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Center for Global Health - University Scholar Award

The CGH University Scholar Award Application

Proposal Deadline: 15 January 2016
Scholar Candidate Interview Date: 5 February 2016
Awards Announced: 19 February 2016
Required International Studies Office Orientation: 26 February 2016

                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Check out other available sources of UVA funding for your work.

See the 2014 Center for Global Health Symposium Program for an overview of projects and ongoing collaborations. See the 2015 CGH Scholars Blog  and 2014 CGH Scholars Blog for impressions and experiences.

The University of Virginia's Center for Global Health established the CGH-University Scholar Awards to encourage UVa students to design and conduct interdisciplinary research projects related to global health. Health is a universal value and, defined broadly, may encompass environmental health, economic health, mental health, physical health, and the health of communities. 

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 provide up to $5,000 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 a previous scholar 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: Part of the selection process involves an 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.

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

Additional Information

The Center for Global Health and the Pfizer Initiative in International Health adhere to University of Virginia policy which disallows support of student work in countries under a current US Department of State Travel Warning.

Current and Past Scholars and Projects

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 Pfizer Initiative in International Health Research Award in Infectious Disease, initiated in 2006, also supports interdisciplinary approaches to ID research.

Often, former scholars serve as peer mentors to develop projects to facilitate continuity and strengthen relationships with international partners.

Please see the list of CGH supported scholars 2001-2010.