Global Health Equity Scholars Program

Program Details

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 freshmen 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. uityFood & 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
  • Provide technical assistance on and support the development of communities of practice or collaboratories dedicated to specific global health challenge areas.
  • Identify significant challenges to global health equity and help to frame how we might tackle these challenges.
  • Support development of a workshop series facilitating the community of faculty and students innovating to advance health equity across the University.
  • Support “problem smashing sessions” which aim to bring together faculty, staff, and students across the University, together with outside experts and partners, for events in order to develop innovative solutions to global health equity challenges.  
    • Develop briefings, reviews, stay on top of the literature, and constantly synthesize new information and developments in the field.
  • Assist in building an array of services to support the innovation ecosystem for those engaged in health equity-oriented research, policy and interventions.
  • 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 and Alliance website
  • Identify and develop other convening or capstone events for students and faculty.
  • 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

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Application Details

8-10 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.

Please read our frequently asked questions before submitting your application.

For best consideration, please submit applications by TBC - application date for 2018 Global Health Equity Scholars still to come!



Application Instructions

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

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

  1. Three essays describing your interest in health equity and the GHES program
  2. 1-2 references, including name and contact details
  3. Academic Transcript
  4. Resume or CV - Please title your CV and Transcript following the format "Lastname_Firstname_CV" and "Lastname_Firstname_Transcript".

Use the link (to be added when applications open) below to complete your GHES 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. Please do not submit application by email - use the Submit Box above.