Public Health Scholarships

Acumen Fund’s Global & East Africa Fellowships:

The Acumen Fund’s Global & East Africa Fellowships are open to individuals who have 3 to 7 years of experience working to address poverty. Fellows spend one year in the program. At the start of the program, they receive in-depth leadership training at the Acumen Fund’s office in New York, United States. Then students spend nine months working abroad in Africa in various projects. Finally, fellows return to New York and spend one month reflecting on their experiences.

Albert Schweitzer Fellowship:

The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship program allows graduate students to gain experience and develop leadership skills while working to further the humanitarian mission of the Albert Schweitzer Foundation. Fellows participate while working on their graduate degrees and are responsible for designing and implementing a community-based health program that addresses chronic health concerns in at-risk and under-served populations. A separate program is also available for medical students who wish to spend time working in clinics in Africa.

APHA Database:

The American Public Health Association offers a wide range of fellowships for graduate students and internships for undergraduate students pursuing degrees related to public health. Openings vary from season to season but are generally offered in the departments of affiliate affairs, communications and the nations’ health, component affairs, the Get Ready campaign, global health, government relations, injury and violence prevention, learning and professional development, membership marketing, online marketing, public health policy and publications.

Applied Community & Economic Development (ACED) Fellows Program at Illinois State University

The Applied Community & Economic Development (ACED) Fellows Program at Illinois State University is a fellowship program open to students who have previous development experience. During the course of the program, students spend one year working in community development or social services full-time and then spend one year taking courses full time. At the end of the program, fellows receive a master’s degree in economics, political science or sociology, depending on their background and fields of interest.

Ashoka Fellows:

The Ashoka Fellows program is offered through a nonprofit program that provides support for social entrepreneurs located in Africa, Asia, Canada, East Central Europe, Latin America and the United States. Fellows receive funding that allows them to focus on their projects that benefit the greater good and make an impact on social issues. Funding is available for projects related to environmental protection, education, legal rights, women’s rights, children’s rights and economic development.

Atlas Corps:

Atlas Corps offers a fellowship program for individuals who wish to perform service work in countries outside of their home nations. To qualify for the fellowship, students must have at least 2 years of relevant experience, a bachelor’s degree or the equivalent and be younger than 35 years of age. Fellowships last for 12 to 18 months and are provided with a stipend to help cover the cost of food, shared housing and local transportation.

Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellows Program:

The Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellows Program places fellows in two different types of settings in order to gain experience combating hunger and poverty. First, students spend 6 months working for a community-based organization, addressing hunger in a local area. Then, they are placed at a national organization for 6 months of full-time work. Most national placements are within Washington, D.C., while community-based placements may be located throughout the United States.

Boston Network for International Development:

The Boston Network for International Development is a nonprofit organization that includes 250 nonprofit organizations and groups that are working on projects related to global justice and international development. As a part of their mission, the network offers an array of fellowships for graduate students and internships for undergraduate and graduate students. Placements typically originate in the Boston, Massachusetts, area; however, many placements involve overseas work in African and Asian nations.

Catholic Relief Services’ International Development Fellows Program:

The Catholic Relief Services’ International Development Fellows Program is a program for individuals who wish to begin careers in development or international relief. Approximately 20 to 30 fellowships are awarded each year with placements typically lasting for 10 months. Fellows are placed in countries around the world to do field work in order to further the mission of the Catholic Church’s humanitarian and relief work programs. Many fellows go on to permanent employment with Catholic Relief Services.

Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) Career Training Fellowships:

The Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) offers a number of Career Training Fellowships for individuals who wish to gain real-world experience working in public health. Most placements last for one year and are based at one of the CDC’s offices in the United States. Opportunities are available for students currently working toward bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, doctoral degrees, medical degrees, veterinary degrees and other types of clinical degrees. Permanent employment opportunities are often made available to fellows after graduation.

Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia (CIDRZ)’s HIVCorps:

The Centre for Infectious Disease Research offers a fellowship program in Zambia, Africa, for medical professionals who wish to gain experience working with HIV and AIDS treatment and prevention in developing nations. Fellows work for the Centre for Infectious Disease Research’s HIV Corps program, providing clinical support and working directly with patients. Most fellowships last for approximately 1 year.

Community HealthCorps:

Community HealthCorps is a division of the AmeriCorps program dedicated to providing health care services for low-income individuals in the United States who have either no access or very limited access to health care. Medical professionals can receive fellowships to work with Community HealthCorps and serve on the front lines in community clinics that provide services. Lengths of placements and locations vary from specialty to specialty.

Concern Worldwide Trainee Programs:

Concern Worldwide offers Concern Worldwide Trainee Programs for individuals who wish to gain experience helping to further the fight against poverty. Typically, trainees are unpaid but receive valuable work experience volunteering for the organization. Individuals may choose to work in Ireland where Concern Worldwide is headquartered. In addition, oversees volunteer opportunities are available through the Concern Worldwide Trainee Programs for individuals who meet specific educational and work experience qualifications.

Coro Fellows:

The Coro Fellows Program is a fellowship program that allows twelve students to gain real world work experience in urban environments. A highly competitive program, the fellowship program seeks individuals who have demonstrated leadership skills and have already done work in the field of community development or social change. Placements are in major urban centers in the United States, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, St. Louis, San Francisco and Pittsburgh.

Families USA’s Villers Fellowship for Health Care Justice:

Families USA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advocating on behalf of health care consumers. The Families USA’s Villers Fellowship for Health Care Justice provides individuals with an opportunity to gain firsthand work experience in the fields of health care justice and advocacy. Placements are typically for one full year and based at the organization’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. Typically, competition for the fellowship is great, so previous work and educational experience are required for consideration.

Feldman Graduate Fellowship-Brandies University:

Each year Brandies University grants the Feldman Graduate Fellowship to one early to mid-career individual in the field of development who wishes to gain an advanced degree in integrated conservation and development. Typically, the selected fellow is an international student who is pursuing either a Master of Arts or Master of Science degree. Fellows receive full tuition and money to cover airfare, fees and living expenses for one year at Brandeis University in Boston, Massachusetts.

Greenlining Institute Fellowship Program:

The Greenlining Institute Fellowship Program is a paid training program for individuals who have a bachelor’s degree and are interested in pursuing careers in the fields of minority and low income economic development. There are two types of fellowships offered: policy fellowships and legal fellowships. Both programs last for one year and give fellows the chance to learn in a wide range of settings assisting permanent employees of the institute with various tasks.

Harkness Fellowships in Health Care Practice and Policy:

The Harkness Fellowships in Health Care Practice and Policy program was founded to foster a diverse team of researchers working toward the betterment of health care delivery and practice in the United States. Through the program, researchers from Australia, the United Kingdom, Europe and Canada are given the opportunity to travel to the U.S. and conduct research related to health care practice and policy in the United States and their respective countries of origins. Fellowships typically last for 4 months to 1 year.

Hubert Humphrey Fellowship:

The Hubert Humphrey Fellowship is a program that provides individuals who work in the field of development with the opportunity to study in the United States. The program is open to individuals who are in the early and mid-phases of their careers who originate from a set list of foreign countries. During the program, fellows study at a participating U.S. university, taking graduate level courses on a non-degree basis.

IDEX Fellowship in Social Enterprise:

The IDEX Fellowship in Social Enterprise is an intensive program for social entrepreneurs who wish to build skills and their bases of knowledge in order to further their work in fields like social development and social justice. Fellows begin by completing a three-week online orientation program. Then, they spend 25 weeks in India in a social enterprise placement that involves 40 hours of full-time work participating in hands-on projects related to development.

Institute for Women’s Policy Research’s Mariam K. Chamberlain Fellowship:

The Institute for Women’s Policy Research’s Mariam K. Chamberlain Fellowship offers an opportunity for individuals with a bachelor’s degree in a social sciences-related field, statistics, economics or mathematics to receive compensation while gaining research experience. Fellows assist with the institute’s work on women’s workplace issues, women’s access to higher education, socioeconomic support for women’s vocational training and the economic status of women and girls, minority women and women immigrants in the United States.

International Affairs Fellowship with the Council of Foreign Relations:

The International Affairs Fellowship with the Council of Foreign Relations is a program for individuals who hold graduate level degrees and wish to increase their foreign policy skills. To qualify for a placement, individuals must be at least 27 to 35 years of age. While not mandatory, a doctoral degree is preferred. Fellows receive a placement for one year and are assigned various tasks and projects related to the mission of the Council of Foreign Relations.

Kaiser Media Internships and Fellowship:

The Kaiser Media Foundation offers a number of internship and fellowship programs for journalists that wish to gain a greater understanding of how best to report on U.S. health and health policy issues. Fellows get the opportunity to visit key sites, attend briefings and participate in discussions with health policy experts, editors and field reporters on matters related to national and global health policy. The length of positions and specific requirements vary from placement to placement.

Kiva Fellows:

The Kiva Fellows program allows individuals to travel abroad and work with a micro finance institution in order to deepen their understanding of the impact of micro financing. Fellows work on a volunteer basis and do not receive any type of pay during their 6-month placements. The specific details of each fellowship and the requirements that candidates must meet to be considered for positions varies.

Mickey Leland International Hunger Fellows Program:

The Mickey Leland International Hunger Fellows Program is a two-year fellowship opportunity for individuals who wish to gain experience performing work in the fight against global hunger. Individuals get the opportunity to work on public policy projects during their tenure and also participate in field work placements in Africa, Asia or Latin America. Each year, 12 to 15 individuals are chosen to participate in the program. Typically, graduate-level degrees and previous field work experience are prerequisites.

Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education Fellowships, Scholarships, & Internships:

The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education offers Fellowships, Scholarships, and Internships for individuals who wish to study science and engineering. High school students can receive financial awards for pursuing bachelor’s level degrees. Unpaid summer internships and paid laboratory positions are available for bachelor’s level students. Graduate students, recent college graduates and post-doctoral researchers can participate in an array of fellowship programs, and there are also fellowship opportunities available for college and university faculty members.

Orbis Fellowship:

The Orbis Fellowship is a year-long fellowship program for graduate students and recent graduates who are interested in global issues. Fellows spend one year in Denver, Colorado, at the Orbis Institute attending monthly salon gatherings to discuss a broad range of issues. In addition, fellowships receive mentorship from community leaders and have a chance to develop a blueprint for action to guide them through the next phase of their work in social change at the conclusion of the program.

Pedro Zamora Fellowship Program:

The Pedro Zamora Public Policy Fellowship is a program offered through AIDS United that allows individuals who wish to gain experience in public policy and foreign affairs work related to HIV and AIDS issues a chance to work in the field. Opportunities are available for undergraduate and graduate students who are willing to commit to work for 30 hours per week for at least 16 weeks over the course of the fellowship. Placements are in the United States and usually located within the greater Washington, D.C., metro area.

Population Reference Bureau International Training Fellowship Programs:

The Population Reference Bureau International Training Fellowship Programs offers numerous fellowship opportunities for individuals who wish to work on issues related to health, population studies and environmental protection. Opportunities vary and include research fellowships, field work placements in Africa and administrative posts within the offices of the Population Reference Bureau. Most fellowships last for one year and include training courses and seminars in addition to assigned work duties and projects.

Post-Bachelor and Post-Graduate Fellowship Programs at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation:

The Post-Bachelor and Post-Graduate Fellowship Programs at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation give recent graduates the opportunity to gain work experience in fields related to global health and health metrics that can translate into employment in the private sector, public sector or with nonprofit organizations. The programs involve work on research projects being undertaken by the Institute with lengths and locations of placements varying from position to position.

ProInspire Fellowship:

The ProInspire Fellowship provides opportunities for individuals who have two to five years of business experience and an interest in working in the nonprofit sector. Individuals who receive placements spend one year working in strategic or analytical positions with large nonprofit organizations, helping to further social change. In addition, students attend training sessions and seminars to develop skills and work with a mentor to set goals for both the short and long-term. After completing the fellowship, students receive job placement and graduate school placement support.

Social Science Research Council Fellowships:

The Social Science Research Council offers a number of fellowship opportunities for individuals in various stages of their careers in social science-related fields. Doctoral students can apply for pre-dissertation and dissertation fellowships to help cover the cost of their education and research expenses, while post-doctoral researchers can gain more experience in the field through research placements. Advanced research grants are also available for those further along in their careers in the humanities and social sciences.

The Fellowship for Emerging Leaders in Public Service:

The Fellowship for Emerging Leaders in Public Service provides opportunities for individuals to jump start careers in public service. Offered through New York University, the fellowship is a year-long placement in which fellows travel to New York two to three times per month on weekends and during evenings to participate in events that inspire and engage. Fellows also have a chance to network with leaders in public service and to benefit from one-on-one mentorship.

Trinity Fellows Program at Marquette University:

The Trinity Fellows Program at Marquette University is a program for individuals who are working toward master’s degrees in hopes of working in the fields of social and economic justice after graduation. Fellows spend 21 months in the program, completing field work projects while also working on the degree requirements for their chosen fields of study. Upon completion, students receive their master’s degree and have work experience to list on their CVs.

USAID Fellowship:

The US Agency for International Development (USAID) Global Health (GH) offers the Global Health Fellows Program (GHFP) for global health professionals in various stages of their careers. Fellows have the opportunity to build skills, enhance their leadership abilities and gain work experience in various fields of global health. Placements last for 2 years and can be extended for an additional two to four years based on performance and interest. The program begins with a summer orientation in Washington D.C., and then includes field work abroad.

African Women Public Service Fellowship at NYU’s Wagner School:

The African Women Public Service Fellowship at NYU’s Wagner School is a program that allows women from Africa who wish to work in public service to study at New York University. Fellows have the option to enroll in the university’s Master of Public Administration program, which lasts for two years, or the Executive Master of Public Administration program with a concentration on International Public Service Organizations, which lasts for one year.

Fulbright Scholarships:

Fulbright Scholarships provide an opportunity for students in the Untied States to travel abroad to study, teach at the graduate level or conduct research while also enabling foreign students and educators to travel to the United States to do the same. Open to graduate-level students, post-docs and faculty, Fulbright Scholarships require a demonstrated history of academic excellence. While not limited to any particular field, the scholarship program often favors students looking to positively impact the world through fields like social justice, environmental protection or social sciences.

Government of Canada’s Scholarships for Non-Canadians:

The Government of Canada’s Scholarships for Non-Canadians provides financial support for students from outside of Canada to study at Canadian universities. There are general scholarships available for students from any country, faculty and research fellowships and programs specifically for students from Chile, CARICOM nations, Brazil, the Caribbean and other parts of Latin America. Most scholarships cover the complete cost of tuition. Requirements vary from program to program.

P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship:

The P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship allows international women students from outside of the United States and Canada to receive funding to attend graduate programs within one of the two countries. To be considered for the scholarship program, students must already have been accepted to an American or Canadian master’s degree program. Some scholarships are merit-based and awarded based on academic excellence, while others are needs based. The amount of the award typically ranges from $2500 to $20,000.

Australia Awards Africa:

The Australia Awards Africa is a program offered by the Australian government as part of Australia’s commitment to furthering the economic development of Africa. Through the program, individuals from eligible countries in Africa receive funding to receive postgraduate education, job training and professional development training at Australian universities and institutes. A number of awards are granted through the program, each of which has its own requirements and qualifications.

Africa Volunteer Corps:

Africa Volunteer Corps offers opportunities for individuals who want to gain field work experience and make a difference in the lives of people living in Africa. Volunteers spend 6 months to 1 year working with non-governmental organizations in Africa, empowering Africans to take an active role in shaping the development of their countries. The program is open to residents of qualified African countries.


AmeriCorps is a nonprofit organization that does social service projects throughout the United States, working to improve living conditions for individuals suffering from poverty and to fight for social justice. Individuals can apply to spend one year in a service field work position, assisting with an AmeriCorps program. At the end of the one-year period, the field work contract can be renewed.

Peace Corps:

The Peace Corps is a nonprofit organization that performs disaster relief, development and humanitarian work around the globe. Volunteers can sign up for a 2-year placement to work on one of the Peace Corps current projects. Prior to departure, volunteers receive in-depth training to help them be successful in the field. The Peace Corps can prepare volunteers for success in a broad range of careers.

Princeton in Africa:

Princeton in Africa is a program offered through Princeton University in the United States. Participants in the program are placed in year-long positions with organizations that work throughout Africa furthering development and responding to humanitarian issues. The program is highly selective and seeks fellows who have a demonstrated history of leadership and field work.

Unite for Sight:

Unite For Sight’s Global Impact Corps is a volunteer program in global health education for individuals who are interested in public health and humanitarian relief. Fellows provide support for doctors in clinics in remote areas of the world that offer health care for 100 to 300 patients every day. A very flexible program, Global Impact Corps accepts volunteers for placements as short as one week in length and up to one year in length.