The School of Public Health and specific SPH units provide some financial assistance for graduate students including those listed below. For additional information on scholarships and financial aid, visit this page for SPH fellowship information and the Office of Student Financial Aid.

David H. and Louise B. Clarke Scholarship (KNES)

Professor Emeritus David H. Clarke, who was a leader in the area of exercise physiology, established this award to support Graduate Students in the Department of Kinesiology. Students with outstanding academic achievement can apply for conference travel; the full announcement and deadlines are sent via email. 

Whitlark Fellowship Award (KNES)

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 for more information and to apply prior to the event and/or need.

Department of Kinesiology GRIP and Gebhardt-Phillips GRIP Awards (KNES)

The Department of Kinesiology’s graduate student grant program – Graduate Research Initiative Project (GRIP) - is intended to assist graduate students in Kinesiology with funding for their research. This is a competitive grant program and has two grant application/review cycles per year: September 15th and February 15 – with funding decisions provided within two months of submission deadlines. Full announcements are sent via email. Through the generosity of donors Drs. Debbie Gebhart and Sally Phillips, the Department is able to fund an additional GRIP proposal.  Students can apply each semester through the standard GRIP application.  

Resiliency Scholarship Fund 

The School of Public Health’s Resiliency Scholarship Fund was established to help currently enrolled students avoid an interruption in their college studies due to an unforeseen emergency. This fund will help the school respond to immediate financial situations that directly impact the student's ability to attend and function in classes. Students considering emergency financial aid should understand that these programs offer limited help, and are not intended to be a secondary form of college funding. Visit the UMD Student Crisis Fund page to learn more about additional crisis funding to help in these situations. Apply here. 

This scholarship cannot be used for:

  • Electronics, such as computers, phones, tablets or other personal devices  
  • UMD Parking permits or tickets
  • Loss of clothing or household items do to fire or theft

Application Requirements:

  • Applicant must be a current School of Public Health major.  Priority is given to students with SPH as a primary major.
  • Applicants must have completed at least one semester at the University of Maryland in the School of Public Health.
  • Applicants must have at least one semester left as a student at the University of Maryland in the School of Public Health.
  • Students applying for emergency aid will also be required to provide adequate documentation of the crisis leading to their need for funds.
  • Must demonstrate need and present a copy of current UMD bill/student account balance.


School of Public Health Graduate (MPH/MHA/CFT) Professional Development Scholarship

The School of Public Health Graduate Professional Development Scholarship was established to support MPH/MHA/CFT graduate students in the pursuit of professional development opportunities to enhance career readiness beyond classroom experiences. Examples of such opportunities include, but are not limited to, conferences, workshops, networking experiences, and unique internship requirements. The goal is to cover the typical registration costs for such activities. The scholarship is designed to assist in covering expenditures incurred by the student, but may not cover the full expense of the opportunity, as the scholarships are limited to $150 per student. Apply here. 
Applicant requirements:
  • Must be a current School of Public Health graduate student in the MPH, MHA, or MS-CFT programs.  
  • Must have completed at least one semester at the University of Maryland School of Public Health.
  • Must have at least one semester left as a student at the University of Maryland School of Public Health.
  • Must be in good academic standing to apply for the scholarship.
Additional Information:
  • These funds are NOT designated for research-based experiences. Research funding (especially for research-based master’s and PhD students) may be provided by departments, advisors, or the Graduate School (e.g., Goldhaber Travel Grant). 
  • These funds cannot be used to support the CPH exam or any tuition, fees, or other typical educational expenses. 
  • These funds cannot be used to support membership in a professional organization, unless that membership is included as part of conference attendance; the intent of the award is an activity with more direct engagement than membership. 
  • Students may receive funding only ONCE as part of their degree program.
  • Applicants will be required to submit verification of the experience. If verification is not submitted funds must be refunded to SPH.

Graduate School Travel Scholarships

Travel scholarships are available for qualifying students through the Graduate School. More information can be found here