Student Funding

Partial Master’s Program Scholarships
The Behavioral and Social Health Sciences, Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and MPH Programs provide partial scholarships to a limited number of highly qualified part-time and full-time Master's students. The partial scholarship covers up to 25% of tuition costs. Applicants are automatically considered for partial scholarship support as part of the admissions process. Please contact the department administrator directly if you have questions.

School of Public Health Conference Travel Support
Doctoral students who present original work at academic conferences, can request up to $400 in support from the School of Public Health.  The School of Public Health funds are intended to cover related travel expenses not covered by the Graduate School. Students are eligible to receive these funds only once, at any time during their training period. Reimbursement will not be granted for merely attending a conference. Given funding limitations, application does not guarantee support. Learn more.

Graduate School Conference Travel Support
Doctoral and Master’s students who present original work at academic conferences, can request up to $650 in support from the Graduate School once per fiscal year (July 1 through June 30), as determined by the end date of travel. Reimbursement will not be granted for merely attending a conference. Given funding limitations, application does not guarantee support.

The Graduate Student Council offers conference travel funding of up to $300 for students who are ineligible for conference funding through the Graduate School. Application for these funds may be made once per academic year.

Nora Kahn Piore Award (Undergraduate, Master’s, MD, and PhD students)
The Nora Kahn Piore award was established in recognition of the lifetime work of health policy expert, Nora Kahn Piore through the generosity of Margot Piore Onek, MD ’64, P’91 and Joseph N. Onek.  These awards will be made annually to support undergraduate, graduate, and medical students who wish to undertake research in health services, with a focus on health status and access to health care by poor and underserved people.
Amount of Award: up to $5000
Past recipients have received awards in the amounts of $500-$3000. Awards may be used for data purchases or other research expenses, airfare, or travel (transportation and conference registration, i.e.) for example.
Call for proposals
Application deadline: EXTENDED TO MARCH 1
Submit the proposal narrative to this online submission form.

Loan Repayment Assistance (Limited funding for SPH Master’s Alumni ONLY)
In 2014, the Littauer Foundation announced that they would provide $200,000 to School of Public Health Master’s alumni to be used for repayment of educational loans. Announcements are made through the Dean’s office each spring, until funds are exhausted. Awards range from $5,000 - $15,000 and are announced in early June each year. The selection committee follows a process that considers both the amount of debt incurred per student as well as the alumnus’ direct and significant impact on vulnerable populations.

Master’s Assistantships
Master’s Assistantships are available for highly qualified students. Master’s Assistantships provide a monthly stipend and a scholarship award. The student works for the sponsor in public health research or practice.  See individual program websites for details.

MPH Thesis Award
Each year, MPH students are eligible to apply for an MPH Thesis Grant Award within the School of Public Health. Students are awarded funds in the amount of $300 by a review committee in the School. Other degree programs may offer thesis or research funding. Please see the program website for details.

Health Communications Scholar
The Health Communications Scholar Program is made possible through the generosity of an anonymous donor.  The scholarship encourages efforts in communication to make the School of Public Health globally known as a leader that unites outstanding research and innovative teaching to the benefit of the community, the nation, and the world.

The Communications Scholar works closely with the Director of Communications in the development of written content and digital media for the School of Public Health. The position will assist in creating and disseminating relevant multimedia and written content as well as providing support for the day-to-day operation and strategy for communication initiatives for the School. The student will receive a scholarship to cover 25% of tuition for the fall semester, and if renewed, also for the spring. For more information and eligibility, please email

Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training Program 
The Brown University Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training Program (MHIRT) provides international summer research experiences for qualified students, along with training prior to travel and continuing upon return. Qualified undergraduate, post-baccalaureates and graduate students in the life, physical, social sciences, or medical students may apply. Please see the program website for full description and application. 

Other support opportunities through Brown University and the Graduate School:

Global Health Scholarship
The Framework in Global Health Program provides funding to support global health scholarships for Brown University undergraduate students, graduate students, medical students, and residents/fellows. Successful applicants receive up to $3,500 to support global health research, service, and advocacy activities directly linked to Brown University faculty scholarly projects.

Global Mobility Program: Graduate Research Fellowship  The Graduate School offers fellowships for doctoral students to pursue research internationally through the Global Mobility Research Fellowship program. The program supports doctoral students who seek to conduct pre-dissertation or dissertation research abroad during one summer or academic year semester. The program funds current research projects of exceptional value that require international research activity. 

Research Travel Awards

Click on the following links for more information about PhD students and Master’s students funding opportunities.

PECE Venture Development Funds: Entrepreneurship for Climate Solutions Do you have a solution that could impact climate change? A solution that helps the world's most vulnerable populations? PECE Venture Development Funds: Entrepreneurship for Climate Solutions is a collaboration with with the Program for Environmental and Civic Engagement (PECE), a new initiative of the Institute at Brown for Environment and Society (IBES) and the Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship. Together, they are offering early-stage venture grants for undergraduate and graduate students interested in developing entrepreneurial solutions to environmental problems. Click here to learn more and to apply.

Other Internal Funding Opportunities