APHA 2019 Scholarship

Each year, the American Public Health Association (APHA) hosts an Annual Meeting and Expo where public health professionals convene to learn, network and engage with peers.  In 2019, the Annual Meeting and Expo will be hosted in Philadelphia from November 2-6, 2019 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center (1101 Arch Street).  The Dornsife School of Public Health is excited to sponsor the APHA conference in our own backyard and looks forward to student, faculty, staff, and alumni involvement.

Student Affairs is offering scholarships for full-time undergraduate majors and full-time master’s students (capped at $250 per student) to help cover conference registration expenses for APHA 2019. These scholarships offer students a chance to learn the latest public health science and practice, connect with seasoned professionals, meet new mentors, and find a lifelong home within the APHA community. 

Each student is required to be a member of APHA, submit an essay, and resume for scholarship review.  For more information and to submit an application, please click here.

Additionally, Student Affairs will be hosting professional development events to help prepare students for the Annual Meeting and Expo.  For details on these events, please visit the events calendar.

For questions regarding the Scholarship or Events, please contact Michelle at

Professional Development/Conference Travel Award

Each year, Student Affairs receives requests from students to fund professional development and conference opportunities. In order to fairly evaluate to these requests, we have standardized the way in which these requests are collected. Individual DSPH undergraduate and master’s students may request funding from Student Affairs for conference and professional development travel by completing the Professional Development/Conference Travel Award Request form. Doctoral students are not eligible for this award.

Given the number of requests and the limited financial resources that the department has, please understand that not all requests will be honored. Priority will be given to students who are near the end of their program, who have not requested funding from the department before, and who submit requests with significant advance notice. The intention of the Professional Development/ Conference Travel Award is to provide supplemental funding for the following types of expenses: rail, shuttle, or air transportation, conference and registration fees, and/or hotel expenses. Requests for auto-rental, mileage, tolls, parking, taxi services, and/or meal funding are not eligible.

Due to the release of the new APHA 2019 Award, please note that the APHA Annual Meeting 2019 in Philadelphia is ineligible for consideration for the Professional Development/Conference Travel Award. The APHA Annual Meeting will resume eligibility in 2020-2021.


Funding requests must be submitted at least four weeks in advance. The maximum level of support that Student Affairs provides is $200. Please note that funding is limited and is not guaranteed, so applicants should consider alternative sources of funding.

Please send the completed request form to Michelle McDermott.