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Funding Resources

Tuition support is available to eligible students in the Vanderbilt MPH Program through training grants, institutional and departmental resources, federal loans, and external sources. Contact us for additional information on identifying potential sources of funding.


The School of Medicine Office of Student Financial Services is responsible for providing assistance to students seeking federal loans. Federal loans are available to U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and others (click here for complete eligibility criteria).

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be completed annually by all students who are applying for federal student loans. Because graduate/professional students are considered independent for the purposes of federal loans, only the student/spouse sections must be completed. The FAFSA Vanderbilt University school code number is 003535.

If you’re not ready to file a FAFSA form, you can use FAFSA4caster to estimate your federal student aid.

Those who apply will be awarded funds from the various federal loan programs (Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loans and Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loans) to meet the total estimated cost of attendance. Award letters are sent by the Office of Student Financial Services in mid-May. The letters detail the terms of the loans. Students may reduce or decline any or all of the loans offered by sending an email to

Click here for more information on the types of federal student loans available to MPH students and instructions on how to apply.

For questions about federal student loans, please contact:

Office of Student Financial Services
303 Light Hall, Nashville, TN 37232-0740
(615) 322-2145 | (615) 343-2312 Fax
Office hours: Monday through Friday, 8am to 4:30pm CT

Every year, the MPH Program offers a small number of merit-based scholarships to outstanding incoming students. The awards vary in amount from graduate assistantships to partial- or full-tuition scholarships.

There is no separate application for these awards. All applicants, including international applicants, are eligible and considered for these awards if their complete application is received by the application deadline.

Applicants are notified of the award at the time they receive their admission notification in the spring.

The David Satcher Public Health Scholars Program provides tuition support and the opportunity to conduct research at the Satcher Health Leadership Institute to students from under-represented backgrounds.

Click here for additional details.

Sponsored by the Meharry-Vanderbilt Community Engaged Research Core (CERC) to support Community Engaged Research, this program provides support for two graduate or post graduate trainees attending Vanderbilt University or Meharry Medical College to perform a community engaged research project with a community partner during the academic year. Each Scholar will receive a scholarship of $5,000 to integrate community-engaged research principles and approaches into their studies, and participate in a community-engaged research project.

Click here for additional details. Click here for the 2019 application.

The Veterans Health Administration created the VA National Quality Scholars Fellowship Program in 1999 with six sites across the country, each one located at a VA medical center and partnered with an academic medical center and university. The program is open to physician and nursing candidates and supports a two-year fellowship in the improvement of health care. Applicants must hold a valid, unrestricted state medical license, and have US citizenship.

Click here for additional details.

Students with doctoral degrees may also be eligible for the following opportunities

Training Grants (T32) at Vanderbilt

A large number of departments and divisions at Vanderbilt University offer federally funded training grants to support the training of individuals in research. T32 grants typically provide salary support for two years and partial MPH tuition support. Each training grant has specific requirements with respect to level of training, time commitment to research, etc., so it is best to contact the Vanderbilt-based training program director with inquiries about your application.

Vanderbilt Clinical & Translational Research Scholars Program (VCTRS)

The Vanderbilt Clinical & Translational Research Scholars (VCTRS) Program is administered by the Office for Clinical and Translational Scientist Development. It provides support to junior faculty and fellowship level trainees who have been offered a faculty appointment and are committed to a career in clinical or translational investigation, with a mentored research apprenticeship integrated with the didactic training of the MSCI or MPH programs.

Vanderbilt Clinical Oncology Research Career Development Program

This program is available to all residents, fellows, and junior faculty in the Divisions of Hematology/Oncology, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, Surgical Oncology, and the Department of Radiation Oncology. Funded through the National Institute of Health’s (NIH) K12 training grant mechanism, it is designed for physicians interested in a clinical oncology research career with an emphasis in an academic-oriented environment.

Building Interdisciplinary Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) Career Development Program

This career development program is funded by the National Institutes of Health, Office of Research on Women’s Health and cosponsored by the multiple divisions of the National Institutes of Health. The BIRCWH program fosters the career development of junior faculty members who are engaging in basic, clinical, translational, behavioral, or health services research in any area relevant to women’s health with an emphasis on sex and gender factors. This program develops a group of independently funded scientists who can further advance and perpetuate an interdisciplinary team approach to science and gender specific health care. The project utilizes the NIH Mentored Research Scientist Development Program Award (K12) as the mechanism for funding junior faculty.

Vanderbilt Scholars in T4 Translational Research (V-STTaR) K12 Program

This mentored research training program is dedicated to developing independent investigators capable of addressing major gaps that exist in the widespread implementation of proven interventions into practice. Scholars will receive up to 3 years of individualized training with 75% protected research time to focus on “real-world” implementation of interventions to improve patient care in heart, lung, blood, and sleep (HLBS) disorders.

Emergency Medicine Research Training Program (VEMRT)

The Vanderbilt Emergency Medicine Research Training Program (VEMRT) is a K12 NHLBI sponsored opportunity designed to promote the growth of strong, competitive clinical scientists. Its multidisciplinary program is designed for post-doc (MD or PhD) physician scientists and prepares trainees for independent research career and academic leadership role within the Emergency Medicine specialty. Four focus areas supported by expertise in comparative effectiveness, biomedical informatics, and health disparities include Acute Lung Injury, Asthma, Arrhythmias, and Acute Coronary Syndromes and Heart Failure.

National Cancer Institute (NCI) Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program (CPFP)

Providing postdoctoral training opportunities in cancer prevention and control, this program trains individuals from a multiplicity of health sciences disciplines in the field of cancer prevention and control. As part of the program, fellows receive the opportunity to obtain an M.P.H. degree at an accredited university during the first year, followed by mentored research with investigators at the NCI. Research opportunities exist across the spectrum of cancer prevention research, including: epidemiology, biostatistics, clinical services, laboratory, nutritional, and social and behavioral sciences.

The following is a selection of possible external funding sources:

Other lists and databases of scholarships, fellowships, and financial assistance to support your MPH-related work: