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Tuition & Fees

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Financial Support – Fellowships and Traineeships

Admitted doctoral students are automatically considered for funding. The PhD program has several sources available. No separate application is required, except for the Hearst Fellowship in Public Health and Aging.

AHRQ/NRSA Traineeships: Federally funded, this source provides tuition, health insurance coverage and a generous stipend. US citizenship or permanent residency is required.

John Kralewski Family Fellowship: Amount varies. US and International students are eligible.

Hearst Fellowship in Public Health and Aging: The Hearst Fellowship in Public Health and Aging is for doctoral students interested in exercising leadership at the intersection of public health and gerontology through research and policy analysis. Selected students will conduct a dissertation related to aging and will complete the graduate minor in gerontology. Eligible applicants include first or second year PhD students in the Health Services Research, Policy, and Administration program. Download the application form (PDF)

HPM Doctoral Scholarship: The Division of Health Policy and Management has some limited funding for incoming doctoral students. International students are eligible.

Diversity of Views & Experiences (DOVE) Fellowship: The Office for Equity and Diversity administers the DOVE Fellowship. The fellowship is awarded to up to two incoming HSRP&A  doctoral students from diverse ethnic, economic, racial, and educational backgrounds and experience, who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. The fellowship provides a $22,500 stipend, tuition at regular Graduate School rates (up to 14 credits per semester), and subsidized health insurance for up to four years. The PhD program selects candidates to nominate in early January.

SPH Scholarships

The School of Public Health has numerous scholarships for new students. All admitted students with a complete application by Dec. 1 will automatically be considered for internal scholarships.

Graduate Assistantships

A graduate assistantship is an on-campus, part-time job that includes attractive benefits. Assistantships are very competitive to obtain as the demand out numbers the available positions.


  • Tuition benefits: Graduate assistants receive both wages and a tuition subsidy based on the number of hours worked per week and their rate of tuition. Non-Minnesota residents also receive a waiver that covers the non-resident portion of tuition.
  • Health insurance coverage of at least 50 percent.
  • Invaluable working experience and opportunity to work closely with faculty.

The Division of HPM has some Research Assistant positions available, and a few Teaching Assistant positions. Students may also look for graduate assistantship jobs outside of the department through the University’s Office of Human Resources Graduate Assistant Employment page. RA and TA positions within the School of Public Health are also available in the Career Services Center.

Dissertation Grants: This funding source is to help support PhD students in the final year or two of their dissertation research and writing. All dissertation grants are competitive.  

  • Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship (DDF) sponsored by the the University’s Office of Graduate Education, provides a stipend of $22,500 plus full time tuition and health insurance during the term of the grant.
  • Doctoral Interdisciplinary Fellowship is available through the University’s Office of Graduate Education where students can link with a research center to promote interdisciplinary collaborative research. It provides a $22,500 stipend, and full time tuition and health insurance during the period of the award.
  • Agency for Health care Quality (AHRQ) Dissertation Grant. This federal program provides a stipend of about $22,500, plus full time tuition and health insurance. U.S. citizenship or permanent residency is required.

Student Loans

Students may be eligible to apply for federal student loans. Learn more about University financial aid.

Other Costs to Consider

  • Average cost of living in Minneapolis for a one-bedroom apartment is $899
  • Minnesota offers no tax on clothing
  • Minnesota students may receive an unlimited bus pass for $100/semester
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