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Financial Awards

All students offered admission to the doctoral program in Epidemiology receive a full tuition scholarship, stipend, health insurance and coverage of fees. All students, both domestic and foreign, receive the same financial support.

The 2022-2023 stipend rate is $35,000 annually. In addition, students may be selected for one of the competitive awards described below.


Honor Fellowships
Several honor fellowships are awarded by the Graduate School to highly qualified students entering study for the PhD. In order to be considered for these awards, an applicant’s file must be complete by January 15. Each year the epidemiology program nominates applicants for these highly competitive awards, which are announced in early March. The honor fellowships listed below are in addition to stipends and tuition scholarship awards and are made for a period of five years for the PhD.

  • Harold Stirling Vanderbilt Graduate Scholarships: $5,000
  • University Graduate Fellowships: $5,000


Provost’s Graduate Fellowships
The Graduate School offers these fellowships to under-represented minority graduate students who intend to pursue the Ph.D. degree in preparation for an academic teaching career. Each award provides a $10,000 stipend awarded as a supplement to any other funding that is offered to the applicant and are made for a period of up to five years.


Vanderbilt Institute for Clinical Translational Research (VICTR) Scholars Program
Each year several Vanderbilt doctoral candidates are supporting by full tuition and stipend funds from this NIH training grant program intended to develop the careers of quantitatively gifted individuals conducting graduate research that fosters the multidirectional and multidisciplinary integration of basic research, patient-oriented research, and population-based research, with the long-term aim of improving the health of the public.

  • This nationally prestigious award includes stipend, full scholarship and annual travel funds to present at the Translational Science meeting in Washington, DC.