Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training Fellowship
The Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training (MHIRT) Fellowship is an opportunity for students to participate in a fully funded 11-week summer program designed to provide:
- Exposure to the fields of and current challenges in global health and health disparities research
- Training in qualitative and quantitative research methods
- Hands-on experience conducting mentored research at an international site
- Career and academic counseling.
The program will start with two weeks of training at ICAP in New York, followed by an eight-week placement at an international training site (likely including Cameroon, the Dominican Republic, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, or Swaziland) and culminating in a final week in New York. Dates for summer 2018 will be approximately Monday, June 4 through Friday, August 17.
This fellowship is distinct from other Next Generation training opportunities in several ways: it is research-focused, fully funded, and trainees receive a stipend for their summer’s work.
1. Candidates must be U.S. Citizens or permanent residents.
2. Candidates must meet at least one of the NIH-defined criteria for membership in an “underrepresented or minority group”:
include African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, Alaskan Natives, Hawaiian Natives and natives of the U.S. Pacific Islands.
include those who come from a family residing in an area designated by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) as non-metropolitan. The home address of prospective trainees can be entered into the Rural Assistance Center’s ‘Am I Rural’ website to obtain a Core Based Statistical Areas (CBSA) designation of Metropolitan, Micropolitan, or Rural.
are defined as those who come from a family with an annual income below established low-income thresholds, published here. Applicants must demonstrate that they have (a) qualified for federal disadvantaged assistance; or (b) received any of the following student loans: Health Professional Student Loans (HPSL), Loans for Disadvantaged Student Program; or have received scholarships from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under the Scholarship for Individuals with Exceptional Financial Need.
3. Undergraduate candidates must be current sophomores and juniors (i.e., rising juniors or rising seniors in summer 2018) who have successfully completed coursework in biomedical or behavioral health sciences. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required.
4. Graduate candidates must have successfully completed at least one year of graduate coursework by the beginning of the training program. The fellowship is an introduction to research and not appropriate for more advanced graduate students.
For additional questions, please see FAQs.
- Program application (download here)
- CV or resume
- Official transcripts from current academic institution
- Two academic or professional letters of reference
- Statement of interest describing: motivation for applying; relevant past experience (if any); research interests; global health interest; career goals
Send official transcripts to firstname.lastname@example.org or:
Next Generation Programs
ICAP at Columbia University
722 West 168th Street, 13th floor
New York, NY 10032
All other application components should be emailed as separate PDFs to Elizabeth Pierre at email@example.com. Applicants are responsible for confirming receipt of all materials.
All application components are due by Friday, December 1, 2017.
If you any have questions please contact:
Elizabeth Pierre, Program Officer