Summary of CGHSR Scholars Scholarship Program
Application Deadline: Friday, January 14, 2023
Application Open: September 2022
Level of Study: Masters/ PhD/ Postdoc
Scholarship Coverage: $36,400
About CGHSR Scholars Program
Our CGHSR Scholars gain hands-on health research experience at international sites with faculty mentor support. CGHSR Scholars are University of Minnesota doctoral students, postdocs, and recent master’s level graduates who complete 8–12 months of mentored research at an international study site.
Scholars will work on an active research study led by faculty from UMN and/or 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.
1. Current University of Minnesota doctoral student or postdoc (doctoral degree completion within 5 years) in any college or professional school with doctoral degree programs. Recent graduate of a University of Minnesota master’s program.
2. Recent master’s graduates must have completed their degree within 6 months of starting the program (ie: applicants who will graduate in May 2023 may apply to begin July 2023). Applicants in this category must demonstrate a strong interest and intent in further graduate studies and intentions for a research career.
- Scholar Stipend: $2,200/month for 8-12 months ($17,600-$26,400 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.
All funding will be routed through the UMN Mentor’s department or unit. Tuition benefits are not available for CGHSR Scholars. 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.
1. Cover page (1 page)
2. Proposed Project (2 pages)
- Background and Significance
- Project Aims
- Status of the Project
- Roles and Responsibilities at the Project Site
- Connections to Existing Efforts
3. Timeline (1 page)
- Pre-departure work, in host site, and follow-up
4. Letter of Support from UMN Mentor
5. Letter of Support from International Mentor or Proposed Host Institution
6. UMN Transcripts (unofficial, not necessary for postdocs)
7. Master’s graduates should provide a letter of support from their graduate school advisor describing their aptitude for research.
In light of pandemic-related travel restrictions, 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.
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@example.com by the second Friday of January.
Application Review Criteria
Applications will be reviewed based on:
1. Project feasibility
- Quality of the project proposal
- Proposed mentor team
2. Evidence of scholarly excellence
- Awards, honors, and scholarly activity
- Transcripts (for graduate students) or research portfolio (for postdocs)
3. Motivation and Applicant Qualities
- Alignment of scholar’s skills with project needs
- How this experience will contribute to the scholars’s career trajectory
- Letters of recommendation
4. Alignment with UMN and International Partner
- Does the proposed research project align with the study site and mentors?
- Is the project significant to the partner site and mentors?
- Is there evidence of strong support from the international parter?
CGHSR Scholars applications are open from September (the day after Labor Day) – January (the second Friday of January). Applicants will be informed of decisions in March.
- Deadline to apply: Friday, January 14, 2023
- Award notification: March 31, 2023
- Start Date: On or after July 1, 2023 Duration: 8–12 month appointment.
- End Date: Flexible. June 30 has typically been proposed as an end date. If Scholars anticipate working beyond December of the end year, please explain the timeframe and rationale in the application.