CGHSR Scholars Program

Waruiru Mburu and John Amuasi at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology

Our Scholars Program provides hands-on training at international research sites to University of Minnesota students through a guided mentorship program.

This program builds relationships with universities around the world while providing practical experience for our future Global Health professionals. 

The CGHSR Scholars Program supports University of Minnesota doctoral students and postdocs to complete 12 months of mentored research at an international study site. Scholars will work on an active research study led by faculty from the UMN and from their partner institution. Scholars will be expected to contribute to the study in a role that is appropriate for their course of study and level of training, and specific responsibilities will be discussed and decided between the proposed mentor and the trainee. 

CGHSR Scholar Sites

Visit our Global Health Impact Map to discover CGHSR Scholar Sites around the world, including collaborations in South America, Africa, and Asia.

Current CGHSR Scholars

Two recipients of the CGHSR Scholars award for 2019 - 2020 are currently being supported through the program for a year of international research at partner institutions.

CGHSR Mentors

Learn more about what potential mentors at the University of Minnesota are looking for in a mentee and how their research is connecting Minnesota to the world.

Discover How to Apply

The purpose of the program is to provide opportunities to UMN students and postdocs to gain hands-on global health research experience and to build connections between UMN and key international sites that are mutually beneficial. There are several steps needed before you submit an application. Make sure to familiarize yourself with current researchers at UMN who are available to serve as a mentor and faculty who are actively conducting global health research using the Global Health Map. Applications are due in the Fall of 2020. Find out more about the application process below. 

Eligible Mentors and Research Sites

Prior to applying, applicants should familiarize themselves with current researchers at the University of Minnesota who are available to serve as a mentor. The requirements of research sites and mentors are:

  1. Evidence of a current University of Minnesota and international host institution research collaboration. This can be a description of the research collaboration(s) provided by the mentor. 

  2. Current or in-progress affiliation agreement between the University of Minnesota and international host institution (AHC-wide affiliation agreement is preferable. If status is not known, contact CGHSR staff).

  3. Willingness of mentors (UMN and host institution) to serve as year-long mentors. A letter of support from both mentors will be required at the time of application.

Identifying a Mentor and Research Site

  • Familiarize yourself with faculty who are actively conducting global health research using the Global Health Map

  • See Global Health Faculty Associates for a list of faculty with a description of their global research and expertise.

  • Further explore researchers at the University of Minnesota at

  • Additional guidance can be provided by meeting with a CGHSR staff member. Contact Molly McCoy ( for a meeting.

Applicant Eligibility

Must be a current University of Minnesota doctoral student or postdoc (doctoral degree completion within 3 years) in any college.

Program Benefits


  • Living Stipend: $20,000

  • Travel Costs: $3,000

  • Insurance Stipend: $2,000 

  • Mentor Discretionary Funding: Up to $5,000 - Mentors may request this funding to cover related costs, such as Scholar’s research expenses or compensation to foreign mentor or site.

Tuition benefit is not available through this program. Students are encouraged to discuss the prospect of a flex year or research year with their school’s academic advisors and leadership prior to applying.

Application Instructions

All application components should be single-spaced, 11 point font or larger, with half-inch margins or larger submitted as a single PDF in the order listed above and submitted to Our next round of funding will be in Fall 2020.

Application Dates

Deadline to Apply: December 20, 2019
Notification: March 2, 2020
Start Date: Scholars select a start date between July 1, 2020 - September 1, 2020 for a 12-month appointment.

Other Funding Opportunities

Funding Opportunities

Interested in other funding opportunities? We have several opportunities available for both students and faculty.