UC Berkeley Center for Global Public Health Research Fellowships 2018

2016 CGPH Fellows Photo Credit (left to right): Sam Schildhauer (Thailand), Claire Boone (Brazil), Jillian Kadota (Tanzania), Shane Fallon (Peru)

The Center for Global Public Health established its annual graduate student research fellowships in 2008 to provide experiential learning for Berkeley students who are interested in global public health. This year, eight to ten research fellowships in the amount of $3,000-$5,000 will be awarded to qualified students who are selected, via a competitive evaluation process, to support 8-12 weeks of international travel and research activities in Summer 2018.

The project must take place at an approved faculty research site in a low- to middle-income country (LMIC). These sites are often long-term field study sites of UC Berkeley and/or UC San Francisco (UCSF) faculty members. The student’s primary supervisor can be their on-site field supervisor for the proposed research, but students must also have a direct faculty supervisor from UC Berkeley or UCSF who will help oversee their work and provide a letter of support and has signed the affiliation agreement with the CGPH.

The CGPH welcomes proposed research projects in all public health disciplines. 

Deadline: January 26, 2018

Call for proposals: Proposals for 2018 research fellowships are due Monday January 26, 2018 at 5 PM. Fellows will be notified prior to February 28, 2018.


Students must be enrolled in a graduate degree seeking program at UC Berkeley.

Application requirements:

Applicants should develop a research proposal with the help of their mentors (on-site and at UC Berkeley/UCSF). To apply, please email the following application materials as a single PDF to titled “FIRST LAST CGPH Fellows Application 2018.pdf” prior to January 26, 2018 at 5 PM.

  • A two-page research proposal that contains (at a minimum):
    • Project title
    • Global Health Aims of Research
      • Relevant background information
      • A brief description of the significance of the public health problem your proposal seeks to address/explore
    • Specific aims and/or hypotheses
    • Methods
      • On-site collaborators (including a description of how you will train/work with local students, researchers, and affiliates to ensure the equitable and ethical conduct of research and dissemination of results)
      • Methodology (study design, sample size, IRB approval (local and international), etc.)
      • A discussion of the strengths and limitations of the chosen methodology
      • A projection of potential obstacles and description(s) of solutions/alternative strategies or resources that can be used to overcome these obstacles
    • Anticipated results/conclusions/PH significance
    • Personal motivation
      • How are you prepared for this experience (e.g. language training)?
      • How will this opportunity help advance your long-term (career) public health goals?
      • Budget (including airfare, living expenses, immunizations, incidentals, etc. -- please also indicate if any of these costs will be defrayed by other funding sources)
      • Curriculum vitae
      • Letter of support from faculty mentor (if the student’s primary advisor will be their external site advisor, we will need letters of support from both the faculty mentor and the field supervisor) - mentors are may email their letters of support separately and confidentially to prior to the deadline.

Student commitments required for the award

      • Attend the pre-departure workshop (TBD: March/April 2018)
      • Develop a Field Safety Plan that is finalized prior to dispersal of funds, signed by both the student and mentor(s), and approved by the CGPH
      • Register with UC Travel ( ), the US Department of State Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), and Worldcue (via Berkeley) for alerts while abroad
      • Prior to travel: a copy of the fellow’s CITI training, UCB CPHS approval (IRB) for human subject's research (if exempt, send us a letter indicating the exemption), as well as local IRB approval letters
      • Mid-summer update to CGPH (can be via skype, email, or a brief written report)
      • A 2-3 page final report/summary on the experience in the form of a short report/brief (due by October 1, 2018)
      • A minimum of two summer research updates/blog posts to be displayed on the CGPH website, including hi-resolution photos
      • Presentation at the Fall 2018 Fellowship Symposium (September/October)

        * Photos should be a portrayal of your life as a fellow in your research experience. It should include samples of local life, your project and be culturally sensitive. Be sure to also get consent from your subjects before photographing.

Proposals will be evaluated by a faculty committee based on:

      • Scientific merit
      • Public health relevance and effectiveness of proposed methodology
      • Feasibility of the project according to timeline (8-12 weeks)
      • Strength of student's background, including preparedness for working abroad

Additional notes:
Previous recipients of a CGPH research fellowship are eligible to apply, but priority will be given to applicants who have not yet received a CGPH fellowship.