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2019 CGH Summer Research Fellowship

The University of Chicago Center for Global Health (CGH) is an interdisciplinary program dedicated to improving health and well-being through education, research and training, and service in partnership with communities in the United States and around the world. As so many academic disciplines are needed to address the challenges of global health, CGH leverages the unique institutional strengths of the University of Chicago to bring together faculty and students from different schools and programs on campus.

CGH is excited to announce its annual Summer Fellowship Program. This opportunity will allow promising undergraduate and graduate students to take part in a 10-week internship where they will benefit from first-hand experience working in a research setting in Chicago and one of our partnering sites abroad. Our prestigious partnerships offer a strong local mentoring infrastructure as well as longitudinal and well-defined projects. The objective of this Fellowship is to provide students at different levels and from different backgrounds practical exposure to medical and global health research with a strong foundation in faculty and peer-to-peer mentorship. Students will gain valuable experience in collecting and analyzing data, relating to people of different backgrounds and experiences, collaborating with other researchers and peers, understanding and synthesizing research literature, formulating hypotheses, orally presenting results, thinking and working creatively and independently, and applying knowledge to real-world situations.


The University of Chicago Center for Global Health Summer Fellowship program uses faculty mentorship and peer-to-peer partnership to educate scholars on the importance of a collaborative global health team environment and emphasizes factors that are vital to developing medical and global health professionalism. A group of 2 to 3 competitive students, made up of undergraduate and graduate students, will be selected for each of the Fellowship sites. Working as a team, guided by a University of Chicago mentor and a site-based mentor, scholars will learn the nuances of research design, implementation, analysis, and presentation of final products including oral presentation formats, abstract development, and formal academic writing.


Each Fellow will be awarded $5,000 to cover the cost of travel, lodging, and other in-country expenses. This stipend will be distributed in one lump sum through the Office of Career Advancement prior to departure. A completed and signed Mentor-Mentee Commitment form is required in advance of funding distribution. Post Fellowship, students may be eligible for additional CGH funding to present findings at external conferences and/or academic meetings.


Students selected for the Summer Research Fellowship Program are required to participate in the following components:
• Attend pre-brief and debrief orientations on either end of the fellowship
• Attend CGH Summer Research Fellowship Preparatory Seminars:
o Seminar One: Introduction to Research (focus on scientific integrity and the process of experimentation)
o Seminar Two: Research Methods Bootcamp
o Seminar Three: Preparing Your Written Report
o Seminar Four: Preparing Your Presentation
• Submit a final report paper detailing research procedures and outcomes
o Scientific reporting is essential to any research activity. Reports are required to contain an introduction, methods section, and results/discussion. These hopefully will lead to future scholarly work, presentations at conferences, and publication.
• Present a ten-minute oral presentation to peers, mentors, and CGH faculty
• Submit an abstract for the CGH Global Health Day Research Symposium
• Submit an abstract for the annual meetings
• Submit an abstract for the annual meeting of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) and/or other professional academic meetings

To Apply: 

Please submit the attached form and follow application instructions in the attached guide.