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Financial Opportunities for Epidemiology Students

Incoming Students

Newly admitted students are automatically considered for most of the departmental and schoolwide awards for which they are eligible – there is nothing you need to do to ensure you’re considered for these awards, except where noted as “Student Application”. All admitted FSPH students will be contacted by our Director of Financial Services if scholarships become available for which they are eligible to apply. Note that eligibility requirements below are a guide only. Other eligibility requirements may apply.

Dean's Leadership Grants 

Award Amount: $20,000 per award ($10,000 per year for 2 years) 
Awards Given: 3-12 awards annually per department
Application Process: If you meet the eligibility requirements, you will be automatically considered for this award by your department.
Eligibility: For incoming MPH students, based on academic and personal achievements, dedication to the field of public health, and financial need.  

Opportunity Awards for Incoming Students

Award Amount: $3,000 to $20,000 per award
Awards Given:  3-10 awards annually per department
Application Process: If you meet the eligibility requirements, you will be automatically considered for this award by your department.
Eligibility: For incoming masters and doctoral students in each department, based on academic merit and personal achievements, financial need and dedication to public health.

Eugene and Sallyann Fama Fellowships

Award Amount: Up to $23,000 per award, distributed over two years
Awards Given: Four awards annually
Application Process: If you meet the eligibility requirements, you will be automatically considered for this award by your department.
Eligibility: Demonstrated need, academic merit, probability of having a significant impact in the student's area of study, demonstrated impact in a community setting and demonstrated potential to make significant contributions in the field of public health.

Eleanor De Benedictis Award for Incoming Students

Award Amount: $30,000
Awards Given: One award annually
Application Process: If you meet the eligibility requirements, you will be automatically considered for this award by your department.
Eligibility: Financial support for nutritionists or dietitians at the doctoral level who are pursuing graduate degrees in any of the School's departments and have demonstrated financial need. 

PhD Applicants

Eugene Cota-Robles Fellowship (PhD applicants)

This four-year fellowship program, funded by the University of California Office of the President, the UCLA Graduate Division, and the UCLA home department, supports a limited number of students who are entering PhD programs and are interested in a career in college or university teaching and research. The fellowship currently provides a stipend of $25,000 plus tuition and, for the first year only, nonresident supplemental tuition if necessary. Professional degree supplemental tuition, if the awardee is enrolled in a professional degree program, is not covered. Fellows may not be employed during the first quarter of this fellowship. During the student’s fourth year, the Graduate Division provides a second year of support at the same funding level. The student’s department is obligated to provide two or more years of equivalent support.

Applicants should review the Eugene Cota-Robles Application Instructions. Complete the appropriate sections within the online admissions application.  If you’ve already submitted the online admissions application, complete the Fellowship Application for Entering Graduate Students, provide a Diversity Statement (see form for details) and send both to your prospective home department. Applicants must be nominated by their department/school. Students pursuing master’s, MD, DDS or JD degrees are not eligible for this program. Individuals from cultural, racial, linguistic, geographic and socioeconomic backgrounds that are currently underrepresented in graduate education are especially encouraged to apply.

Masters Applicants

Graduate Opportunity Fellowship Program (GOFP)

This one-year fellowship program supports a limited number of entering students pursuing terminal or professional master’s degrees or the JD. Awardees receive a $20,000 stipend plus tuition (and nonresident supplemental tuition if necessary). Professional degree supplemental tuition, if the awardee is enrolled in a professional degree program, is not covered. Fellows may not be employed during the first term of this fellowship. Students pursuing doctoral degrees (e.g., PhD, MD, DDS, etc.) are not eligible for funding.  Applicants should review the GOFP Application Instructions. Complete the appropriate sections within the online admissions application.  If you’ve already submitted the online admissions application, complete the Fellowship Application for Entering Graduate Students, provide a Diversity Statement (see form for details) and send both to your prospective home department. Applicants must be nominated by their department/school. Individuals from cultural, racial, linguistic, geographic and socioeconomic backgrounds that are currently underrepresented in graduate education are especially encouraged to apply.

Continuing Students

FSPH Opportunity Awards (Block Grants)

Award Amount: $1,000 - $10,000
Awards Given: Multiple awards given annually by each department
Application Process: If you meet the eligibility requirements, you will be automatically considered for this award by your department.
Eligibility:  For returning students in all departments pursuing a masters or doctoral degree, based on academic merit and personal achievements, financial need and dedication to public health.

Ric and Suzanne Kayne Fellowships

Award Amount: Up to $25,000 per award
Awards Given: 10 new awards annually
Application Process: Students complete an application to be considered for this award. Students will be informed when the application period opens.   
Eligibility: The fellowships are available to second year MPH students who have demonstrated a commitment to developing and implementing projects to work among disadvantaged communities in the United States on core public health issues. Priority is given to students whose work address nutrition, physical activity, mental health and maternal and child health and students who have experienced major financial or other obstacles in their pursuit of higher education. 

Dowdle Award in Mental Health or Tuberculosis

Award Amount: Up to $35,000
Awards Given: One award annually
Application Process: Student application. Students will be informed when the application is available.
Eligibility: For continuing doctoral students with a demonstrated interest in mental health or tuberculosis and demonstrated service or work in the field of mental health or tuberculosis.

Roemer Award in Social Justice

Award Amount: $20,000 in the student’s final year of study
Awards Given: 1-2 Awards annually
Application Process: Students complete an application to be considered for this award. Students will be informed when the application period opens.
Eligibility: For continuing students working on topics of social justice with demonstrated financial need. 

Anne Sullivan Reher Livio Award in the Protection and Well-Being of the Homeless

Award Amount: Up to $15,000
Awards Given: One Award annually
Application Process: Student Application. Students will be notified when the application becomes available.
Eligibility: To provide financial support for continuing students with a demonstrated interest in protecting and improving the well-being of the homeless and demonstrated service of work in the field of homelessness. 

Carolbeth Korn Scholar Award

Award Amount: $10,000
Awards Given: One Award annually
Application Process: If you meet the eligibility requirements, you will be automatically considered for this award by your department.
Eligibility: For the most outstanding graduate student within FSPH, based on overall academic performance, professionalism and dedication to public health and who commits to two years of professional practice in the United States after graduation.

Celia G. and Joseph G. Blann Fellowship

Award Amount: $10,000 per award
Awards Given: Two Awards annually
Application Process: If you meet the eligibility requirements, you will be automatically considered for this award by your department.
Eligibility: For general academic excellence at the doctoral level.

Abdelmonem Afifi Student Fellowship

Award Amount: $5,000 
Awards Given: One Award annually
Application Process: If you meet the eligibility requirements, you will be automatically considered for this award by your department.
Eligibility: For general academic excellence at the masters level combined with a well-balanced and humanitarian understanding of the field of public health.

Eleanor De Benedictis Award for Continuing Students

Award Amount: $5,000
Awards Given: 1-2 awards annually
Application Process: Student application. Students will be informed when the application is available.
Eligibility: To provide financial support for nutritionists or dietitians at the masters level who are pursuing graduate degrees in any of the School's departments and have demonstrated financial need.

Raymond D. Goodman Scholarship

Award Amount: $5,000 per award
Awards Given: Two Awards annually
Application Process: If you meet the eligibility requirements, you will be automatically considered for this award by your department.
Eligibility: For general academic excellence at the masters and doctoral levels.

Samuel J. Tibbits Fellowship

Award Amount: $4,000
Awards Given: One Award annually
Application Process: If you meet the eligibility requirements, you will be automatically considered for this award by your department.
Eligibility: For general academic excellence at the doctoral level and dedication to public health.

Student Public Health Challenge Award

Award Amount: $1,000 – 5,000
Awards Given: Six Awards annually
Application Process: Applications for this award are via an annual student writing challenge on a pre-determined topic. Applications will be reviewed and evaluated by faculty from their home department based on proof of concept, foundations in public health, and the strength of argument. One finalist from each department will be selected to move forward to the oral presentation challenge delivered at the annual Lester Breslow Lecture. The winner receives $5,000; finalists receive $1,000 each.
Eligibility: All FSPH students are eligible to submit essays to the challenge.

Judith Blake Memorial Fellowship

Award Amount: $2,500
Awards Given: One Award annually
Application Process: If you meet the eligibility requirements, you will be automatically considered for this award by your department.
Eligibility: For general academic excellence combined with a strong commitment to the field of demography, population, and/or reproductive health as a career.

Juneal Marie Smith Fellowship in International Nutrition

Award Amount: $2,500
Awards Given: One Award annually
Application Process: If you meet the eligibility requirements, you will be automatically considered for this award by your department.
Eligibility: For general academic excellence to a graduate student who is pursuing a career in international nutrition.

Dean's Outstanding Student Award

Award Amount: $1,000 per award
Awards Given: One award per department annually
Application Process: If you meet the eligibility requirements, you will be automatically considered for this award by your department.
Eligibility: For the top student in each department, based on overall academic performance, professionalism, and dedication to public health.

FSPH Conference Travel Awards

Award Amount: Up to $750 per award
Awards Given: Multiple Awards annually
Application Process: Students submit an application to the FSPH Student Affairs Office. 
Eligibility: To qualify, you must be an FSPH student with an accepted abstract/poster/paper/presentation at a national or international conference.

E. Richard (Rick) Brown Social Justice Award 

Award Amount: $500
Awards Given: One Award annually
Application Process: If you meet the eligibility requirements, you will be automatically considered for this award by your department.
Eligibility: This fellowship supports an MPH or PhD student who conducts research and/or demonstrates policy advocacy to expand healthcare coverage for all.

Summer Scholarships

Application to most summer internship funding sources at FSPH is made through one centralized application form, which is generally made available to students in Winter quarter of each year. 

Ann and Phil Heymann Global Fellowship Fund

Award Amount: Up to $5,000
Awards Given: One Award annually
Application Process: Student Application
Eligibility: For summer internships and based on student's demonstrated interest in/commitment to a career in global health addressing health inequalities, the merit of the student's proposal and financial need.

Ann Sullivan Reher Livio Fellowship to Address Homelessness

Award Amount: $5,000 per award
Awards Given: Two Awards annually
Application Process: Student Application
Eligibility: For summer internships focused on topics of homelessness.

Catherine Cheshire and Lan Sing Wu Fellowship

Award Amount: $3,000
Awards Given: One Award annually
Application Process: Student Application
Eligibility:  For summer internships focusing on topics of women's health and/or epidemiology.

Child and Family Health Program Fellowship

Award Amount: Up to $5,000 per award
Awards Given: 6-8 Awards annually
Application Process: Student Application 
Eligibility: For domestic (US-based) summer internships focusing on maternal, child and/or family health topics. Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

Dean's Global Health Fellowships

Award Amount: Up to $5,000 per award
Awards Given: 8-12 Awards annually
Application Process: Student Application 
Eligibility: For summer internships as an international field experience in low- or middle-income countries; students must be pursuing a global health certificate.

Dowdle Internship in Mental Health or Tuberculosis

Award Amount: $5,000 per award
Awards Given: Up to five awards annually
Application Process: Student Application
Eligibility:  For the investigation of topics related to tuberculosis or mental health.

Fred H. Bixby Fellowship

Award Amount: Up to $5,000 per award
Awards Given: 2-5 Awards annually
Application Process: Student Application 
Eligibility: For summer internships with an international field experience in the reproductive health arena.

Local Community Fieldwork Fellowship

Award Amount: Up to $5,000 per award
Awards Given: 2-5 Awards annually
Application Process: Student Application 
Eligibility: For domestic summer internships in any topic area.

Monica Salinas Internship Fund in Latino and Latin American Health

Award Amount: $1,000-$4,000 per award
Awards Given: 3-5 Awards annually
Application Process: Student Application
Eligibility: For summer internships focusing on Latino or Latin American health and well-being.

PJ Fielding Child Health Fellowship

Award Amount: Up to $5,000 
Awards Given:  One award annually
Application Process: Student Application 
Eligibility: For summer internships with an international field experience working with children in a developing country.

Summer Community Fieldwork Fellowship

Award Amount: Up to $5,000 per award
Awards Given:  2-5 awards annually
Application Process: Student Application 
Eligibility: For domestic or international internships in any topic area.

Wilshire Foundation Endowment in Geriatric Medicine and Long Term Care

Award Amount: $1,000-$4,000 per award
Awards Given: 3-5 Awards annually
Application Process: Student Application
Eligibility: For domestic (US-based) summer internships focusing on health and long-term care of aging.

UCLA Public Health Scholars Training Program

Award Amount:$3,000 per award
Awards Given: 35 Awards annually
Application Process: Online application
Eligibility: For students enrolled in a four-year institution (community college transfers eligible) who have completed at least two years of undergraduate education or graduated Spring term 2017 and have not been accepted into a graduate program.

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