Financial Awards

All students offered admission to the doctoral program in epidemiology receive a full tuition scholarship, stipend, health insurance and coverage of fees.

Topping Up Awards 

Honor Fellowships
Several honor fellowships are awarded by the Graduate School to highly qualified students entering study for the PhD. In order to be considered for these awards, an applicant's file must be complete by January 15. Each year the epidemiology program nominates applicants for these highly competitive awards, which are announced in early March. The honor fellowships listed below are in addition to stipends and tuition scholarship awards and are made for a period of five years for the PhD.

  • Harold Stirling Vanderbilt Graduate Scholarships: $6,000
  • University Graduate Fellowships: $5,000  

Vanderbilt International Scholars Program (VISP)
Each year VISP scholars are selected from non-U.S. citizen applicants to one of five biomedical Ph.D. graduate programs:  the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program (IGP)  Quantitative and Chemical Biology (QCB)  Epidemiology Hearing and Speech Sciences  and  Biomedical Informatics .  The scholars have activities and support resource within the program and have traditionally built a tight interdisciplinary student community and support group from being involved. There is no separate application for international applicants to be considered for VISP, an applicant’s file must be complete by January 15.

  • This is a prestigious stipend and full scholarship award that also includes a $2000 supplement in the first year to assist with costs of relocating to Nashville.

Vanderbilt Institute for Clinical Translational Research (VICTR) Scholars Program
Each year several Vanderbilt doctoral candidates are supporting by full tuition and stipend funds from this NIH training grant program intended to develop the careers of quantitatively gifted individuals conducting graduate research that fosters the multidirectional and multidisciplinary integration of basic research, patient-oriented research, and population-based research, with the long-term aim of improving the health of the public.

  • This nationally prestigious award includes stipend, full scholarship and annual travel funds to present at the Translational Science meeting in Washington, DC.

Provost's Graduate Fellowships
The Graduate School offers these fellowships to under-represented minority graduate students who intend to pursue the Ph.D. degree in preparation for an academic teaching career. Each award provides a $10,000 stipend awarded as a supplement to any other funding that is offered to the applicant and are made for a period of up to five years.

The Ph.D. Program in Epidemiology has additional targeted scholarships for the entering class of 2016 for doctoral students intending to pursue careers focused in these areas:

  • Health and healthcare policy-relevant areas, including clinical epidemiology, health services, health outcomes, cost analysis, informed medical decision-making, and comparative effectiveness.
  • Reproductive epidemiology, including the influence of candidate exposures (including maternal behaviors, health factors, medications, parental genetics, and environmental exposures) on risk of adverse pregnancy events including miscarriage, fetal growth restriction, and preterm birth.