Scholarships and Awards

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**Note: College of Public Health Scholarships and Awards are available to degree-seeking students only.

For a list of all other USF Fellowships and Scholarships visit: http://www.grad.usf.edu/newsite/fellowships.asp

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Prospective Student Scholarships & Awards

  • COPH Doctoral Fellowship Award
    The College of Public Health Doctoral Fellowship is given by the department to recognize outstanding achievement of a newly admitted doctoral student. The award includes a $22,030 stipend, tuition, fees and student health insurance. The award is renewable for a second year based on factors including satisfactory academic progress and availability of funds. Acceptance of this Fellowship may impact federal financial aid. Please check with the financial aid office to determine any impact.
  • Masters Scholarship
    For the recruitment of an outstanding NEW Masters student enrolling at USF. The award is for five semesters; $4,000 award per term, tuition & fees, health insurance. Please contact your prospective department's Academic Services Administrator for additional information.
  • U.S. Public Health Traineeships
    The College of Public Health cooperates with the US Public Health Service in offering traineeships to our students. The traineeship award includes a tuition waiver for nine semester hours as well as a stipend for full-time students; part-time students may be eligible for tuition waiver only. The availability of traineeships is entirely dependent on the receipt of federal funds. Awards are made by the Departments to Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Maternal and Child Health, Public Health Education, Environmental Health, Public Health Practice, and Toxicology students. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Departments award Traineeships each fall. Students do not directly apply for these traineeships.
  • University Graduate Fellowship (UGF)
    The mission of the UGF awards is for the recruitment of outstanding, NEW students enrolling at USF with focus placed on doctoral students. College funds may be given to exemplary new graduate students (preferably doctoral students) in each department dependent on university funds. In some years, departments may choose not give awards. The UGF award amount is for a minimum of $4000 (fall and spring) and 9 credits of graduate tuition for the first year of the award. Starting in the 1st summer semester, through the second summer (four semesters), the Department will fund a graduate assistant position, tuition & fees, and health insurance. Students are advised that UGF funding may affect financial aid awards. Students receiving financial aid should contact the Office of Financial Aid immediately upon acceptance of the UGF. Students should consult with their departments for more details.


Current Student Scholarships & Awards

  • Arun Kulkarni Award
    One or more Arun Kulkarni Awards are made each year to support the travel expenses of a graduate student in the department of EOH to attend a conference, in order to present on research progress and results from their EOH degree program. Applications are announced to the student body by email in the spring and an application form is required.
  • Carl A. Gelin Endowed Fellowship: Carl A. Gelin 
    This annual scholarship based on academic achievement is open to students of the Department of Health Policy and Management. Nominations will be made by the Department of HPM.
  • FEHA Scholarships
    Florida Environmental Health Association accepts applications for FEHA Scholarships of $500 minimum from students whose course of study must be in pursuit of a scientific discipline that relates to a career in environmental health and/or public health. For current information go to http://www.feha.org.
  • FPHA Scholarships
    Florida Public Health Association accepts applications/nominations for FPHA Scholarships $500 for MPH or MSPH candidates and $300 for other health fields. Letters should include: present position, future goals and ambitions, and be FPHA members. For more information go to www.fpha.org.
  • Graduate Assistantships
    Assists a faculty member with a graduate level class.Typically includes a 9(fall/spring) or 6 (summer)-hour in-state tuition waiver, 10-20 hours per week. Assistantships are awarded on a competitive basis. Students must have a GPA of 3.0 or better in their upper division coursework, must be degree-seeking and enrolled full time. Positions are posted at http://health.usf.edu/publichealth/jobpostings.html.
  • Graduate Research Assistantships (GRA)
    Initially do not typically include a tuition waiver, 10-20 hours per week. Applicants should have an understanding of the scientific principles related to faculty’s research projects; prior research experience is an advantage. Contact your department's support staff directly to inquire about openings.
  • Global Enrichment Scholarship
    The Global Enrichment Scholarship is intended to assist degree-seeking College of Public Health students who plan to travel overseas as part of their educational experience. Ordinarily this scholarship will be awarded to students who are not doing an International Field Experience or conducting formal research, and so do not qualify for the International Field Experience or International Research Scholarship. The Global Enrichment Scholarship is not intended to support travel through short-term faculty-lead "study abroad" programs. Sources of support for student travel, such as faculty or department funds, should be sought before application for this Scholarship is made. Up to $2500 per student will be awarded on a competitive basis to be used for expenses related to their international travel. This program is administered through the College of Public Health International Field Experience Office and the Office of International Programs. Click Here to view application.
  • International Field Experience Scholarship
    The International Field Experience Scholarship is intended to assist degree‐seeking College of Public Health students who plan to do an International Field Experience overseas. Up to $2500 per student will be awarded on a competitive basis to be used for expenses related to their International Field Experience. This program is administered through the College of Public Health International Field Experience Office and the Office of International Programs. Click Here to view application.
  • International Research Scholarship (For Students Conducting Research Abroad)
    The International Research Scholarship is intended to assist degree‐seeking College of Public Health students who plan to conduct at least a portion of their formal research internationally to defray expenses associated with leaving the US to perform their research. Up to $2500 per student will be awarded on a competitive basis. This program is administered through the College of Public Health International Field Experience Office and the Office of International Programs. Click Here to view application.
  • International Student Book Scholarship
    The College of Public Health International Student Book Scholarship is designed to provide financial assistance to qualified international students as they pursue their graduate education at USF. Awards are for $250 per semester, and students can receive the scholarship each semester in which they meet the eligibility requirements.

    Per Florida Residency Exception guideline 1009.21(10)(e), Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) students who meet the eligibility requirements and receive the COPH International Student Book Scholarship will be reclassified automatically as instate for the purpose of charging tuition. For more information on qualifying scholarships for LAC Students to Obtain Florida Residency, please see the following link: http://usfweb2.usf.edu/Finaid2/portal.old/lac.html. Only LAC students will qualify for reclassification.

    To be eligible for the COPH International Book Scholarship, students must meet the following requirements:
    • Must be an admitted COPH Graduate Student
    • Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 for the term that the scholarship is requested
    • Students must be enrolled for a minimum of 9 credit hours in the term that the scholarship is requested.
  • Lee Leavengood Senior Program Endowed Scholarship
    This annual scholarship is given to one or two students who have an interest in the field of aging. The amount of this scholarship varies annually. Applications are announced to the student body by email in the spring and an application form with essay is required.
  • Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology Traineeships
    This traineeship is intended for doctoral students who are planning a career in MCH Epidemiology, with a focus on addressing health disparities in maternal and child health. The traineeship will provide funding for students who otherwise may not be able to take the courses needed in MCH epidemiology due to financial constraints. Full-time students are provided stipend and tuition each year. Selection is made by faculty and based on academic qualifications. For details, contact Lianne Estefan at lestefan@health.usf.edu.
  • Maternal and Child Health Leadership Training Program
    Each year, a small group of Maternal and Child Health Master’s and Doctoral students will be selected as MCH Trainees. Trainees will complete a special enhanced curriculum in addition to regular coursework; will have special training opportunities in cultural competence, family-centered care, and interdisciplinary practice; and will be working closely with MCH faculty mentors, community agencies, and advisors throughout the traineeship. Students selected as trainees will receive full-time tuition waivers for 3 semesters, a stipend, travel support to conferences, and individualized mentoring. For more information go to http://health.usf.edu/publichealth/mch/index.html.
  • NIOSH Traineeships
    The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health offers traineeships to accepted students in the Industrial Hygiene/Safety Management program. The traineeship award includes a tuition waiver for nine credits per semester as well as a stipend. For details, contact the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at 813-974-3144.
  • Rita G. Bruce Scholarship
    The Rita G. Bruce Scholarship is awarded to a full-time College of Public Health student with outstanding academic achievement who has displayed commitment to the field of public health through involvement in community outreach, research, and/or educational programs, and demonstrated leadership within the University of South Florida College Of Public Health. Applications are announced to the student body by email in the spring and an application form with essay is required.
  • Samuel P. Bell III Scholarship
    Based on academic and professional achievement, annual scholarships are awarded to two PhD students and one student at the Masters level, to assist in the attainment of academic goals, Applications are announced to the student body by email in the spring and an application form with essay is required.


Other University Funding Opportunities:

  • Graduate Student Success and Pan American Fellowships
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  • The Delores Auzenne Fellowship
    Click Here to learn more.
  • Genshaft Family Doctoral Fellowship
    Click Here to learn more.
  • Presidential Doctoral Fellowship
    Click Here to learn more.


Scholarships & Awards Offered Outside of USF:

  • Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)
    To view international funding opportunities for pre-doctoral and graduate students.
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    To view Public Health training fellowship opportunities.
  • European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO)
    To view EMBO fellowship opportunities for pre-doctoral and graduate students.
  • Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA)
    To view award and scholarship opportunities for pre-doctoral and graduate students.
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH)
    To view more information about available NIH fellowships
  • National Science Foundation (NSF)
    To view active funding opportunities for pre-doctoral and graduate students.
  • Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI)
    To view more information about the STRI Fellowship Program.
  • United States Agency for International Development
    To view more information about the Global Health Fellows Program.
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