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 for MPH and MS Students
All applicants to on-campus MPH and MS degree programs are automatically considered for Dean's scholarships for MPH and MS students at the time they apply via SOPHAS. Criteria for this public health graduate degree funding 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.
Prospective MS students who are citizens from Central American countries and are not permanent residents of a high-income country are eligible for a similar funding package available through the Drexel-INCAP Training Program on Social Determinants of Cardiovascular Disease Over the Life Course, which is an NIH training grant focused on building research capacity in Central America.
Funding for MPH Program
All applicants to the on-campus MPH degree programs are eligible for the endowed scholarships listed below. Applicants applying to the 18- or 21-month programs are eligible for the research fellowships.
Applicants interested in being considered for MPH funding through an endowed scholarship or fellowship are encouraged to apply no later than January 15 and should indicate their interest at the time they apply via SOPHAS.
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.
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Meet the Dornsife Public Health Fellows
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
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 Fund offers a $10,000 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 C. Tringali Memorial Scholarship offers a $10,000 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.
Meet the Tringali Scholarship Recipients
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.
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Meet the Gold Scholarship Recipients
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 Drexel 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 the University may also be available.
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
Visit MPH Plans of Study to learn more about Dornsife's range of MPH offerings including on-campus and online options, as well as one-year to three-year timelines.
Meet current and past Dornsife Public Health Fellows, Dornsife International Research Fellows, Urban Health Collaborative Master's Fellows, Arthur Frank Scholarship Recipients, Marla Gold Scholarship Recipients, and Tringali Scholarship Recipients.
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 fully funded 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.
Training opportunities at Dornsife include:
Urban Health Collaborative Fellowship: 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.
Drexel-INCAP Training Program: Prospective doctoral students who are citizens from Central American countries and are not permanent residents of a high-income country are eligible for a similar funding package available through the Drexel-INCAP Training Program on Social Determinants of Cardiovascular Disease Over the Life Course, which is an NIH training grant focused on building research capacity in Central America.
Global Alliance for Training in Health Equity Research: Advanced doctoral students (following completion of coursework in the first 2 years) from underrepresented backgrounds are eligible to apply to train with GATHER, which is an NIH training grant focused on minority health and health disparities research.
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.
Meet current and past Urban Health Collaborative Doctoral Fellows, Drexel-INCAP Trainees, and GATHER Trainees.
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
If you have questions about scholarships, funding, or a specific public health program, reach out to our admissions team or take the next step: