PhD in Nursing

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  • Graduate Nursing Scholarships

    The University of Mississippi School of Nursing awards several scholarships. All students who apply and are accepted to the UMMC School of Nursing are eligible for these scholarships. Enrolled students are selected based on academic performance and/or financial need. This information is obtained from the student's application for admission. Students are informed of these awards through the Office of Student Affairs.

    In addition, both prospective and current nursing students are encouraged to apply for financial aid through outside sources, such as nursing grants, nursing foundations and community agencies. We encourage students to apply as early as possible because funding can be limited.

    HRSA Nursing Scholarship

    Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) offers a nursing scholarship through a grant, which pays tuition, fees, other education costs and a living stipend to students in accredited RN training programs. In exchange, upon graduation, scholars work for at least two years at a facility, such as a health center, rural health clinic, nursing home or hospital, that has a critical shortage of nurses.

    There are two parts to this application:

    • Online application
    • Supplemental forms and required documentation to download, complete, print and mail or fax

    Visit the HRSA site for more information at

    If you have questions, please contact HRSA directly at 1-800-221-9393. Please do not contact the UMMC School of Nursing in regards to this scholarship.

    Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning

    The Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL) offers financial assistance to undergraduate and graduate nursing students. For more information about these opportunities, please visit the IHL website:

    Click here for information about the Nursing Education Loan/Scholarship for RN-MSN students (NERM).

    Click here for information about the Nursing Education Loan/Scholarship for MSN students (NELM).

    Click here for information about the Nursing Education Loan/Scholarship for doctoral nursing students (NELP).

    Mississippi Nurses Foundation Scholarship

    The Mississippi Nurses Foundation provides scholarships, stipends and grants to nursing students and RNs throughout the state of Mississippi who are pursuing nursing degrees. Please visit the MNF website for additional information:

    Nursing Education Loan Repayment Program

    The Nursing Education Loan Repayment Program (NELRP) assists in the recruitment and retention of professional registered nurses in facilities with a critical nursing shortage. NELRP encourages practice in these facilities by decreasing economic barriers associated with the rising cost of obtaining a nursing degree. The program offers RNs economic assistance through educational loan repayment in exchange for full-time service at a health-care facility with a critical shortage of nurses.

    For more information about NELRP, please visit the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services NELRP website:

    Additional resources

    Download the Graduate Scholarships and Financial Aid Resources.

    Download the Out-of-state tuition waiver request form.

    For more information about available financial aid resources, please contact the Office of Student Financial Aid: (601) 984-1117 or

  • SGSHS Stipends, Scholarships and Tuition

    The School of Graduate Studies in the Health Sciences offers stipends, scholarship and tuition opportunities to PhD in Nursing students. For more information, click here.

    Stipends: Stipends and scholarships are assigned on a competitive basis. The current graduate student stipend is $24,150 per year for up to five years.

    Tuition: Tuition rates are subject to yearly change. Tuition for SGSHS is only assessed for nine (9) hours of graduate credit regardless of the number of credit hours taken. Laboratory fees and other special fees depend on the course taken.

    Dean's Scholarship: The Dean's Scholarship is a full-tuition recruitment scholarship which is awarded to students for outstanding academic achievement. Students who are citizens of the US or permanent residents are also eligible for the Dean's Scholarship. Students wishing to be considered for a stipend and/or Dean's Scholarship for the upcoming fall semester should apply for admission prior to April 1.