Dr. Antronette Yancey and Darlene Edgley DrPH Dissertation Fellowship


The fellowship is seeking to fund research projects that are distinctive, innovative approaches that examine health disparities including obesity and related chronic diseases through physical activity and other health behavior strategies. Research projects that utilize health intervention, prevention, and community-based participatory research (CBPR) and also demonstrate the potential for measurable, observable impact on improving the health of underserved communities and minority populations.
Yes, an applicant may also apply for a Conference Assistance Award, if they were not selected to receive the DrPH Dissertation award.
No, the award is not renewable.
Yes, applicants may reapply for the dissertation fellowship if the applicant is still in the dissertation-­‐writing phase. All applicants must submit new application materials each year.
Yes, non-­normative progress students can apply. Applicants must submit a supplementary essay describing the applicant non-­normative status and progress.
Yes, applying for other funding will not hinder a candidate’s eligibility for a DrPH Dissertation Fellowship. Applicants must notify the Dr. Antronette (Toni) Yancey and Darlene Edgley Fellowship if they are offered another fellowship (or provide award estimates of pending awards) and discuss the nature and terms of the award. A section is provided on the application form to list other secured and possible funding sources and/or awards being sought by the applicant.
This year's DrPH Dissertation Fellowship is limited to universities that are ASPPH-­‐member and CEPH-­‐ accredited in the US.
No, applicants must start fellowship in the current Fellowship calendar year.


The deadline to submit completed application materials for this fellowship is 11:59 pm, Pacific Standard Time, November 28, 2016. The Dr. Antronette (Toni) Yancey and Darlene Edgley Fellowship encourages applicants to request letters from references and request transcripts as early as possible, since late materials will not be accepted.
The application materials include the following:
  • DrPH Dissertation Fellowship Application Form
  • Official sealed transcripts
  • Current CV
  • 3 letters of recommendation submitted on official letterhead by the dissertation chair, a faculty member and a community health professional
  • Completed reference forms
This will vary depending on how much work the applicant has prepared before beginning the application process. Filling in the application form may take one-­‐two hours. Applicants will also need to upload a CV and application form.

In addition, applicants are expected to secure reference letters in support of the applicant's application. We highly recommend that applicant start the process several weeks before the deadline to get a sense of what is required and to start preparing your materials.

Yes, upload completed application materials (i.e. application form and CV,) at the link listed at the bottom of the application form. Reference letters will need to be uploaded by your letter writers. A link is provided on the applicant forms.
No, all application materials except for the sealed transcripts and letters of recommendations must be uploaded directly by the applicant at the original application submission. No additional information and or documents will be accepted. Application materials will be judged as is at the time of submission.
No. Edits, alterations, and/or additions will not be accepted.
Only official sealed transcripts may be mailed to the mailing address provided on the website. All other materials must be uploaded to link indicated on the application form.
No, the applicant must request all official transcripts be mailed by the institution to the address indicated on the fellowship website by the October 21, 2016 deadline.
Black, Latina/o, American Indian, Southeast Asian, Alaska Natives who maintain tribal affiliation or community attachment, Hawaiian Natives and natives of the U.S. Pacific Islands.
No, comments are not available to applicants; however, for questions or comments about application material contact Dr. Eko Canillas at ecanillas@yanceyfellowship.org.
Yes, applicants will receive an email confirmation once all, completed application materials have been received.

Applicants should secure letters from individuals who can write a strong, specific letter on your behalf. We recommend asking someone who can comment on your proposed project. All recommendation letters must be written on official letterhead and come from (1) a dissertation chair, (2) a faculty member, and (3) a community health professional.

Ideally, at least one reference should be able to judge the technical aspects of your proposed project and someone else who can speak to the community aspect of your project. It's good to be able to show that you have place yourself in the field not merely in the department or institution where you are employed or did graduate work. You want to carefully consider the individuals most appropriate to write the best letters and weigh that against personal connections.
No, recommendation letters must be submitted by the November 28, 2016 deadline.
Applicants will receive an email confirmation once all, completed application materials have been received.

Application materials are reviewed by public health scholars from a variety of fields who have expertise in public health research on minority health disparities, prevention, physical activity, obesity, and related chronic diseases among underserved populations and minority populations.
We recommend that each applicant present a complete, yet concise, summary of their dissertation project. We expect the applicant dissertation summary will clearly articulate background on their topic of interest, purpose statement, central research question, and methods they plan to employ. We encourage the applicant to exercise judgment in determining the most salient components of their dissertation project and clarify how their research aligns with the mission, goals, and objectives of the Dr. Antronette (Toni) Yancey and Darlene Edgley Fellowship.
DrPH dissertation research projects are very diverse; there is no favorite project design, methodology, or subject matter. Successful proposals: 1) clearly demonstrate relevance to critically exploring and/or addressing health disparities via physical activity, healthy eating, and lifestyle behavior change; 2) are thoughtfully conceived and well written; and 3) exhibit innovation.
The application deadline is October 21, 2016. After all applications are reviewed, finalists will be invited for a phone interview. The final selection of the two Dr. Antronette (Toni) Yancey and Darlene Edgley DrPH Dissertation fellows will be made approximately 7-9 weeks after the application deadline. Selected fellows will be notified no later than December 31, 2016. The Dr. Antronette (Toni) Yancey and Darlene Edgley Fellowship Awards ceremony is tentatively set for March 2017.

The financial portion of the DrPH Dissertation Fellowship award is $10,000.
The DrPH Dissertation Fellowship award will be paid directly to the fellow in 2 installments: 1st installment is paid when applicant has advanced to candidacy as determined and officially verified by the applicant school. The 2nd installment payment will be paid once applicant has completed the DrPH program as determined and officially verified by the applicant university.
The financial portion of the DrPH Dissertation Fellowship award may be used for the following:
  • Travel to presentation of research findings as long as it does not exceed 10% of the DrPH Dissertation Fellowship
  • Graduate student fees (cannot be tuition for coursework)
  • Professional fees related to completing DrPH program
  • Collection or purchase of data relevant to the dissertation project
  • Publication costs
  • Estimated taxes (not to exceed $500.00)
  • Living expenses such as food and housing
  • Healthcare (not to exceed $1,000.00)
The financial portion of the DrPH Dissertation Fellowship award may not be used for the following:
  • Tuition
  • Curricular, pedagogical, or other studies directed primarily toward the improvement of education, or for the preparation or revision of textbooks
  • Editing and publication preparation for a manuscript
  • Straightforward translation projects
  • Travel for lecturing, teaching, or participating in meetings, conferences, or workshops (except for health conferences approved by and which advance the mission of the Dr. Antronette (Toni) Yancey and Darlene Edgley Fellowship)
  • Creative work (e.g., novels, films, performance, or music composition).
If selected, awardees are expected to:
  • Attend the Dr Antronette (Toni) Yancey and Darlene Edgley Fellowship awards presentation ceremony
  • Participate in periodic regular updates and contribute to assessment activities designed to record the impact of the DrPH Dissertation Fellowship
  • Complete their DrPH program requirements and earn their DrPH degree within (1) one year
  • Must present at a minimum of (1) one Public Health Conference that is related to at least one of the following:
    • Addressing issues of obesity with related chronic disease prevention through physical activity
    • Any other health promotion strategies using community-­‐based participatory research
    • Working to improve health prospects in underserved communities and minority populations within the U.S. and using community-­based participatory research.
The tenure of the fellowship is not less than one academic year (nine months) and not more than two calendar years (24 months). In applying for the DrPH Dissertation Fellowship, applicants are asked to create a work plan that outlines the anticipated amount of time needed to finish their dissertation. The fellowship cannot start any earlier than March 2017 and must be completed by Feb 28, 2019.
For answers to questions not addressed here or for questions pertaining to technical support, please contact us at info@yanceyfellowship.org.