Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training Fellowship

The Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training (MIHRT) Fellowship is an opportunity for students to participate in a fully-funded 11-week summer program designed to provide:

The program will start with two weeks of training at ICAP in New York, followed by an eight-week international placement at an international training site (likely including Cameroon, The Dominican Republic, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan or Swaziland) and culminating in a final week in New York. Dates for summer 2017 will be approximately Monday, June 5 through Friday, August 18.

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 summers’ work.

Eligibility Criteria:

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”:

Underrepresented racial and/or ethnic minorities include African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, Alaskan Natives, Hawaiian Natives and natives of the U.S. Pacific Islands.

Individuals from rural backgrounds 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.

Low income individuals 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 2017) 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.

Application Components:
1. Program application (download here)

2. CV or resume

3. Transcripts from current academic institution

4. Two academic or professional letters of reference

5. Statement of interest describing: motivation for applying; relevant past experience (if any); research interests; global health interest; career goals

Send official transcripts to ep2821@cumc.columbia.edu 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 to Elizabeth Pierre at ep2821@cumc.columbia.edu. Applicants are responsible for confirming receipt of all materials.

All application components are due by Friday, November 11 2016.

If you any have questions or would like to make revisions to your application, please contact:

Elizabeth Pierre, Program Officer
ICAP at Columbia University
ep2821@cumc.columbia.edu