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Financing Your Education

Students admitted to our degree programs are automatically considered for any available scholarships, traineeships, or graduate assistant positions in the department.  However, students are also encouraged to explore their own funding opportunities. Unlike many departments, we do not have a policy of admitting only students for whom we have initial funding.  We do our best to help students finance their education and are most successful with providing funding to PhD admits. At this time, funding opportunities for MPH students are very limited. Potential funding opportunities are considered during the admissions review process but funding decisions continue to be made throughout the spring and summer.

We encourage students to explore their own funding opportunities, through other departments, the Office of Fellowships and Funding Resources and the UW Job Center. It has been found that if you are not offered or do not find funding the first year and you do well in the program, there is a good chance you might be able to find funding for the subsequent year(s).  In these instances, international applicants must submit a financial statement to the Graduate School which shows sufficient funds to completely support themselves.
The most common forms of funding support for our students are assistantships, traineeships, and fellowships offered on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. Other sources of funding include loans through the Office of Student Financial Aid as well as sources that are external to the university (e.g. grants, fellowships). We have provided various resources within the “Financing Your Education” section of this website about funding opportunities available at University of Wisconsin-Madison as well as how to initiate a search for funding from external sources.