Health Policy Research Scholars


Health Policy Research Scholars (HPRS) is a leadership development program for full-time doctoral students who are entering their second year of study and are from populations underrepresented in specific doctoral disciplines and/or historically marginalized backgrounds. Examples of eligible individuals include, but are not limited to, first-generation college graduates, individuals from lower socioeconomic backgrounds, individuals from communities of color, and individuals with disabilities. They want to apply their research to advance health and equity, and their innovation helps build a Culture of Health, one that enables everyone in America to live longer, healthier lives.

HPRS includes scholars from disciplines as diverse as economics, political science, psychology, architecture, transportation, sociology, social welfare, and environmental health. 



Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident or individual granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status.
  • Be from underrepresented populations and/or disadvantaged backgrounds.
  • Be a full-time doctoral student entering the second year of their program.
  • Be pursuing a research-focused discipline that can advance a culture of health.
  • Be interested in health policy and interdisciplinary approaches.

How to Apply

You must coordinate with UB's Sponsored Project Services (SPS) for this award. We recommend contacting your SPS Representative at least two weeks in advance of the deadline to complete any necessary submission procedures.

Past Award Recipients and Honorees





Field(s) of Study


2023 Michelle Goulette Cancer Sciences
2022 Carol Ramos Urban and Regional Planning