Funding Opportunities

We highly encourage all applicants and current students to regularly check scholarship listings both within Boston University and through outside organizations. There is money out there! Also, spread the word. Let family and friends know about the wonderful things you will be doing in public health; someone may know of an organization offering scholarship aid. We also encourage you to join list-servs that will locate and alert you to upcoming scholarships. Think of this as an ongoing funding project rather than a one-time look.

University-Wide

Master of Public Health

Master of Science

Doctoral Programs

University-Wide Opportunities

Boston University Women’s Council Scholarships

The BU Women’s Council provides scholarships to qualified women graduate students enrolled in a full-time degree program in any of the schools or colleges within Boston University. Applicants must have completed one year of their graduate studies and anticipate completing their master’s degree within two years or a doctoral degree within five years. For additional information, please visit the BU Women’s Council online.

Boston University Women’s Guild Scholarships

The Boston University Women’s Guild awards scholarships annually to women over 30 years of age who are already enrolled in a graduate program at Boston University. For additional information, call 617-353-9253 or visit the Women’s Guild website.

Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship

The African Studies Center at Boston University offers a program of instruction in African languages. Hausa, Xhousa, Zulu, Wolof, Swahili, Arabic, and Pulaar are regularly offered languages. Any full-time Boston University graduate student who is an American citizen or a US permanent resident is able to apply for a Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowship through the African Studies Center. Fellows must study an African language while pursuing graduate studies at Boston University in order to be eligible for the FLAS Fellowship. Awards may include full- or partial-tuition funding as well as a stipend. Applications are available on the center’s website and are due February 15 for the following academic year. For additional information on FLAS Fellowship opportunities, please contact the African Studies Center at 617-353-7311 or visit the African Studies Center website.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Fellowship

Nominees for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Fellowship must be United States citizens who are new to Boston University and beginning full-time graduate studies in any department or school of the University, and who are committed to the principles of social justice espoused by Dr. King. This award provides a stipend for living expenses, a scholarship for up-to-full-time tuition at the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences rate, BU health insurance, and student union fees. This fellowship is available to applicants who matriculate to Boston University during the fall semester only. The fellowship may be renewable for up to two additional years. Accepted applicants are nominated by their department or school. Applicants interested in this scholarship should include their commitment to social justice in their personal statement on their SOPHAS application for SPH. The nomination deadline for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Fellowship program is typically February 17 of each year. Applicants to SPH must have been accepted prior to this date in order to be nominated.

Whitney M. Young, Jr. Fellowship

This one-year fellowship is open to entering and continuing graduate students who are US citizens and who have displayed academic proficiency, particularly in the fields of social work, urban studies, and/or Afro-American Studies. The fellowship provides a stipend for living expenses, Boston University health insurance, plus a scholarship for full tuition and fees. Completed applications must be submitted to the Whitney M. Young, Jr. Fellowship Committee by February 17 of each year. For this year’s application, click here.

Master of Public Health Opportunities

Community Scholars Program

The Community Scholars Program encourages experienced public health professionals to pursue advanced study for a MPH while continuing their full-time employment. Eligible applicants must have at least two years of experience and be currently employed, on a full-time basis, in public health-related nonprofit organizations or government agencies. Community Scholars must remain employed and pursue their MPH on a part-time basis. This opportunity provides a half-tuition scholarship. Interested candidates must apply for this opportunity separately. Applicants to the Community Scholars Program must be admitted to the MPH program for the upcoming fall semester or may have started their MPH in the spring semester and are currently in their first semester. Learn more>>

Global Health Department Tuition Scholarships for International Students

Each year, the Global Health Department has a small number of tuition scholarships available. Scholarships are awarded to international students who bring significant public health experience into the classroom. All international students are automatically considered upon acceptance into the School of Public Health’s Global Health Department. No separate application is needed. Scholarship amounts vary depending on many factors, but are usually awarded over three semesters when possible. Scholarships are not renewable or deferrable.

Health Law & Bioethics Fellowship

The Department of Health Law, Bioethics & Human Rights offers a fellowship opportunity each year to a qualified Boston University MPH student, including JD/MPH dual degree students. The Health Law & Bioethics Fellowship provides one to two semesters of tuition for a matriculated student pursuing his or her MPH at SPH. For JD/MPH dual degree candidates, the fellowship typically begins after completing the JD portion of their studies. Applications are due in February and an interview is required for qualified applicants. Learn more>>

Maternal & Child Health Diversity Scholars Program

The MCH concentration’s Diversity Scholars Program (DSP) is a unique opportunity designed to increase the number of minority health professionals who can address the longstanding gaps in the health of women and children within minority communities and work toward the elimination of health disparities. The DSP is a competitive program offering individual alumni mentoring, leadership training, specialized coursework, and financial support for MCH concentrators who are from underrepresented minority communities. Diversity Scholars will be awarded a scholarship covering up to half of their tuition. In addition to SPH resources and a Training Grant from the Maternal & Child Health Bureau, this scholarship is supported by the Maude Callen Scholarship Fund. The DSP requires at least two years of residency in the MPH program. Applications are made available upon matriculation. Questions regarding this opportunity should be directed to Judy Margo, MCHB Project Manager.

Maternal & Child Health Fellowships

The MCH concentration is committed to preparing students for the demands of practice. In keeping with the goal, the concentration awards at least 11 fellowships each year to concentrators who seek to build their knowledge and skills in a specialized area of maternal and child health. Students work directly with faculty on active projects, earning a stipend of up to $2,000 over the course of the work. Fellowships typically last up to 10-12 months. Students are obligated to provide 5–10 hours of work per week, and to present their work in the annual SPH Maternal & Child Health Forum. Fellows are encouraged to seek opportunities to present their work in regional or national conferences. Information on current fellowship opportunities and an application are provided to matriculated students in September and are typically due by early October. Learn more>>

Merit-Based Scholarships for Master of Public Health Students

The School of Public Health offers merit scholarships based on the strength of a candidate’s application portfolio when applying to the Master of Public Health program. Financial need is not a factor. As there is no separate application process for scholarship consideration, all (both domestic and international) admitted MPH applicants are automatically considered for merit awards. Dual degree candidates are not eligible to receive these awards.

Outstanding Scholars Award

The Outstanding Scholars Award will be awarded to one or more deserving graduate students who are in the top 10% of the incoming Master of Public Health class each fall semester. No additional application is required for this meritorious scholarship. Domestic and international applicants are eligible for consideration.

William Randolph Hearst Scholarship

The William Randolph Hearst Scholarship will be awarded to one or more deserving graduate students entering the Master of Public Health program each fall semester. The Hearst Foundation’s goal is to ensure that people of all backgrounds have the opportunity to build healthy, productive, and inspiring lives. No additional application is required for this meritorious scholarship. Domestic and international applicants are eligible for consideration.

Master of Science Programs

Master of Science in Environmental Health

The MS in Environmental Health offers merit scholarships based on the strength of a candidate’s application portfolio. Financial need is not a factor. As there is no separate application process for scholarship consideration, all (both domestic and international) admitted students are automatically considered for scholarship aid.

Master of Science in Health Services Research

The Master of Science in Health Services Research (HSR) program encourages and assists students in pursuing the program part-time, while gaining practical experience while working in health services-related positions. Many MS students have been clinical fellows in departments and sections within the School of Medicine. The financial arrangements for these MS students are coordinated with those School of Medicine departments and they should be consulted directly for details. Other HSR MS students have received support through employment as full- or part-time project managers or research assistants on various grant-funded projects run by the faculty in the Department of Health Policy & Management and on research projects in two US Department of Veterans Affairs Centers of Excellence affiliated with the department. (VA positions are available only to US citizens and permanent residents. Many part-time MS students have financed their education through the tuition remission program offered to full-time employees of Boston University. For more information about these opportunities, please contact Rebecca Song, Academic Program Manager, at rsong@bu.edu or 617-414-1395, or contact the Program Director, Professor James Burgess at jfburges@bu.edu.

Doctoral Programs

Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental Health

PhD students in environmental health receive support from training grants, scholarship credits, and/or work as research assistants at Boston University, the Veterans Administration, and other affiliated research centers. Applicants are matched to these opportunities upon admission; there is no separate application form. Students interested in learning more about the PhD in Environmental Health and/or the Environmental Epidemiology in Community Settings training grant can find additional information here.

Doctor of Philosophy in Epidemiology

PhD students in epidemiology finance their education through support from training grants, scholarship credits, and work as project managers or research associates at Boston University, the Veterans Administration, and other affiliated research centers. Applicants are matched to these opportunities as they are available upon admission; there is no separate application form. Students interested in the Boston University Reproductive, Pediatric & Perinatal Epidemiology training program (BURPPE) can find information here.

Doctor of Philosophy in Health Services Research

The Doctor of Philosophy in Health Services Research (HSR) program, unlike many PhD programs, encourages and assists students in pursuing the program part-time, while gaining practical experience working in health services research positions. Many PhD in HSR students have received support through employment as full- or part-time research assistantships on various grant-funded projects run by Department of Health Policy & Management faculty and on research projects in two US Department of Veteran Affairs Centers of Excellence affiliated with the Department (VA positions are available to US citizens and permanent residents only). Many part-time students have financed their doctoral education through the tuition remission program offered to full-time employees of Boston University. The PhD in HSR also offers partial tuition scholarships to incoming doctoral students. All accepted PhD in HSR students are eligible to receive these scholarships, regardless of citizenship status, and no additional application is required.  Nearly all of this aid goes to full-time students. At the dissertation stage, some students obtain dissertation grants from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality or National Institutes of Health agencies (citizenship status restrictions may apply). For more information about funding opportunities for HSR doctoral students, please contact Rebecca Song, Academic Program Manager, at rsong@bu.edu or 617-414-1395, or contact the program director, Professor James Burgess at jfburges@bu.edu.

Doctor of Public Health

The Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) program offers tuition scholarships to incoming doctoral students. All newly matriculated DrPH students are eligible to receive these scholarships, regardless of citizenship status, and no additional financial aid application is required. DrPH students have also received funding through various doctoral training grants run by faculty, including the HRSA/MCHB-funded MCH Applied Research Fellowship Program. Many part-time DrPH students have financed their doctoral education through the tuition remission program offered to full-time employees of Boston University. For more information about financial aid opportunities for DrPH students, please contact Sebastian T. Bach, Doctoral Education Program Manager, at drph@bu.edu or by phone at 617-638-4873. Students interested in learning more about the DrPH degree can find additional information here.