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The Johns Hopkins Alliance for a Healthier World (AHW) is pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 cohort of Global Health Equity Scholars (GHES). Our student scholars program is designed to develop the next generation of global health equity researchers and program implementers. Students apply to work with one of the four thematic areas, or to support the Alliance-at-large through strategic communications and operations planning.

Last year we had the pleasure of working with 10 outstanding students from across Johns Hopkins University (JHU), representing the Bloomberg School of Public Health, Carey Business School, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, School of Medicine, Whiting School of Engineering and JHU partner, Maryland Institute College of Art. These inaugural Scholars were an integral part of our mission to teach and educate across Hopkins. Having multiple viewpoints expanded our conversations to look at problems from different perspectives; for example, exploring what “access to care” means to a business versus a public health student. You can read more about their AHW accomplishments here.

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Enhancements to Students’ AHW Experiences

This year, we’ve made several critical changes after reflecting on feedback from our students and core AHW team. Key issues identified were a need for a stronger research structure across the four prioritized themes, and a way for students to connect both during and outside the GHES program.

At the start of the program, all scholars will receive an orientation on health equity and multidisciplinary collaboration. We have solidified plans for how students will fit into ongoing research with our thematic leaders. We also are revising our monthly sessions to allow more time for scholars to share their work and engage across themes. These changes will bring scholars together and deepen their understanding of each other’s disciplines.

Understanding and advancing equity requires multiple perspectives; we can’t progress without these. Therefore, AHW believes we need to recruit students not only from diverse academic divisions, but those from racial, gender, sexual orientation, geographic, economic, and social groups who have historically been underrepresented or excluded in health equity work. Hopkins has a distinct and passionate student body, and we want to harness this energy to enrich all areas of our programming.

To recognize this value, we are pushing harder to reflect the interests and complexities of the entire JHU student body. To do this, we are expanding recruitment strategies - reaching out to student groups and departments, papering campuses with flyers, and sharing our announcements on social media in an effort to ensure all academic disciplines have a seat at the AHW table.

Student Recruitment Details

This year’s application cycle opens on Monday, August 20, 2018, and will close at 11:59pm on Wednesday, September 19, 2018. To be eligible, students must be registered full-time at any JHU school or division.Unfortunately, due to the in-person nature of the work, part-time and online students aren’t eligible, nor are first-year undergraduates.

Eligible students need to submit:

  1. Three brief essays describing why they are interested in equity

  2. A recent transcript

  3. CV or resume

  4. Names of 1-2 references

The AHW core group will review all applications and invite candidates for interviews in late September. We hope to announce our 2018-2019 cohort by early October 2018. All applications need to be submitted on Fluid Review, our online management portal.  Instructions on accessing the submission portal are available here along with Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about eligibility, timing, compensation, work expectations etc.

Next Steps after Scholars Selection

All scholars are expected to dedicate at least 10 hours per week. In the first months, incoming scholars will attend orientation sessions and work with their assigned thematic leaders to develop a structured scope of work and action plan for the year. Each month, scholars will meet together to review what they’ve been doing, and discuss lessons on health equity, multidisciplinary collaboration, and professional development with AHW staff and guest speakers. Scholars will also be an integral part of AHW outreach events with faculty, students, and staff throughout the year.

We’re excited for this next year, and can’t wait to meet our future 2018-2019 cohort! If you have questions that aren’t answered by the FAQs, you can reach the Program Manager at

2017/18 GHES team of student scholars

2017/18 GHES team of student scholars