Last updated March 30, 2023
Next in my series on How To Fully Fund Your PhD, I provide a list below of PhD programs in Public Health that offer full funding to all admitted doctoral students.
Although there are many competitive, external fellowships in the ProFellow database for graduate and doctoral study, the best approach to funding your doctoral studies is to seek out PhD programs that offer full funding to all admitted students. When a doctoral program indicates that they provide “full funding” to their Ph.D. students, in most cases this means they provide students full tuition and an annual stipend for living expenses for the three to the six-year duration of the student’s doctoral studies. Not all universities provide full funding to their doctoral students, which is why I recommend researching the financial aid offerings of all the potential PhD programs in your academic field, including small and lesser-known schools both in the U.S. and abroad.
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List of universities offering fully funded PhD Programs in Public Health.
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(New York, NY): All PhD students receive full tuition, a stipend, and health insurance coverage. The amount of the stipend is set by Columbia University. Support is provided throughout the entire five years the student is in the program.
(Cambridge, MA): All admitted students to the PhD Program in Biological Sciences in Public Health, including international students, are guaranteed full funding, which includes a stipend, as well as tuition and health insurance.
(Indianapolis, IN): For full-time students only, the program will typically provide funding support in the form of tuition remission, a stipend to cover living expenses, and health insurance. This support typically requires a 20-hour-per-week work assignment.
(Ann Arbor, MI): Many doctoral students at Michigan Public Health are fully funded. All students admitted to one of our doctoral programs are considered for financial support. There are four types of financial support offered to students: graduate student instructor (GSI) positions, graduate student research assistant (GSRA) positions, training grants, and fellowships.
(Toronto, Canada): The University of Toronto has committed to a guaranteed minimum level of financial support to all its eligible, full-time doctoral stream students in the funded cohort, equivalent to $15,000 per year plus tuition for the first 5 years of study.
(New Haven, CT): All admitted PhD students are guaranteed four years of 12-month stipend and tuition support. In addition to grants and fellowships for tuition and living costs, students receive a Health Award, which covers the full cost of single-student Yale Health Plan Hospitalization/Specialty Coverage. Here is financial info
(Providence, Rhode Island): Admitted doctoral students receive up to five years of guaranteed financial support through Brown’s Five-Year Guarantee. Financial support includes a stipend, tuition remission, a health services fee, and health and dental insurance subsidies as well as four summers of support. This financial support applies to domestic and foreign students.
(Baltimore, Maryland): All full-time PhD students receive support for all years of the program. Funding includes full tuition and fees, health insurance, and a stipend for living expenses for students who remain in good academic standing. PhD students are required to serve as teaching assistants.
(New York, NY): Students who are admitted to the program will be fully funded by a fellowship or a combination of fellowship and Research Assistantship for five years. During fellowship years, students will engage with their mentors and develop their scholarships and portfolio.
(University Park, PA): Students entering the Health Policy and Administration doctoral program are funded through graduate assistantships and have opportunities for additional funding.
(College Station, TX): All graduate students offered assistantships must complete human resources and other training modules before they are processed into the payroll system. Total compensation for both types of assistantships includes a monthly salary of $2,008 plus payment of tuition and fees to cover the minimum enrollment requirement.
(Columbia, SC): All PhD students are offered an assistantship for 3 or 4 years, in-state tuition, a minimum stipend of $5,000-$6,000 / semester, minimum $15,000 tuition supplement over three years, In addition, doctoral applicants are eligible for some competitive fellowships.
(Boston, Massachusetts): Students admitted to the Ph.D. program as full-time students will receive four to five years of financial aid in the form of fellowship or assistantship support. The financial-aid package will consist of a stipend as well as a scholarship to cover tuition, mandatory fees, and individual basic health insurance.
(Corvallis, OR): Most public health doctoral students are funded through teaching or graduate research assistantships, which include tuition remission and a stipend. Others are funded through scholarships and fellowships.
(Gainesville, FL): Students are only accepted to our Ph.D. program if the department can provide a stipend and tuition waiver. Funding for Ph.D. students may come from intramural (fellowships, department funds, etc) or extramural (Grants) sources.
(Fort Worth, Texas): All students admitted to the Ph.D. program are provided a financial support package that includes four fully funded years of tuition & fees, a living stipend currently valued at $30,000 annually, and health insurance.
Vanderbilt University, based in Nashville, Tennessee offers a fully funded PhD in Epidemiology. Upon completing the Doctoral Program in Epidemiology, graduates will be prepared to develop an independent research portfolio in academia, research, or industry. All students offered admission to the doctoral program in Epidemiology receive a full tuition scholarship, stipend, health insurance, and coverage of fees. All students, both domestic and foreign, receive the same financial support. The stipend rate is $36,500 annually.
(St. Louis, MO): They are dedicated to providing our doctoral students with full-tuition scholarships, four-year stipends, and professional development accounts. Base stipends for students are $30,000 per year, and additional funding is possible through paid research, teaching fellowships, and other internal and external support sources.
(Berkeley, CA): Doctoral students (PhD and DrPH) typically receive funding by soft-money grants, such as working as a Graduate Student Researcher (GSR) or teaching as a Graduate Student Instructor (GSI). Both options not only cover a fee remission but also provide a monthly stipend.
(Kansas City, KS): Population Health doctoral students are enrolled full-time and are funded either through half-time employment in the healthcare or related field, through assistantships in the private sector, or through departmental assistantships.
For application tips on applying to a PhD program, see How To Get Into a Fully Funded PhD Program: Contacting Potential PhD Advisors.
Hopefully, you will find your desired university from this list that offer fully funded PhD Programs in Public Health. You can search for more than 2300 professional and academic fellowships by signing up to view ProFellow’s fellowship database.
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