Grants and Scholarships

Apply and earn funding through University grants, school-based aid programs, awards and external funding opportunities.

University Aid

The University offers several scholarships throughout the year that are suitable for graduate students. These scholarships will be announced to departments and students will be invited to apply.

Pitt2Pitt Funding
Graduating Pitt undergraduates and alumni of an undergraduate program at Pitt can receive a Pitt2Pitt tuition scholarship when they enroll in a participating Pitt graduate or professional program. Read more...

Pitt Alumni Association Graduate Scholarship
A one-time $5,000 scholarship awarded to graduate students who also completed their undergraduate degree at Pitt. Read more…

The George L. Carson Graduate Fellowship for Pitt Alumni
Awarded to a graduate student who was affiliated with a Pitt athletics program as an undergraduate. Applications will be available in February and are typically due May 1. Contact the Student Life and Compliance Office in the Athletics Department with questions.

Owens Fellowship
A needs-based fellowship (approximately $6,000 per year) that can be used for tuition, books, and living expenses. Copies of GRE scores or other standardized test scores may be required. Applications are available in early May. Login to and go to the PittFund$Me link, for applications and information.

Provost’s Development Fund
A needs- and merit-based grant for doctoral students intended to provide financial support and professional development for women and disadvantaged students. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Applicants must also be in the final year of their doctoral program, having completed all required coursework and working on their dissertation. Contact Linda Williams-Moore for more information.

K. Leroy Irvis Fellowships
In 1994, the University of Pittsburgh established the K. Leroy Irvis Fellowships to enhance the academic excellence and diversity of Pitt's graduate student body and prepare doctoral students for academic research careers. Each year, schools select distinguished doctoral applicants who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement to participate in this prestigious program, which provides a non-duty bearing fellowship for the student's first year of doctoral study as well as academic guidance and cohort-based mentoring throughout the student's doctoral studies.

Pitt Public Health Aid

Pitt Public Health offers several awards to current students.

Dean’s Endowed Doctoral Awards
For AY2024-25, two awards per department will be provided to doctoral students for professional or conference-related travel. Students are selected by their departments based on diversity, need, merit, and service.

Dr. Edgar and Lauraine Duncan Awards
For AY2024-25, one award per department will be provided to master's students for professional or conference-related travel. Students are selected by their departments based on diversity, need, and merit.

Bernard D. Goldstein Student Award in Environmental Health Disparities and in Public Health Practice
For students or postdoctoral fellows studying either environmental causes of health disparities or the practice of public health. This award is administered in alternate years by the Center for Health Equity (even-numbered years) and the Center for Public Health Practice (odd-numbered years). Students must apply to be considered. Applications are typically due in fall semester.

Pitt Public Health Futures and Department Achievement Awards
Master’s applicants are considered for partial tuition awards during the admission review process and are notified of scholarships at the time of acceptance. Awards are based on full-time enrollment as a Pitt Public Health master’s degree student. Some exclusions apply. Please refer to note below.

AmeriCorps Awards
Pitt Public Health recognizes participation in the AmeriCorps. U.S. students who successfully complete at least one year of service with the AmeriCorps, and indicate this service in their SOPHAS application, are automatically considered for an increased Pitt Public Health Futures Award, pending confirmation of service.

NoteGenetic Counseling MS and MS/MPH and Multidisciplinary MPH applicants, as well as joint degree and accelerated applicants, are excluded from Pitt Public Health Futures, AmeriCorps, and Department Achievement Awards. In addition, students using Pitt educational benefits (e.g., full-time Pitt employees, their spouses, or their dependents) and students on athletic scholarships are not eligible for these awards.

Peace Corps Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program

Provides qualified Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) financial support towards a Master of Public Health (MPH) or Master of Science (MS) degree as well as experience working with local underserved communities.

Coverdell Fellows receive a 40 percent tuition + fees scholarship for up to four academic terms of study.

Find out more!

And apply by simply checking the RPCV box on your SOPHAS application!

Departmental Awards

Behavioral and Community Health Sciences

Carol Mcallister Award
Based on need and merit, awards can be used for books, fees, stipends, or travel expenses.

Karen S. Peterson Memorial Research Award for Women’s Health
Assist with research or practice leading to improvement in women's health.

Joseph and Brigida Ricci Scholarship
Needs-based support for an outstanding student.

Myrna Silverman Scholarship
Needs-based support for an outstanding doctoral student.

BCHS Research Support Fund
These funds are available for BCHS master's and doctoral students to assist with the costs of conducting research toward the MPH, DrPH, or PhD degrees. MPH students must have formed their committees and obtained IRB approval in order to be eligible. Doctoral students must have passed their Overview and have IRB approval in order to be eligible.


Harvey Co Chien Endowed Scholarship Fund
Needs-based tuition awarded to outstanding accepted full-time MS applicants.

Biostatistics Chairman's Excellence Award
Annual tuition support awarded to outstanding accepted full-time MS applicants.

Department Of Biostatistics Endowment Fund
Resource support including travel and registration for academic and professional conferences.


Arlene W. Caggiula Student Award in Nutrition
Tuition support for students studying nutrition.

Katherine Detre Scholarship
Awarded to promising first-year students who demonstrate the strengths and spirit of Katherine Detre. Established to supplement graduate student support in the Epidemiology Data Center.

Lewis H. Kuller Scholarship Award
Resource support that can be used for tuition, books, fees, research, and travel.

Evelyn H. Wei Memorial Fund
Resource support for travel to professional conferences.

Evelyn H. Wei Scholarship Award in Epidemiology
Tuition assistance.

Health Policy and Management

The Dawn Gideon Scholarship for MHA Students
Scholarship assistance for MHA student whose talents lean towards creative problem solving and an understanding of the value all individuals bring to the process.

Nathan Hershey Endowment in Health Administration
An annual award to a full-time student enrolled in the MHA program. Secondary criteria shall include need.

HPM Friends and Alumni Scholarship Fund
Tuition support to students within the Department of Health Policy and Management.

Hunter Group Health Policy and Management Student Scholarship Award
This endowed fund provides tuition assistance for students in the Department of Health Policy and Management.

Thomas and Judy Priselac Endowed Fund for Health Care Leadership
Provides support for MHA students participating in selected professional and leadership development activities nationally, including professional association conferences, academic team competitions, professional networking, and other health management career path opportunities.

Surma Scholarship For Long-Term Health Care Administration in Policy and Aging
This endowed fund provides support to School of Public Health students who are Pennsylvania residents and have demonstrated interest in long-term healthcare administration or policies.

Human Genetics

George Qi Wang Memorial Student Assistance Fund In Pharmacogenetics
Tuition support for students pursuing research studies in pharmacogenetics; open to students in any of the Schools of the Health Sciences or Arts and Sciences.

Robert Ferrell Student Resource Fund
Income shall be used to provide support for books, lab fees, travel or other educational expenses for students in the Department of Human Genetics at Pitt Public Health. Shall be administered by the Chair of the Department of Human Genetics.

C. C. and Clara Li Endowment Scholarship
The endowment can be used to support tuition, travel, or other educational expenses for Hugen students studying at any level. It may also be used to help promising current students attend a scientific meeting to present their research. The award is offered to an incoming student.

Infectious Diseases and Microbiology

Bob Yee Student Award
Tuition support.

Travel Awards for Conferences and International Study

Pitt Public Health Support

Student Government Association
Students can apply for modest travel awards from the Student Government Association. Grant requests will only be honored for travel that has not occurred yet, and reimbursement requests MUST be made within 30 days of the receipt. Applications are available from the office of student affairs or here. 

University Support

Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS)
Funded by the U.S. Department of Education with the intent of promoting the study of a modern, European foreign language within a cultural, scientific, or historical framework. Fellowships are awarded annually for summer and academic year study. Submit an application to Pitt Public Health, and we will then select nominees and forward them to the University Center for International Studies. Read more...

Graduate and Professional Student Government
Grant support for travel to academic and professional conferences. Applicants are eligible for one grant per fiscal year (July 1–June 30), and funds are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Read more...

Nationality Rooms Scholarships
These scholarships reflect decades of work honoring education through cultural exchange. After the Nationality Rooms were built in Pitt’s Cathedral of Learning, committees stayed together to raise funds enabling eligible Pitt students to study abroad, thereby experiencing another culture in depth. There are several different awards available. Read more...

University Center for International Study Scholarships
The Pitt Study Abroad Office offers a central listing of the range of scholarship possibilities available to help defray the cost of a study abroad program. Scholarships are managed by academic departments and schools such as the Center for Global Health or the College of General Studies. Read more...

Women’s Studies Student Research Fund
Awards of up to $1,000 to support travel expenses, clerical support, research materials, or other direct costs for research related to the study of women, gender, and/or sexuality. Read more...

External Support

The following external sources also provide travel support for conferences and international study:

Fulbright Fellowship Program

Grants for individually designed study/research projects or for English teaching assistantships. During their program, Fulbrighters will meet, work, live with, and learn from the people of a host country, sharing daily experiences. Read more...

Fulbright Hays
Funding for students wishing to conduct their doctoral dissertations abroad. Read more...

George Mitchell Scholarship
National scholarship for students interested in pursuing one year of graduate work in an institution of higher education in Ireland or Northern Ireland. Read more...

International Education Financial Aid
Information on financial aid for U.S. and international students wishing to study abroad. Read more...

External Funding Opportunities

These organizations may have financial aid programs for public health students. Students can find listings of internship, fellowship, and post-doc opportunities in Pitt Bridges.

Public Health Air Force Federal Student Financial Assistance Ford Foundation
American Heart Association American Association of University Women American Society for Microbiology
Society for Toxicology American Cancer Society American Chemical Society
Jewish Scholarship Service National Cancer Institute National Science Foundation
Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program Hispanic Scholarship Fund
Alma Adams Scholarship for Outreach and Health Communication National Institutes of Health Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Society for Epidemiologic Research Society for Public Health Education Scholarships Soros Scholarship for New Americans
Evalee Schwarz Charitable Trust for Education Institute Of Current World Affairs Fellowships Ruth Kirschstein National Research Service Awards
Ruth Taylor Award for Residents of Westchester County, NY Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Pittsburgh Young Professionals Fund
Truman Foundation Scholarships Davis-Putter Scholarships Institute for Human Studies
Udall Environmental Fellowship Strong Arm Leukemia Scholarship Boren Fellowships
American Medical Writers Association Scholarship International Scholarships finaid

Loan Eligibility for Grants and Scholarships

The University recalculates a student’s loan eligibility whenever additional financial aid appears in the student financial system.

New aid may result in a reduction or total cancellation of loan eligibility, including an obligation to immediately repay all or part of a loan already disbursed.

If you receive a scholarship, you may want to schedule a meeting with a loan counselor in the University’s Office of Admissions and Financial Aid and ask for a recalculation of your loan eligibility.


William T. Green Award

A $750 award to support research and special projects for currently enrolled Pitt Public Health students.

William T. Green Award

Goldstein Award

The Bernard D. Goldstein Award was established for students or postdoctoral fellows at Pitt Public Health working in one of two areas: Environmental Health Disparities or Public Health Practice.

Goldstein Award

Rycheck Award

The Rycheck Award gives to a Pitt Public Health student pursuing an MPH degree and committed to the practice of public health a $500 award that will enable the student to develop further skills and competencies for the “professional bag.”

Rycheck Award

Health Justice Scholars

The Health Justice Scholars Program supports the development of Pitt Public Health scholars who have interests and/or projects in health equity and justice.