A Graduate Scholarship Program for Tibetan Students
Since 1990, Stony Brook University has supported the graduate education of Tibetan students under a scholarship program initiated by Distinguished Professor Arthur P. Grollman, M.D. This program was created in conjunction with a visit by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama to Stony Brook University, where he gave a Presidential lecture and received an honorary SUNY degree. Since its inception, this program has been directed by Dr. Grollman and Ugen Gombo, Ph.D., the first Tibetan to receive a Ph.D.–in Anthropology–in the United States, who served as a Librarian at the Stony Brook University for more than 25 years.
Six Tibetan students to date have enrolled in the Program in Public Health, supported by the Scholarship. Kunchok Dorjee, Ph.D., M.P.H., mentored by Dr. Grollman, was the first to receive the MPH degree. In view of the outstanding contributions made by Tibetan graduates, and to address the public health needs of the Tibetan community, the scholarship program has been expanded through the generosity of Drs. Henry and Marsha Laufer. Beginning in the Fall 2019, the MPH Program will enroll an additional Tibetan student, providing full support for tuition and living expenses. The scholarship program honors the service rendered by Drs. Grollman and Gombo.
Applications for the Grollman-Gombo Scholarship for 2019 are now being accepted at