November 02, 2011
As the number of students applying for fellowships through the Global Health Initiative has risen substantially in recent years, program administrators are seeking additional funding to meet the demand.
Kaveh Khoshnood, director of the Global Health Initiative, said he expects to receive over 100 applications for the program this year, which has traditionally awarded about 20 fellowships annually. The program offered $70,000 to 17 students for research projects or internships last summer, but Khoshnood said he would like to provide a total of at least $100,000 in the coming years. Though the initial funding commitment from the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, which helped launch the program in 2009, will end after this summer, program directors said positive reactions from participants make them optimistic that the University will continue providing funds.
The program connects both undergraduate and graduate students with global health organizations and gives them the experience of addressing issues of global health first hand, said Elizabeth Bradley, the master of Branford College and the other director of the initiative.
“Having a field experience is critical to gaining skills and building capacity as a global health researcher or practitioner,” Bradley said. “Therefore, these GHI summer internships have been central to the education in global health on campus.”
By Andrew Giambrone
Yale Daily News