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. However, applications for work at Brown University will be considered as long as they pertain to a Faculty mentor's global health scholarly work.

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. The purpose of the meetings before departure is to communicate effectively about the planned activities, improve the proposed activities based on detailed comments from other Scholars and faculty, and receive guidance about the ethics of conduct of human subjects' research. The group meetings afterward will focus on presentation of the actual activities, preparation of scholarly reports of the activities as theses or publications, and reports to the foreign host and sponsor institution.

Upcoming Deadlines:

Academic Year 2014-2015
November 15, 2014
February 15, 2015

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.  Scholarship recipients'  deliverables include a scholarly product and participation in post-travel activities the following academic year.

Application Materials

Applications must be no longer then 5 pages single-spaced and must include the following:

  • Title
  • Dates of study period (minimum 8 weeks)
  • Location
  • Foreign Institution
  • Brown Faculty Mentor
  • Objective and Specific Aims
  • Background and Significance
  • Methods or Clinical Rotation
  • Data Collection Procedures
  • Analysis
  • Plan for Dissemination
  • Detailed Budget
Supporting Materials
  1. A cover page is required with the application.
  2. A required letter of support from faculty mentor. Recommendation letters should be sent electronically directly to the Program Assistant from the relevant faculty member; paper copies should be submitted in a sealed envelope.

Please note that while Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval does not need to be submitted with your application, it will in fact be required before the award is made. Applicants should therefore begin to familiarize themselves with the Brown IRB application process as soon as possible. Furthermore, please note that 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.

Applications may be submitted electronically to Elizabeth Jackvony, GHI Program Coordinator, at or in paper to Ms. Jackvony at The Framework in Global Health, Global Health Initiative, Box G-A2.

Find Additional Information

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

Elizabeth Jackvony
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:

Susan Cu-Uvin, MD

Stephen T McGarvey, PhD, MPH