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?

Scholars must be available in person by [announcement date]. If you will be in Baltimore at that time, you are 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. Note that students are limited to working 19 hours per week across all jobs during the academic year, so please consider this if you hold additional employment. 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. Some students funded by specific forms of financial aid may not be able to receive hourly wages. Please check with your program’s financial administrator if you are eligible before applying.

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.