Framework in Global Health Program

Global Health Scholarship

The Framework in Global Health provides funding to support global health scholarships for undergraduate students, medical students, residents, and fellows, and MPH and PhD graduate students. Successful applicants receive up to $3,500 to support global health research, service, and advocacy activities directly linked to Brown University faculty scholarly projects.

Global Health Scholars work on global health issues at foreign sites for a minimum of 8 weeks.

Those receiving Global Health Scholarships will be required to participate in regular group meetings with other Global Health Scholars and faculty both before and after the proposed activities, including a Pre-Departure Orientation, the annual Global Health Research Day, and the Global Health Lecture Series.

The purpose of the Pre-Departure Orientation is to communicate effectively about the planned activities, improve the proposed activities based on detailed comments from other scholars and faculty, and to receive general guidance about personal health and safety, vaccinations, cultural issues, practical advice for living overseas, and responsible conduct in research.

Upon return, scholarship recipients' deliverables include:

  1. a scholarly product in the form of an abstract and poster presentation at the annual Global Health Research Day, and
  2. participation in the Global Health Lecture Series during the following academic year.

Students should be prepared to focus on presentation of their activities, preparation of scholarly reports of their activities as theses or publications, and reports to the foreign host and sponsor institution.

Upcoming Deadlines for Summer 2016 Travel

November 1, 2015
February 1, 2016

Eligibility Requirements

An applicant must:

  1. have a demonstrated interest and/or have engaged in activities related to global health
  2. have taken or propose to take academic courses in preparation for global health work
  3. have a proposed plan for global health work with a scholarly activity related to research, service, or advocacy
  4. describe the Brown University faculty mentoring for the proposed global health activity, and provide a required letter of support from the mentor.

Previous recipients of the Framework in Global Health Scholarship are not eligible to apply for a repeat award.

NOTE: The Framework Global Health Scholarship is not available to seniors who plan to graduate and leave Brown at the end of the spring semester. However, seniors who plan to remain at Brown (ie: PLME, 5th year masters programs) are eligible

Application Materials

Please email all required documents to, subject line "Framework in Global Health Scholarship/Your Last Name" by Nov 1, 2015 at 5PM.

  • Complete the online application form.
  • Project proposal (5 pages max) including the following sections: title, location, name of foreign institution, dates of study period, objective and specific aims, background and significance, methods or clinical rotation, data collection procedures, plan for data analysis, plan for dissemination, and a detailed budget.
  • Letter of Support from Faculty Mentor*.
  • Letter of Support from Host Advisor.
  • Current CV or resume.
  • Read program eligibility rules.

*Recommendation letters should be sent directly to the Program Coordinator either electronically or via interoffice mail in a sealed envelope.

IRB Approval

If your project involves human subjects (this includes data collection from living individuals through interaction or intervention, or data collection of identifiable, private information through secondary data analysis), Institutional Review Board (IRB) will be required.  You must provide documentation that verifies approval by the respective IRB of the institution where the research will be carried out, if other than Brown University.

Please note that while approval does not need to be submitted with your application, it will in fact be required prior to the commencement of your project. Applicants should therefore begin to familiarize themselves with the Brown IRB application process as soon as possible.

Furthermore, a Brown IRB approval may be necessary, even if the applicant is employed by another institution or if the applicant has approval from another IRB (e.g., Lifespan), since the Framework funds are administered through Brown.

It is recommended that you contact the Brown IRB to ascertain whether the work you propose in your application requires Brown IRB review. For additional information, please contact the staff at the Brown Research Protections Office directly at (401) 863-3050.

Framework Scholarship recipients will be required to complete the following IRB trainings within 30 days of receiving a scholarship award letter:

Additional Information

Inquiries about the application and other administrative details should be directed to:

Elizabeth Jackvony
Program Coordinator
Global Health Initiative
Brown University, Box G-A2
Providence, RI 02912
Voice: 401-863-1499
Fax: 401-863-1848

Inquiries about opportunities to partner with Brown faculty can be sent to:

Elizabeth Jackvony, MPH
Program Coordinator

Susan Cu-Uvin, MD

Stephen T McGarvey, PhD, MPH