Financing your education

You may fund your education through a combination of sources, including fellowships, research and teaching assistantships, awards and federal student loans.

Student Awards

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.

UNC Gillings Student Awards online system
The deadline to apply for student self-nominated awards has passed.

Funding Opportunities

In addition to this partial list of funding opportunities, the Graduate School offers more information about fellowships and funding.

International Students: Unless you have written confirmation from the School or University, you will not receive funding and should plan on financing your study in the U.S. as you have indicated on your Graduate Student Financial Certificate Form through the Office of International Student and Scholar Services.

Online Students: MPH@UNC students that receive fellowship offers will be notified by their MPH@UNC admissions counselor. Fellowships are merit based and awarded at the time of admission or soon after. Please contact your admissions counselor if you have additional questions about the fellowship process.

Department Awards and Funding Resources
Grants
Emergency Funding Resources

Funding is available to assist students with unexpected expenses or circumstances. Note: please apply for the University Student Emergency Fund first.

Employment

Visit the Handshake portal to view job and internship postings and on-campus recruitment opportunities.

Loans

Money borrowed from federal, university or private sources that require repayment.

Teaching

Visit the links below for more information about teaching and funding opportunities.

Other Support

Additional resources for funding and assistance

 

Financial Aid

Financial Aid TimelineStudents receive financial support through service and non-service scholarships, teaching and research assistantships, and other compensated positions. Students also may receive support through federal student loans.


How to Apply for Financial Aid

Step 1: Complete the paperwork.

To qualify for most funding sources, all students (including online learners) must apply for financial aid through UNC’s Office of Scholarships and Student Aid (OSSA). Apply for financial aid regardless of need to ensure that you are eligible for as many opportunities as possible. All aid distributed through the Office of Scholarships and Student Aid (even merit-related awards) requires the submission of a FAFSA form. The Federal School Code for UNC is 002974.

Step 2: Check with the academic coordinator who supports your program.

Coordinator contact information for bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral students is located on the Student Affairs page. Note that you may need to complete additional financial forms for department-sponsored scholarships and assistance.

Step 3: Departments submit funding award nominations.

Your home department will select a number of applicants (based on merit or a combination of merit and need) for funding from the UNC Graduate School and the Gillings School of Global Public Health.

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