Funding Your Practicum

The Vanderbilt MPH Program is committed to providing training opportunities and support for students to gain practical experience applying the knowledge learned in the classroom to a public health setting. Funding opportunities are available to eligible students through institutional and departmental resources, grants, and through external sources.

Internal Funding Opportunities

Overall Fellowship

The Overall Fellowship for International Research is sponsored by Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and the Department of Pediatrics. It provides support for Vanderbilt University School of Medicine students to gain experience and training in a global health setting.

Frist Global Health Leaders Program

The Frist Global Health Leaders Program is funded by Hope Through Healing Hands, a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, and it provides students, residents, and fellows in the health professions with the opportunity to serve and train in underserved communities around the world.

Nichols Humanitarian Fund

This fund was established in 2006 by the E.C. and Lucile Hamby Nichols Trust and it enables Vanderbilt students to volunteer for local, domestic, or international humanitarian service opportunities. Support is primarily focused on summer projects, or projects that take place during defined academic breaks. Funds are available for educational and other expenses. All currently enrolled Vanderbilt students are eligible to receive assistance from the Fund, provided that they are citizens or permanent residents of the U.S.

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Student Research Grant Program

The “Africa at a Crossroads” Trans-Institutional Program at Vanderbilt invites undergraduate and graduate students from all colleges and disciplines to apply for funding to support student research pertaining to the program’s theme for the 2017 summer term or 2017-18 academic year. The “Africa at a Crossroads” program includes three different types of grants for student research: service based in the U.S., research in the U.S., and research abroad.

Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) Summer Awards Programs

The Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) Summer Awards Programs are available to both Vanderbilt graduate and undergraduate students pursuing research projects in Latin America. The call for applications is posted on the CLAS website each December and applications are due in early February.

External Funding Opportunities

Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide (GROW) Program

The Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide (GROW) Program is funded by the National Science Foundation and provides an international travel allowance to engage in research collaborations with investigators in partner countries located outside the United States.

USAID Paid Internships

USAID offers two types of paid internships:

The first type allows current students to explore federal careers through the internship, which offers valuable work experience directly related to your academic field of study. You may be eligible for permanent employment after successfully completing your education and meeting work requirements.

The second type provides work experience for current students in temporary jobs that do not convert to permanent employment.

Additional Funding Resources

Vanderbilt University Office of Honors Scholarships

The Office of Honors Scholarships maintains a list of external funding opportunities and research fellowships for graduate students. Examples include the Fulbright-Fogarty Fellowship, the Boren Fellowship, etc.

Vanderbilt Global Education Office

The GEO maintains a list of select scholarships offered by GEO, other units at Vanderbilt, and by external agencies.

Institute for International Education

The IIE maintains an extensive database of scholarships, fellowships, and grants for all levels of post-secondary study, across the full range of academic areas for study in the United States. Click here for IIEPassport Study Abroad Funding, a searchable directory of scholarships, fellowships, grants, and paid internships in international settings.