About REAL

Rollins offers a one-of-a-kind public health experience. The REAL program provides funding for full-time, master’s-level public health graduate students to access job positions aligned with their professional goals. Apply to Rollins to be eligible to receive a REAL program award!

Current REAL students, please use the buttons below for more information. Prospective students, click  here for more details about receiving REAL. 

Frequently Asked Questions

No. This not a need-based financial aid program or federal work-study. It is not applied towards your tuition, and it is not a lump-sum stipend.

About 50% of full-time MSPH/MPH student receive the award for the academic year.

No. Students must apply for REAL-approved positions and employers determine who they would like to hire.

No. Earnings are deposited into your bank account on a bi-weekly basis for every hour you work. Funds not earned are forfeited.

No. Students are allowed employment in only one position funded through REAL at a time. However, students can have a REAL position and a non-REAL position simultaneously.

International students who are eligible to work can apply for REAL after they are admitted to the Rollins School of Public Health. Applications for the REAL Award will be sent by Office of Admission to all admitted international students. Students have the opportunity to earn up to $6,000 per academic year at federal, state, and other government agencies, as well as Emory-affiliated programs, for-profit, and nonprofit organizations throughout Atlanta. Awards are offered to students on a first-come, first-serve basis.


For questions regarding REAL, program organization and logistics, posting a position, and invoicing, please contact the REAL Program Manager, Lisa Parker, at real@emory.edu.

For questions relating to Human Resources and the KRONOS timekeeping system, please contact rsphhrhelp@emory.edu. Tax, W-2, and direct deposit questions can be directed to Emory Payroll: 404-727-6100.