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Announcing the 2016 Migration and Health Graduate Student Fellowship

The Migration and Health Graduate Student Fellowship Program is sponsored by the UC Global Health Institute's Center of Expertise on Migration and Health (COEMH).

OBJECTIVE: This program aims to provide graduate students throughout the University of California system an opportunity to work on migration and health projects. The objective of the Migration and Health Student Fellowship is to encourage UC graduate students to engage in activities that will enhance the understanding and health outcomes of migrant populations around the world.

MIGRATION AND HEALTH: Migration is a global phenomenon involving hundreds of millions of people, with major social and economic impacts on both countries of origin and destinations. In the U.S., California is the most affected by these population movements. The Center of Expertise on Migration and Health is devoted to systematically studying the health consequences of global population movements and developing strategies to address them.

AWARDS: Two types of awards are available:

  • Conference and/or travel awards. These awards will range from $500 - $1,000.
  • Research awards. These awards will range from $2,000 - $5,000.

Multiple fellowships of each type of award will be granted on a competitive basis to students enrolled in graduate or professional programs on any of the 10 UC campuses to support scholarly migration and health activities during spring quarter 2016 or during the summer months of 2016.

FOR FAVORABLE CONSIDERATION: Applicants for these fellowships must a) demonstrate an understanding of the impact of migration/immigration on health; b) explain how this project aligns with their career goals in migration and health/global health and c) describe a scientifically sound project that aligns with the Mission of the Center of Expertise on Migration and Health that can be accomplished during this award period; d) applicants from underrepresented UC campuses such as UC Santa Cruz, UC Riverside, UC Irvine and UC Merced will receive priority; e) priority will also be given to applicants with higher likelihood of publishing a manuscript or submitting a successful grant application based on the work proposed.

Specific topics of interest to the COEMH include migration and health in the context of:

  • Climate change, environment, and food
  • Violence and mental health
  • Labor and occupation
  • Obesity/diabetes and chronic disease
  • Social Cohesion

Types of research projects: Research proposals may include literature reviews, policy analysis, or secondary data analysis, among others.

How to Apply

Application Documents


  • To qualify for funding applicants must meet the following requirements:
  • Be a registered graduate or professional student at a University of California campus at the time of selection and throughout the summer of 2016.
  • Have a University of California faculty member as a mentor who agrees to the conditions of mentorship and submits a mentor letter of support.
  • Two students may apply together for a single fellowship; however, they must be working on the same project with the same mentor. The award funds will be split evenly between the applicants.
  • Agree to all expectations and conditions of the research award.

Prior to Applying:

  • Begin preparing now! Your application must be received by 11:59 pm, January 29th, 2016 (no exceptions).
  • Choose a research area of interest that considers the health outcomes of migrants/immigrants and/or the impact of migration on sending and/or receiving countries.
  • Please review and consider the Mission of the Center of Expertise on Migration and Health below as you prepare your applications as one of the criteria for evaluation will be to assess how the project relates to this mission:

    The mission of the Center of Expertise on Migration and Health (COEMH) is to improve health and eliminate health disparities of migrants, refugees, and internally displaced people around the world. Serving local, national and international communities, we seek new knowledge to forge sustainable improvements in the health of migrant and refugee populations through basic and action-oriented research, policy analyses, applied learning opportunities, and innovative dissemination activities.

  • Identify a faculty member who will agree to serve as your research mentor. Together, the student applicant and faculty mentor should develop the research proposal for fellowship funding consideration.
  • Carefully review the Conditions of Award to ensure fulfillment of the required commitment and responsibilities of the award.
  • Review Helpful Suggestions for preparing research proposal.

Application Process:

  • Complete the application electronically, save to your desktop, and submit as an e-mail attachment to
  • Confirm acknowledgement of the Conditions of Award by checking the appropriate box on your application form prior to submission.
  • Write in Word document format the proposed research project (2 page limit) and submit with the application as an e-mail attachment. Please refer to this website for tips on how to prepare an abstract.
  • Forward the Faculty Mentor Support Letter form to your mentor. Your mentor should complete the letter online, save to the desktop, and submit as an e-mail attachment to

Review Process:

  • A select committee of faculty affiliated with the UCGHI COEMH will review applications and rank them on the basis of merit and the career objectives of the applicant.
  • Students will be notified of the decision by email directly after the review decisions are made.
  • Acknowledgement and agreement to all terms and conditions of the award must be returned by the successful applicant within one week of notification of award.
  • Priority will be given to applicants with higher likelihood of publishing a manuscript.

Please utilize your networks of people and organizations who you believe may be interested in this fellowship. Ideally, many of you are already working on this type of research and this fellowship can be used to support your mentee.