Funding Resources for Graduate Students

Below is the SPaR Office list of funding resources for graduate students studying at CUNY SPH. Funders may change dates, requirements and priorities. If you would like to apply for one of these opportunities and have any questions, please review the funding opportunity announcement carefully and contact either the person listed in the announcement or the SPaR Office. If you are aware of additional opportunities not listed on this page, please email us with information.

CUNY SPH Dean’s Dissertation Award

Each year the Dean of CUNY SPH makes funding available for dissertation research. Eligibility is limited to doctoral students who are actively enrolled and in good academic standing. Applicants must have successfully defended their dissertation proposal and have received IRB approval for the proposal or have been deemed exempt by the HRPP.

Funding is dependent on availability and in the past ranged from $200 to $9,500. Unlike an NIH grant, depending on the reviewers’ comments about the appropriateness of the expenses in the proposal, some expenses may be excluded. Expenses should be planned for the future (not those already incurred).

American Public Health Association (APHA) Student Opportunities

APHA’s Public Health Student Assembly page includes a link to information about graduate scholarships, grants and fellowships and specialized scholarships.

Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) Student Funding Information

The ASPPH offers information about ASPPH-sponsored fellowships, internships, and other programs available to students of public health. You can email them at

CDC Student Internships and Fellowships

CDC offers a variety of fellowships and internship programs for undergraduate and graduate students. Detailed information about these programs can be found on the CDC’s Student Internships and Fellowships page.

NIH Graduate Student Funding Opportunities

Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards (NRSA)

Named for Dr. Ruth L. Kirschstein, the first woman director of an NIH Institute, acting director of NIH and an important scientific contributor to polio vaccine development, NRSA awards provide support for pre-doctoral students. Several types of NRSA Individual Fellowship Funding Opportunities or “F Series” awards are available for individual graduate students. More detailed information about these awards, including contacts, deadline and submission information can be found at the NIH Individual Fellowships. On this page you will find information and links to current funding opportunities about International Research Fellowships (F05), Predoctoral Individual National Research Service Awards (F31), and Postdoctoral Individual National Research Service Awards (F32) as well as Senior Fellows (F33) and Fellow Transition Awards (F99/K00).

NRSA Individual Fellowship (F31/F31-Diversity) “Cheat Sheet,” created by the CUNY SPH SPaR Office.

NRSA Individual Fellowship (F Series) Mechanisms

  • Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards for International Research Fellowships (Parent F05) NOTE: There are currently NO FUNDING opportunities available.

Purpose of F05

To provide collaborative research opportunities for qualified foreign scientist who hold a doctoral degree or its equivalent in the biomedical or behavioral sciences.

  • Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards for Individual Predoctoral Fellowships to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (Parent F31)

Purpose of F31

To enable promising predoctoral students to obtain individualized, mentored research training from outstanding faculty sponsors while conducting dissertation research. The proposed mentored research training is expected to clearly enhance the individual’s potential to develop into a productive, independent research scientist.

  • Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards for Individual Predoctoral Fellowships to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (Parent F31 Diversity)

Purpose of F31

To enhance the diversity of the health-related research workforce by supporting the research training of predoctoral students from population groups that have been shown to be underrepresented in the biomedical, behavioral, or clinical research workforce. The proposed mentored research training is expected to clearly enhance the individual’s potential to develop into a productive, independent research scientist. Underrepresented groups include individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities, and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds.

  • Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards for Individual Postdoctoral Fellows (Parent F32)

Purpose of F32

To enhance the research training of promising postdoctoral candidates who have the potential to become productive, independent investigators in scientific health-related research fields relevant to the missions of the participating NIH Institutes and Centers.

Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards for Individual Postdoctoral Fellows (Parent F33)

Purpose of F33

To provide opportunities for experienced scientists to make major changes in the direction of research careers, or to acquire new research capabilities to engage in health-related research.

  • Individual Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Fellow Transition Award (F99/K00)

Purpose of F32

To encourage and retain outstanding graduate students who have demonstrated potential and interest in pursuing careers as independent researchers. The award will facilitate the transition of talented graduate students into successful research postdoctoral appointments.

NIH RePORTER is an electronic system to search NIH research projects using a variety of codes, including public health area of interest, and provide information on publications and patents resulting from NIH-funded research

The Fulbright Program

The Fulbright Program is “the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.”

Institute of International Education Student Funding Opportunities

The Institute of International Education is a private nonprofit that collaborates with governments, foundations and other sponsors to programs of study and training for students, educators and professionals from all sectors. The Institute administers the Fulbright program and the Gilman undergraduate scholarship program. At their website is a Program Finder page, a database of student programs and scholarships.

Other Graduate Student Funding Opportunities

Students are encouraged to search or to access the Foundation Directory or Community of Science, and enter relevant words, such as: “dissertation funding,” “student funding,” or key words relevant to your field of research.

  • AERA Grants Program Dissertation Grants Program provides small grants and training for researchers who conduct studies of education policy and practice using quantitative methods and including the analysis of data from the large-scale data sets sponsored by National Center for Education Statistics and National Science Foundation.
  • American Council of Learned Societies offers funding opportunities including the Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships. Annual competition is announced in the spring.
  • American Institute of Afghanistan Studies is a private, non-profit organization with the aim of promoting and encouraging the systematic study of the culture, society, land, languages, health, peoples and history of Afghanistan. AIAS is especially concerned with increasing the numbers of scholars in the United States who have expertise in, and understanding of Afghanistan, and to assist in the rebuilding of academic institutions and the advanced study of Afghanistan by Afghan scholars.
  • American Institute for Indian Studies offers AIIS Junior Research Fellowships for doctoral candidates at U.S. universities in all fields of study.
  • American Institute for Maghrib Studies offers grants to US scholars interested in conducting research on North Africa in any Maghrib country, specifically Algeria, Mauritania, Morocco, or Tunisia.
  • American Philosophical Society offers funding opportunities, including the Lewis and Clark Fund for Exploration and Field Research, for doctoral students that encourages exploratory field studies for the collection of specimens and data and to provide the imaginative stimulus that accompanies direct observation. Applications are invited from disciplines with a large dependence on field studies, such as archeology, anthropology, biology, ecology, geography, geology, linguistics, paleontology, and population genetics, but grants will not be restricted to these fields. They also offer fellowships for Ph.D. candidates who have passed their preliminary examinations, including history of science, technology and medicine.
  • American Psychological Association Scholarships and Fellowships support a number of programs aimed at helping graduate students. While most are not focused on public health, there are scholarships on their list that are applicable.
  • American-Scandinavian Foundation offers funding for both U.S. students and Scandinavian students to study and conduct research abroad in all fields. They provide funding for American students to pursue research or study in one or more Scandinavian country for up to one year, and funding for Scandinavian students to study and conduct research in the United States for up to one year.
  • Association for the Study of Law, Culture and the Humanities offers the Julien Mezey Dissertation Award awarded to the dissertation that most promises to enrich and advance interdisciplinary scholarship at the intersection of law, culture and the humanities.
  • Charlotte W. Newcome Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships are for doctoral students preparing a dissertation in which ethical or religious values are a central concern, enrolled in doctoral programs in the humanities and social sciences at graduate schools in the United States.
  • Council on Library and Information Resources offers the Mellon Fellowships for Dissertation Research in Original Sources. Fellowships for dissertation research in the humanities or related social sciences in original sources.
  • The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation awards ten or more dissertation fellowships for research on the causes, manifestations, and control of violence, aggression, and dominance, from any of the natural and social sciences and humanities. These awards are to support completion of your dissertation, not the research.
  • Hewlett Foundation/Institute of International Education provides both financial and research development support for dissertations on topics that examine how population dynamics and family planning, and reproductive health influence economic development. This can include economic growth, poverty reduction, and equity. Dissertations that address population and development issues pertinent to the African continent are especially encouraged. The fellowship is intended for doctoral students enrolled in economics, economic demography, geography, and epidemiology. Students should have completed their coursework by the start of the fellowship.
  • John F. Kennedy Library Foundation offers competitive research grants and fellowships to support of research and use of archival, manuscript, and audiovisual holdings of the John Fitzgerald Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Massachusetts. Of particular interest is the Abba P. Schwartz Research Fellowship for work in the areas of immigration, naturalization, or refugee policy.
  • Resources for the Future is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization aimed at improving environmental and natural resource policymaking worldwide. They sponsor several internship and fellowship programs, including a dissertation fellowship.
  • Social Science Research Council supports research that advances a core commitment to improving conditions for social science knowledge production worldwide. Programs engage themes ranging from global issues facing the United and Japan to security in Africa and Latin America.
  • Society for Research in Child Development focusing on child development. The purposes of the society are to promote multidisciplinary research in the field of human development, to foster the exchange of information among scientists and other professionals of various disciplines, and to encourage applications of research findings. They provide research grants as well as policy fellowships.
  • Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation offers funding opportunities in several areas, including “conservation,” “women and gender,” and “access and opportunity.”

Links that may be helpful

[1] National Institutes of Health

[2] Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

[3] Association of School and Programs in Public Health

[4] Public Health on Line

[5] National Science Foundation

[6] Fulbright (A program of the US Department of State)

[7] Institute of International Education

[8] American Educational Research Association

[9] American Council of Learned Societies

[10] American Institute of Indian Studies

[11] American Institute for Maghrib Studies

[12] American Philosophical Society

[13] American Psychological Foundation

[14] American-Scandinavian Foundation

[15] American Sociological Association

[16] American Anthropological Association

[17] The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

[18] The Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation

[19] Council on Library and Information Resources

[20] The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation

[21] The Hewlett Foundation

[22] Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

[23] John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum

[24] National Development and Research Institutes, Inc.

[25] Resources for the Future

[26] Social Science Research Council

[27] Society for Research in Child Development

[28] Wenner-Gren Foundation

Additional graduate student funding opportunities may be available. As we find them, they will be added to this page.