Make an Impact Around the World: Request Travel Funds

Biplab Bhattacharya.

The Community for Global Health Equity aims to provide opportunities for students from across the University to travel and contribute to global health research and knowledge. International field work awards can cover up to $2,500 or the cost of travel and per-diem.  

Application Guidelines

Application: Eligible candidates are all UB students. Prior international experience is not a prerequisite for application. Preference is for proposed projects in collaboration with the global work of a faculty member.

Application to the program will be competitive and will be based on the submission of a scope of workletter of interest, letter of recommendation from a faculty member, and resume

  • Your scope of work, or a description of your project, should be well-crafted and precise. Clearly lay out your project, its rationale, objectives, and anticipated deliverables. Please include the context for your proposed project as well as the methods you intend to use. Please also explicitly define roles, who will benefit from the project, and how, why, and in what time frame the project will be delivered. Most importantly, your project needs to have relevance and be realistic for the communities in which you hope to work. Please note if you require IRB approval. Please also put together a provisional budget highlighting the main costs you expect to be associated with your project including airfare, lodging, meals, and other incidentals.
    The scope of work should be one to two pages in length or a 500-800 word count.
  • Your personal statement must address your interest in global health and the host community, a field experience or a Buffalo-based experience, prior experience in travel or work outside the United States if relevant, and future career goals.  We seek genuine students who are aware of their strengths as well as ways they can grow.
    The personal statement should be no longer than one page in length or 300-500 word count.
  • The letter of recommendation should be written by the supervising faculty member. The letter should include the following information: the duration and capacity in which the student is known to the faculty member, a description of the student’s diligence, work ethic, and intellectual curiosity; and an assessment of how well the student will function in an international setting, if applicable. The faculty member should indicate that s/he has reviewed the scope of work and is in agreement with its contents. 
  • Your resume should contain the experiences you have had that reflect your interest in equity and/or health issues or a skillset that allows you to make valuable contributions to your proposed project.

Award: International field work awards cover up to $2,500 covering project related costs including airfare, lodging, visas, immunizations, and per diem.  Before traveling all students must complete all travel forms and adhere to the CGHE and their School’s travel policies.
Various steps to the international field work process may take several months to complete.

We expect all students to submit application materials at least 2-3 months in advance of requested travel.

Reporting requirements within 60 days of travel completion:

  • Turn in all receipts and boarding passes to the CGHE Administrative Coordinator
  • Prepare a 30-minute presentation for a CGHE Global Health Dialogue
  • Write a 300 word blog post for the CGHE blog and include photos from your travels

Application Deadline: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Submit all information using the online form below. A word document is available to assist in transferring information to the online form. Students will not be permitted to travel until they have completed all travel procedures. For further questions contact the CGHE Administrative Coordinator.

Travel Application

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Application Components

Do you currently hold a fellowship or scholarship at UB?
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example: Schomburg fellowship
 
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Check out these other funding opportunities below:

UB Student Travel Funding

The Office of Global Health Initiatives offers scholarships for students enrolled in the School of Public Health and Health Professions and provides resources for students from other schools interested in scholarship opportunities in the field of global health.

The Experiential Learning Network offers project & conference funding to support your project-based learning experiences, conference opportunities and more.

The Asian Studies program offers two distinct scholarships: 

  • The Rustgi South Asian Language Award supports the full cost of tuition and airfare for summer study in the American Institute of Indian Studies language programs. Undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to apply. 
  • The Asian Studies Program Study Abroad award ranges from $500 to $1000 and is strictly for undergraduate students who plan to study in Asia.

External Student Funding Opportunities

The Office of Fellowships and Scholarships provides a wide array of resources including application assistance, training, resources, and other programs to help you identify and apply to external funding opportunities and scholarships.