Scholarships, Fellowships, and Grants

Interschool Fellowships

Iinterschool fellowships are need-based institutional awards—ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 annually—that are not restricted to students in one Columbia school or college.

Institutional Fellowships

1. The Allan Rosenfield Scholars Fund

This need-based scholarship, established in 2004, 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 and an annual living expense stipend.

2. Community Scholars

A 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.

3. 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 these fellowships. For more details, please visit the resources section.

4. Dorothy Edith Veith-DiPaolo Memorial Scholarship

This annual scholarship supports one nurse who is pursuing a master's degree in public health. The scholarship was established in 2004 by 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.

5. Dorothea Dix Public Psychiatry Fund

Supporting one student each year—and renewable up to three years—this fund gives preference to current or former post-doctoral psychiatry fellows from NYSPI/Columbia.

6. Dr. E.M. Bluestone Scholarship

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

7. 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.

8. Frank G. Bossong Scholarship**

This scholarship, created in memory of Frank G. Bossong (HA '53), supports students in the Department of Health Policy and Management, with a preference toward students intending to pursue careers in the field of hospital administration.

**Currently not available

9. Fund for Public Health Leadership

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

10. 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.

11. 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.

12. 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.

13. Harriet and Robert H. Heilbrunn Scholars Program

Made possible by a generous gift from Mr. and Mrs. Heilbrunn, this scholarship gives preference 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.

14. 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 United States citizens or permanent residents. In order to be eligible for the IMSD program, students must be accepted into any of the Mailman School's public health doctoral programs (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 Dr. Ana Abraído-Lanza, Program Director, at 212-305-1859.

15. Julia B. Wasserman Scholarship

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

16. Jane L. and Robert J. Katz Scholarship

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

17. 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. Learn more.

18. Mailman School Scholars

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

19. 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 available online or by writing to: Mayor’s Graduate Scholarship Program, 1 Centre Street (Room 2435), New York, NY 10007.

20. Peter Jay Sharp Scholarship

This merit-based scholarship, established with a gift from the Peter Jay Sharp Foundation in memory of hotelier Peter Jay Sharp, 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.

21. 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 who have been admitted to a Mailman School degree program. Up to five Public Health Scholars are selected each academic year. Public Health Scholars continue their employment while participating in this program. Contact Smita Pamar of the New York City Department of Health at 212-676-2183 for more information.

22. Public Health Leadership Award

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

23. The Ray E. Trussell, MD, Fellowship

This fellowship provides aid for a full-time student pursuing an MPH or Executive MPH in public health with a concentration in substance abuse prevention and public policy. 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.

24. Rosenfield Scholars in Sexual and Reproductive Health

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

25. Rosenfield Fellowship Fund

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

26. 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 the admissions application.

27. Rudin Scholars in Public Health

This renewable scholarship, established by the May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, provides two awards for Master of Public Health students each year. 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.

28. Sheila Gorman Scholarship

This partial scholarship available to an incoming student in the Executive MPH Program 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.

29. Tillman Military Scholar

This prestigious and selective partnership provides scholarship opportunities for Columbia student veterans or their spouses. Funded by the Pat Tillman Foundation, which seeks to create a community of scholars dedicated to improving their lives, the lives of their families, and their country by creating a spirit of service, The Tillman Military Scholars program removes financial barriers to completing a degree. The program provides a forum where leadership, service, and advocacy can flourish and creates an environment for America's next generation of leaders to hone their focus and skills through education and deeply engagement within their communities. Visit the website for more information about the foundation and scholarship or to apply

30. 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.

31. W.E.B. DuBois Scholarship

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

32. Werner and Elaine Dannheisser Scholarship

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

33. Wyman Scholarship

This merit-based scholarship 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.

34. Yellow Ribbon Program for Military Veterans

The United States Department of Veterans Affairs provides significant financial aid opportunities to students who served in the United States Armed Forces on or after September 11, 2001, as well as their dependents. Through an 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 United States 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. To learn more, email veterans [at]

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 degree students who have overcome obstacles that impeded their academic progress and/or meet income-specific criteria. This scholarship requires submission of a parental tax return. Due to Federal Government budget constraints this grant is currently not being offered.

2. United States 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 is currently not being offered.

To be eligible for financial assistance, students must file both the FAFSA and the Institutional and Supplemental Aid application.