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

  • Applicants must be accepted into a SPH-B masters and/or doctoral program and plan to enroll in the subsequent fall semester.
  • Domestic and international students are eligible
  • If a domestic student, be an underrepresented minority, URM, in their discipline. The term URM includes African Americans, American Indians/Alaskan Natives, Hispanic/Latinx, or Pacific Islanders/Native Hawaiians.

Funding amount

The amount of funding varies from $2,000 to $4,000 for one academic year. Please note that fellowship amount is also contingent on the number of fellows awarded in a given academic year.

The 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.

Deadlines & Timelines

04/01/2022For SPH graduate students enrolling for the fall 2022 semester the fellowship application and supplemental documents are due 7:00 p.m. (EST) on Friday, April 1, 2022.
04/29/2022Awardees will be notified Friday, April 29, 2022.
05/06/2022Awardees must confirm acceptance of award with Director Rory James via writing or email.

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

How do I submit my application?

Email the following items to Mr. Rory G. James:

  • Completed application form with your signature
  • Resume/CV
  • A reference letter from a college professor, internship adviser, or supervisor
  • An essay (not to exceed 500 words) which addresses both of the following topics:
    • How this fellowship will positively impact your educational goals
    • How your social/cultural identities (i.e., ethnicity, first-generation status) inform the work and/or research you want to pursue

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 Health, Physical Education & Recreation (HPER). On January 24, 2001, Dr. Paige was sworn in as the United States Secretary of Education.