Graduate Student Fellowships

The School of Public Health provides some financial assistance for graduate students including:

Sally J. Phillips Dissertation Fellowship Award: 

This award, up to $10,000 is given to a Kinesiology doctoral student who is in the final phases of completing a high quality dissertation in preparation for a career in academia. The award is made possible through the generosity of Dr. Sally J. Phillips who served as a professor in the department.  She recognized the importance of financial support in the final year of doctoral work, the contributions of teaching assistants and the need to provide assistance for the next generation of scholars and academics in the field of kinesiology.   Students must have a minimum of 3.5 GPA; minimum number of incomplete grades in coursework; strength of advisor’s letter of support; merit of the approved dissertation research proposal; feasibility/probability of completing research in a timely manner; record of departmental citizenship; preference to candidates who have an accepted dissertation proposal prior to May 1 of the application year; preference to those who have served the department as teaching assistants. Students can contact Ms. Polly Schurer at pollys@umd.edu for more information.

Gebhardt-Phillips Graduate Student Fund:  

This award (average $1K to $5K) will provide supplemental financial support for committee-selected Kinesiology doctoral students in the general areas of direct financial support for assistantships, scholarships, fellowships or for research support including equipment, labor, subjects and scholarly travel.  Priorities are:

  • Phillips dissertation Fellowship/awards
  • Summer scholarships
  • Equipment, subject costs or student labor needed for dissertation data collection
  • Doctoral student travel (including Henson Memorial Travel Fund)
  • Other initiatives to support doctoral students
  • Initiatives for Master’s student support in the same general areas
  • Outstanding undergraduate kinesiology honors students and their projects

SPH Emergency Fund: 

This emergency fund was established to help current students (graduate as well as undergraduate) when they are confronted with a financial emergency that could prevent them from remaining in school.  The funds are used to respond to immediate financial situations that directly impact the student's ability to attend and function in classes. In response to current economic conditions, this special emergency fund was established and has already been able to provide immediate assistance to help keep students in school.  For more information on how to apply, please contact Ron Padron, an Academic Advisor in the SPH Undergraduate Center for Academic Success and Achievement.

Whitlark Fellowship Award: 

This fellowship supports selected international research activities by doctoral students in the Department of Kinesiology.  This award is made possible through the generosity of anonymous donors who saw the need for funding in this area.  Students can contact Ms. Polly Schurer at pollys@umd.edu for more information and to apply prior to the event and/or need.