Scholarships and Fellowships

Scholarships and Fellowships

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 for Master’s Students

CUNY SPH awards several Dean’s Scholarships to MPH and MS 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. Scholarships cover in-state tuition during the first year (12 credits for fall semester enrollees) or semester (6 credits for spring semester enrollees) of study.
Eligibility Requirements: Overall GPA of 3.5 or higher. No additional application is required – we will review based on a completed SOPHAS application. Once awarded a Dean’s Scholarship, Fall MPH/MS enrollees must register for at least 6 credits per semester and maintain a minimum of a 3.5 Graduate GPA.


The New York Community Trust Industrial Hygiene Scholarship

The New York Community Trust Scholarship offers ten scholarships annually of $8,750 to aspiring women or minority graduate students who intend to pursue the Master of Science program in Environmental and Occupational Health. Through these scholarships, CUNY SPH seeks to infuse the Industrial Hygiene field with a group of diverse and talented CUNY-educated professionals.

The Master’s Degree in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences (IH program) at CUNY SPH educates public health professionals to recognize, evaluate, and control occupational hazards to reduce the risk of injuries and illnesses. The comprehensive curriculum offered by CUNY SPH, which includes classroom and experiential learning, emphasizes the knowledge and skills needed to address occupational health problems in a rapidly evolving field. Upon completion of the degree, students have the requisite skills and experience to anticipate and recognize chemical, biological, safety, and physical hazards as well as methods for quantifying human exposure; utilize controls to reduce or eliminate occupational exposures; apply toxicological principles to anticipate adverse health outcomes; and interpret and apply applicable regulations.


  • Applicants must first have applied successfully to the Master of Science program in Environmental and Occupational Health.
  • Scholarship applicants are restricted to women or members of ethnic and racial minority groups including (but not limited to) African American or of African descent, Hispanic, American Indian, Alaskan Native, Native Pacific Islander, Asian or South East Asian.
  • Scholarship applicants must demonstrate permanent residency in New York City.


Awardees are expected to attend full time and complete the degree in two years. To promote exposure to the IH field, students will engage in a variety of opportunities including attendance to industry conferences, on-site training and experiential learning and mentorship with CIH professional, doctoral students, and faculty.



Dean’s Fellowship

CUNY SPH awards Graduate Fellowships to incoming PhD 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 a demonstrated history of academic excellence. 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.

Dean’s Dissertation Grant

The Dean’s Dissertation Grant is available to students who are actively enrolled and in good standing, have successfully defended their dissertation proposal, and have received IRB approval for their dissertation proposal.


Other CUNY scholarship opportunities


The MS in industrial hygiene is an ABET accredited program funded through the National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety Education and Research Centers (NIOSH ERC) grant. CUNY SPH is part of the New York-New Jersey Occupational Safety & Health Center ERC.
Students admitted into the MS degree program are eligible for at least 24 credits of tuition reimbursement. Admission criteria for the MS 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 (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.



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.



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.



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.



The Belle Zeller Scholarship Trust Fund was established in 1979 by the Professional Staff Congress/CUNY, the instructional staff union of The City University of New York. The scholarship honors the founding president of the PSC, Belle Zeller, Professor Emeritus of political Science at Brooklyn College, where she taught for over 40 years. This Scholarship is intended to honor the unique qualities of Belle Zeller: the combination of social commitment and scholarship. Belle Zeller Scholars receive a stipend for in-state tuition each semester toward the cost of their education. Applicants should show evidence of good character, and significant service to CUNY, the community, and/or their respective colleges which should be noted in documents or letters of recommendation.

Application materials for applying for a Belle Zeller Scholarship for academic year 2019-2020 are now available . Note that there is one form for undergraduates, one for Law School students and one for students at the Graduate Center (SPH).

Please follow all instructions to meet the January 18, 2019 application deadline.



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.



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, 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 (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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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



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, 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.



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.



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.


The HIV League Scholarship

It is the only national scholarship for students living with HIV, and applications for the 2019 round is open until January 31st at 11:59PM Eastern Time.

Please find all of the materials you will need to apply at  or

The criteria for an individual to apply for the HIV League Scholarship:
• You are living with HIV
• You have an unweighted GPA of at least 2.5
• You will be enrolled in an institution of higher education as a full-time or part-time student for at least one year beginning with the Fall 2019 semester
• You are going to an institution of higher education in the United States or a United States territory. American citizenship is not a requirement
The different types of scholarships we have available are below:
• 2 year $7,000 scholarship for a full-time student
• 1 year $3,500 scholarship for a full-time student
• 1 year $1,500 scholarship for a part-time student