Student Project Stipends

The WRPHTC provides stipends to support public health and other health profession students conducting public health projects with public and non-profit organizations around the region through support from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

Stipends are subsistence allowances for students to help defray living expenses during the training experience, and are not provided as a condition of employment, or for tuition, fees, health insurance, or other costs associated with their training program. 

Stipend: $3,500 per student.

A partial allotment of the funds ($2,000) will be provided at the start of the project and $1,500 at its completion when all reports are provided and a video presentation summarizing the project and its outcomes is uploaded onto the WRPHTC website. These funds may be taxable for US citizens and applicants will receive an IRS 1099 form from the University of Arizona.

Number of Stipends Available: 30 stipends

Student Eligibility:

  • Undergraduate juniors or seniors, graduate or doctoral students pursuing degrees in a health profession (e.g., public health, psychology, sociology and social work).
  • Students must be enrolled at a university throughout the course of the student project (students that have already graduated from their program will not be considered).
  • Students must be a U.S. citizen, a non-citizen U.S. national or from the Pacific Freely Associated States, or a foreign national having in his or her possession a visa permitting permanent residence in the U.S. Individuals on temporary or student visas are not eligible to receive these stipends.
  • Student enrolled at schools in Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, or the US-Affiliated Pacific Islands will be given preference.

Project Eligibility:

  • The project must entail 200+ hours of field work.
  • The project must be completed within one year of the anticipated start date.
  • The project work must be based in HRSA Region 9, which includes Arizona, California, Nevada, Hawaii, or the U.S.-Affiliated Pacific Islands.
  • The project must be conducted at public or nonprofit health agencies or other public health organizations, including hospitals, community-based, health care facilities, and non-traditional health care settings including non-profit organizations.

Criteria for Selection:

  • The project should provide structured opportunities and/or experiences to allow the student to apply acquired knowledge and skills in a public health practice setting.
  • Student projects are expected to contribute to the mastery of public health competencies (such as analysis and assessment, program planning and policy development) through field experience, with a focus on balancing the educational and practice needs of the student with the needs of the community.
  • Projects that address one of the following topics will be given priority:
  1. Supporting rural public health,
  2. Addressing childhood obesity,
  3. Prevention, management, or treatment of opioid addiction, and/or
  4. Community-based approaches to improving mental health of individuals.
  • Preference will be given to projects conducted at a public or nonprofit health agency or organization, particularly one serving underserved areas and/or populations.
  • The WRPHTC attempts to distribute stipends evenly across our region, so there are limited awards available in each state.


Students will be required to submit a survey at the beginning and end of the project, as well as a survey one year after project completion. These surveys are used to collect information required by our funders at HRSA.

Field experiences need to culminate with a deliverable of a poster presentation or scientific report that must include the following sections: abstract, introduction, methodology, findings, conclusions and discussion.  

Additionally, the WRPHTC will require students to record a 5-minute video that summarizes the project and its outcomes, which will be available to the public on the WRPHTC website.

These deliverables need to be shared with the WRPHTC and HRSA. 

In the event that a recipient of this award terminates his or her participation from the program prior to the specified end date, the stipend must be prorated according to the amount of time spent in training, and the award recipient must contact HRSA to discuss options for the remaining stipend funds. 

If you are a student or agency interested in learning more about student projects opportunities, please click the corresponding links below.

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