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Merit-based scholarships and fellowships are awarded on the basis of academic excellence.

For most merit-based awards, a minimum grade point average of 3.5 (on a 4.0 point scale) is required in all prior college-level academic coursework.

To be considered for merit-based and/or need-based awards, indicate your interest in financial support on the SOPHAS application, complete the UC Berkeley application for admission and fellowships, and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) using UC Berkeley code 001312.

Merit-based awards generally are given out by nomination only, so there is no specific application process for these awards beyond completing the FAFSA and the fellowships portion of the UC Berkeley application.

For more information on scholarships, grants and fellowships, read UC Berkeley’s Guide to Fellowships and Grants.

On-Campus Graduate Students

Opportunities for Applicants

Scholarship / AwardDeadline and Award Announcements
Graduate Opportunity Program Fellowship
This opportunity is limited to MPH and DrPH applicants only.

Nominees must be embarking on their first master’s degree and have demonstrated financial need with no more than $10,000 in assets as indicated on the Domestic Fellowship page of the Graduate Division Application for Admission. Nominees must be U.S. citizens, permanent residents or AB540-eligible. To be considered for this opportunity, nominees must submit a SOPHAS application and a UC Berkeley application by the admissions deadline.
Deadline:
December 2

Tentative Recipient
Announcement:
March 31 - June 1 (rolling basis)
Kaiser Permanente-Public Health Scholars Program
This opportunity is limited to MPH and DrPH applicants only.

With the purpose of increasing the enrollment of underrepresented students and placing graduate students in underserved communities, nominees must be U.S. citizens, permanent residents or AB540-eligible. To be considered for this opportunity, nominees must submit a SOPHAS application and a UC Berkeley application by the admissions deadline.
Deadline:
December 2

Tentative Recipient
Announcement:
March 31 - June 1 (rolling basis)
Berkeley Public Health Block Grant for Incoming Students
This opportunity is limited to MPH and DrPH applicants only.

As a merit-based opportunity, nominees must be U.S. citizens, permanent residents or AB540-eligible and have maintained an upper division undergraduate GPA of 3.5 or higher. To be considered for this opportunity, nominees must submit a SOPHAS application and a UC Berkeley application by the admissions deadline.
Deadline:
December 2

Tentative Recipient Announcement:
March 31 - June 1 (rolling basis)
Reshetko Award
Scholarships will be awarded to students determined to have the highest
potential for making a contribution to public health.

To be considered for this opportunity, nominees must submit a SOPHAS application and a UC Berkeley application by the admissions deadline.
Deadline:
December 2

Tentative Recipient Announcement:
March 31 - June 1 (rolling basis)
Dean's Diversity Fellowship
The Dean's Diversity Fellowship is an effort by our school to attract students who may otherwise not be able to afford to attend UC Berkeley.

To be considered for this opportunity, nominees must submit a SOPHAS application and a UC Berkeley application by the admissions deadline.
Deadline:
December 2

Tentative Recipient Announcement:
March 31 - June 1 (rolling basis)
Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program
This opportunity is limited to MPH, MS, and MA applicants only.

This opportunity is intended for citizens of Sub-Saharan African countries who come from a socio-economically disadvantaged background, demonstrate leadership potential, and demonstrate commitment to give back to their community, country, or continent.

To be considered for this opportunity, nominees must submit a SOPHAS application and a UC Berkeley application by the admissions deadline.
Deadline:
December 2

Tentative Recipient Announcement:
March 31 - June 1 (rolling basis)
Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships
FLAS provides funding to students to encourage the study of critical and less commonly taught foreign languages in combination with area studies, international studies or international aspects of professional studies. For graduate students, the Academic Year FLAS Fellowship will cover registration fees up to $18,000 and provide a stipend of $15,000. An additional essay must be submitted via SOPHAS indicating what relevance the study of the language of application has to the preparation to your academic program, chosen career and/or future goals. See more information here.
Deadline:
December 2

Tentative Recipient Announcement:
March 2
Health Policy Advocacy Fellowship
Under the direction of BPH faculty member Harry Snyder, JD and the Center for Public Health Practice & Leadership (CPHPL), the School of Public Health is pleased to offer you the Health Policy Advocacy Fellowship. This fellowship is made available by the Advocacy Initiative for Health Policy Change and the Louis & Anne Abrons Foundation to students who are committed to systemic improvements in public health outcomes for society’s most vulnerable populations. The award consists of a fellowship in the amount of $15,000. Receipt of this award is contingent upon enrollment in the School of Public Health. See more information here.
Deadline:
Deadline and application information will be shared with newly admitted students in April.

Announcement:
Early May

Opportunities for Current Students

Opportunities are listed by due date; however, students may apply anytime before the deadline.

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships – Due January 27

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships provide funding to students to encourage the study of critical and less commonly taught foreign languages in combination with area studies, international studies or international aspects of professional studies. For graduate students, the Academic Year FLAS Fellowship will cover registration fees up to $18,000 and provide a stipend of $15,000. Apply here.

Cheri Pies Award – Due January 29

The Cheri Pies Award for best application of the life course theory will be presented to the graduate student (MPH, MSW/MPH, DrPH, or PhD) each year who best applies any of the core concepts of the Life Course Theory to their residency, thesis, capstone, dissertation, or other type of scholarly project. Apply here.

Roselyn Lindheim Award – Due January 31

This award supports the work-in-progress of a graduate student that best exemplifies and furthers Professor Lindheim’s unique vision and innovative work in shaping community, architectural and/or public health environments that promote quality of life and wellness. Awards will consist of stipends up to $15,000 for one or two continuing graduate students. Recipient(s) must be registered during both terms of the 2021-22 academic year to be eligible for the award. Apply here.

James M. & Erma T. Freemont Foundation Scholarship Program – Due February 1

Freemont Scholars are selected from a nationwide pool of applicants. The Freemont Foundation awards scholarships to graduating high school seniors, undergraduate and graduate students with a record of leadership and volunteerism in the community and participation in extracurricular school activities. Apply here.

Public Health Alumni Association Scholarship Competition – Due February 28

Each year, thanks in part to the generosity of alumni and friends of the School, donor funds provide a number of $1,500 scholarships for School of Public Health graduate students. The awards are based on an essay competition sponsored by the Public Health Alumni Association in partnership with the School. Apply here.

Indian Health Service Scholarships – Due February 28

Our Health Professions scholarship provides financial aid to qualified American Indian and Alaska Native undergraduate- and graduate-level students. Recipients must be members of federally recognized Tribes and enrolled in an eligible health profession degree program. In exchange for financial aid, scholarship recipients agree to fulfill a service commitment in full-time clinical practice upon completion of their academic or post-graduate clinical training. Apply here.

UC Berkeley PHAA Diversity and Inclusion Fellowship – Due March 25

The annual Public Health Alumni Association (PHAA) Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship Fellowship provides funding to students who contribute to diversity and inclusion in many ways including, but not limited to, being from underrepresented minority (URM), socioeconomically disadvantaged, and/or first generation college student backgrounds. Eligible applicants are newly admitted or continuing MA, MS, MPH, DrPH, and PhD students at UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health who are enrolled in at least 12 units for the Fall 2021 semester, plan to attend school for the entire 21-22 academic year, and will not be graduating in December 2021. Application will become available in early March.

The Philip Brett LGBT Studies Fellowship – Due March 25

Open to all UC Berkeley graduate students, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, who are conducting research related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and/or queer studies in any field or discipline. Applicants must provide brief summaries of their overall research interests and aims; questions they are pursuing or plan to pursue that are related to LGBT issues; and contributions they hope to make to LGBT-related studies. An endorsement letter from the academic adviser is required. Recipients will receive $3,500 for the Spring 2021 semester. Apply here.

Albert W. Dent Graduate Student Scholarship – Due March 31

Offered annually, the Albert W. Dent Graduate Student Scholarship is designated for racially/ethnically diverse students enrolled in their final year of a healthcare management graduate program. Each scholarship is worth $5,000. Between the McGaw and Dent scholarships, ACHE awards up to 15 scholarships each year. Apply here.

Foster G. McGaw Graduate Student Scholarship – Due March 31

Offered annually, the Foster G. McGaw Graduate Student Scholarship is designated for students enrolled in their final year of a healthcare management graduate program. Each scholarship is worth $5,000. Between the McGaw and Dent scholarships, ACHE awards up to 15 scholarships each year. Apply here.

David A. Winston Health Policy Fellowship – Due April 9

The scholarship program recognizes student excellence and achievement based upon that student’s record and recommendations from faculty and colleagues. For 2021 up to twenty awards of $10,000 will be offered to each selected student who demonstrates their potential to succeed in health policy, health administration, and/or health management at either the state or national level upon graduation from their degree program. Apply here.

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation Scholarships – Due April 19

Thank you for your interest in the Foundation’s scholarships program. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation is proud to serve as the largest provider of dietetic scholarships to deserving students at all levels of study. Individual scholarships range in value from $500 to $10,000 each. Apply here.

Online Program Students

Scholarship information is posted and updated on the Online Program Fees and Financial Aid page.

Endowments and Additional Opportunities

Berkeley Public Health offers a variety of endowments and opportunities for students who meet certain eligibility requirements and encourages students of diverse backgrounds to apply.

To learn more information about these opportunities, students can contact the Student Services Office throughout the school year.