Global Public Health Student Travel Grant

Global Public Health Student Travel Grant

Administered by the UI College of Public Health

Application Submission Form (Quick Access)

The College of Public Health Global Health Committee is committed to providing and expanding international opportunities for students currently enrolled at the University of Iowa College of Public Health at all levels of their education. The objective of this award is to provide an international learning experience for students in public health and to provide funding for global learning directly relevant to student’s area of study in public health.

Due to the generosity of Dale and Linda Baker and members of the greater collegiate community, the College of Public Health is able to offer substantial awards to be used for the express purpose of making international experiences more accessible to students who wish to go abroad as an integral part of their public health education.

Award Details & Eligibility

Graduate and Undergraduate students enrolled at the University of Iowa College of Public Health are eligible to apply for this award.

Student Eligibility:

  • Must be currently enrolled as a student at the University of Iowa College of Public Health and plan to be enrolled for the duration of international travel.
  • Must have completed at least 3 courses (9 s.h.) minimum of coursework in the College of Public Health at the time of application submission. (Includes course subjects beginning with codes CPH, BIOS, CBH, EPID, HMP, OEH.)
  • Must be in good academic and disciplinary standing.
  • Must be able to acquire a passport and all mandatory visa/travel documentation.

Eligible Experiences:

  • Must be an experience to travel and learn outside of the United States and its territories. Virtual abroad experiences are not eligible for this award.
  • Must include a hands-on learning component (research, internship, service project, etc). Global experiences that do not include hands-on learning will automatically be considered for a partial award (half or less of the stated maximum amount), as funds are available.
  • Learning objectives and topics studied must be Public Health Relevant. Students earning multiple degrees simultaneously must be traveling abroad with the primary focus of studying public health topics.

Award Amounts

  • Undergraduate students can apply for a maximum award of $3,000 per trip.
  • Graduate students can apply for a maximum award of $5,000 per trip.

Students may apply for this award multiple times, not to exceed a total of $10,000 awarded during the duration of their time enrolled at the University of Iowa College of Public Health. Priority will be given to new applicants.

All international experiences must include a hands-on learning component (research, internship, service project, etc) to be considered for the full award amount. Global experiences that do not include hands-on learning will automatically be considered for a partial award (half or less of the stated maximum amount).

Expenses that are eligible to be covered are those related to travel and living expenses. Students will be asked to provide an itemized budget containing all projected costs for the committee to review. Eligible items include, but are not limited to:

  • Housing
  • Airfare/other transportation
  • International Insurance (as required by the University of Iowa)
  • Daily Living expenses
  • Passport/Visa expenses
  • Required Vaccinations
  • Program fees

Research costs and administrative fees as required by the University of Iowa Office of Study Abroad are not eligible to be covered.

How to Apply (for non-research-based experiences)

All applications must include the following:

  1. A completed application cover sheet.
  2. Responses to the following questions (2 pages maximum).
    • What will your proposed activities be while you are overseas? If you continue your activities once you return to the US, please also include that information.
    • Why did you choose this international site or program and how does it relate to your current public health educational goals?
    • How has your coursework so far prepared you for a global public health experience?
    • Please describe any previous research, work, or volunteer experience you have had that you think will contribute to the success of this project, including previous international experience.
    • How do you think that this experience will contribute to your future academic and career goals?
  3. An itemized budget with written description of the justification for each item requested (1 page maximum). A budget template can be found here.
  4. An anticipated itinerary of your trip, including details regarding location, accommodations, and activities (half-page maximum)
  5. recommendation form from a faculty or academic advisor.
  6. A Letter of support from the in-country host or program, which states that the host or program is expecting you to come and agrees to assist you with making arrangements “on the ground” as necessary. If going abroad with an international organization, please include an acceptance letter from your program provider.

All application materials must be submitted by 11:59pm on the day of the deadline for which you wish to reviewed. Students will be notified if they have received funding within two weeks of the deadline.

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How to Apply (for dissertation and other research-based experiences)

All applications must include the following:

  1. A completed application cover sheet.
  2. Please provide answers to the following questions (2 pages maximum):
    • Describe the project aims and research methodology, including plan for IRB approval, if necessary.
    • A timeline showing progress of research activity, to be completed in one year or less.
    • Describe any previous research, work, or volunteer experience you have had that you think will contribute to the success of this project.
    • Describe how this research will contribute to your research development and your degree/career goals.
    • Describe plans for future related research and, if possible, identified research funding.
  3. An itemized budget with written description of the justification for each item requested (1 page maximum). A budget template can be found here.
  4. An anticipated itinerary of your trip, including details regarding location, accommodations, and activities (half-page maximum).
  5. Include a recommendation form from a faculty advisor.
  6. Letter of support from the in-country host or program, which states that the host or program is expecting you to come and agrees to assist you with making arrangements “on the ground” as necessary.

All application materials must be submitted by 11:59pm on the day of the deadline for which you wish to reviewed. Students will be notified if they have received funding within two weeks of the deadline.

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Application Deadlines & Review

Multiple application deadlines are available each semester.

Students going abroad during a Winterim or Spring Term must apply by one of the following deadlines:

  • October 15th
  • December 1st

Students going abroad during a Summer or Fall Term must apply by one of the following deadlines:

  • February 15th
  • March 30th
  • May 1st

Applications that are not selected for an award will automatically be considered at the next deadline, provided the award application meets the eligibility requirements. Late applications (received after May 1st) may be considered on a case-by-case basis as funds are available. If you need to request an off-cycle application review, please contact cph-global@uiowa.edu.

Applications will be reviewed by a sub-committee made up of faculty and staff in the College of Public Health. All applications will be reviewed and scored using this rubric.

Post-travel reporting requirements

All grant recipients must prepare a final reflection of their time abroad using the guidelines below. The final reflection is due no later than 30 days following their return to the U.S. All submissions should be sent to cph-global@uiowa.edu.

Download the appropriate reporting document below and respond to the prompts.

  1. For non-research-based experiences
  2. For dissertation and other research-based experiences

Grant Acknowledgment Requirements

All publications, articles, or other publicized media that result from or refer to this experience should include the following language: “This global [experience/practicum/research] was funded by the University of Iowa College of Public Health Global Student Travel Grant, supported by Dale and Linda Baker.”

External Funding Sources

Both students and faculty are encouraged to identify funding courses outside of the College of Public Health to help supplement their academic efforts abroad. The following sources are a great place to start, but shouldn’t be the end of your search. Happy travels!

University of Iowa Awards and Funding

External Awards and Funding