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Need-based Relocation Grants for Incoming PhD Students


Johns Hopkins University (JHU) is committed to ensuring the holistic well-being of each student. Part of a student’s well-being is intimately connected with their fiscal stability. We recognize that it can be financially burdensome for many students to relocate to a new city to attend a PhD program. It is especially challenging for those with substantial or longstanding financial need and/or those who would experience particularly significant financial hardship when relocating to JHU.

As such, the university will assist incoming PhD students who demonstrate significant financial need through a $1500 relocation grant. Specifically, we will provide funding to students who, without this money, may otherwise not be able to afford to relocate to JHU for their PhD program. While we recognize there may be many prospective students who will seek these funds, these grants will not be allocated to students who have communities of support that can provide a financial safety net in times of need (for example, these funds are not intended for those who are able to receive financial assistance from family or friends, or who have their own financial resources to cover these costs).

This initiative is part of The Second JHU Roadmap on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. The Roadmap 2020 Task Force recommendation “JHU should provide needs-based relocation funds for incoming graduate students” was incorporated into Graduate Student Goal 3.

This is not a merit-based grant. Applications will be evaluated solely on financial need.

Applications for a relocation grant are open only to applicants who have received an offer of admission to a PhD program at JHU (not current students). The grant application will be sent to students upon their acceptance to a JHU PhD program. Funds will only be administered to students who indicate through their acceptance of a PhD program offer that they plan to matriculate to JHU.

If you think you might be eligible for these funds, we encourage you to apply. Information about accessing the application will be sent to you via email after you receive your offer of admission.

Information requested in the application

The information requested in the application for this grant will help us assess financial need. All information requested is self-reported. Applications and eligibility for this relocation grant will not impact one’s status as an admitted student or be connected to students’ academic student records. Information you provide will be used exclusively for determination of eligibility for relocation assistance.  It will not be shared with any other offices beyond those adjudicating these grants.

The application will request information on your educational loan history, financial history, outside scholarships or sponsorships, and other financial resources. The application also provides a space to explain any additional circumstances that you feel would be relevant in determining your grant eligibility.

Additional Details:

• If you have been accepted into more than one JHU PhD program, you only need to complete this application once. You will only receive the email prompting you to complete an application after your first admission letter is received.

• Information about accessing the application will be sent to you via email after you receive your offer of admission. There may be a slight delay between these emails. Please let us know at [email protected] if you have not received an email about the grant application within 48 hours of receiving your offer of admission.

• Both U.S. and International students are eligible to receive this grant.

• Relocation grants are taxable.

• Applications for relocation grants are open only to applicants who have received an offer of admission to start in a PhD or DNP/PhD program at JHU (not current students).

If you have any questions about these relocation grants, please email [email protected].

Note: please do not email this address with questions about the status of your PhD program application.  Admissions decisions are made by the PhD program leadership.

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