FIU Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work

Florida International University - Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work
Florida International University - Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work

Starr Scholarship


The C.V. Starr Scholarship program provides assistance to students from Latin American and Caribbean countries wishing to pursue a doctoral degree in one of the three disciplines in the Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work: Public Health, Dietetics and Nutrition, or Social Work.

The recipient receives a fixed stipend, which may be applied towards University tuition, fees, books and supplies, housing/living expenses and travel. Students may also receive a full tuition waiver when the scholarship amount is equal to what is needed to obtain a tuition waiver for doctoral studies from the University Graduate School.

It is the scholar’s responsibility to obtain necessary visas and to arrange for transportation and housing. The Office of International Student Services may be of assistance in these matters. Continuation of the scholarship for the selected recipient(s) will depend on his/her academic performance and other criteria indicated below. Upon successful completion of the program, students who have retained the C.V. Starr Scholarship funding throughout their enrollment will be known as "Starr Scholars."

Award Amount

Up to $24,000


The Starr Foundation -


Applicants must:

  • Be from a Latin American or Caribbean country or provide evidence of Latin American or Caribbean origin.
  • Meet the minimum admission requirements for their respective doctoral programs and have submitted a completed graduate admissions application at the time of CV Starr Scholarship application.  


  • Must be fully admitted to a doctoral program in the Stempel College, maintain full-time enrollment status and a 3.0 GPA throughout the term of the Scholarship.
  • Are selected competitively based on academic performance, commitment to social or public health, and financial need.
  • Are required to work on research, teach, or do community service activities under the direction of a faculty advisor.
  • Must conduct a culminating project (i.e., dissertation, scholarly paper, etc.) on a topic relevant to their home country.
  • May use scholarship funds for tuition, fees, books, housing/living expenses and travel.

Application Procedures

  • The pdf version of the application can be downloaded at here.
  • Eligible applicants are asked to complete all portions of the application.
  • Submit a typed personal statement (double spaced, two-page maximum) which includes the following:
    • A description of your Latin American or Caribbean heritage and your vision for research or community service activities in social or public health that will benefit your home country.
    • Your goals as a doctoral student and how the financial assistance of this scholarship will help you fulfill those goals.
  • Ongoing students must include a completed GA/Starr Scholar Evaluation form.
  • Applications are due March 22nd for coverage of the fall, spring, and summer semesters. Should additional funds be available for the second part of the academic year, a second round of applications will be accepted and are due by September 15th for coverage of spring and summer semesters. One application is sufficient to cover all the semesters in an academic year.
  • Eligible doctoral students must re-apply for C.V. Starr Scholarship funding each academic year. 
  • Application deadline is March 22nd, 2017.

Should you have any questions about the scholarship, please contact Ms. Jeanette Lopez in the Office of Student and Alumni Affairs at or 305-348-4692. 


Office of Student & Alumni Affairs
Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work
Florida International University
Modesto A. Maidique Campus, AHC5 145
11200 SW 8th Street
Miami, FL 33199

Phone: 305-348-7777