Fellowships

The David Axelrod Fellowship

The David Axelrod Fellowship was founded in 1994 in honor of the former New York State Health Commissioner, for the purpose of promoting academic and creative excellence in public health. Dr. Axelrod's career exemplified an activist, innovative vision of the role of public health policy. Special foundation funds are available to support a single Master's level student every year.

Stipend: The Fellowship provides partial tuition in addition to a stipend of $10,000 for one academic year.

Eligibility: Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and must have completed an application for graduate study at the University. MS and MPH applicants are eligible to compete for this award. The award is for entering students only. Applications will be reviewed by the faculty of the School and the Axelrod Endowment Committee.

Fields: Students enrolling in any of the Masters Degree programs at the School of Public Health are eligible for this award, including Epidemiology, Biometry and Statistics, Biomedical Sciences, Environmental Health Sciences, Health Policy and Management and the interdepartmental Masters of Public Health.

Applications: Applicants should submit a resume and brief essay describing their interests and outlining their goals in public health and public service. These materials will be forwarded to the Axelrod committee along with the applicant’s admission packet. The committee meets in early March to choose the fellow for the following academic year. Only students admitted to the School by then will be considered.

A resume, personal statement, and application should be submitted electronically by February 1st to Caitlin Reid at sphadmissions@albany.edu.

The William Randolf Hearst Foundation

Endowed Fellowship in Public Health

The School of Public Health strongly embraces racial diversity in its student body and is committed to improving the health status of minority populations. The Hearst Fellowship of the School of Public Health promotes academic and creative excellence in public health among students from diverse ethnic backgrounds. The fellowship is available to support incoming minority students. It is intended that fellowship recipients use their degrees to improve the practice of public health among minority populations.

Stipend: The Fellowship provides partial tuition in addition to a stipend of $5,000-$10,000 for one academic year.

Eligibility: Minority applicants who are citizens of the USA are eligible to compete for this award. Only entering students who will pursue the MS or MPH degree will be considered.

Fields: Students enrolling in any of the departments or professional programs at the School of Public Health are eligible. These include Epidemiology, Biometry and Statistics, Health Policy, Management and Behavior, Biomedical Sciences, Environmental Health Sciences, and the interdepartmental professional programs.

Minority Status: Applicants must be members of one of the following under-represented racial groups:

  • African- American: a person having origins in any of the black racial groups of Africa
  • Latino: a person having origins in Mexico, Puerto Rico, Cuba, the Caribbean, Central America or South America.
  • Native American: a person descended from any of the original peoples of North America and who maintains cultural identification through tribal affiliation or community recognition (includes American Indians and Alaskan Natives).
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Applications: Applicants should submit a resume and brief essay describing their interest in the fellowship and outlining their goals related to public health and public service. These materials will be forwarded to the Hearst Committee along with the applicant’s admissions packet.

All materials will be reviewed by the Diversity and Recruitment Committee. The committee meets in March to choose the fellow for the following year. Only students admitted to the School by then will be considered. Preference will be given to those applicants who are committed to minority health, community services and leadership.

An application, resume and personal statement should be submitted electronically by February 1st to Caitlin Reid at sphadmissions@albany.edu.