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 student self-nominated award application is closed for academic year 2024-25.

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: Online MPH students that receive fellowship offers will be notified by their Online MPH 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
Emergency Funding Resources

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


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


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


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

Financial Aid

Students 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.

October 1: Submit FAFSA forms to be considered for financial aid in the following academic year.

October–April: Review UNC’s financial aid calendar. Note all due dates for opportunities of interest.

Mid-December: Apply to the graduate program of your choice by Dec. 14 to be considered for funding by the UNC Graduate School.

December–April: Use our GPS to find out specific due dates for your program of interest.

August-September: Financial Aid disbursement to Fall enrolled student recipients if selected.

January-February: Financial Aid disbursement to Spring enrolled student recipients if selected.

Departmental funding recipients should defer their bill prior to the due date with the University Cashier to allow for extra time for disbursement to occur: Click Here for Financial Aid Payments.

The Office of Scholarships and Student Aid provides estimated disbursement dates on their website: Learn more about receiving financial aid.

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.

If selected for funding students will receive an email from their department or MPH concentration starting around mid-March. Award recipients for donor based scholarships are asked via email to complete a FERPA release and survey used to collect information about themselves and their research or studies at the Gillings School for a report to be shared with the donors who support their scholarship or award. To learn more about your award(s) and donor(s), please visit this link.

Office of Scholarships and Student Aid Resources

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Phone: 919-445-1170

E-mail: Career Services

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135 Dauer Drive
263 Rosenau Hall, CB #7400
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7400
(919) 966-2499

Student Events

May 30
9:00 am
3:00 pm
Inclusive Excellence Summer Symposium