Scholarships & Fellowships

CUNY SPH, the Office of the Dean, and the Graduate Student Government Association (GSGA) offer scholarships, fellowships, grants, and awards to help master’s and doctoral students reach their full potential during their time at school. Below is a listing of these funding opportunities from CUNY SPH and partners, along with a selection of other scholarships and fellowships from external sources.

Dean’s Scholarship

Who for? First-year master’s students
How much? 6-12 credits of in-state tuition
Description CUNY SPH awards several Dean’s Scholarships to master’s students based on a demonstrated history of academic excellence. 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. Potential candidates for these scholarships are identified from our pool of admitted students. We will review based on a completed SOPHAS application; no formal application is required. 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 Mayor’s Graduate Scholarship

Who for? First-year master’s students entering in the fall semester
How much? $4,000
Description The Mayor’s Graduate Scholarship Program is an NYC initiative seeking to inspire and assist local government employees to study at accredited colleges and universities in the metropolitan area and attain their goals in higher education.
Eligibility Requirements  Overall GPA of 3.5 or higher. Once awarded, Fall MPH/MS enrollees must register for at least 6 credits per semester and maintain a minimum of a 3.5 Graduate GPA.

Dr. Michael Apa Scholarship Fund in Oral Population Health

Who for? MPH students entering in fall 2021 and spring 2022
How much? Full coverage of in-state tuition
Description Provides master’s level scholarships in oral population health spanning the school’s four departments of Community Health and Social Sciences, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Health Policy and Management, and Environmental, Occupational and Geospatial Health Sciences. Restricted access to proper and preventive oral health care is an extension of existing systemic racial disparities and a core public health issue. Through this program, Apa Scholars will gain the skills and perspectives needed to address oral health at a population level and thus improve health outcomes for all. Scholarship recipients will complete their fieldwork and capstone on an oral-health related research question or project area. Learn more about Dr. Apa and the program here.
Eligibility Requirements
Applicants must first have applied successfully to an MPH program in one of the school’s four departments. Eligibility is restricted to U.S. citizens or permanent residents who reside in the tri-state (NY, NJ, CT) area and are prepared to make a long-term commitment to addressing oral health access in New York City. Prior dental training and/or experience is a plus, with experience in New York City preferred.
Complete an application to one of our MPH programs through SOPHAS. Then complete the Apa Scholarship supplemental application.

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Scholarship

Who for? MS students in the Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences program
How much? At least 24 credits of in-state tuition reimbursement.
Description 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, and a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. 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.

Dean’s Fellowship

Who for? Incoming full-time doctoral students.
How much? Full in-state tuition and salary ranging from $5,000-$26,000 for the first year of study. Renewable subject to funding sources.
Description CUNY SPH awards graduate fellowships to incoming PhD students each academic year, based on a demonstrated history of academic excellence. The Admissions Committee identifies potential candidates from the pool of admitted students; there is no formal application for the Fellowship. Recipients are awarded a stipend plus in-state tuition and are given the opportunity to work as research assistants and/or teaching assistants on faculty scholarship projects. Recipients are often matched with projects in their own area of interest and thereby gain immeasurable experience through this work.

Dean’s Dissertation Grant

Who for? Doctoral Students
How much? Varies depending on proposals.
Description The Dean’s Dissertation Grant is available to PhD students who are actively enrolled and in good academic standing, have successfully defended their dissertation proposal, and have received Institutional Review Board approval for their dissertation proposal.

Lyndon Haviland Doctoral Fellowship in Migrant Health

Please note that the application period for this fellowship is now closed.

Who for? One full-time doctoral student
How much? Full in-state tuition and a $35,000 annual stipend
Description Provided by a generous grant from Dr. M. Lyndon Haviland and CUNY SPH, the doctoral fellowship in migrant health provides one doctoral student with the opportunity to develop their theoretical knowledge and practical skills in using policy and public health strategies to address issues related to migrant health.

APHA memberships funded by the dean

Who for? All active students
How much? Saves each student $85 per year.
Description The American Public Health Association is a critical organization for public health students to be involved in. It offers invaluable opportunities to participate in research and service groups, present and share findings, and network with peers across the U.S. to enhance future professional and scholarly opportunities.

APHA Travel Award

Who for? Any CUNY SPH student with an accepted poster or oral presentation at the annual American Public Health Association conference.
How much? $1,000
Description The opportunity to present one’s research at the annual APHA conference gives CUNY SPH students the opportunity to share their work, learn from others, and build relationships that will serve them throughout their future careers. The Dean’s APHA travel award is intended to encourage the widest possible student participation at APHA.

Graduate Student Government Association Awards

Who for? Active students
How much? Varies
Description The GSGA offers various awards that students may apply for. Please see the GSGA website for details on available awards.