to City employees in a variety of program areas, including public health.

 

USS DONALD AND MARY ELLEN PASSANTINO INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS AND STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES SCHOLARSHIP

In 2003, the University Student Senate of the City University of New York established the Donald & Mary Ellen Passantino Scholarship; which was renamed the USS Donald and Mary Ellen Passantino International Students and Students with Disabilities Scholarship in 2010. The scholarship recognizes international students and students with disabilities who have demonstrated outstanding scholarship and enthusiastic leadership and service under extraordinary circumstances. Two students per campus, per academic year are awarded the scholarship.

 

ERNESTO MALAVE MERIT SCHOLARSHIP

Established in 1995 by the University Student Senate of the City University of New York, the USS Merit Scholarship was renamed the Ernesto Malave Merit Scholarship in 2010. The scholarship awards one student per campus, per academic year for demonstrating outstanding academic and leadership performance under extraordinary circumstances.

 

GRADUATE PEER MENTORING SCHOLARSHIP

In 2013, the University Student Senate of the City University of New York established the Graduate Peer Mentoring Scholarship. The scholarship awards one student per campus, per academic year for demonstrating a tremendous effort to help other graduate students through academic support, professional development, and leadership development within their college community.

 

OUTSIDE SCHOLARSHIPS

The Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health has a comprehensive database of extra funding resources along with curated scholarships that can help minimize the cost of your degree. https://www.aspph.org/study/financing-your-degree/

 

THE CORY L. RICHARDS MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

The scholarship supports emerging leaders in the field of sexual and reproductive health and rights. The scholarship honors the legacy of Cory Richards, a member of the Guttmacher. The Cory L. Richards Memorial Scholarship will support the development of future leaders by providing financial support to students seeking advanced degrees in the fields of public health or public policy who plan to devote their careers to advancing public policy related to sexual and reproductive health and rights. Priority will be given to students with a demonstrated financial need. Learn more and download the application.

 

KELLOGG HEALTH SCHOLARS PROGRAM

Kellogg Health Scholars Program, a two-year postdoctoral fellowship, aims to reduce and eliminate health disparities and secure equal access to the conditions and services essential for achieving healthy communities by developing new leadership to tackle these issues. Learn more.

 

THE NEW YORK ACADEMY OF MEDICINE

The New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM) awards a variety of grants and fellowships to medical students, seasoned physicians, and investigators to support the advancement of health care studies. For details about fellowships and student grant opportunities, as well as instructions on how to apply for NYAM’s research fellowships, student grants, endowed lectures, and awards, visit NIH Opportunities.

 

DAVID A. WINSTON HEALTH POLICY SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM 

Available to entering HPM Policy Track students, the objective of the David A. Winston Health Policy Scholarship Program is to increase the number and quality of individuals trained in healthcare policy at the state and federal level by awarding deserving health policy students financial support to further their education. Please visit the AUPHA website for more information.

 

INSTITUTE FOR DIVERSITY

The Institute also offers three scholarships for future healthcare leaders. The Transamerica Retirement Solutions Leaders in Healthcare Scholarship ($5,000 to 2 scholars), the Elliott C. Roberts Scholarships ($1,000 to 1 scholar) and the Cathy L. Brock Memorial Scholarship ($1,000 to 1 scholar.) Information about all three scholarships and the application forms can be found on their website.

 

HSF/PFIZER FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM

This scholarship program is available to Hispanic students who are United States citizens or legal permanent residents who are enrolled in a full-time graduate program. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. For an application and specific university and field of study information please visit the program website.

 

JVS SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

Founded on the belief that education represents the first step to career success, the JVS Scholarship Program provides qualified Jewish students whose primary residence is in Los Angeles with need-based financial aid. Visit the JVS website for details.

 

CORRIS BOYD SCHOLARS PROGRAM

Provides scholarships to deserving minority students entering the HPM Management Track. Please visit the AUPHA website for more information.

 

AGENCY FOR HEALTHCARE RESEARCH AND QUALITY

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality at the United States Department of Health and Human Services offers a number of grants and fellowships for research aimed at promoting improvements in clinical and health system practices.

 

KELLOGG HEALTH SCHOLARS PROGRAM

Kellogg Health Scholars Program, a two-year postdoctoral fellowship, aims to reduce and eliminate health disparities and secure equal access to the conditions and services essential for achieving healthy communities by developing new leadership to tackle these issues. Learn more.

 

AMERICAN INDIAN GRADUTE CENTER (AIGC) FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM

Eligible applicants to the AIGC Fellowship must be pursuing a master’s, doctoral or professional degree full-time at an accredited graduate school in the United States; be able to demonstrate financial need and; be an enrolled member of a federally recognized American Indian tribe or Alaska Native group or are at least one quarter Indian blood. Applicants do not have to be admitted into a graduate degree program at the time of application. The application deadline is June 1. Please visit the AIGC website for more information.

 

SAMHSA MINORITY FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM

These doctoral and postdoctoral fellowships support students from ethnic minority backgrounds who wish to improve services for people with mental health or substance abuse disorders who are also from an underserved minority population. Learn more.