Deadline: March 6, 2017

The Duke Global Health Institute will offer two grants, The Aalok S. Modi Global Health Fieldwork Fund and The Paul Farmer Grant, to support undergraduate independent global health fieldwork projects. Applicants should have a demonstrated interest in learning more about the challenges of global health disparity.

DGHI Workshop Requirements

DGHI fieldwork grant recipients are required to attend 1-2 brief pre-departure training workshops and attend the fieldwork re-entry workshop in fall, if the student will be on campus in the fall. The pre-departure training workshops focus on cross cultural preparation, communication tools and ethics, and health and safety planning. The re-entry retreat assesses the field experience, and prepares the student to present their work at a Global Health Showcase in the fall.

DGHI Grant Submission Guidelines

Fieldwork grant applications should include the following items and are due no later than 5pm, March 6, 2017. You are only required to submit one application to be considered for either grant unless additional supplemental materials are listed within the individual grant information.

Priority is given to rising sophomore and junior students enrolled in a DGHI education program or working with a DGHI faculty member.

How to Apply

  • Resume (submit with the words “fieldwork grant application – resume” in the subject line).
  • Letter of recommendation from the Duke faculty project mentor (must be emailed directly by the letter writer).
  • If applicable, Community Collaborator Statement of Commitment (can be mailed, emailed, or faxed. In some cases, the appropriate community liaison may be a Duke Faculty or staff member, in which case only the letter of recommendation for Item 3 above is required).

The Aalok S. Modi Global Health Fieldwork Fund

Aalok S. Modi’s dream of a career in medicine and global health was left unfulfilled with his sudden death in February 2008. Together with his family and friends, the Duke Global Health Institute created a scholarship in his name to empower other Duke students to engage in global health research that embodies Modi’s commitment to serve humanity. This grant, which is awarded to an undergraduate student for independent global health fieldwork, honors the legacy of Modi’s strong commitment to global health. Modi, who was studying to become a doctor, led the Duke Global Health Student Action Committee, in which he diligently advocated for greater student involvement in the field. Applicants should complete the primary grant application and include the final question specifically referencing the Modi grant. Funding can go up to $5,000.

The Paul Farmer Grant

This grant is awarded to an undergraduate student(s) for independent global health fieldwork projects. It is provided by the Paul Farmer Global Health Fund, which honors the Duke alum, global health pioneer and DGHI board member. Applicants should have a demonstrated interest in issues of global health disparity. All projects must include a Duke faculty mentor as well as a community based partner in their research location. Funding can go up to $10,000.