Scholarships, Fellowships & Grants

Interschool Fellowships

The interschool fellowships are need-based institutional awards that are not restricted to students in one Columbia school or college. The annual amounts of these awards are generally in the range of $1,000 to $5,000.

Institutional Fellowships and Scholarships

  1. The Allan Rosenfield Scholars Fund

    This need-based scholarship is awarded annually to outstanding students pursuing a doctoral degree or performing post-doctoral research in the field of public health. Each student receives a tuition credit, as well as an annual living expense stipend. The scholarships are contingent on the academic excellence of the students. The fund was established in 2004 and is an integral part of supporting our future public health leaders

  2. Brush Fellowship in Reproductive Health and Policy

    The Brush Fellowship is awarded annually to exceptional domestic or international students who are committed to pursuing a career in the field of domestic or international reproductive health and policy, which may include advocacy, programming, policy-making, or service delivery.

  3. Community Scholars

    Merit and/or need-based scholarship awarded annually to full-time MPH students in the department of Sociomedical Sciences.  Selection for the scholarship is competitive and based on a review of all admission materials.

  4. Doris Duke Fellowships for the Prevention of Child  Abuse and Neglect

    The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago invite individuals who are interested in a career in the field of child abuse and neglect prevention to apply for the fellowships. For more details about the Doris Duke Fellowships for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, please refer to our resources section. The application period for the 2012-2014 doctoral fellowship is open from August 15, 2011 through December 15, 2011.

  5. Dorothy Edith Veith-DiPaolo Memorial Scholarship

    This scholarship supports one nurse annually who is pursuing a master's degree in public health. The scholarship was established in 2004 by Mr. Nicholas DiPaolo in memory of his late wife, Dorothy Edith Veith-DiPaolo, a nurse who received her master's degree in public health from Columbia School of Public Health in 1980.

  6. Dorothea Dix Public Psychiatry Fund

    This fund supports one student each year and is renewable up to three years. Preference is given to current or former post - doctoral psychiatry fellows from NYSPI/Columbia.

  7. Dr. E.M. Bluestone Scholarship

    This award benefits students in the Master of Healthcare Administration program who are intellectually gifted and demonstrate financial need.

  8. Elizabeth Milbank Anderson Fellowship

    This award provides fellowships to PhD students studying in the Mailman School's Center for the History and Ethics of Public Health.

  9. Frank G. Bossong Scholarship

    This scholarship, created in memory of Frank G. Bossong (HA '53), is for students in the Department of Health Policy and Management, with a preference for students who intend to pursue careers in the field of hospital administration.
    (**This award is currently not available for awarding purposes.)

  10. Fund for Public Health Leadership

    Funded by the School’s alumni, faculty, and friends, this fund supports need-based scholarships.

  11. Gemson Scholarship

    The Gemson Scholarship, established in an honor of Donald H. Gemson, MD, MPH ’85, provides support for doctoral students focusing in the area of health promotion and disease prevention.

  12. The James Harden Fellowship Fund

    Provides doctoral fellowships for PhD students who are studying with the Center for the History and Ethics of Public Health. Recipients of this fellowship are designated as James Harden Fellows.

  13. Hearst Foundations Doctoral Fellowship in Aging and Public Health

    The Hearst Foundations Doctoral Fellowships in Aging and Public Health are awarded to doctoral students dedicated to making a positive impact on the field of healthy aging.

  14. Harriet and Robert H. Heilbrunn Scholars Program

    This is a scholarship made possible by a generous gift from Mr. and Mrs. Heilbrunn. Preference is given to minority students, or individuals who plan to work in city, state, or federal public health agencies, or public health oriented non-profit organizations after graduation.

  15. Initiative for Maximizing Student Diversity (IMSD)

    The purpose of this program is to increase the number of underrepresented students who receive doctoral training in public health. The program is available to students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. In order to be eligible for the IMSD program, students must have been accepted into any of the public health doctoral programs of the Mailman School (i.e., DrPH or PhD programs in Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Environmental Health Sciences, or Sociomedical Sciences). The IMSD provides partial tuition coverage, a graduate research assistantship placement with a faculty mentor, and travel to one scientific conference per year. A separate application is required. For more information, contact the Program Director, Dr. Ana Abraído-Lanza, at 212-305-1859.

  16. JFEW Scholars in Aging and Public Health

    Jewish Foundation for Education of Women Scholars (JFEW) in Aging and Public Health are selected annually to receive full tuition, student fees and books for two years. To qualify, student must be committed to improving health for older adults, reside in the New York City metropolitan area or have lived within a 50 mile radius of New York City prior to enrollment, demonstrate good character, high motivation, be enrolled full-time at the Mailman School of Public Health, and demonstrate the financial need requirements that the Foundation has designated. To be considered for the scholarship, students must submit parents' financial information.  If students are independent, other financial documentation will be required to demonstrate need.

  17. Julia B. Wasserman Scholarship

    This needs-based scholarship was established by Julia Wasserman, '88.

  18. Jane L. and Robert J. Katz Scholarship

    This scholarship provides funds for Mailman School students who demonstrate financial need.

  19. Latino Fellowship Program

    One half-tuition fellowship is offered this year to a student committed to working with Latino populations in the U.S. following completion of a Master's of Public Health through the Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health. Please find more information here.

  20. Mailman School Scholars

    Established by an anonymous donor in 2007, this resource provides need-based financial aid to master’s degree students.

  21. Mayor’s Graduate Scholarship Program

    Employees of the Department of Citywide Administrative Services in the City of New York are eligible to apply for this scholarship. The program covers half the cost of tuition, up to three tuition points per semester. Mayor’s Graduate Scholars continue their employment while participating in this program. A separate application is required, and is available by visiting their website or writing to: Mayor’s Graduate Scholarship Program, 1 Centre Street (Room 2435), New York, NY 10007.

  22. Peter Jay Sharp Scholarship

    This is a merit-based scholarship established with a gift from The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation, in memory of Peter Jay Sharp. It provides a nonrenewable $25,000 scholarship to full-time MPH students. Awardees are selected primarily on the basis of public health career potential, demonstrated leadership ability, prior public health work, and community advocacy experience.

  23. Public Health Scholars Program

    The Public Health Scholars Program provides 25 to 75 percent tuition coverage, depending on salary, to employees of the New York City Department of Health, or the New York State Department of Health. Up to five Public Health Scholars are selected each academic year. Eligible applicants for the program must have been accepted for admission to a degree program at the Mailman School of Public Health. Public Health Scholars continue their employment while participating in this program. The contact person for NYCDOH is Ms. Smita Pamar: 212-676-2183.

  24. Public Health Leadership Award

    This fund provides need-based financial aid for Mailman School students and is funded by students, alumni, and friends of the Mailman School.

  25. The Ray E. Trussell, MD, Fellowship

    This fellowship provides aid for a full-time student pursuing an MPH or an Executive MPH in public health with a concentration in substance abuse prevention and public policy areas. Eligible candidates must have proven training in psychiatry and substance abuse treatment and/or equivalent experience. Preference is given to applicants who have trained at Beth Israel Hospital or a Columbia-University affiliated institution. This fellowship was established by Dr. Elizabeth Trussell in honor of her late husband, Ray E. Trussell, MD, dean of the Mailman School of Public Health from 1955 to 1968.

  26. Rosenfield Scholars in Sexual and Reproductive Health

    Established by an anonymous donor, the award is intended for students who are likely to make a significant impact in the field of sexual and reproductive health.

  27. Rosenfield Fellowship Fund

    Established by the Jerome L. Greene Foundation, this fellowship provides aid for students pursuing an MPH/MSW degree, or who have a related interest in social work.

  28. Rosenfield Global Health Scholarships Fund

    Established by Richard and Elizabeth Witten, this scholarship provides aid for a student interested in the care and treatment of people with AIDS/HIV in South Africa. Evidence of interest, including academic background and/or experience in this field, must be included in your admissions application.

  29. Rudin Scholars in Public Health

    This scholarship, established by the May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, provides two awards for Master of Public Health students each year and is renewable for a student's second year of study. Recipients represent diverse backgrounds, experiences, and career goals; have financial need; and have demonstrated academic excellence. They share a common aspiration of improving population health in New York City, around the country, and throughout the world.

  30. Sheila Gorman Scholarship

    This is a partial scholarship available to an incoming student in the Executive MPH Program. The scholarship is funded by alumni, students, colleagues, friends, and family of retired faculty member Sheila Gorman, PhD, in honor of her career at the Mailman School of Public Health.

  31. Tillman Military Scholar

    Columbia University is honored to be selected by the Pat Tillman Foundation as a Tillman Military Scholar University Partner. This prestigious and selective partnership will provide an opportunity for Columbia student veterans or their spouses to apply for the scholarship. The Pat Tillman Foundation seeks to create a community of scholars dedicated to improving their own lives, the lives of their families and their country by creating a spirit of service. The Tillman Military Scholars program supports this population by removing financial barriers to completing a degree program of choice. After selection, the program provides a forum supported by community and resources, where leadership, service and advocacy have an opportunity to flourish and in doing so creates an environment where the next generation of America’s leaders can hone their focus and skills through education while also developing a deep and real engagement within our communities. Visit their website for more information about the foundation and scholarship or to apply. The application opens Monday, February 13th and will close Friday, March 16th.

  32. Tumelty, Taub, Pokorny, and Liberman Pharmacy Alumni Scholarship Fund

    This award, funded by alumni of the former College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, supports students at the Mailman School.

  33. W.E.B. DuBois Scholarship

    This scholarship provides support for Master of Public Health students who already have a medical degree or are enrolled in a joint MD/MPH program and who intend to pursue careers in bona fide public health service in a municipal, domestic, or international agency.

  34. Werner and Elaine Dannheisser Scholarship

    Established by the Werner and Elaine Dannheisser Trust, this is a need-based scholarship for one or more students in the Department of Sociomedical Sciences' Aging and Public Health track.

  35. Wyman Scholarship

    This is a merit based scholarship that was funded by the late Rita F. Wyman in memory of her husband, Dr. Randolph A. Wyman, a former member of the School's faculty.

  36. Yellow Ribbon Program for Military Veterans

The US Department of Veterans Affairs provides significant financial aid opportunities to students who served in the US Armed Forces on or after September 11, 2001, as well as the dependents of these veterans. Through a new initiative authorized by the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act, higher education institutions can provide eligible student veterans with a tuition waiver or grant that is matched by the US Department of Veterans Affairs.  This program, known as the Yellow Ribbon Program (YRP), enhances the base tuition benefits provided by the Post-9/11 GI Bill.  The Mailman School participates in this program. Learn more. For any questions please email

Federal Grants

  1. Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students

    This program provides a fellowship to students who demonstrate financial need and who are interested in gaining research experience with historically underserved communities. The fellowship is awarded to full-time master's-level students who have overcome obstacles that impeded their academic progress and/or meet income-specific criteria. This scholarship requires submission of a parent tax return. Due to Federal Government budget constraints this grant will not be offered for the 2014-2015 academic year.

  2. U.S. Public Health Traineeship Award

    This program is sponsored by the United States Public Health Service for full-time matriculated students (at least 12 points). A limited number of traineeships are available, based on need, to students entering an academic program identified as a severe shortage area, i.e. Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Environmental Health Sciences. Due to Federal Government budget constraints this grant will not be offered for the 2014-2015 academic year.