UC Berkeley Innovations for Youth (I4Y)/ Center for Global Public Health Fellowships 2017

Call for proposals
As a part of Innovations for Youth’s and Center for Global Public Health’s missions to support experiential learning for UC Berkeley graduate students interested in adolescent health and wellbeing, a graduate student fellowship opportunity has been established. Fellowships in the amount of $2,500-$5,000 will be awarded to two to three qualified students selected via a competitive evaluation to support study-related travel and activities for 2-3 months in the summer of 2017 (exceptions considered for projects with longer timelines or timelines outside of the summer).

The fellowship project must be focused on adolescent (ages: 10-24 years) health and wellbeing in a low-resource domestic or international setting. Sites may include long-term field study sites of UC Berkeley faculty members or community based organizations unaffiliated with UC Berkeley. The student’s primary supervisor can be a field supervisor or community based organization member, but each student must also have a faculty referral form filled out by a UC Berkeley faculty member. I4Y and CGPH welcomes student proposals with a focus on adolescent health and wellbeing from any discipline. Proposals for 2017 fellowships are due February 1, 2017. Decisions will be made by March 1, 2017.


  • Students should be graduate-level master’s or doctoral students at UC Berkeley in any school. MPH students may use this opportunity to fulfill their MPH field study requirement. PhD and DrPH students may use this fellowship for their dissertation.
  • Post-master or post-doctoral level applicants are also eligible.

Application Requirements

Applicants will be required to develop a fellowship plan with the guidance of a primary supervisor from the proposed site. To apply, please email application materials with the subject heading “CGPH/I4Y Fellowship Application” to by February 1, 2017 at 5pm. Applications should include the following materials:

  • 2-page Proposal which includes:
    • Significance of problem to adolescent health and wellbeing with relevant background information
    • Specific aims and/or hypothesis
    • Methods
      • On-site collaborators
      • Study design, including sample size and how this was calculated (if applicable)
      • Methods, including description of proposed data collection and analysis
      • Strengths and limitations of proposed methods
      • Potential problems and solutions/alternative strategies
    • Anticipated Results/Conclusions
    • Personal motivation
      • How you are prepared for this experience
      • How this fellowship will help you advance your long-term public health goal

The following must also be submitted, but they do not count against the two-page limit:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Proposed budget (airfare, living expenses, immunizations, incidentals, etc. — please include information regarding other funding which may cover your costs).
  • Completed Faculty Referral Form from a UC Berkeley faculty member. If the student will be primarily supervised by an external field advisor or a member of a community-based organization, we will need a letter of support from that supervisor as well. Faculty referral form can be accessed here:

Additional Notes:

Student commitments required for the award:

  • Attend at pre-departure workshop (TBD – March/April 2017)
  • Risk Assessment Plan finalized and signed by both student and faculty mentor before departure
  • For students traveling abroad: Registration with UC Travel and documentation of all needed immunizations
  • Copy of CITI training and IRB for human subjects research (or letter if exempt)
  • A 2-3 page final report on the experience in the form of a short report/brief
  • Summary of research that can be displayed on CGPH and I4Y websites, including photos, due October 15, 2017
  • Research presentation at CGPH Fellowship Symposium in Fall 2017 (TBD – September/October)


Students will be judged by a committee of UC Berkeley I4Y faculty and staff based on:

  • Scientific merit
  • Adolescent public health relevance and significance
  • Feasibility of the project according to timeline (two to three months for summer project)