Presidential Doctoral Fellowship for Research Training in Health Disparities

Striving to Address a National Public Health Challenge

“Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health is the most shocking and the most inhuman...”
–  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Second National Convention of the Medial Committee for Human Rights, Chicago, IL March 25, 1966


  • Pursue any Ph.D. or Dr.Ph. program at the University at Albany and receive transdisciplinary training in health disparities.
  • Health disparities are a national public health challenge called out by the National Institutes of Health.
  • According to the CDC, “Health disparities are preventable differences in the burden of disease, injury, violence, or opportunities to achieve optimal health that are experienced by socially disadvantaged populations.”
  • Career opportunities in health disparities related fields are growing in government agencies, non-governmental agencies, research institutions and universities to meet the national need.



  • Well prepared for doctoral study.
  • Masters Preferred (but not required).
  • Member of an under-represented group.
  • U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
  • Eligible to be employed in the United States.



  • Full tuition and mandatory fees
  • Stipend
  • Funding for travel to professional meetings to present health disparities research
  • Funding for membership in health disparities related professional association(s)



  • Ph.D. degree in academic program spanning UAlbany’s offerings.
  • Receipt of Health Disparities Graduate Certificate.
  • Cutting edge courses will be offered.
  • Mentoring by an experienced and trusted Ph.D. advisor, together with four (4) rotational mentors for experiential learning placements
  • Dedicated writing & statistical support



  • Training through placements in research labs, community groups, NGOs, state/local health departments.
  • Participation in national conference on health disparities hosted by the University President.
  • Engagement with CEMHD-suppported community health taskforces.
  • Rich engagement with junior and senior-level faculty in health disparities.
  • Part of a learning community which is home to one of the leading research and training hubs for health disparities in the northeastern United States.
Application procedure for students seeking a Presidential Health Disparities Fellowship:
  1. A student seeking admission to the fellowship program must also be an applicant to a doctoral program at the University at Albany.
  2. The applicant should provide the fellowship program with a one page essay describing their interest in health disparities issues and research. This is due by February 1st of the year in which they plan to begin doctoral studies. The student should submit the essay to the head of the doctoral program and also send it by email to [email protected].
  3. Once a student is admitted to a doctoral program, the program must nominate the student for the Health Disparities Fellowship. The nomination, as well as the candidate's essay, will be reviewed by the Fellowship Committee, who will make a recommendation to the head of the fellowship program.
  4. The doctoral program nominator and the student will be notified of the decision. Acceptance or declination by the applicant is required by a reasonable date to be set by the fellowship program. Note: This date may be prior to the doctoral program application closing date.


Please direct requests for information to: [email protected]