Framework in Global Health Program

Global Health Scholarship

The Framework in Global Health Program provides an opportunity to work on a critical global health issue impacting a low or middle-income country (LMIC). Successful applicants receive the Framework award to support global health research linked to Brown University faculty scholarly projects. Travel to conduct research will resume during pursuant to Healthy Brown's travel guidance. Students may also collaborate with Brown faculty members to design a research project that can be carried out remotely, including working with existing data when travel for primary data collection is not possible. Research focused on refugee and immigrant health issues may also be considered.  

Award: Up to$3,500 for projects carried out remotely and up to $5,000 for projects carried out at international sites.  Applicants must include a detailed budget that includes travel to be considered for higher funding levels.  Four weeks minimum abroad is expected.  

Fall Application Deadline: November 25, 2022
Spring Application Deadline:  February 13, 2023

Eligibility Requirements

An applicant must:

  • be a Brown medical student; a graduate student in the Division of Biology or the School of Public Health;  a resident or fellow from a Brown affiliated hospital;   an undergraduate in Brown's Program in Biology,  concentrating in public health or in the PLME program.
  • have a demonstrated interest and/or have engaged in activities related to global health.
  • have taken or proposed to take academic courses in preparation for global health work.
  • have a proposed plan for global health work with a scholarly activity related to research, service, or advocacy.
  • describe the Brown University faculty mentoring available for the proposed global health activity, and provide a required letter of support from the mentor.
  • have a plan in place to submit for IRB approval (if required)
  • be returning to campus the academic year following the completion of the project.

NOTES: Previous recipients of the Framework in Global Health Scholarship are not eligible to apply for a repeat award.  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 (i.e.: PLME, 5th-year masters programs) ARE eligible.

Application Materials

Please complete online application, including all required documents by February 13, 2023.
Project proposal (5 pages max) including the following sections: title, location, name of foreign institution, dates of the study period, objective and specific aims, background and significance, methods or clinical rotation, data collection procedures, plan for data analysis, plan for dissemination.  

Detailed budget
Letter of Support from Faculty Mentor*
Letter of Support from Host Adviser
Current CV or resume

* Letters of support from advisors can be emailed directly to the Program Manager,  [email protected]

IRB Approval

Does my project need IRB review?

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 before funds can be released.  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.

Additional Information

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. These activities include:

Global Health Lecture Series
Global Health Research Day

Students should be prepared to focus on a presentation of their activities, preparation of scholarly reports of their activities as theses or publications, and reports to the foreign host and sponsor institution. Framework recipients may be eligible to apply for GHI travel funds to present research findings from Framework projects at a scientific meeting in the future when travel resumes.  

For more information and questions, please contact Program Manager, Eileen Caffrey Wright.

Tel: (401) 863-5003  [email protected]