FAQ - Global Health Equity Scholars Program

ELIGIBILITY

Q.  Is the GHES program open to only graduate and undergraduate students?

Scholars must be full-time students (graduate or undergraduate) who are present at a US-based Johns Hopkins University school or division. Students planning on taking a study abroad or other full-time ventures off the primary JHU campuses during the current academic year are not eligible to apply. Scholars may be undergraduate or graduate students but may not be current freshmen.

Q. Can an applicant be an online student? I am not based in Baltimore - could I do the work via an online format?

Unfortunately, no. Scholars need to be full-time JHU students who are present at a US-based Johns Hopkins University school or division. Due to the nature of duties and interactions required, scholars must be available in person. Students planning on taking a study abroad or other full-time ventures off the primary JHU campuses during the current academic year are not eligible to apply. 

Q. I would love to apply, but I am currently a part-time student. Would I still be eligible to apply for this scholarship?

Unfortunately, no. Scholars need to be full-time JHU students who are present at a US-based Johns Hopkins University school or division. Students planning on taking a study abroad or other full-time ventures off the primary JHU campuses during the current academic year are not eligible to apply.

TIMING & LOCATION

Q. When will the final scholar candidates be selected and what is the start date of this one-year program?

Applications are due by September 18th this year. We are hoping that scholars will be announced and begin in October 2017.

Q.  I am very interested in applying for the GHES program, but won't be on campus until the 2nd fall term (mid-October) - would this be acceptable?

We are looking for our scholars to begin working with the Alliance in October 2017. While mid-October is on the later side of things it sounds like you would be eligible to apply.

Q.  I will not able to attend JHU on campus this fall but will be on campus in 2018 spring – am I still eligible to apply?

Scholars need to be full-time JHU students who are present at a US-based Johns Hopkins University school or division. We are hoping that scholars will begin in October 2017.  If this doesn’t fit your timing in 2017, we will be holding another round next year.

TRANSCRIPT & REFERENCES

Q. If I’m a new student starting this fall (thus have no JHU transcripts yet) what should I submit for transcripts?

Please submit your most recent transcripts; high school, undergraduate or graduate transcripts are acceptable. 

Q. What type of references would be most appropriate to provide? Should I ask previous supervisors, professors, colleagues, or character references? 

We are leaving the selection of references up to you. Think about the job description and who in your life can best speak to your capacity to serve as a GHE scholar.

 Q. What is expected of the people I list as references? Do they need to write a letter of some kind?

Your listed referees don’t need to write a letter – we will likely call or email them and ask a series of questions.

TIME COMMITMENT & FLEXIBILITY

Q. I have a very different schedule than many of my peers -  would individual scholars have flexibility with their assigned duties?

Duties will be tailored to each scholar but we do expect an average commitment of 10 hrs. each week. Work schedules will be arranged on a case by case basis but it will be important for scholars to plan, execute, and attend a number of events.

MISCELLANEOUS

Q. How does the financial payment for this program work?

Scholars will be paid an hourly wage for their work based on student status (i.e. undergraduate, master’s, doctoral) and number of hours worked each week.

Q. Are there any links to the previous projects that scholars worked on?

This is our first call for Global Health Equity Scholars so we do not yet have examples of previous work.  During and after each year of the GHES program, we will highlight accomplishments of the scholars on our website.

Q.  Do I need to have a background of on-site global health working experiences? 

No, not necessarily.  We’re looking for a team of scholars who, collectively, offer diverse experiences and technical abilities to support the Alliance’s mission of addressing global health equity. Students should have an interest and some basic understanding of global health, but prior experience is not necessary.

Q.  I’m having trouble uploading my CV and transcripts using the Google survey form.  What should I do?

Firstly, make sure you are signed into a Google/Gmail account – this may resolve your issue.

In other cases, some browsers cause challenges with uploading documents on the application form.  If you receive an error when submitting your application, try again but without uploading the attachments.  Instead, send the attachments in an email (using the required file names) to the AWH email. Please note, you must submit the survey form in addition to your attachments to be considered for the GHE Scholars Program.