The Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Fellowship is an opportunity for students to participate in an eleven-week summer program designed to provide:
- exposure to the current status and challenges of global health and health disparities research,
- training in qualitative and quantitative research methods,
- hands-on experience conducting mentored research, and
- career and graduate admissions counseling.
The program is administered by ICAP (originally the International Center for AIDS Care and Treatment and Programs) at the Mailman School of Public Health and is partially funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
The program begins with two weeks of training at in New York, continues in an eight-week placement at one of three international training sites (in the Dominican Republic, Kazakhstan, or Swaziland), and culminates in a wrap-up week in New York. The fellowship provides for travel expenses, housing, and living expenses throughout, as well as a monthly stipend of $1200.
Undergraduate candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents who will have completed their sophomore year at Columbia College, the School of Engineering and Applied Science, the School of General Studies, or Barnard College by May, having maintained a minimum GPA of 3.0 in a biomedical or behavioral health science major.
Candidates must meet at least one of the NIH-defined criteria for membership in an “underrepresented or minority group”: an underrepresented racial and/or ethnic minority group, individuals from rural backgrounds, and individuals from low-income backgrounds. (Further definitions are available on the sponsor’s website.)
Application process: Complete submissions will include an application form, resume, current transcript, two letters of recommendation, and a statement of interest.