Global Health Internships and Funding
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Global Internships and Funding for Gillings School Students
Gillings School Global Internships and Fellowships
In this section we provide information on funded (and some unfunded) global health internships that are open only to UNC Gillings students. We have partnered with global health organizations (e.g., FHI 360, IntraHealth International and DAI Global) to offer these funded experiences for students.
Learning2Thrive Program is a non-profit focused on developing cutting edge online tools to assist medical NGOs and Low-Income Countries meet the mental health needs of refugees
and populations where Mental Health resources are limited or do not exist. L2T is now moving
into the research/pilot testing phase of its development. With that in mind, we are offering a
paid internship for 10-15 hours per week during the Fall 2022 semester.
Location: Remote is potentially an option
Funding: Amount to be negotiated depending on skills and experience
To give more focus to the School's global work, we are establishing a small number of geographic hubs to increase students' skills. For summer 2022, we are pleased to partner with UNC Global Projects Zambia, UNC School of Medicine’s Office of Global Health Education and the Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases to offer up to five placement opportunities for UNC Gillings residential MPH students and UNC School of Medicine first year students.
Funding: We expect to award up to $4,000 per student (final amount TBD)
IntraHealth International offers a summer fellowship program for current public health master's and doctoral students enrolled at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. IntraHealth, a North Carolina-based nonprofit organization, fosters local solutions to healthcare challenges by improving health worker performance, strengthening health systems, harnessing technology and leveraging partnerships.
FHI 360, in partnership with Global Health Solutions, offers a research fellowship program for UNC Gillings first-year master's students (will be second-year master's student in Fall 2022), current (1st and 2nd year) doctoral students, and prospective UNC Gillings doctoral students. FHI 360's mission is to improve lives worldwide by addressing complex public health issues through research, education and services. See who were selected as previous fellows and projects they worked on.
Advance Access & Delivery was founded in 2015 to address barriers to high quality healthcare in solidarity with economically and socially marginalized groups. AA&D serves the Secretariat of the Zero TB Initiative (ZTBI), a global coalition of public and private stakeholders, health care providers, civil society groups, and policy makers to implement comprehensive strategies to eliminate tuberculosis (TB), the world’s deadliest infectious killer of adults that killed 1.4 million people in 2019. AA&D has active projects in six countries globally and has offices in the United States and South Africa.
AA&D has two remote opportunities for Gillings graduate students for Summer 2021.
The Male Contraceptive Initiative (MCI) was founded in 2014 to facilitate research and development of male contraceptives and to build awareness about the need for and status of male contraceptive options. In partnership with the Solutions office, the UNC Gillings - MCI Summer Fellowship Program is intended for UNC Gillings residential master’s students to gain experience contraceptive development and research by offering support for 8-10 weeks. This program will support graduate students to contribute to the development of promising new reversible non-hormonal male contraceptives.
In 2014, UNC partnered with the University of Witwatersrand (Wits) in Johannesburg, South Africa establishing Wits as a center of excellence in implementation science (IS) training in South Africa. Led by UNC's Drs. Audrey Pettifor (epidemiology) and Rohit Ramaswamy (PHL and MCH), and the Head of the Wits School of Public Health Dr. Tobias Chirwa, the program has recently engaged key HIV research organizations in Johannesburg: Wits Reproductive Health Institute (Wits RHI), Anova Health Institute, and the Aurum Institute; as well as Desmond Tutu Health Foundation at the University of Cape Town. The program aims to continue to build IS capacity within these research organizations through short- and long-term training opportunities.
Fort this summer opportunity, Dr. Audrey Pettifor and Dr. Tonia Poteat have recently received an NIH R01 with Wits RHI to conduct an implementation science research study to examine differentiated care models for transgender people in South Africa with regard to HIV care- both prevention and care. The individual will be working with Drs. Pettifor and Poteat and the investigators at Wits RHI in South Africa on various aspects of this study.
A $2,000 award supports one trainee to work in South Africa. The student project will have a focus on HIV and implementation science.
Eligibility: Current residential first-year master's student in Global Health, Health Policy, Maternal and Child Health with an interest in implementation science
THIS CANNOT BE USED FOR A PRACTICUM
Humanitarian Health Initiative Internship
We are pleased to announce the Gillings Humanitarian Health Initiative offers several paid Gillings graduate student internships. Each internship works on projects focused on different humanitarian health areas our faculty members are engaged in.
No Current Openings
Students get the opportunity to observe the work that CDC does, including national and international outbreak responses, developing public health guidelines, and collaborating with groups internal and external to CDC in Puerto Rico and elsewhere. These are UNPAID opportunities.
Potential projects for summer 2022:
- Analysis of post-COVID conditions among a COVID-19 community cohort
- Analysis of insecticide use among households in an arboviral community cohort
- Dengue vaccine intention & uptake among arboviral community cohort participants
- Factors associated with multi-year participation in a community cohort
- Data curation project to evaluate all steps in the data lifecycle for a large community cohort, including data collection, merging across different sources, data validation, and analytic methods to identify areas for improvement.
Not currently being offered
Gillings School Travel Funding
In this section we provide information on all the Gillings School schoolwide travel awards. These awards are only open to Gilling School students.
First-year residential MPH students who have secured a global practicum placement or 2nd year residential MPH-RD students who have secured a global Advanced Placement for Summer 2021. We expect to grant between 5-10 awards to students. Awards can be up to $2,000 each. Global is defined as an (in-person or remote due to COVID-19 restrictions) international placement or placement in the U.S. with a global health focus (global NGO or immigrant, refugee or migrant population).
Travel must be directly related to the student’s course of study, research, or practice. Awards can be up to $2,000 each.
To support a current student’s public health related practicum/internship, conference or research travel. Awards can be up to $2,000 each.
To support a summer internship experience with community-focused agencies in either Africa, Asia or Latin America. This award is for an in-state undergraduate student at the Gillings School of Global Public Health who demonstrates a strong commitment to global health. A successful applicant will be able to describe how their global internship experience will build on previous service learning, volunteer work or experiences and foster their career goals in global health.
The fund shall be used to support annual travel awards for student(s) at the School of Public Health. Awards can be up to $2,000 each.
This fund shall be used to support undergraduate, masters, DrPH or PhD student from any department or program within the School of Public Health for travel in conjunction with practica, research, service or presentations at scholarly conferences. The funds may also be used by recent graduates to cover expenses associated with the presentation of papers at scholarly conferences, provided the research was conducted and papers written while the individual was a student at the School of Public Health. Awards can be up to $2,000 each.
Previous Practicum Organizations
In this section we provide the organizations Gillings School students have interned with in the past. For any organization that is designated as a UNC Gillings Fellowship or Internship Program, please do not contact that organization, as we have an application process for opportunities with that organization.
- Carolina Population Center
- FHI 360 (UNC Gillings Fellowship Program)
- Fund for Global Health
- Global Citizen, LLC
- Global Public Health Group - Johnson & Johnson
- Immigrant and Family Health, Inc.
- International Rescue Committee
- IntraHealth International (UNC Gillings Summer Fellows Program)
- Kybele, Inc.
- MEASURE Evaluation
- National Institute on Drug Dependence, Peking University
- Palestine Children's Relief Fund (PCRF)
- Planned Parenthood Global
- Pro Mujer
- Refugee Mental Health and Wellness Initiative
- RTI International
- RTI-UNC Evidence-based Practice Center
- Somali Family Safety Task Force
- UNCG Center for New North Carolinians
Other Funding Opportunities
We have compiled lists of several organizations that have funding opportunities
- Carolina Office of Distinguished Scholarships
- Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health
- American Public Health Association
- Institute for International Education
- ASPPH/CDC Allan Rosenfield Global Health Fellowship Program
- NIH/Fogarty International Clinical Research Scholars Program
- American Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene
- Fogarty International Center
UNC-Chapel Hill Funding
Carolina Global Initiative Awards
Critical Language Program
Fulbright U.S. Student Program
Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad
Pre-Dissertation Exploration Award
The Global Partnership Awards are designed to help sustain and develop partnerships between UNC-Chapel Hill and international institutions. Awards are made to support faculty, staff and graduate students engaging in collaborations with colleagues at international institutions (typically colleges or universities), with preference given to proposals that include a designated UNC-Chapel Hill strategic or key partner.
Assists graduate students with travel costs to a regional, national, or international academic conference or professional society meeting for the purpose of presenting their research.
Applications accepted on a rolling basis.
The Community Engagement Fellowship program awards a maximum of five fellowships of up to $2,000 each year to develop and implement engagement or engaged scholarship projects that (1) employ innovative, sustainable approaches to complex social needs and (2) have an academic connection.
Deadline Nov. 18, 2019 - Feb. 3, 2020
GPSF can provide funding for your conference or research travel through Individual and Group Travel Awards. This is a very competitive award, receiving many applications each cycle. Applications are received on a rolling basis.
There are a variety of funding resources for students who are pursuing internships and other forms of experiential education. This list, while not comprehensive, gives a good starting point for exploring funding from both UNC and non-UNC sources.
Tinker Pre-Disseration Field Research Grants Program. For specific information about the ISA competitions visit the website. Unless otherwise indicated, only UNC-CH students are eligible to apply.
Graduate Student Summer Research Grant (GSSRG) provides funding to masters, predoctoral and professional graduate students in any discipline who are conducting research as part of their degree requirements. Students’ research projects must concern African Americans or the broader African diaspora and have clear relevance to IAAR’s mission. Students must also be in good standing and have completed four semesters of graduate coursework toward a doctoral or two semesters of coursework toward a masters degree at UNC-Chapel Hill. Research must be carried out between the summer months of May-August.
Foreign Language & Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships support students taking less-commonly taught language and area studies coursework. This program provides both academic year and summer fellowships to graduate and undergraduate students at the intermediate level and above.
The Funding Information Portal is a collection of databases and other resources selected to help UNC graduate students apply for funding opportunities.
This is a small database (about 200 records).
The Funding Finder allows you to filter a robust database of awards, programs and fellowships offered by UNC, government agencies and other organizations.