Global Health Initiative

Framework in Global Health Program

The Framework in Global Health Program provides an opportunity to work on a critical global health issue impacting a low or middle-income country (LMIC). Successful applicants receive the Framework award to support global health research linked to Brown University faculty scholarly projects.

Travel to conduct research has resumed, pursuant to Healthy Brown's travel guidance. While traveling to the site is always ideal, projects may be considered that do not include primary data collection. Research focused on refugee and immigrant health issues may also be considered.

Fall Application Deadline: November 17, 2023
Spring Application Deadline: February 12, 2024 (tentative)

Eligibility Requirements

An applicant must:

  1. be a Brown medical student, graduate student in the Division of Biology, a resident or fellow from a Brown affiliated hospital or a Brown undergraduate concentrating in biology, neuroscience or in the PLME program. 
  2. have a demonstrated interest and/or have engaged in activities related to global health.
  3. have taken or propose to take academic courses in preparation for global health work.
  4. have a proposed plan for global health work with a scholarly activity related to research, service, or advocacy.
  5. describe the Brown University faculty mentoring available for the proposed global health activity, and provide a required letter of support from the mentor.
  6. have a plan in place to submit for IRB approval (if required) – faculty mentor must include a statement in their letter acknowledging the IRB plan
  7. be returning to campus the academic year following the completion of the project.

NOTES: Previous recipients of the Framework in Global Health Scholarship are not eligible to apply for a repeat award.  The Framework Global Health Scholarship is not available to seniors who plan to graduate and leave Brown at the end of the spring semester. However, seniors who plan to remain at Brown (i.e.: PLME, 5th-year masters programs) ARE eligible.

Application Materials

Please complete the online application, including all required documents by November 17, 2023.

  • Project proposal (5 pages max) including the following sections: title, location, name of foreign institution, dates of study period, objective and specific aims, background and significance, methods or clinical rotation, data collection procedures, plan for data analysis, plan for dissemination
  • Detailed budget
  • Letter of Support from Faculty Mentor*
  • Letter of Support from Host Adviser
  • Current CV or resume

* Letters of support from advisors can be emailed directly to the Program Manager, If an IRB is required, faculty mentors must acknowledge the IRB plan in their letters.

IRB Approval 

Does my project need IRB review?

If your project involves human subjects (this includes data collection from living individuals through interaction or intervention, or data collection of identifiable, private information through secondary data analysis), Institutional Review Board (IRB) will be required before funds can be released.  You must provide documentation that verifies approval by the respective IRB of the institution where the research will be carried out, if other than Brown University.

Additional Information

Those receiving Global Health Scholarships will be required to participate in regular group meetings with other Global Health Scholars and faculty both before and after the proposed activities. These activities include:

Students should be prepared to focus on presentation of their activities, preparation of scholarly reports of their activities as theses or publications, and reports to the foreign host and sponsor institution. Framework recipients may be eligible to apply for GHI travel funds to present research findings from Framework projects at scientific meeting in the future, when travel resumes.

For more information and questions, please contact program manager Eileen Caffrey Wright.