The Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security is now accepting applications for the 2024 Health Security Scholarship. The grant will be a one-time $10k award per student. Up to 2 students will receive the award in 2024. The scholarship, supported by grant funding from Open Philanthropy (OP), aims to support DrPH students who are focusing part or all of their Dissertation research on issues related to Global Catastrophic Biological Risks (GCBRs), such as severe pandemics. 


Qualifying Students: 

  • You must be a current JHSPH DrPH student who has passed your Concentration Preliminary Oral Examination (students in any Concentration/Track may apply). 
  • You must have completed a draft of your dissertation proposal. 
  • Your dissertation proposal must include at least one component focusing on GCBRs 


Timing of Award: 

  • Applications are due August 31st at 11:59 Eastern Time. Decisions will be made by September 30th. 


Suggested Use of Funds: 

  • Funds will be provided in a lump sum to the awardee. There is no restriction on the use of funds, but the intended use is to offset research expenses, pay for academic related travel or supplies, or offset tuition expenses during proposal preparation and dissertation research. 


Application Process: 

  • To apply, you will need: 
  • A 1-page cover letter detailing the topic you intend to research, including what GCBR-related research you will include; and how you intend to use the funds. 
  • The date that you passed your Concentration Preliminary Oral examination 
  • Your CV 
  • Your dissertation proposal document 
  • Applications will be evaluated by Center for Health Security faculty. 
  • Students are only eligible to receive an OP DrPH grant once throughout their DrPH program. If you apply for this grant and are not selected, you are allowed to re-apply in future years if you meet the qualification criteria above. 


Questions? Please contact Hannah Feeney at

Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security