GFE Fund

The amount GFE Fund awards varies depending on the quality of submitted proposals and the balance in the endowment fund. MSPH and MPH students from all departments are eligible to submit a proposal for a GFE Award and must be enrolled at Rollins for the semester prior to their field experience to qualify for an award. 

Students can apply to receive a GFE Fund after they have completed 12 hours at Rollins. To apply, students must develop and submit a proposal describing a project that is:

  • Well-defined, rational, and feasible
  • Integral to the student’s public health training
  • Of measurable value to the host organization/community, and
  • Based in a clearly articulated, mutually beneficial partnership


It is important to note that the GFE Fund does not provide you with a practicum experience. Rollins School of Public Health has a separate website dedicated to explaining Applied Practicum Experience (APE)

Understanding Field Experiences and Funding Sources

Diagram created by S.D.Frost 2018

There are many funding resources available to financially support your APE. The GFE Fund is one of many, check below for more information on other funding sources.

GFE Fund Inclusion and Exclusion Criteria

  • GFE Funds are awarded to projects that are a minimum of six weeks
  • Open to all Rollins MPH and MSPH students from all departments
  • Can take place at any time—though most students complete their GFE in the summer between their first and second year
  • Could include projects ranging from HIV counseling and testing, to food consumption patterns, and avian flu
  • Presents opportunities to collaborate with organizations like CARE, Unicef, the World Health Organization, International Federation of the Red Cross, and more


Dr. Deborah McFarland
(404) 727-7849