Financial Support


As a major center for graduate study, UCLA offers a percentage of its qualified graduate students substantial support through several types of financial assistance. Awards are based on either academic merit or financial need, but the two types are not mutually exclusive. Current and prospective students interested in applying for financial assistance should read carefully the information contained in the Graduate Division's Financial Support page.

University Fellowships. Students are particularly encouraged to apply for the University's Graduate Summer Research Mentorship Program, Graduate Research Mentorship Program, and Dissertation Year Fellowship at eligible junctures. These program provide stipends, fee awards as applicable and research travel allocations. Students should also pursue suitable Endowed Fellowships which provide varying levels of funding.

Training Programs. The Department of Epidemiology has a limited number of focused traineeships which provide fee and stipend support for doctoral students including the Burroughs Wellcome Fund Inter-school Training Program in Metabolic Diseases and the UCLA/USC Pre-Doctoral and Post-Doctoral Fellowships in Molecular Genetic Epidemiology of Cancer.

FSPH Financial Opportunities. In additon to employment opportunities, university- and department-based fellowship programs, there are many financial resources available through the Fielding School for entering and continuing students, and postdoctoral scholars. Opportunities include awards and scholarships, training programs, summer internship funding, and need-based aid.

Fellowship in Epidemiology is a competitive award funded by Departmental Block Grants and available to epidemiology students based on merit. Each application is reviewed individually and evaluated based on academic performance and time-to-degree. Calls for applications are announced in February and applications are usually due in March.

Research Opportunities. Some faculty will have research appointments available that ususally require successful completion of the Core Curriculum, Epidemiology 200ABC series. Students can therefore be considered for these opportunities after the first year of study and should directly contact faculty members to express interest.

Teaching Opportunities. The Department of Epidemiology currently advertises for Special Reader appointments for Epidemiology 100 (Summer, Fall and Spring) and Epidemiology 200A-C (Fall, Winter, Spring). We recommend that students who apply for Special Reader positions be in the doctoral program or be second year master students. This will allow the student to have taken the course and receive a B+ or better. Opportunties are announced by the Department as they become available. Other departments may also have teaching opportunies which the Department SAO will announce as they arise. Students with strength in fields taught at the undergraduate level may also find employment by contacting those departments directly to learn more about their hiring procedures.

Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition Waiver. PhD candidates who are non-resident for tuition purposes and who have formally advanced to doctoral candidacy are eligible for a waiver of their Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition. Eligibility for the waiver begins with the first academic term following advancement to candidacy and expires after the ninth quarter thereafter.

Research Travel Funds. Some fellowships, research, and training programs provide funding to offset research-based travel expenses. Additionally, funds may be available through the University's Research Travel Grant Pilot Program to offset allowable research travel expenses for advanced doctoral students.

Conference Travel Funds are available for students in the Fielding School of Public Health who have been invited to give oral or poster presentations at recognized meetings. Similar support may be available from the Department. For further information you may visit the Student Services Office, A1-269 CHS and the Department SAO, 71-254 CHS.

APHA Travel Funds are available for students who are either staffing the FSPH booth or presenting at the American Public Health Association (APHA) annual meeting to help reimburse allowable travel costs.