Global Health Equity Scholars Program

Program Details

If you haven't already read the introductory section about the Global Health Equity Scholars program, please take a look here.  You'll also read about previous student scholars and examples of their work with the Alliance for a Healthier World.

Benefits for Student scholars

GHE Scholars gain valuable exposure and experience, in addition to financial payment. Benefits include:

  • Be part of innovative teams making impact on complex global health challenges

  • Increased networks with faculty and students across the university

  • Gaining practical skills applicable to a field of your interest

  • Potential to be recruited to a Healthier World planning grant or implementation grant team

  • Special access to speakers and presenters from various disciplines brought through the seminar series

Expectations & Eligibility Requirements

Each year, approximately 8-10 scholars will be hired as paid research assistants for one academic year (generally, October to the following May). Scholars will be expected to commit an average of 10-12 hours each week to the program. 

Scholars must be full-time students at a US-based Johns Hopkins University school or division. Scholars may not be current first-year undergraduates or students planning on taking a study abroad or other full-time ventures off the primary JHU campuses during the current academic year.

Students may apply to work within a specific thematic area or for the Alliance more broadly. The four thematic areas of the Alliance are:


1.  Food & Nutrition Security
2.  Healthy Environments

3.  Gender Equity & Justice
4.  Transformative Technologies & Institutions


Potential scope of work for Scholars

During the 10-12 hours each week, duties of each Global Health Equity Scholars will be tailored to the need of each thematic area and the skill sets or strengths of the selected scholars. Tasks will include some of the following:

  • Assist Alliance thematic leaders with research projects, program development, implementation, monitoring, and output tracking

  • Identify significant challenges to global health equity and help to frame how we might tackle these challenges.

  • Support development of outreach activities, including workshop series, problem-smashing sessions, seminars, or other events to facilitate the Johns Hopkins community (faculty, staff, and students) and its partners innovating to advance global health equity challenges.

    • Develop briefings, reviews, stay on top of the literature, and constantly synthesize new information and developments in the field.

  • Assist the thematic leads and communications team with strategic communications:

    • To promote the Initiative’s grant competitions, events and programs across JHU divisions

    • By supporting content development (e.g. articles, announcements, digital media) for the community of practice platform, Alliance website and publications

  • Encourage activities advancing health equity across existing student groups and examine the feasibility of a leadership council of student leaders engaged in such activities.

Application Process

Note: Deadline extended to 11:59pm on Wednesday, September 19, 2018.

Global Health Equity Scholars are recruited once each year. Applications from students across the various university divisions are reviewed by a selection team to gather the most suitably qualified Scholars.

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Select full-time student from a JHU Division is eligible to apply. See FAQs for details.

  • Part-time students, online students, and those who matriculate before May 2019 are not eligible.

Timeline and process:

  • Applications are due by 11:59pm on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 using the online Fluid Review portal (details below).

  • A review group formed by AHW staff and thematic leaders will review all applications.

  • Decisions will be announced in early October.

Program requirements:

  • All scholars will attend a mandatory program orientation in October, and monthly discussion sessions.

Application Instructions:

The GHES application gauges your interest in health equity, your potential contribution to the Alliance and its benefit to you.  

  • All students must submit their application to the Fluid Review portal (accessed via the submission box below) by 11:59pm on Wednesday, September 19, 2018. LATE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

  • As part of your application, you will need to provide the following items:

    • Create an account on Fluid Review

    • Three essays describing your interest in health equity and the GHES program

    • 1-2 references, including name and contact details

    • Academic Transcript

    • Resume or CV - Please title your CV and Transcript following the format "Lastname_Firstname_CV" and "Lastname_Firstname_Transcript".

  • Please do not email applications to AHW. Use the submission box below to access the Fluid Review portal and complete your GHES Application.  

  • Please read our frequently asked questions before submitting your application.

Application Support Resources:

Please click links for more information about the following details:

If you have questions not covered by these resources, the team at the Alliance for a Healthier World is happy to assist via email