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PQP Public Health Doctoral Scholarship

PQP Public Health Doctoral Scholarship


Deadline:  February 22, 2019


The Paul Q. Peterson Public Health Scholarship is provided to encourage and support outstanding students who are interested in the practical application of public health delivery and/or research.  This encompasses access to or management of health care delivery systems, international or community application of public health practice, advocacy for socially or economically disadvantaged populations, epidemiological or environmental investigation, or biostatistical analysis.  This scholarship was made possible by an endowment established by the Alumni Association of the School of Public Health (SPH) to honor Dr. Paul Q. Peterson, the first Dean and founding father of the UIC-SPH. It is awarded in special recognition of his efforts to improve the health of the community.


SPH students who meet the following criteria are eligible to apply for the scholarship:

  • Admitted into an SPH doctoral degree program
  • Completed at least one semester and a minimum of 12 hours toward a DrPH or PhD.
  • Maintained a cumulative GPA at SPH of 3.0 or higher
  • Expected graduation date is December 2019 or later
  • Has not previously received a PQP Scholarship at the doctoral level.



Submit the following materials online at 'PQP Doctoral Form':

1) Completed Application Form by clicking the following link: PQP Doctorals Form

2) A concise (500 word) essay describing a recently completed (during the last two years) public health project, including its rationale, objectives, demonstrated or anticipated outcomes, and public health significance.  The project may be undertaken by the applicant while a student, such as a funded or non-funded project, a research project, a project completed during independent study or practicum, or a volunteer project.  The project may also be work-related if it goes beyond the basic job expectations of the position. Overall, the project should demonstrate leadership, commitment, and expertise in public health.

3) Resume or CV with education and professional experience, publications, awards, and honors.

4) Two completed Letter of Recommendation Forms at least one of which from an SPH faculty member who has first-hand knowledge of the applicant. Click the following link to submit the PQP Doctorals Letter of Recommendation Form.



The application and all supporting documents for the scholarship must be submitted online by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, February 22, 2019.  Late submissions will not be accepted.


Applications will be reviewed by members of the Alumni Association Awards Committee.  The Committee will select finalists who will be invited for a brief interview with the committee in February/March of 2019. The recipient will be notified in advance of the PQP Awards Ceremony that will be held at the Annual SPH Research and Awards Day April 2019.

If you have any questions, please contact Emily Pasteris, Associate Director of Engagement and Participation, at (312) 996-1576 or


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