Global Public Health Student Travel Grant

The College of Public Health Global Health Committee is committed to providing and expanding international opportunities for public health students at all levels of their educations. Due to the generosity of members of the greater CPH community, CPH is able to offer substantial grants to be used for the express purpose of making international experiences more accessible to student who wish to go abroad as an integral part of their global health education. The Global Public Health Travel Grant is available for experiential learning opportunities outside the U.S. and applications are reviewed on a rolling monthly basis.

Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate students are encouraged to consider study abroad opportunities are part of their experiential learning requirement. Working in conjunction with the University of Iowa Study Abroad Office, undergraduates should meet with their academic advisor as soon as possible to discuss adding study abroad to their 4-year graduation plan. Eligible global experiences might include international coursework, internships, or other experiential learning opportunities.

Travel grants will be awarded in amounts up to $3000.

For a full summary of grant eligibility and application considerations, download our Undergraduate Student Travel Grant Award Guidelines.

Graduate Students

Graduate students interested in working and studying overseas may apply for a travel grant to fund a variety of international learning opportunities. MPH, MS, and PhD students are all strongly encouraged to apply. Research and practicum experiences are both eligible for funding, as well as international internships and select coursework.  Students must have completed a minimum of 2 semesters of coursework toward their current degree to be eligible, but should begin the travel planning process as soon as possible. Students who need assistance in finding international opportunities should meet with their faculty advisor or the global health coordinator for guidance.

Travel grants will be awarded in amounts up to $5000.

For a full summary of grant eligibility and application considerations, download our Graduate Student Travel Grant Award Guidelines.

 Submit an Application

Applications are accepted and reviewed monthly via the global public health online submission form. Applications must be received no later than 3 months before the intended departure date to be considered.

A complete application should include:

  1. Cover page (s) including the title of the proposed activity, dates of the proposed activity, applicant’s name and contact information, and a 250 word summary of intended travel purpose or research abstract. (1 page)
  2. Please provide answers to the following questions (2 pages maximum):
    1. 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.
    2. Why did you choose this international site or program and how does it relate to your current public health educational goals?
    3. What is the name of the faculty or staff advisor at the University of Iowa who is advising you about this activity? In what ways are they helping you?
    4. 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.
    5. How do you think that this experience will contribute to your future academic and career goals?
    6. How do you feel this experience will contribute to the goals of globalizing the College of Public Health? For example, can this activity lead to the establishment of any long-term collaborations that may benefit other students or faculty in CPH?
  3. Provide an itemized budget with written description of the justification for each item requested (1-2 pages). A budget template can be found here.
  4. Provide an anticipated itinerary of your trip, including details regarding location, accommodations, and activities.
  5. Include a recommendation form from a faculty advisor and department head.
  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. If going abroad with an international organization, please include an acceptance letter from your program provider.


For students conducting research abroad, please also include the following items:

  1. Describe the project aims and the research methodology, including plan for IRB approval (you may attach as a separate document, 2 pages maximum).
  2. Please provide a timeline showing progress of activity, to be completed in one year or less.

 Proposal Review

All proposals will be reviewed and evaluated by the CPH Global Health Committee. Criteria for review include:

  1. Program or research goals are related to public health and contribute to the student’s educational goals.
  2. Experience will provide students with learning opportunities they would not be able to gain at UI CPH.
  3. Chosen program or location is in good academic standing and can provide the student with basic necessities during the time abroad.

For students conducting research, the committee will also look for the following criteria:

  1. Proposed project and budget are feasible during the amount of time specified.
  2. Sufficient evidence of enough existing contact with proposed international collaborators to support successful visit.
  3. Impact of proposed project on applicant’s future career goals.

 Reporting Requirements

For students conducting research abroad:

A final report (maximum 5 pages) is due no later than 60 days following the project end date. The final report should include the following elements:

  1. Describe the work you have done on this project, and any results you may have attained including successful completion of practicum or impact achieved on any projects carried out as part of an internship. If this was a research project, report any possible future publications or the possibility for any new grant applications submitted or in preparation to continue the work.
  2. Did you have any unexpected challenges or obstacles? Did you change your plan in any way?
  3. What has been the most successful part of your project?
  4. How did you, or how do you plan to, evaluate the effectiveness or success of your project?
  5. Describe how this project will benefit/impact your career.
  6. A one page brief that can describes the project and its results in a format suitable for the Communications office, preferably in the format of a “success story.” Submission of photos to accompany the success story is encouraged.

For students going abroad in any other capacity:

A final statement (maximum 2 pages) is due no later than 60 days following the students return to the U.S. This statement should include:

  1. A short summary of the learning experience abroad and how it related to their public health education
  2. An assessment of how this experience impacted future goals, interests, and ambitions in the field of public health
  3. A description of how the time abroad helped the student develop both personally and professionally.
  4. Why global experiences are important for other CPH students.

Questions or comments? Contact CPH Webmaster. This page was last reviewed on November 2, 2017.