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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, and 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 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.

This application is open only to students who have already been accepted into a PhD program at JHU. The grant application will be sent to students upon their acceptance. Funds will only be administered to students who plan to matriculate.

If you think you might be eligible for these funds, we encourage you to complete and submit the application sent to you with your admissions letter.

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.

We recognize that the above information may not capture all students’ financial need. The application also provides a space to explain any additional circumstances that you feel would be relevant in determining your grant eligibility.

More Information

If you have any questions about these relocation grants, please email

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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