Scholarships and Awards

Scholarship and Awards

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

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Prospective Student Scholarships & Awards

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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. 

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.

This scholarship is intended to assist degree seeking College of Public Health students who plan to do an International Field Experience. This will be awarded on a competitive basis and to be used to help defray the airfare and insurance costs associated with the IFE. This application must be submitted prior to leaving for the Field Experience in order to take effect. This program is administered through the College of Public Health Office of International Programs.

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. 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.

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.

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 Abraham Salinas at

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

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.

For the recruitment of an outstanding NEW Masters student accepted into the Nutrition and Dietetics program at USF, COPH. The award is for five semesters; $4,000 award per term, tuition & fees, health insurance.


  • Acceptance into the USF or Bay Pines Dietetic Internship
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA 3.5
  • Personal statement* that includes the following: 
    • Brief summary of personal accomplishments demonstrating your potential to succeed in graduate school
    • Specific career objectives related to the field of public health
    • How you would benefit from receiving this award
      *This should be different from your DI personal statement and clearly demonstrate your potential to be a strong contributor in the Nutrition and Dietetics MPH program.

Please contact Dr. Theresa Crocker (
Application deadline: May 8, 2018. Submit to: SUBJECT: Nutrition and Dietetics 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.

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.

Scholarships & Awards Offered Outside of USF:

To view funding and fellowships sponsored by ASTMH

To view EMBO fellowship opportunities for pre-doctoral and graduate students.

To view Grand Challenges Explorations opportunities for pre-doctoral and graduate students.

To view more information about available NIH fellowships

To view active funding opportunities for pre-doctoral and graduate students.

To view grants and other funding available to pre-doctoral and graduate students.