Student Awards and Funding

Each year, outstanding students at the Gillings School for Global Public Health receive awards and honors recognizing their excellence in teaching, research, service and professional development. These awards are supported by generous contributions from donors to the School and University who value the current and future contributions of our students.

SPH Self-nominated Current Student Awards

Students wanting to apply for schoolwide awards and scholarships can visit the UNC Gillings Student Awards online system.

This process will allow you to do the following:

  • Select award(s) based on criteria and eligibility
  • Enter personal statement, reference and upload CV/resume
  • View award status and entry status from referrers
  • Review account, print and search self-nominated applications

Self-nominated awards for the 2015–2016 academic year will be posted on December 18, 2015. The following awards will tentatively be offered:

  • Alumni Association Annual Spirit of Giving Award
  • Alumni Association Endowed Scholarship
  • Anne Cynthia Price Travel Award
  • Annual Fund Scholarship
  • Atkinson Scholarship
  • Brendle Brothers Scholarship
  • B. Erik and Mabel S. Johansson Scholarship
  • Class of 1958 Scholarship
  • Class of 2014 Scholarship
  • Derek and Louise Winstanly Scholarship
  • Donald and Jennifer Holzworth Merit Scholarship
  • Dr. Curtis Glenn Southard Award
  • Elizabeth Reaves Martin Moore Scholarship
  • Fred and Pearle McCall Scholarship
  • Greenberg Award for Excellence in Doctoral Research
  • Gillings Dissertation Award
  • Gillings Merit Scholarship
  • Harry A Guess Scholarship
  • James Imhotep Irving Public Service Scholarship
  • Jamie Kimble Scholarship for Courage
  • Jean Tower Lassiter Scholarship
  • Kerr L. White and Edward Wagner Scholarship
  • Koch Travel Award
  • Michel A. Ibrahim Fellowship
  • Moulton-Wong Scholarship

Department Awards and Funding

Awards that are specific to an academic department in the Gillings School of Global Public Health may vary from year to year. It is best to contact your department about these opportunities.

Environmental Sciences and Engineering
Health Behavior
Health Policy and Management
Maternal and Child Health
Public Health Leadership

Department-nominated Awards

Department representatives wanting to nominate incoming and current returning students for schoolwide awards and scholarships should visit the UNC Gillings Student Awards online system.

Honorary Societies

Gillings School undergraduate and graduate students may be recognized for their efforts and accomplishments by a variety of honorary societies. To nominate a student who you think deserves recognition, see the information below.

Delta Omega – Theta Chapter
Delta Omega is the national honorary society for graduate studies in public health. Students and faculty are eligible for nomination. For more information, contact Dr. Lewis Margolis.

UNC Student Honorary Societies

The Frank Porter Graham Honor Society
Recognizes outstanding service provided to the University and community by graduate and professional students enrolled at UNC-Chapel Hill. Further, it recognizes the contributions of faculty, staff and friends of UNC who have made significant contributions to the development of graduate and professional education at the University.

The Order of the Golden Fleece
Recognizes individuals – students, faculty, staff members and alumni – of demonstrably high character and who have made some specific long-lasting, innovative and extraordinary contribution to the University community.

The Order of the Grail-Valkyries
Recognizes students of outstanding character who have made significant contributions to our university’s academic climate through excellence in scholarship, dynamic leadership and innovative service.

The Order of the Old Well
Recognizes students of high character who demonstrated exemplary and generous humanitarian service and who have served in a capacity such that their service contributions have not been previously recognized.

Scholarship Recipients

Scholarships awarded to incoming students as part of the admissions process:

Scholarships awarded to current students:

Graduate School Awards

The Graduate School offers numerous scholarships for which public health students qualify. Each year, the Graduate School highlights graduate student accomplishments and each year, SPH students are among the best and brightest across the University.

Public Health Scholarships

North Carolina Public Health Association Scholarships
Are you currently enrolled or have been accepted in an associate, undergrad or graduate degree program? Do you have a child that has been accepted or is currently enrolled in community college or a university? Are you a current member of NCPHA? Did you know you can apply for a scholarship? Please visit the website for more information.

Rotary Peace Fellowship

Rotary Peace Fellowships are offered on a world-competitive basis. Each Rotary district may nominate candidates for competition in the worldwide selection process. Up to 50 fellowships for master’s level studies are offered annually at one of five Rotary Peace Centers. Fellows can only be assigned to a center outside of their home country. For more information on this fellowship can be found here.