School of Public Health

Fund Your Education

Our students are typically supported by a combination of research assistantships (RAs), teaching assistantships (TAs), student loans, and outside employment. To identify the best sources of financial support, we encourage you to review each funding source below and explore fellowship opportunities at the UW Graduate School website.

MCH Program Stipend

Every year, we award a stipend to several incoming students to offset the cost of tuition and other training expenses for one academic year. All students admitted to the program are considered for the stipend. We assess professional experience, leadership potential, academic merit, and financial need. Special consideration is given to students committed to working with underserved populations who experience profound health disparities. Those selected to receive the stipend will be notified in the acceptance letters.

MCH Dissertation Stipend for PhD Students

Supports dissertation-related expenses such as statistical computing packages or subject incentives for primary data collection.

Eligibility: PhD students in Epidemiology or Health Services whose research focuses on MCH-related topics in the United States. Priority given to studies of potential benefit to vulnerable or high-risk groups.
Application Deadline: applications accepted throughout the year
Award Amount: Up to $600, depending on availability of funds

Apply: Email the following information and materials to the MCH Director - Daniel Enquobahrie at

  • cover letter requesting consideration for the award, goals for the dissertation, as well as a budget and justification
  • dissertation proposal approved by committee chair
  • committee chair's endorsement of the award application
  • a list of all committee members
  • transcript of dissertation coursework
Research Assistantships

Students have skills which make them competitive for working as research assistants with principal investigators on funded projects. Many of our core and affiliate faculty receive grants that fund research on a wide range of topics. Many full-time students are able to find a 20-hour-per-week research assistantship that covers tuition, health insurance, and provides a small salary.

Look for research assistantships with Epidemiology

Teaching Assistantships

Teaching assistantships (TA) are available to PhD and master's students. Some students have also had success finding TA positions outside the School of Public Health, in departments such as Biology and Statistics.

Look for teaching assistantships on the Epidemiology website

Outside Employment

There are many institutions in the Seattle area at which our students have had success finding health related employment. These opportunities can provide you with significant financial support for your education as well as important professional connections that can serve you well as you transition from graduate school to the professional world. Below is a listing of some institutions who have employed UW Department of Epidemiology Students in the past.

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Group Health
Seattle Children’s Hospital
Seattle & King County Public Health Agencies

Graduate Funding Information Service

The UW Graduate Funding Information Service (GFIS) will work with you once you officially enroll at the UW, helping you to identify and locate funding opportunities for graduate school-related expenses including tuition, research, conference, and research travel. You can visit GFIS during drop-in advising hours, schedule individual appointments, or request information by email.

Visit the GFIS Funding Resources Guide and blog to learn more.

UW Financial Aid

Information on grants and loans can be found through the Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA). The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form is used to determine how much and what type of aid you qualify for. The Financial Aid Office website outlines important deadlines for priority filing.

UW Husky Jobs

As a UW student you recieve free access to UW Husky Jobs which lists thousands of full, part time, and campus jobs that could help offset tuition costs.