There are several exciting opportunities for Northwestern University students and faculty interested in pursuing research in the field of Global Health both on campus or abroad. Students may create original research projects or collaborate with current faculty and researchers on on-going projects. Further, several of the academic courses and international field programs incorporate research projects into the curriculum.
International Program Development and the Global Health Studies program offers several opportunities for students to become involved with research while on campus or abroad:
Global Health Research Fellowships: Through funding by the NIH Global Health Frameworks grant and from several private donors, numerous fellowships exist for undergraduate students interested in pursuing public health research at a domestic or global capacity.
Radulovacki Global Health Scholars Research Fellowship: This fellowship is designed to create research opportunities for Northwestern students locally or abroad. Awards are based on quality of the research proposal, relevant previous experience, and academic merit.
The John & Martha Mabie Fellowship for Public Health Research: This fellowship allows Global Health minors to pursue independent Global Health research projects abroad. Past winners have conducted projects in Peru, France, and Uganda, among others.
Global Health Group Research Fellowship: This fellowship allows groups of students to create and conduct a Global Health research projects abroad.
The Study Abroad Research Program (SARP), directed by the Study Abroad Office, is a small, intensive pre-departure program that focuses on study abroad research. Students are invited to participate based on their background, study abroad goals, and application essays. SARP encourages and prepares students to do research abroad that they can then turn into a senior honors thesis, independent study, fellowship, or postgraduate work when they return.
Undergraduate Research Grants (URG) fund independent academic and creative work in all fields of study. Under faculty supervision, URG winners immerse themselves in novel scholarly projects in the laboratory, the library, or the studio, on campus and around the world. All undergraduate students are eligible for these grants. Academic Year URGs cover research expenses up to $1000 during the school year. Summer URGs provide an unrestricted $3000 to cover research and living expenses for full-time summer projects.
Conference Travel Grants (CTG): Northwestern University encourages its undergraduates not only to carry out scholarly and creative projects but also to present research results or perform productions at recognized regional, national, and international conferences or meetings. Participation in scholarly conferences provides an important opportunity for students to communicate research findings to others in the field, network with other researchers, and expand an understanding of the scope and nature of academic research. Undergraduates who will present their scholarship at professional conferences may request financial support to defray the costs of attendance. As a rule, the Conference Travel Grant will not cover all expenses. If the request is approved and the student can secure half of the funding from other sources, such as the student’s school or department or personal funds, the Office of the Provost will provide up to $500 to defray expenses.
Circumnavigators Travel-Study Grant: Jointly funded by Northwestern University and the Circumnavigators Club Foundation, the Circumnavigators Travel-Study Grant Program offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. The winner will receive a $9,000 award to travel to at least five different countries (excluding the U.S. and Canada) on at least three different continents. During the trip, the winner will study/research a topic of her/his choosing. The 2010 winner Meixi Ng visited schools that are focusing on transformative education in marginalized communities, while 2009 winner Sam McAleese studied conservation efforts in national parks around the world. In other words, you can study whatever you want as long as it fits into a global context.
Undergraduate Research Assistant Program (URAP): The Undergraduate Research Assistant Program (URAP) offers students the opportunity to assist faculty members with their actual research. This program allows students to learn about research practices and realities from faculty mentors without the burden of having to come up with an independent project.