Scholarships and Global Health Travel Awards

The College of Public Health annually provides scholarships and global health travel awards to its students of all backgrounds and interests. Every public health student is encouraged to apply. These funds are here for you — created and sustained by generous alumni and friends who give back to ensure our current and future students have access to the world-class education our college offers.

The college has more than 20 funds for scholarships and a global health travel award available for current public health graduate and undergraduate students. Students only need to complete one scholarship application to be considered for multiple scholarships.

Both scholarships and the global health travel award are granted based on a number of criteria including merit, financial need, research interests, first-generation status and other statuses.


Academic scholarships

You must be an undergraduate or graduate student in a College of Public Health degree program during the 2023-24 academic year and have to be enrolled as a student for 2024-2025 to apply for a 2024-2025 academic scholarship. Students who have their education fully funded are not eligible. Public Health pre-majors are not eligible.

Global Health Travel award

The global health travel award is available to College of Public Health undergraduate and graduate students traveling to conduct research, participate in field practice placement and/or partaking in service-learning opportunities, all focused on global public health. To be eligible to apply for this one-time award, students must have the equivalent of one full-time year of study prior to travel date; and travel must directly align with degree program academics, research and/or service.

Previously funded experiences include:

  • travel to professional conferences (international and national conferences with a global health interest)
  • international applied practice experiences (APEs)
  • participation in programs with international research, service, or coursework.

Scholarship and travel award deadlines

Academic scholarships

  • Application opens: January 10
  • Deadline to apply: March 15

Global Health Travel award

  • The Committee reviews applications three times a year for global health travel opportunities proposed for the subsequent 12 months. Deadlines for this award are March 1, July 1, and October 1. 

Apply for the Global Health travel award

The Global Health Travel award is available for travel anytime in the upcoming year, but applications are reviewed 3 times a year. 

Global Health Travel Application

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Application Process

To apply for College of Public Health scholarships or a global health travel award, access the application through ScholarshipUniverse. Students must submit the appropriate application and all required documentation online by stated deadlines.

Apply here for a CPH academic scholarship


The following responsibilities apply to all CPH academic and Global Health travel award recipients:

  • Recipients will be informed via their Ohio State email account if they have received an award.  In the email notification, recipients will be given award acceptance instructions and a deadline to accept the award. The process involves accepting the award. 
  • If recipients do not formally accept their awards by the deadline specified in their offer letters, the funds may be reallocated to other applicants.
  • Recipients may be asked to attend a scholarship event honoring them and the relevant donors.

Additionally, for CPH Global Health travel award recipients:

Question Will applications be reviewed by divisions or programs before reaching the Student Scholarship and Awards Committee?



Question What happens if students apply for other funding for travel after they have been awarded by CPH?



Question For travel awards, what information should I include when describing my budget?



Question Question What does the committee consider when selecting scholarship or travel award recipients?



Question How are the funds disbursed?