Scholars Program

Our Scholars Program provides opportunities for motivated, independent University of Minnesota students to gain hands-on health research experience at international sites with the support of faculty mentors.

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. 



Meet Our Global Health Scholars

Our Scholars Program was initiated in 2019 with two inaugural Global Health Scholars. Their international sites were based in Uganda and Ghana.

Mburu Scholar

Waruiru Mburu

CGHSR Scholar

Portrait of Shanna Miko

Shanna Miko

CGHSR Scholar in Refugee and Population Health

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.

The program has been revised for the 2021-2022 recruiting cycle due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Applicants should consider how they will actively participate in research activities in the event that they are not able to travel to the international research site. A detailed description should be included in the timeline component of their application.

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Eligible Mentors and Research Sites

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

Identifying a Mentor and Research Site

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

  • Further explore researchers at the University of Minnesota at

  • Additional guidance can be provided by meeting with a CGHSR staff member. Contact Molly McCoy ([email protected]) for a meeting.

Applicant Eligibility

Applicant Eligibility

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

Program Benefits

Program Benefits


  • Living Stipend: $24,816 (paid through biweekly payroll)
  • Travel Costs: up to $3,000
  • Insurance Stipend: up to $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

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 [email protected]. Our next round of funding will be in the Fall 2020.

Download Detailed Application Instructions

Application Dates

Application Dates

Deadline to Apply: Friday, January 29, 2021

Notification: March 19, 2021

Start Date: Scholars select a start date between July 1, 2021 - September 1, 2021 for a 12-month appointment