The USC Institute for Global Health’s Breman Global Health Immersion Fellowship is funded by a generous donation to deepen Keck School of Medicine global health students’ appreciation of health problems in developing countries. This grant fellowship supports students interested in international health and public service careers by funding clinical, field or laboratory research experience in a foreign country.

General Information

  • Individual grants up to $5,000 for travel to developing regions of Haiti, Africa, Asia and Latin America (and others).
  • Funds will cover participant fees, travel expenses, lodging, meals, research activities, personal and liability insurance.
  • All arrangements are the responsibility of the grant recipient and must adhere to the approved application proposal.
  • Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. They are due at least two months before your intended departure date.
  • Project proposals must involve at least four weeks of travel (six weeks preferred).

Eligibility

Who is eligible
  • Keck School of Medicine undergraduate, masters, and professional students
  • Master of Public Health students and medical students will be given special consideration
Who is not eligible
  • Ph.D. students applying for funding on projects related to their dissertations
  • Students who will be completing their studies prior to travel/research

Application Selection

Applicants will be selected based on academic performance, proposal quality, evidence of sincere interest in the research proposed, strength of faculty advisor and proposal’s ability to support/add to existing research. Please see the application overview and application template for details.

Requirements

The Institute for Global Health will meet with all grant recipients to review administrative requirements including the grant contract, disbursement of funds and necessary travel waivers and forms. In addition, students will be required to report on their project during and following travel through the following mechanisms. All grant project blogs and reports will be compiled and shared with the donor in the form of an annual sponsorship report.

1. Blogging

Grant awardees must publish 3-4 academic blogs on the USC Global Health Travel Blog. We recommend supplementing your posts with pictures and/or videos. While personal reflections and experiences are welcome, students should ensure that blog posts are professional and reflective of the research grant project. To get set up as a blog contributor, email global.health@usc.edu. [Note: If you are not an awarded fellow and would still like to become a blog contributor, look into becoming a USC Global Health Ambassador.]

2. Grant Expense Report

Students who receive grant funds are responsible for submitting a grant expense report with itemized project expenses within 30 days of the completion of the project/trip. Templates for the expense report and necessary documentation (receipts, etc.) will be provided.

3. Newsletter

Upon completion of their project, grant recipients should send a few select photos as well as a 3-4 sentence synopsis of their project and experience (including their degree program) to global.health@usc.edu to be featured in our newsletter and website.

4. Final Report

Grant recipients will be required to submit a final report outlining their research project, findings and a reflection on the grant program experience. An outline for the final report requirements will be provided.

5. Grant Evaluation

Please fill out and submit the final grant evaluation survey to provide your feedback on your experience during the grant process. The survey will be provided.

6. Research Presentation

The final part of your involvement in the grant program involves a presentation on your project. The Institute for Global Health will host an annual student showcase where grant recipients will present on their research and experiences to fellow students, faculty and guests.

Application

Please download the application below and return it to global.health@usc.edu at least two months before your intended travel date. Because there are limited fellowship funds, it is recommended to submit your application as soon as possible. Questions may be directed to global.health@usc.edu.

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