UMMC Policy and Procedure Manual E-SPH-GEN-GEN-PO-00068
Subject: SOPH Student Stipends
Revised Date: 5/24/2021 Effective Date: 12/6/2016
Prepared By:
Jeanna D. Wilkes
Approved By:
Natalie W. Gaughf

Reviewed By:
Sydney R. Murphy

John D. Bower School of Population Health

DOCUMENT TYPE: Policy

REVIEW PERIOD: 1 Year

TITLE: Student Stipends

PURPOSE: To establish policy for students receiving Graduate Student Stipends from the John D. Bower School of Population Health.

POLICY: A student may receive a Graduate Student Stipend from the Bower School of Population Health.

The designation of an individual holding a Graduate Student Stipend is an academic, not employment, designation. Therefore, the Graduate Student Stipend does not grant the student the ability to receive employee benefits. Neither FICA (i.e., social security) nor state retirement is paid. Students awarded a Graduate Student Stipend are responsible for filing taxes according to the current federal and state laws and regulations. 

The Graduate Student Stipend will be awarded for the amount and time as described in the scholarships and stipend offer letter. Graduate Student Stipends are paid beginning the first day of the semester in which they are first enrolled and ending with the last day of the last semester for which the stipend is awarded. 

A graduate student awarded a Graduate Student Stipend will engage in research activities directly related to their program of study under the supervision of in collaboration with a member of the Bower School of Population Health faculty. As a condition of the award of the Graduate Student Stipend, the student is expected to maintain continuous enrollment on a full-time basis and remain in Good Academic Standing as defined in the SOPH Good Academic Standing policy. Additional academic program requirements may be required. 

Enrolled students who are also UMMC employees are not eligible to receive Graduate Student Stipends.


If a student receives an individual grant where the award for a stipend is less than the current stipend rate awarded by the Bower School of Population Health, the program may supplement the stipend.

If a student takes a Leave of Absence (LOA) or withdraws from their academic program, the student is no longer eligible for the Graduate Student Stipend. See the SOPH Leave of Absence and SOPH Withdrawal policies. 

SCOPE: SOPH Students

REFERENCE: University of Mississippi Medical Center [Intranet].  SOPH Good Academic Standing policy. [Effective 2016 December 06].

University of Mississippi Medical Center [Intranet].  SOPH Leave of Absence policy. [Effective 2016 December 06].

University of Mississippi Medical Center [Intranet].  SOPH Withdrawal policy. [Effective 2019 June 19].