CGH University Scholar Award

2014 CGH CHIL scholars and University of Venda students in South Africa

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What is the CGH Scholar Award?

The University of Virginia's Center for Global Health University Scholar Awards support and cultivate the design and implementation of interdisciplinary research projects mentored by faculty and conducted at Center for Global Health International Partner sites. Health is a universal value which intersects with multiple disciplines including development studies, the humanities, engineering, medicine, nursing, architecture and law.  

The CGH-University Awards are open to undergraduate, graduate and professional students in all departments across grounds at the University.  Past scholars represent diverse schools including the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the Schools of Medicine and Nursing, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Architecture and the School of Law.



CGH scholar awards are available to individuals, partnerships and teams. The award may provide up to $15,000 to cover travel, living, and project expenses.

Prospective Applicants

Prospective scholars are encouraged to work with UVa faculty within established research collaborations.  Building on the work of prior scholar projects to advance large scale, longitudinal research is also encouraged.  Scholars may also work with one or more UVa faculty mentors as well as mentors from international host sites.  A letter of support for the project from at least one UVa faculty mentor and the on site/host country mentor is required in order to apply.  Mentor support in the amount of $1000 is provided for UVa faculty mentors for each project.

Interview with the CGH Scholar Selection Committee: The selection process incorporates an in-person interview with the review committee, which is comprised of faculty, former scholars, and researchers representing multiple disciplines. This is an opportunity for the committee to meet you and ask any questions they may have about your proposal. It is also a great opportunity for you to personally convey the merits of your proposed work, developments in your planning, and your impetus for pursuing work in a global context.  Generally, interviews are no more than 10 minutes, and the committee will ask you to briefly discuss your plans and share anything else you would like them to know about your work.

The CGH Annual Symposium: All Scholars are expected to report and present their work at the annual CGH symposium. The Center supports additional opportunties to publish in Conflux, a Global Health and Research Journal, as well as peer mentor new scholars. 

To hear about the work of current scholars, talk with faculty mentors, and learn more about how you can get involved contact the Center with questions at 434.243.6383 or

Current and Past Scholars and Projects

See the CGH Scholar Blogs for the perspective and experiences of scholars while they are in the field.  

2017 CGH Scholar Blog2016 CGH Scholar Blog | 2015 CGH Scholar Blog | 2014 CGH Scholar Blog

CGH has supported international experiences for students at the University of Virginia since 1978 with the Dean's/CGH Scholar Award in Medicine, which funds clinical electives for advanced medical students. The CGH-University Scholar Awards, created in 2001, support interdisciplinary research related to global health. The MHIRT (Minority Health International Research Training) scholar award supports outstanding minority students in mentored research training. 

Additional Information

The Center for Global Health adheres to the University of Virginia Policy on Student International Travel.

Please see the 2017 CGH Scholar Agreement

2018 CGH Scholar Award Application (available November 28, 2017)