Roderick Paige Fellowship

The Roderick Paige Fellowship

A funding opportunity for IU School of Public Health-Bloomington graduate students

The Roderick Paige Fellowship is a one-year funding award for incoming graduate students at the IU Schoool of Public Health-Bloomington who are from underrepresented populations.

Eligibility Requirements

  • You must be accepted into an SPH master's and/or doctoral program and plan to enroll in the subsequent fall semester.
  • If you are a domestic student, you must be an underrepresented minority (URM) in your particular discipline. The term URM includes: African Americans, Native Americans, Alaska Natives, Asian Americans, Hispanic/Latinx, or Pacific Islanders/Native Hawaiians.
  • Domestic and international students will be considered.

Funding amount

The amount of funding varies from $2,500 to $4,500 for one academic year. (The fellowship amount is contingent on the number of fellows awarded in a given academic year.)

This award is a one-time award. However, recipients can request supplemental support their second year (maximum amount of $500) if they are experiencing any financial challenges.

How to apply

For graduate students enrolling for the fall semester, the fellowship application and supplemental documents are due in the preceding March. Awardees will be notified in May.

For application information, contact Rory James, Director of the Office of Student Diversity & Inclusion, at

Who is Roderick Paige?

Dr. Roderick Raynor Paige was born on June 17, 1933, in Monticello, Mississippi. The eldest of five children, Paige was born to his mother, Sophie, a librarian, and father, Raynor C. Paige, a school principal and barber. In 1951, Paige graduated from high school and enrolled at Jackson State College in Jackson, Mississippi. He was an honor student and football player there. In 1955, after he graduated with a B.A. in physical education, Paige received his master's (1962) and Ph.D. (1970) in Physical Education from the IU School of Public Health—formerly known as the School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation. On January 24, 2001, Dr. Paige was sworn in as the United States Secretary of Education.