Funding for Current Students

Scholarships, assistantships and various other funding opportunities are available through several different groups:

Milken Institute School of Public Health-Specific Funds
Milken Institute School of Public Health Department-Specific Funds 
Milken Institute School of Public Health Specialty Scholarships 
GW-Wide & Outside Funds

Milken Institute School of Public Health-specific Funds

These funding resources help support Milken Institute School of Public Health student from any department as they pursue off-campus internships, professional credentialing, attendance at conferences or research projects.

Milken Institute School of Public Health Credentialing Examination Fund

For the first time, the Milken Institute School of Public Health will offer all graduate students and recent graduates of a graduate degree program a 50% reimbursement for the fee of one professional credentialing examination. All reimbursements will be for the lowest registration fee offered. Membership and/or application fees cannot be submitted for reimbursement.

Those eligible for 50% reimbursement are:

  • Current, degree seeking, Milken Institute School of Public Health graduate students in good academic standing (GPA of at least 3.0).


  • Milken Institute School of Public Health new alumni sitting for an exam within one calendar year from graduation.

To apply for 50% reimbursement:

Please email your questions to [email protected]
Phone - (202)994-1950


View the list of qualifying exams

The Capital Connection Fund*

The Milken Institute School of Public Health and the Public Health Alumni Association established the Capital Connection Fund to provide financial assistance for students engaged in off-campus research, internship, conference and other professional development activities. Contributions of alumni, faculty, and other friends of the Milken Institute School of Public Health help to make these opportunities possible (Make a Gift). 

Download the CCF guidelines and application. 

Milken Institute School of Public Health Department-specific Funds

These funds are available to students from the sponsoring department/program. If you are a student in the Exercise ScienceEnvironmental and Occupational Health or Epidemiology and Biostatistics Department, please check your department's "student resources" section for full information about department-specific funding such as assistantships or funds to attend conferences.

Exercise Science Graduate Assistantship Opportunities 

All incoming and current students of the Milken Institute School of Public Health are invited to apply. However, these assistantships do require a formal educational background in exercise science to be eligible. Please view the Department of Exercise Science web page of student resources for more information. 

Epidemiology and Biostatistics Assistantships, Research Funding, and Student Employment Opportunities

The involvement of graduate students in the research activities of faculty members from the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics is of paramount importance. These opportunities enhance the educational experience of students by reinforcing lessons learned in the classroom and providing practical research experience in the public health work place. Please view the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics web page of student resources for more information.

Undergraduate Public Health Riegelman Summer Award Program

This program has been created to encourage undergraduate students to participate in and/or study public health issues through a hands-on experience in the field. Financial assistance will be provided to one Milken Institute School of Public Health undergraduate student enrolled in the GW BS or BS/MPH Public Health program each summer to participate in a paid or unpaid summer internship. Dr. Richard Riegelman has graciously awarded funding to the undergraduate program for students who are pursuing public health field experience. The $1,500 award is intended to be used toward the selected student's summer living expenses.

The following form will ask you to attach:

  • 500 words on how the scholarship will benefit you, how the internship relates to your public health interests, and how this funding will help you pursue the internship;
  • a description of the internship and how the funding will be used;
  • a copy of your transcript;
  • your resume.

It is recommended to have all four (4) documents ready to load before starting the application as the form cannot be saved to return to later. To start your submission, click here.

Speciality Scholarships

These funds are available to students from any department, but applicants must possess additional qualifications as specified in the scholarship.

GW Hospital Women's Board Scholars Program

Every year, the Women's Board supports a number of medical, nursing and public health students (among others) through scholarships. Milken Institute School of Public Health students in good standing, who have been continuously employed at GWUH for at least one year prior to the application deadline AND who will be continuously employed at GWUH for at least one year upon selection, are eligible to apply. In late summer, a call for applications is distributed via the GWUH website, flyers around the Hospital, and via the Milken Institute School of Public Health Listserv.

Columbian Women Scholarships

The Columbian Women Scholarship Award program enables the Columbian Women to present female GW students with scholarships based upon high levels of academic excellence, commitment to a chosen profession, and financial need. Award monies are applied toward GW tuition. Applicants must: be enrolled for the current academic year and be pursuing a degree in any field of study at GW; have completed a minimum of 15 credit hours for undergraduate work or 9 credit hours for graduate work; have a minimum grade point average of 3.5. Application deadline is in February each year; for more details see the Columbian Women Scholarship document.

GW-wide & Outside Funds

Milken Institute School of Public Health have several resources to help you find funding both at GW or through external opportunities.

Milken Institute of Public Health Career Center

Visit the Milken Institute School of Public Health Career Center website for Milken Institute School of Public Health career resource services. In particular, refer to the outside fellowships web page for information on external fellowship and scholarship opportunities available to current students and recent alumni.

Knowledge in Action Career Internship Fund

The GW Career Services Council established the Knowledge in Action Career Internship Fund to encourage GW students to pursue high-quality, necessarily unpaid internships that foster their career exploration and enhance their academic program.

Grants ranging from $1,000 to $3,000 to GW undergraduate and graduate students. Learn more information about the fund, the application deadlines and guidelines.


The Office of Graduate Student Assistantships and Fellowships

This GW-Wide office for graduate students maintains information about a wide variety of University and non-University Fellowships for graduate students. Most of these awards require your fellowship application up to a full year before the funds are needed.

GW Center for Undergraduate Fellowships and Research

This GW-wide center assists all GW undergraduates interested in pursuing national fellowships that recognize academic and extracurricular excellence. It also promotes the involvement of GW undergraduates in research experiences that allow them to learn firsthand, through interaction with faculty mentors and graduate students, how knowledge in their fields is generated

CDC Public Health Law Fellowship

This paid opportunity will provide graduate students (e.g., MPH, DrPH, MPA, PhD), law students, and recent alumni of these programs with on-the-job training to prepare them for careers in public health law or policy. Fellows will be matched with mentors at host sites in state, tribal, local, or territorial health departments; CDC; or other public health law organizations that support work in public health law and policy. Read more about the fellowship here.