Tuition and Scholarships and Research Grants

Academic Department and Program Support

Each department has a unique system in place to support students. Connect with your Department Program Coordinator to learn more.

Tuition scholarships are usually awarded as part of an admission offer.

  • Biostatistics: All applicants are considered for tuition awards. A separate application is not necessary.
  • Environmental Health Sciences: The Center for Occupational Health and Safety Engineering receives student funding support from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. All students who are U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents and are admitted to a graduate degree program in Industrial Hygiene, Occupational Epidemiology, Occupational Health Nursing and Occupational Safety Engineering are automatically considered for funding. Funding may include partial to full tuition award, travel and a monthly stipend. No additional application is necessary.
  • Epidemiology: All MPH applicants are considered for tuition scholarships as part of the admissions process; if you are offered an award it will be included as part of your admission offer. Applicants are encouraged to submit their application by the priority deadline of December 1st to be considered for a scholarship. Each academic year the Epidemiology Department may have additional funds to allocate to current epidemiology MPH students during the winter term. The tuition funding is available to epidemiology students currently enrolled in and attending classes during the term they apply for tuition funding. These tuition funds are intended to help the financial needs of Epidemiology students who encounter an emergency situation or an unforeseen expense during their degree program. The tuition funding amount is limited and will be divided amongst the number of applicants.  We do not anticipate that there will be enough funding to cover your full financial need. Students must be enrolled in the Epidemiology School of Public Health MPH degree program to be eligible for tuition funding. 
  • Health Behavior and Health Education: All applicants are considered for tuition scholarships as part of the admissions process; if you are offered an award you will be notified shortly after your admission offer. Applicants are encouraged to submit their application by the priority deadline of December 1st to be considered for a scholarship. For various reasons we may have funds remaining.  You may have the opportunity to apply for the following additional, limited tuition scholarships during the program:
  • Nutritional Sciences: All applicants are considered for Nutritional Sciences tuition only scholarships during the admission process.  Applicants are encouraged to submit their application by the priority deadline of December 1st to be considered for a scholarship. Additional funding that is available during the school year for enrolled students include:

Office of Financial Aid

The University of Michigan Office of Financial Aid works to provide financial resources, information, options, and advice that removes financial barriers and allows students to focus on academic success. Eligible entering and continuing students can receive grants, scholarships, loans, and federal work-study funds. Continuing students must reapply for financial aid each year. 


Graduate students can apply to be Graduate Student Instructors (GSIs),Graduate Student Staff Assistants (GSSAs), and Graduate Student Research Assistantships (GSRAs).

There are approximately 2,200 university employees working as GSIs and GSSAs. These employees are represented by the Graduate Employees' Organization (GEO) Local 3550. These employees play an important role in supporting the university’s teaching mission, while they also pursue their graduate or professional degrees. GSIs are employed to teach, grade and tutor. GSSAs perform administrative, counseling, or education duties other than those of a GSI.

GSIs and GSSAs receive a full or partial tuition waiver based on their employment fraction and the number of credit hours registered for. Most GSIs are doctoral students. For more information, please visit the Graduate Student Assistant (GSA) Tuition Waivers website

Generally speaking, if you are interested in a GSI or GSSA position, please first connect with your Department Program Coordinator who will be able to provide more information for pursuing GSI or GSSA opportunities at the School of Public Health.

Graduate Student Research Assistantships (GSRAs) provide tuition waivers, a stipend, and health insurance. A GSRA is an appointment which may be provided to a student in good standing in a University of Michigan graduate degree program who performs personal research (including thesis or dissertation preparation) or who assists others performing research that is relevant to his or her academic goals.

Although Michigan Public Health does have some opportunities for students to conduct research, formal GSRA positions are few in number, mostly reserved for doctoral students, and typically offered to students who have been in the school for at least one year. Students can seek out GSRA positions across the university at any department that offers opportunities for research. Individual faculty members serving as principal investigators on research projects most often offer GSRA positions. 

Generally speaking, if you are interested in a GSRA position, please first attempt to identify appropriate faculty with research interests similar to your own and contact that faculty member directly. If additional assistance is needed, please connect with your Department Program Coordinator.

Department-Specific GSI/GSRA/GSSA Information

  • Biostatistics: In the Biostatistics Department, the admissions committee is the central matching source for all GSRA positions. Students do not apply directly to GSRA or GSI positions.
  • Health Behavior and Health Education: Health Behavior and Health Education students should not contact faculty to ask about GSRA opportunities. The department typically does not have GSRA positions unless they are for a specific doctoral student within the program.

Additional Resources

Center for Education of Women

The University of Michigan's Center for the Education of Women+ (Center for Education of Women) empowers women and underserved individuals in the University of Michigan and surrounding communities by serving as an advocate and providing resources to help them reach their academic, financial, and professional potential. Center for Education of Women offers small emergency grants to current University of Michigan-Ann Arbor graduate students and undergraduate students. 

With support from our generous donors, the Center for Education of Women was able to expand the program in 2008 to include additional scholarships for students of all genders. 

International Institute

The University of Michigan's International Institute (II) brings together distinguished and diverse faculty and scholars with deep area studies and international expertise to help provide the University of Michigan community with the knowledge, tools, and experience to become informed and active global citizens. Generous support is given to graduate students for research abroad, international internships, and the study of less commonly taught languages. 

Office of National Scholarships and Fellowships

The University of Michigan's Office of National Scholarships and Fellowships recruits and prepares undergraduate, graduate, and professional students and recent alumni for major national scholarship and fellowship competitions. 

Ginsberg Center Grants

The University of Michigan's Ginsberg Center is a community and civic engagement center with a mission to cultivate and steward equitable partnerships between communities and the University of Michigan in order to advance social change for the public good. Based upon this mission, its vision is for inclusive democracy; thriving, diverse communities; and equity and social justice.

Interprofessional Education (IPE)

The University of Michigan Center for Interprofessional Education (IPE) shares information about funding opportunities of interest. Their list is updated regularly when new opportunities are announced.

Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH)

The ASPPH list is collected from external sources and is sorted based on specific qualifying criteria. 

Rackham Graduate School Support (MS, PhD)

The University of Michigan's Rackham Graduate School administers fellowships, grants and scholarships. 

Additional Resources