Global Health Scholarships
The Global Health program is able to offer several scholarships, designed to offset the costs of conducting international global health projects or research as a part of various School of Public Health degree programs. Examples include MPH applied practice experiences and MS thesis research. Students are encouraged to review all scholarships thoroughly before applying, as each scholarship has separate eligibility criteria and requirements.
The Global Health Scholarship Application period for the academic year 2020-2021 is now open. Applications are due Monday, March 29, 2021.
*Due to the unusual circumstances of the COVID pandemic, scholarships are being altered to support local or remote global health projects. More details are available in the application packet.
Steps to Apply for Global Health Scholarships
- Review available scholarships below to determine for which you may be a good fit. The descriptions below also include post-acceptance requirements.
- Complete the SPH – Global Health Scholarships application. Components include:
- A personal statement (which should be written for whichever scholarship(s) the student feels they are best suited)
- A budget estimating total travel expenses, if applicable. Please include any other sources of financial support that would be used to help offset the total cost of the experience.
- A letter from the Host Organization outlining the parameters and expectations for the experience.
- A letter from the applicant’s UIC supervisor (i.e. applied practice experience advisor) for the experience vouching for the applicant’s capacity for taking full advantage of this experience and stating her/his willingness to serve as a contact at UIC for the student throughout their experience.
- A statement about foreign language proficiency (speaking, reading, writing) and language spoken at the proposed destination.
- A copy of the applicant’s unofficial UIC academic transcript (available from www.my.uic.edu). An official transcript is not necessary.
Global Health Scholarships
Donna Farley Global Health Scholarship
This scholarship will assist graduate students who demonstrate financial need with travel expenses associated with conducting an international Applied Practice Experience. Funds are available to support one to two students at up to $1000 during the academic year, including the summer semester.
The Donna Farley Global Health Scholarship provides funding for graduate students who demonstrate a commitment to addressing global health issues and challenges. It is designed to help defray the travel costs associated with conducting an international Applied Practice Experience, MS thesis research or doctoral research for those who demonstrate financial need. The scholarship will be awarded through a competitive process that is open to all students formally enrolled in the MPH, MS or PhD degree programs in the School of Public Health.
Douglas Passaro Scholarship
The Douglas Passaro Global Horizons Scholarship assists graduate students with travel expenses associated with an international field experience (applied practice experience, thesis research, etc.,). Four awards of up to $3000 (per award) will be given during the academic year (includes summer).
This award honors the memory of Dr. Douglas James Passaro, Associate Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Attending Physician in Infectious Diseases at the UIC Hospital from 2001 to 2005. The award reflects his devotion to international health, from his work in Africa during his service in the Peace Corps to his continued work in Latin America while at UIC. The fund is intended to provide support to graduate students for health-related, hands-on applied practice experiences to carry on Dr. Passaro’s work promoting global health, a passion that was interrupted by his untimely death at age 43.
MPH/MS Global Health Scholarship
The Global Health Scholarship defrays expenses associated with the MPH/MS Applied Practice Experience or field research in global public health. These scholarships are competitive, and open to all domestic and international students enrolled in the MPH or MS global health concentration. Up to three awards of up to $1500 (per award) will be made in the fall and spring terms.
Paul Brandt-Rauf Scholarship in Global Health
The Paul Brandt-Rauf Scholarship in Global Health is named in honor of the 5th dean of the UIC School of Public Health. Dr. Brandt-Rauf’s life passion is to prevent disease and promote health through addressing the root causes of illness, as well as to ensure students are leaving institutions with the proper knowledge to continue this important work. He once said that his goal is to leave the world a better place than he found it. This was evident in the way he worked to make scholarships available to students who wanted to pursue a degree in public health.
This global health scholarship will assist graduate students who demonstrate financial need with expenses associated with pursuing a global public health field experience. Funds are available to support one to two students at up to $2,500 during the academic year, including the summer semester. The scholarship will be awarded through a competitive process that is open to all students formally enrolled in the MPH, MS, PhD, or DrPH degree program in the School of Public Health.
Slotten Scholarship in Global Health
The Slotten Scholarship in Global Health assists graduate and doctoral students who are completing essential and well-defined research that focuses on health disparities among populations and/or members of LGBT communities either in a non-U.S. setting or domestically. One to two awards for up to $2500 will be given during the academic year (includes summer).
The Slotten Scholarship in Global Health is designed to help defray the costs of conducting a MPH Applied Practice Experience, MS thesis or doctoral research, or a research study that focuses on health disparities among LGBTQ communities outside the U.S or those domestic LGBTQ populations that retain strong ethnic or community ties to another country and/or its culture. Under the Slotten scholarship award, health disparities among LGBTQ communities and populations include the full range of possible diseases and illness as well as the socio-cultural, legal, racial/ethnic, and/or psychosocial challenges that affect health and well-being.
Note: You must be in good financial standing to receive these scholarships. Receiving any scholarship may affect your financial aid package. We encourage you to contact Student Financial Aid Services to determine your financial standing.
Note: International students may not apply for projects in their home country, but an experience in another country would be considered eligible.