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Dornsife Public Health Scholarships and Fellowships

At Drexel's Dornsife School of Public Health we make every effort to ensure that current students and applicants receive as much financial assistance as possible through merit-based scholarships, grants and student loans.

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Drexel Undergraduate Scholarships

Drexel offers undergraduate scholarships based on both merit and for students with various associations. For information on undergraduate scholarships visit Drexel Central.

Public Health Graduate Scholarships and Fellowships

Dean's Scholarships for MPH and MS Students

Applicants to on-campus MPH and MS degree programs are automatically considered for Dean's scholarships at the time they apply via SOPHAS. Criteria for these awards is based predominately on academic merit, and the tuition support ranges from $5,000 to 50 percent tuition coverage during the length of the degree program.

If accepted to the Dornsife School of Public Health, students are notified of scholarship eligibility in their acceptance packet.

More than 92 percent of full-time students receive Dean's scholarships.


Dornsife School of Public Health Endowed Scholarships and Research Fellowships

All applicants to on-campus MPH degree programs are eligible for the following endowed scholarships and research fellowships. Applicants interested in being considered for the endowed scholarships and fellowships are encouraged to apply no later than January 15 and should indicate their interest at the time they apply via SOPHAS.

Dornsife Public Health Research Fellowship

The Dornsife Public Health Research Fellows are incoming MPH students of exceptional promise. Preference is given to students with strong interest or experience in urban health and health disparities as well as to students from under-represented groups (based on race/ethnicity or economic disadvantage). 

The highly competitive fellowship award includes tuition scholarship of up to $30,000 over the length of the program. In addition, fellows are awarded a $1,000 monthly stipend (for up to 15 months) to conduct research with a faculty member for 10-15 hours per week. Continuation of the scholarship and research assistantship in the second year is conditional on progress. Dornsife Public Health Research fellows are also eligible to receive the Dornsife School of Public Health's Dean's Scholarships.

Learn more about Dana and David Dornsife

Meet the Dornsife Public Health Fellows

Dornsife International Research Fellowship

The Dornsife International Research Fellows award is designed for outstanding international MPH applicants whose career and research interests align with the Dornsife School of Public Health's focus on global and urban health. 

The highly competitive fellowship award includes tuition scholarship of up to $30,000 over the length of the program. In addition, fellows are awarded a $1,000 monthly stipend (for up to 15 months) to conduct research with a faculty member for 10-15 hours per week. Continuation of the scholarship and research assistantship in the second year is conditional on progress. Dornsife International Research fellows are also eligible to receive the Dornsife School of Public Health's Dean's Scholarships.

Meet the Dornsife International Research Fellows

Urban Health Collaborative Fellowship

The Drexel Urban Health Collaborative (UHC) supports a limited number of master's students interested in urban health research each academic year. Applicants to on-campus MPH degree programs as well as on-campus MS applicants are considered for these positions based upon their exceptional academic promise and their interest in urban health, as evidenced in their application for admission.

UHC master's fellows receive a $1,000 monthly stipend (for 9 months per academic year) to work with a faculty mentor for 15 hours per week. UHC master's fellows are also eligible to receive the Dornsife School of Public Health's Dean's Scholarships.

Learn more and meet the Master’s Fellows on the UHC website

The Arthur L. Frank Endowed Scholarship in Environmental and Occupational Health

The Arthur L. Frank Endowed Scholarship Fund offers a $5,000 tuition scholarship to students who share the life-long commitment of Dr. Arthur L. Frank to advance and improve the health and safety of all workers and their natural and man-made environments. Students applying to the MPH or MS degree in Environmental and Occupational Health are eligible to be considered for this award. Recipients of the Arthur L. Frank award are also able to receive the Dornsife School of Public Health's Dean's Scholarships.

Learn more about Arthur L. Frank

Meet the Frank Scholarship Recipients

The Joseph Tringali Memorial Scholarship in Maternal and Child Health

The Joseph C. Tringali Memorial Scholarship offers a $5,000 tuition scholarship to students committed to the improvement of maternal and child health. The scholarship is awarded to students who demonstrate a firm commitment to embarking on a career in public health that will address the challenges facing disadvantaged children and mothers and improve their opportunities for healthy and productive lives. Recipients of the Joseph C. Tringali Memorial Scholarship award are also able to receive the Dornsife School of Public Health's Dean's Scholarships.

Learn more about Joseph C. Tringali

The Marla J. Gold Endowed Scholarship for MD/MPH Dual Degree Program

The Marla J. Gold, MD Endowed Scholarship Fund offers a $5,000 tuition scholarship for the MPH portion of the program to students pursuing the joint MD/MPH degree at Drexel University. The Gold Scholarship is awarded to MD/MPH students with experience and special interests in leadership as it relates to public health and medicine.

Learn more about Marla J. Gold

Meet the Gold Scholarship Recipients

Teaching and Research Assistantships

Once enrolled in a program, many full-time MPH or MS students work on a part-time basis as research assistants for faculty members or for the research centers at Dornsife School of Public Health and throughout the University. Many students find a position through the relationships they build with faculty and administrators, or through the School’s career management system, Symplicity. Second-year MPH students are eligible to be teaching assistants for first-year MPH courses. Research and teaching assistantships are generally paid on an hourly basis of $15 per hour, and given to students in good academic standing. Other opportunities throughout Drexel University may also be available.

City Year Partnership

Drexel University is pleased to partner with City Year to offer a 25 percent annual tuition scholarship.

This scholarship is renewable throughout the length of the academic program (not to exceed four years). City Year alumni must serve at least one year with the program to be eligible, and City Year staff members must be employed for at least two years.

Drexel–City Year Partnership Information

PhD in Public Health Scholarships and Fellowships

Dornsife School of Public Health provides PhD students financial support through training grants, scholarship, stipends, and work as a teaching or research assistants at Drexel University.

PhD applicants are automatically reviewed for a graduate assistantship, which includes full tuition remission, a health insurance subsidy and a stipend in exchange for 20 hours-a-week of teaching and/or research support, based on department needs. Graduate assistantships can be renewed yearly based on student’s performance and available funding.

Prospective doctoral students are eligible for the Urban Health Collaborative Doctoral Fellowship Program. Fellows will be supported to conduct urban health research under the mentorship of a faculty research sponsor. Fellows will receive a stipend, full tuition remission and additional support for research and travel. Awards are renewable for a second year

Prospective students are encouraged to apply for external funding at the same time as they are applying to a program. Matriculated students who are funded by the Department will be encouraged, as is the case with our current students, to make efforts to secure independent funding.

External Scholarships for Public Health Students

Master's and doctoral students may also apply for scholarships available through various companies and public health-related agencies. Here are a few resources:

Public Health Online: Scholarships and Grants

ASPPH: Financing Your Degree

Drexel Central: Private Organization Scholarships