opportunities CALENDAR

Listing of Monthly Multidisciplinary Health Equity Items

This is a collation relevant to those interested in research and implementation of activities targeting factors influencing health equity in disadvantaged communities. The Opportunities List includes resources such as: 

  • Funding sources
  • Major Events (global & local conferences, seminars
  • Training & Educational opportunities (courses, calls for papers)
  • Contests (writing, photography, video)
  • Student-targeted opportunities

You can scroll below to see listings for the year, or view specific months by clicking on these links: 



DREAMS, Gender Innovations, and Results - JANUARY 31, 2018

Join the Wilson Center and Plan International on January 31 for a discussion on the results of DREAMS, its implications for adolescent girls, and new gender-based approaches to global health interventions.

Host: Woodrow Wilson Center. Location: Washington, DC, USA



Triangle Global Health Career Day - FEBRUARY 16, 2018

Triangle Global Health Career Day is an opportunity for students and professionals interested in careers in global health to learn more about the field, make connections with influential individuals and institutions, and sharpen and develop their skills. At the same time, local organizations will gain access to individuals interested in global health and have an opportunity to share their mission and impact.

Host: Triangle Global Health Consortium     Location: Durham, NC, USA


Health Equity Initiative Summit - FEBRUARY 23, 2018

This 2018 Summit brings together health care professionals, community leaders, students, government staff, policymakers, community development leaders, urban planners, architects, transportation specialists, educators and public health practitioners, among others. The Summit informs and engages participants through discussions, presentations, training, case studies and consensus building for multi-sectoral partnerships related to determinants of health.

Host: Health Equity Initiative     Location: New York, NY, USA



9th Annual Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) Conference - MARCH 16-18, 2018

Health Disparities: A Time for Action - Join more than 1,700 individuals from over 50 countries, from academia, NGOs, government and the private sector, to explore the latest in how we can address pressing international and domestic global health and development challenges.

Host: CUGH, Columbia University, Stellenbosch University, University of Peradeniya     Location: New York, NY, USA


Global Food Security Symposium 2018 - MARCH 21, 2018

Global leaders, innovators, disruptors, and trailblazers among the world’s rapidly growing population are shaping the future of food and agriculture. This two-day symposium will explore why this transformative moment is crucial to global food security and stability.

Host: The Chicago Council on Global Affairs     Location: Washington, DC, USA


Johns Hopkins University Global Health Day - MARCH 29, 2018

Each year, as a part of the international community, the Center for Global Health celebrates, shares and informs global health knowledge, expertise and experiences with the Johns Hopkins, local, and international communities. The event will feature keynote speaker Dr. Raj Panjabi, faculty mentorship awards, lunch, and a student poster session.

Host: Johns Hopkins University Center for Global Health     Location: JHU East Baltimore Campus, Baltimore, MD, USA


Funding Opportunities

Interdisciplinary Research Leaders

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Deadline: March 14, 2018

The goal for this funding opportunity is to produce diverse interdisciplinary leaders who conduct and apply high-quality, community-engaged, action-oriented, equity-focused health research in order to drive improvements in the health of communities. Applicants must be represented by a three-person team (“IRL team”) comprised of mid-career individuals: two researchers and one community partner. Awarded IRL teams will join together as a diverse cohort of fellows that will participate in a three-year program. During this time, fellows will receive: leadership training; opportunities to learn and apply cutting-edge research methods; expert mentoring; networking opportunities; and both fellowship and research funds.


Health Policy Research Scholars

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Deadline: March 14, 2018

The Health Policy Research Scholars program supports a large cadre of diverse doctoral students from a wide variety of research-focused disciplines - students whose research, connections, and leadership will inform and influence policy toward a Culture of Health. Students from a variety of fields/disciplines - e.g., urban planning, political science, economics, ethnography, education, social work, sociology – are encouraged to apply. For the 2018 cohort, the program will enroll up to 40 scholars to translate their research into health policy and who are from underrepresented populations and/or disadvantaged backgrounds.


Clinical Scholars

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Deadline: March 14, 2018

The Clinical Scholars program is a three-year leadership program for health and health care providers and practitioners spanning a wide range of professions. The program is an opportunity to build and develop the skills needed to lead communities and organizations toward a Culture of Health. Awarded teams will include providers that:

  • bring a knowledge of and experience in the art and science of health care services
  • a unique perspective as providers in health and health care systems
  • and an understanding of the special professional status and relationship with patients and communities.


Johns Hopkins Catalyst Awards

Deadline: March 16, 2018

The Johns Hopkins Catalyst Awards up to $75,000 to support promising research and creative endeavors of early career faculty at Johns Hopkins with the goal of launching them on a path to a sustainable and rewarding academic career. The program encompasses funding, mentoring opportunities, and the chance to join a cohort of peers at a similar stage in their career.


Johns Hopkins Discovery Awards

Deadline: March 23, 2018

The Johns Hopkins Discovery Awards provide grant awards to cross-divisional teams, comprised of faculty and/or non-faculty members from at least two schools or affiliates of Johns Hopkins University, who are poised to arrive at important discoveries or creative works. The expectation is that these awards will spark new, synergistic interactions between investigators across the institution and lead to work of the highest quality and impact. The awards are not intended to support already established projects or minimal extensions of ongoing research or professional programs.



7th Geneva Health Forum  - APRIL 10-12, 2018

The Geneva Health Forum (GHF) brings together participants from all sectors - health, academia, politics, civil society and private sector professionals. The forum promotes dynamic networking and partnership among various parties active in global health to showcase innovative, accessible and sustainable practices in health equity.

Host: University Hospitals of Geneva and the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Geneva     Location: Geneva, Switzerland


Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship - APRIL 10-13, 2018

The Forum unites social entrepreneurs with essential partners in a collaborative pursuit of learning, leverage, and large-scale social change to accelerate entrepreneurial approaches and solutions to the world’s most pressing problems. Forum delegates represent nearly 65 countries and participate in a range of interactive events in which delegates can openly share, collaborate, innovate, and, ultimately, advance social entrepreneurship.

Host: Skoll Foundation     Location: Oxford, England, UK


Global Health & Innovation Conference - APRIL 14-15, 2018

The Global Health & Innovation Conference convenes over 2,000 leaders, changemakers, professionals and students committed to global health innovation and world-changing ideas. In addition to the results-oriented presentations by the featured speakers, more than 50 cutting-edge ideas in development are presented in innovative social enterprise pitch sessions.

Host: Unite for Sight     Location: Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA


2018 Johns Hopkins Healthcare Design Competition - APRIL 15, 2018

This all-day event will feature a competition among student-led teams from around the world that have designed health-related solutions. The event will include the finalists' presentations, a vote on favorite designs, posters and team information, and awards.

Host: Johns Hopkins Center for Bioengineering Innovation and Design     Location: JHU Homewood Campus, Baltimore, MD, USA


Celebrating 50 years of Fogarty: Impact and Mentoring - APRIL 16, 2018

Johns Hopkins University celebrates the Fogarty International Center’s 50th year with a keynote presentation and a panel discussion of Johns Hopkins faculty, Fogarty recipients, and their mentees. More details about the event is forthcoming.

Host: Johns Hopkins Schools of Medicine, Nursing and Public Health     Location: JHU School of Nursing, Baltimore, MD, USA


2018 Annual Universal Health Coverage Financing Forum - APRIL 19-20, 2018

The Forum focuses on mobilizing and shaping health financing to achieve equity and access to health services. It will include a mix of plenary and parallel sessions with approximately 400 experts on public and health finance, including representatives from Ministries of Finance and Health from low and middle-income countries, representatives from partner organizations, including bi- and multi-lateral institutions, civil society organizations, think tanks, and academia.

Host: World Bank Group, U.S. Agency for International Development      Location: Washington, DC, USA


World Health Summit Regional Meeting - APRIL 19-20, 2018

The summit will focus on four topics: managing infectious diseases in low & middle income countries; governance for health equity in low & middle income countries; opportunities and challenges in translating innovation into healthcare; and biomedical education for a changing world.

Host: University of Coimbra, Coimbra Hospital and Universitary Centre     Location: Coimbra, Portugal


International Conference on Climate Change: Impacts & Responses - APRIL 20-21, 2018

The conference is an interdisciplinary forum to discuss climate change, its causes, its eco-systemic impacts, and its human impacts. The conference also explores technological, policy, strategic, and social responses to climate change.

Host: Climate Change: Impacts & Responses Research Network     Location: Berkeley, CA, USA


Women in Global Health Research Initiative Scientific Conference - APRIL 24, 2018

The 2018 Scientific Conference will focus on evidence-based interventions to support women to ascend to and retain leadership roles in global health. The conference will also highlight research in global health led by women. 

Host: Women in Global Health Research Initiative, Weill Cornell Medicine     Location: New York, NY, USA


SwitchPoint - APRIL 26-27, 2018

SwitchPoint is a conference about creativity, partnership, and action. It’s where humanitarian innovation, global health, and technology collide. It focuses on unusual collaborations, spreading great ideas from around the world, and incubating yours.

Host: IntraHealth International     Location: Saxapahaw, NC, USA


Social Determinants of Health Symposium - APRIL 30, 2018, 8:30am-5pm

The year 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of a series of events in 1968 that sparked social change both on a national and local level, such as the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy, the protests at the Democratic National Convention, the riots in Baltimore, the Poor People’s Campaign, and the anti-war movement. The symposium will feature local and national leaders as they reflect on activism and social justice from 1968 to the present. The goal of the event is to build stronger partnerships and collaborations to improve the health and well-being of Baltimore communities.

Host: Johns Hopkins Urban Health Institute and the JHU Office of the Provost     Location: JHU East Baltimore Campus, Baltimore, MD, USA



InterAction’s 16th Annual Photo Contest

Deadline: April 6, 2018

Each year, InterAction’s photography contest focuses on incredible humanitarian and development work. Submit your most powerful photos that illustrate innovative, effective, and inspiring efforts in international relief and development. Examples of empowering women, youth potential, self-reliance, innovative technology, shared values, and partnerships are encouraged, though entries are not limited to those areas. All images should be of work done outside of the United States.


Student Opportunities

The Geneva Challenge 2018: “The Challenges of Climate Change”

Deadline: Registration ends April 16, 2018; Submissions due August 20, 2018

The Geneva Challenge is an international contest for graduate students to contribute pragmatic solutions to a relevant international development problem that is theoretically grounded. This year’s competition focuses on the challenges of climate change, including, but not limited to the effects of climate change on food security, agriculture and biodiversity, and the effects of climate change on health. Teams of 3 to 5 masters students representing different academic disciplines are invited to apply.


Emerging Scholars in Family Planning Grants

Deadline: April 16, 2018

The Society of Family Planning Research Fund and the Society of Family Planning promote programs and grants that center diversity, equity, and inclusion and contribute to the academic success, retention, and persistence of emerging scholars from all backgrounds. Their Emerging Scholars in Family Planning grants are awarded to medical students, nursing students, residents and master’s or doctoral-level students to support publishable scholarly research projects, which may include a thesis or dissertation.



A Spotlight on Women’s Health, Sex, and Gender Research in Baltimore and Beyond - MAY 10, 2018

This half-day symposium will feature keynote speaker Leana Wen, Baltimore City Health Commissioner.

Host: Johns Hopkins Center for Women’s Health, Sex, and Gender Research     Location: JHU East Baltimore Campus, Baltimore, MD, USA