Graduate Students

The R2 office has compiled a list of funding resources for graduate students studying at the Mailman School. If you would like to apply for one of these opportunities and have any questions, please review the funding opportunity announcement carefully and contact either the contact person listed in the announcement or the prf1 [at] (Research Resources Office)

Additional Information Required For F31 and F32 Applications: 

A reminder toapplicants, their mentors, and administrators of the new “Additional Educational Information” document required in the applications. All applications lacking this attachment will be considered incomplete and will not proceed to review. Please refer to the following notices regarding this new requirement: NIH Notice of Clarification (F31s)NIH Notice of Clarification (F32s)FAQs for Fellowships; Columbia University’s Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA) provides template language you can include in the “Additional Educational Information” document for F32s. This language can be obtained from the OPA website. If you have any questions regarding this new requirement, please contact your SPA Project Officer. 

American Public Health Association (APHA) Student Opportunities

APHA's Public Health Student Opportunities (PHSO) page offers information about:

Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) Student Funding Information

The ASPPH Graduate Training Programs page offers information about ASPPH-sponsored fellowshipsinternships, and other programs available to students of public health.

CDC Student Internships and Fellowships

CDC offers a variety of fellowships and internship programs for undergraduate and graduate students. Detailed information about these programs can be found on the CDC's Student Internships and Fellowships page.

NIH Graduate Student Funding Opportunities

Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards (NRSA)

Named for Dr. Ruth L. Kirschstein, the first woman director of an NIH Institute and an important scientific contributor to polio vaccine development, NRSA awards provide support for pre-doctoral students. Several types of NRSA Individual Fellowship Funding Opportunities or "F Series" awards are available for individual graduate students. More detailed information about these awards, including contacts, deadline and submission information can be found at the NIH F Kiosk.

Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Stipends, Tuition/Fees and Other Budgetary Levels Effective for Fiscal Year 2014

NRSA Individual Fellowship (F31/F31-Diversity) "Cheat Sheet," created by the Mailman School Research Resources Office.

NRSA Individual Fellowship (F Series) Mechanisms:

  • Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards for Individual Predoctoral MD/PhD and Other Dual Doctoral Degree Fellows (Parent F30)
    Purpose of F30: To provide support to individuals for combined MD/PhD and other dual doctoral degree training (e.g. DO/PhD, DDS/PhD, AuD/PhD) with the expectation that these training opportunities will increase the number of future investigators with both clinical knowledge and skills in basic, translational or clinical research.
  • Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards for Individual Predoctoral Fellowships to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (Parent F31 - Diversity)
    Purpose of F31: To improve the diversity of the health-related research workforce by supporting the training of predoctoral students from groups that have been shown to be underrepresented (including individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities, and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds).
  • Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards (NRSA) for Individual Postdoctoral Fellows (Parent F32)
    Purpose of F32: To provide support to promising Fellowship Applicants with the potential to become productive, independent investigators in scientific health-related research fields relevant to the missions of participating NIH Institutes and Centers.
  • NRSA Policy Information
  • Click on the NIH RePORTER link for an updated list of F31 Grants. 
  • NIH RePORTER is an electronic system to search NIH research projects using a variety of codes, including public health area of interest, and provide information on publications and patents resulting from NIH-funded research, NIH RePORTER (Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tools).
  • Sample NIH REPORTER Searches, Active, 2014, backwards to 2008:

NSF Research Funding Opportunities

NSF maintains a list of funding opportunities specifically targeted to graduate students.

 These include:

The Fulbright Program

The Fulbright Program is "the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government"

Institute of International Education Student Funding Opportunity Page

The Institute of International Education (IIE) is a private nonprofit that collaborates with governments, foundations and other sponsors to programs of study and training for students, educators and professionals from all sectors. IIE administers the Fulbright program and the Gilman undergraduate scholarship program. IIE also maintains a Program Finder page, a browsable database of student programs.

Columbia University Funding Opportunity Resources

  • Columbia College maintains a Find a Fellowship page. Many of the fellowships listed on this database are appropriate for graduate students.

Other Graduate Student Funding Opportunities

Guidance for graduate students applying for funding

The research resources has created these guidance slides for graduate students (specifically, doctoral students) who are preparing proposals to leading funding agencies. Please contact us if you are a Mailman School doctoral student who has questions about finding funding.