Student Grants

Student Global Health Interprofessional Grants

Collage of 2017 student grantees of Center for Global Education Initiatives

"To be an educated, prepared health care provider means being aware of inequality and cultural context. It means meeting people where they are, as they are, and empowering them to improve their health. It means working in partnership with health providers, patients, and communities. Working in Botswana emphasized all of these aspects of medical education to me, and I hope to expand on this experience in the future." — Rhiya Dave, School of Medicine, Public Health, Rwanda 2017 project
The student application process for the 2019 winter interprofessional global health grant program is open until September 10, 11:59 p.m.

Global health interprofessional grant projects are designed to include at least two participating students representing at least two UMB schools. Projects have included:

  • Research and data collection via surveys and/or observational studies
  • Program planning and evaluation
  • Collaborative training workshops

Read about past projects

Grant Application Process‌

Applicants must be current and continuing UMB students. Students may choose to apply for more than one faculty-led project but will only be selected to participate in one project. Whether a student receives academic credit for the experience will be determined by the student’s individual school and the faculty member leading the project. Students should have any credit requirements determined and documented before beginning the project.

Please thoroughly read the application instructions and criteria that will be used by the review committee.

Grant Details

Student grants may vary by project. Grants will cover the round-trip coach airfare from the Baltimore/D.C. area to the host country. Additional expenses such as accommodations, visa fees, in-country transportation, meals, and incidentals will be the responsibility of the student, unless otherwise specified in the project description. Fees for airline cancellation or schedule changes made for discretionary reasons after the ticket is purchased also are the responsibility of the student.

Project Requirements

Submit all required forms by the deadlines given by the center (you will receive forms with your award letter).

Participate in pre-departure center orientations and faculty-scheduled sessions. Complete assignments as given by your faculty leaders.

Register with UMB's travel assistance program, International SOS, and other registries before leaving the United States.

Visit a travel clinic to receive all required vaccinations, medical reviews, and travel medications (if needed).

After the project experience, under the direction of the responsible faculty member, students will:

  • Submit a reflection essay or photojournalistic project such as PhotoVoice.
  • Write a paper related to the project outcomes (peer-review quality) as assigned by their faculty leader.
  • Prepare and deliver at least one on-campus group presentation with your project team.


How our global health interprofessional grants work




Step 1: Faculty applications are submitted and reviewed.

Step 2: Faculty grantees and their projects are announced.

Step 3: Students submit their applications, which are reviewed by a committee.

Step 4: Students are interviewed, matched, and invited to join a project. Travel awards include airfare to their project country.

Step 5: Students attend orientation and pre-departure sessions as required by faculty project leaders.



Step 6: Students seek additional funding to support their non-airfare project expenses.

Step 7: Students attend travel clinic for consultation, immunizations, and travel medication.

Step 8: Students and faculty travel to their project site to work and engage with international collaborators and their communities.

Step 9: All grantees return to the United States and submit reports, photo journals, and any other assigned work.

Step 10: Students bring the world back to Baltimore by participating in a community or campus program or event.


Grant timelines and deadlines

Timeline and deadlines for 2018-2019 Grant Program (dates may change)

Winter projects

  • Sep. 10, 2018: Student winter grant applications due
  • Sep. 28, 2018: Student grantees for summer 2018 announced
  • October-December 2018: Students attend pre-departure preparation classes and orientation session. 
  • Jan. 6-20, 2019: Students participate in winter projects

Summer projects

  • Nov. 4, 2019: Student summer grant opportunities announced
  • Dec. 4, 2019: Student summer applications due
  • Jan. 16, 2019: Student grantees for summer 2019 announced
  • February-May 2019: All students and faculty are expected to attend two orientation and training sessions. Each faculty leader will hold pre-departure meetings on the UMB campus to prepare students for their project.
  • May-August 2019: Students participate in summer projects in their designated countries