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 work, letter 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.