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2014 Global Public Health Internship Funding
Request for Proposals
Deadline: February 17, 2014
Overseas internships can be an excellent means to prepare for a future career in global health. Acquisition of hands-on, applied experience in the field can often make the difference in qualifying a young professional for a global health job. The Office of Global Public Health (GPH) Initiative in the School of Public Health supports student research, applied service, management, and policy internships as a means to develop important global health skills and competencies. The Office of Global Public Health is responsible for SPH School-level awards for internships in global health. We cannot support every student -- funding is competitive. We have a great interest in supporting internships that present a significant opportunity for students to learn and grow. We have identified several factors that will strengthen a request for funding. They include:
Historically, we have supported internships in low-, middle-, and high-income countries and expect to continue this practice. At the same time, we are particularly interested in focusing on efforts that contribute to capacity building in low- and middle-income countries.
To be considered for support, internships must be a minimum of 8 weeks in duration. Depending on the mix of applications received, we will, to the extent feasible, distribute funds equitably among SPH departments; over various regions; and in support of as many different projects as possible.
Funding ceilings are based on the region of travel. The maximum amounts that may be requested, by region, are:
Latin America/Caribbean: $3500
There are several potential sources for funding in the School and larger university: we encourage you to apply for funds from your Department and from other University offices and programs. Our application includes questions on whether you have applied for and/or received other funding. Sharing your costs between two or more funding sources will enable us to distribute our resources, supporting more opportunities in Global Public Health. After you have submitted your application, you are required to inform us at GPHFunding@umich.edu if you receive other award(s) from any source within one week of your being so notified. Failure to provide such timely notification may result in your GPH funding reward being rescinded in its entirety.
In view of the Office of Global Public Health's desire to support internships on as many different projects as reasonably possible, when considering internships with UM Faculty, we suggest you may wish to discuss with the faculty member how many other students will be requesting support to participate. Having 3 or more students requesting funding for the same project may decrease the probability for each individual student applicant of receiving funding.
Please be aware that all UM students planning international internships are required to purchase International Travel Insurance and register their internship travel at the UM Travel Registry, regardless of whether or not their internships are funded through the University of Michigan. The Vice Provost for International Affairs, based on recommendations from the International Travel Oversight Committee (ITOC), is responsible for determining which destinations are under a University Travel Warning or University Travel Restriction. View an updated listing of these destinations. In consideration of the ever changing status of world events, students are required to submit a written safety plan (Microsoft Word template available online) to the Office of Global Public Health prior to travel. If the destination is among those under warning or restriction, the safety plan must be submitted to and approved by ITOC with request for exception to travel to destinations subject to a University Travel Warning. If approved, these students will be required to submit an Assumption of Risk and Waiver of Liability and Financial Obligation to ITOC (form provided online).
Application for Global Public Health Internship Funding
Please consider attending the Global Public Health Funding Proposal Workshop for help planning and assembling a strong application. There will be a workshop on December 4 on 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., Room 2690 SPH I, and another workshop offered on or about January 2014. Global Public Health staff will also be available for office hours to assist you in developing a viable internship, budget, or proposal. Spaces are limited – so please e-mail at GPHFunding@umich.edu to arrange an individual meeting with staff. We are not able to review finished proposals.