Can I apply for both FPHLP and other CUPS programs (Columbia University, Kennedy Krieger Institute, Morehouse College, UCLA)?
YES. However, if you would like to be considered for FPHLP at the University of Michigan, you MUST complete our online application.
What is considered economically disadvantaged?
Low income is defined as below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level.
I am from a U.S. Territory. Can I apply?
YES. Residents from U.S. Territories are eligible for this program.
I am an International student. Can I apply for the program?
NO. Only U.S. Permanent Residents, U.S. Nationals are eligible for this program.
Do I need to have a public health background in order to participate?
NO. We encourage students from a wide range of disciplines to apply to FPHLP.
Can I participate in the program if I graduated? What is a recent graduate?
MAYBE. If you graduate in December 2020 or May 2021, you are still eligible to participate. If you graduated prior to December 2020, you are ineligible.
My school’s classes will end in June. Am I still eligible to apply?
YES. In the past, FPHLP has worked with students and their home institutions to proctor exams to facilitate their involvement in the program. However, accommodations will not be discussed until a student is selected for the program.
Are eligibility requirements flexible?
NO. Eligibility requirements are inflexible and cannot be negotiated.
Does the program cost any money?
NO. Accepted students will receive a stipend to attend. In addition, travel and housing costs will be covered.
What is the stipend amount for the program?
The stipend amount is $3000 received in four equal payments over the summer. The stipend is intended to assist you in order to cover some of your living expenses during the program.
Where will we be staying during the summer, and what are the rooms like?
Program participants will be housed on Michigan’s campus near the School of Public Health, where the rooms will be double occupied or suite style.
What are the dates of the program?
The dates change year to year. For Summer 2020, the program had to suspend operations due to COVID-19. The dates for Summer 2021 have yet to be determined.
I’m married. Can my spouse stay on campus with me?
NO. Spouses are not eligible for staying with program participants in housing during the program.
I am due to have a child. What options do you give students who have children?
Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate children within the program.
How has COVID-19 impacted Michigan FPHLP?
On March 19, 2020, the CDC announced the cancellation of all CUPS/Ferguson activities for the summer of 2020 due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19. While we know that this decision is best for the health and safety of everyone, we want to acknowledge the disappointment, sadness and many other emotions that our applicants may be feeling after this announcement. We share those emotions with you.
We would like to thank all the applicants who took the time to apply for Michigan FPHLP 2020. We are deeply grateful to the students who shared their interest in public health with us, for they are the reason for this program. We look forward to accepting applications again next year as we will continue our mission to provide opportunities to underrepresented students to consider careers in public health and to explore health equity.
Since the CDC's announcement, we received questions from applicants that we would like to address. Please see the attached PDF with Frequently Asked Questions.
Michigan FPHLP Team
For updates on how COVID-19 has impacted this year’s program, visit https://www.cdc.gov/minorityhealth/internships.html
For information on COVID-19, visit the CDC's website.
When does the application open?
Our Application will open November 1, 2020 and will remain open until 11:59pm EST on January 31, 2021.
When will I find out if I was selected?
All selections will be made no later than March 31, 2021.
My college only offers paper transcripts, can I mail it?
NO. Paper transcripts can be scanned into PDF format and uploaded to the online application.
I have attended more than one college, should I send all my transcripts?
My fall grades aren’t in yet. Should I wait until they’ve posted to send my unofficial transcript?
Please submit what you have at the time of completing your application.
What is a token?
A token is a unique identifier sent to your recommender that connects their letter to your application.
How do I know if my recommender submitted a letter?
Once you complete the recommender information, an email will automatically be sent to the recommender’s email address. We encourage all applicants check in with their recommenders to ensure that they have received the email regarding your letter of recommendation. Please have your recommender check their Spam folder.
How do I know if my application has been submitted?
Upon completing your application and submitting it online, a notification will appear on your screen confirming your application submission.