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Grants and Scholarships

Some of your options for extra funding

  1. University Aid
  2. Pitt Public Health Aid
  3. Departmental Awards
  4. Other Financial Support – Resources for Research and Professional Development
  5. Other Financial Support Travel Awards for Conferences and International Study
  6. External Funding Opportunities

Important Note on Loan Eligibility with Regard to Grants and Scholarships

The University recalculates a student's loan eligibility whenever additional financial aid appears in the student financial system. New aid may result in a reduction or total cancellation of loan eligibility, including an obligation to immediately repay all or part of a loan already disbursed. If you receive a scholarship, you may want to schedule a meeting with a loan counselor in the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid and ask for a recalculation of your loan eligibility.

University Aid

The University offers several scholarships throughout the year that are suitable for graduate students. These scholarships will be announced to departments and students will be invited to apply.

Pitt Alumni Association Graduate Scholarship
A one-time $5,000 scholarship awarded to graduate students who also completed their undergraduate degree at Pitt. Read more…

The George L. Carson Graduate Fellowship for Pitt Alumni
Awarded to a graduate student who was affiliated with a Pitt athletics program as an undergraduate. Applications will be available in February and are typically due May 1. Contact the Student Life and Compliance Office in the Athletics Department with questions.

Owens Fellowship
A needs-based, $6,000 per year fellowship that can be used for tuition, books, and living expenses. Copies of GRE scores or other standardized test scores may be required. Applications are available in February.  Contact the University's Office of Admissions and Financial Aid in Alumni Hall, 412-624-7488 for applications and information.

Provost's Development Fund
A needs- and merit-based grant for doctoral students intended to provide financial support and professional development for women and disadvantaged students. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Applicants must also be in the final year of their doctoral program, having completed all required coursework and working on their dissertation. Contact Linda Williams-Moore for more information.

K. Leroy Irvis Fellowships
Graduate schools receive one award each year to provide first-year support of an outstanding, full-time doctoral student who supports the University’s and school's diversity mission. The Irvis Fellowship provides a stipend, tuition remission, and health insurance for the first year; the academic department provides the same level of support for years two and three. Nominations are made by departments.

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Pitt Public Health Aid

Pitt Public Health awards the following partial scholarships annually, generally at the start of the fall term. Students may contact their departments and request to be nominated.

Dean's Public Health Scholars Award
During the early spring term each department can nominate one outstanding incoming master's student for the Dean's Public Health Scholars Award, which provides a 50% tuition scholarship for up to two years of full-time graduate studies.

In addition, two scholarship awards are reserved for direct application by newly accepted applicants for Fall 2016.  Applicants who wish to be considered for one of these awards must send a request to Mary Derkach, Office of Student Affairs, at Selected applicants must plan to enroll as full-time master's students, and be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, with verbal GRE scores in the 70th percentile or better, and quantitative scores in the 60th percentile or better. In addition, requests must be accompanied by a statement describing the applicant's academic achievements to date as well as her/his ability to enhance or contribute to the diversity and inclusiveness of the Pitt Public Health student body.  Second-year funding is available, contingent upon a GPA of 3.3 or higher in the first year.

Campaign for the Next 5,000 Alumni
Financial support based on need, merit, and diversity. Although preference may be given to master's students, doctoral students are also eligible.

Dean's Endowed Doctoral Scholarship
Support for doctoral students based on need, merit, and community service.

Dr. Edgar and Lauraine Duncan Scholarship
Financial support for disadvantaged students that can be used for student fees, stipend, books, or travel expenses.

Bernard D. Goldstein Student Award in Environmental Health Disparities and in Public Health Practice
For students or postdoctoral fellows studying either the environmental causes of health disparities or the practice of public health. This award is administered in alternate years by the Center for Health Equity (even-numbered years) and the Center for Public Health Practice (odd-numbered years). Apply (doc) by November 18, 2016.

 Segal AmeriCorps Education Award
Several modest scholarships are awarded annually to incoming Pitt Public Health US students who have successfully completed a term of service with AmeriCorps. Scholarships are one-time only and are based on availability of funds. To be considered, accepted applicants should contact Mary Derkach, Office of Student Affairs, at

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Departmental Awards

Behavioral and Community Health Sciences

Carol McAllister Award
Based on need and merit, awards can be used for books, fees, stipends, or travel expenses.

Karen S. Peterson Memorial Research Award for Women's Health
Research or practice support for work in women's health.

Joseph and Brigida Ricci Scholarship
Needs-based support for an outstanding student.

Myrna Silverman Scholarship
Needs-based support for an outstanding doctoral student.

Evans Fellowship
Joint MPH/MSW students pursing the MSW Community Organizing and Social Administration (COSA) and MPH degrees are eligible for a $10,000 Evans Fellowship. For more information contact


Biostatistics Endowed Scholarship Fund
Tuition support.

Department of Biostatistics Endowment Fund
Resource support including travel and registration for academic and professional conferences.


Arlene W. Caggiula Student Award in Nutrition
Tuition support for students studying nutrition.

Katherine Detre Scholarship
Awarded to promising first-year students who demonstrate the strengths and spirit of Katherine Detre. Established to supplement graduate student support in the Epidemiology Data Center.

Lewis H. Kuller Scholarship Award
Resource support that can be used for tuition, books, fees, research, and travel.

Evelyn H. Wei Memorial Fund
Resource support for travel to professional conferences.

Evelyn H. Wei Scholarship Award in Epidemiology
Tuition assistance.

Health Policy and Management

The Dawn Gideon Scholarship for MHA Students
Scholarship assistance for MHA student whose talents lean towards creative problem solving and an understanding of the value all individuals bring to the process. 

Nathan Hershey Endowment in Health Administration
An annual, partially need-based award to a full-time MHA student. 

HPM Friends and Alumni Scholarship Fund
Tuition support to students within the department. 

Professor Emeritus Thomas B. Fitzpatrick Scholarship
Needs-based tuition support for outstanding HPM students.

Thomas and Judy Priselac Endowed Fund for Health Care Leadership
Provides support for MHA students participating in selected professional and leadership development activities nationally, including professional association conferences, academic team competitions, professional networking, and other health management career path opportunities.

Surma Scholarship for Long-Term Health Care Administration in Policy and Aging
This endowed fund provides support to PA residents that have demonstrated interest in long-term health care administration or policies. 

Human Genetics

George Qi Wang Memorial Student Assistance Fund in Pharmacogenetics
Tuition support for students pursuing research studies in pharmacogenetics; open to students in any of the Schools of the Health Sciences or Arts and Sciences.

Robert Ferrell Student Resource Fund
Income shall be used to provide support for books, lab fees, travel or other educational expenses for students in the Department of Human Genetics at Pitt Public Health. Shall be administered by the Chair of the Dept of Human Genetics.

Infectious Diseases and Microbiology

Bob Yee Student Award
Tuition support.

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Other Financial Support – Resources for Research and Professional Development

Russell Rule Rycheck Award for a Promising MPH Student
A $500 award for MPH students committed to the practice of public health. Funds can be used for books, coursework, travel, or professional development. Applications due to Mary Derkach, assistant dean for student affairs, A519 Crabtree Hall, by December 4 each year. If December 4 falls on a Saturday or a Sunday, applications are due the following Monday.

William T. Green Jr. Award in Public Health Studies
A $500 award to support research and special projects for currently enrolled Pitt Public Health students. Funds can be used for direct research costs, books, travel, or professional memberships. Applications due to Mary Derkach, assistant dean for student affairs, A519 Crabtree Hall, by December 4 each year. If December 4 falls on a Saturday or Sunday, applications are due the following Monday.

Other Financial Support - Travel Awards for Conferences and International Study

Pitt Public Health Support

Office of Student Affairs
The Office of Student Affairs provides departments with $500 each year to use for student travel grants. To apply for a travel grant, please see the student services staff member in your department. Awards are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis and travel must take place no later than mid-May. Receipts for reimbursement must be submitted to your department as soon as you return from your conference/meeting.

Awards can be applied only to future travel. Travel must take place during the student's enrollment in a degree program at Pitt Public Health.  Students may request only one award per academic year. Awards will be processed as a travel expense reimbursement (TBE) by the student's department upon submission of receipts for travel. In no case can the amount of the award exceed expenses.  Students applying for travel awards from more than one source should prepare one reimbursement form for all of the sources, since original receipts are required for all sources.

Contact your department student services staff with questions.

Student Government Association
Students can apply for a travel awards (up to $150) from the Student Government Association. Applications are available from the Office of Student Affairs.

Global Health

Donald S. Burke, dean of Pitt Public Health and associate vice chancellor for global health, sponsors a grant program for graduate students in the health sciences who want to conduct international research to address global health issues. Availability of grants can be found annually in the Weekly Update.


Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS)
Funded by the U.S. Department of Education with the intent of promoting the study of a modern, European foreign language within a cultural, scientific, or historical framework. Fellowships are awarded annually for summer and academic year study. Submit an application to Pitt Public Health, and we will then select nominees and forward them to the University Center for International Studies. Read more...

Graduate and Professional Student Government
Grants support for travel to academic and professional conferences. Applicants are eligible for one grant per fiscal year (July 1- June 30), and funds are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Read more...

Nationality Rooms Scholarships
These scholarships reflect decades of work honoring education through cultural exchange. After the Nationality Rooms were built in Pitt’s Cathedral of Learning, committees stayed together to raise funds enabling eligible Pitt students to study abroad, therby experiencing another culture in depth. There are several different awards available. Read more...

University Center for International Study Scholarships
The Pitt Study Abroad Office offers a central listing of the range of scholarship possibilities available to help defray the cost of a study abroad program. Scholarships are managed by academic departments and schools such as the Center for Global Health or the College of General Studies. Read more...

Women's Studies Student Research Fund
Awards of up to $1,000 to support travel expenses, secretarial costs, research materials, or other direct costs for research related to the study of women, gender, and/or sexuality. Read more...


The following external sources also provide travel support for conferences and international study:

Fulbright Fellowship Program
Grants for individually designed study/research projects or for English Teaching Assistantships. During their program, Fulbrighters will meet, work, live with, and learn from the people of a host country, sharing daily experiences. Read more...

Fulbright Hays
Funding for students wishing to conduct their doctoral dissertations abroad. Read more...

George Mitchell Scholarship
National scholarship for students interested in pursuing one year of graduate work in an institution of higher education in Ireland or Northern Ireland. Read more...

International Education Financial Aid
Information on financial aid for U.S. and international students wishing to study abroad. Read more...

Jack Wilson Fund
Scholarship for students pursuing international opportunities that promote peace and community development. Read more...

Katie Memorial Foundation
Supports outstanding work in international public health by providing a one-time scholarship of up to $3,000 towards a fieldwork project. U.S. citizenship required. Read more...

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External Funding Opportunities

These organizations may have financial aid programs for public health students. Students can find listings of internship, fellowship, and post-doc opportunities in Pitt Bridges.

Public Health Air Force Federal Student Financial Assistance Ford Foundation
American Heart Association American Association of University Women American Society for Microbiology
Society for Toxicology American Cancer Society American Chemical Society
National Student Loan Data System National Cancer Institute National Science Foundation
Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program Hispanic Scholarship Fund
Alma Adams Scholarship for Outreach and Health Communication National Institutes of Health Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Society for Epidemiologic Research Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) Scholarships Soros Scholarship for New Americans
Evalee Schwarz Charitable Trust for Education Institute Of Current World Affairs Fellowships Ruth Kirschstein National Research Service Awards
American Indian/Alaska Native Scholarships Ruth Taylor Award for Residents of Westchester County, NY Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Pittsburgh Young Professionals Fund Truman Foundation Scholarships Delay the Real World Fellowship
Institute for Human Studies Udall Environmental Fellowship Davis-Putter Scholarships
Boren Fellowships American Medical Writers Association Scholarship Roybal Foundation

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