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Call for Undergraduate Summer Internship/Fellowship Proposals in Women's Health, Gender and Empowerment

DUE DATE: April 15, 2017

The University of California Global Health Institute's Center of Expertise on Women's Health, Gender and Empowerment is accepting proposals for UP TO $1,500 to support University of California undergraduate students pursuing unpaid internships/fellowships during the summer of 2017. Funds can be used toward international or domestic travel and stipends.

Women's Health Gender & Empowerment COE

The Center of Expertise (COE) on Women's Health, Gender and Empowerment is Center of the University of California Global Health Institute. Advances in women's health are globally impeded by poverty, limited access to educational and economic opportunities, gender bias and discrimination, unjust laws, and insufficient state accountability. These forces intersect to restrict women's access to vital health services and the information they need to improve their lives. By prioritizing women's health concerns, rights, and empowerment, this COE is uniquely poised to catalyze societal-level changes that will yield sustainable improvements in health and well-being for women on a global scale.

Mission: We envision a world in which all women and girls are empowered and healthy. Our mission is to promote justice, equity and scientific advances to reduce gender and health disparities globally. Grounded in human rights principles, our approach is interdisciplinary and transformative. Through innovative research, education and international collaboration, we build and strengthen the capacity of the next generation of leaders in women's health and empowerment. Our core activities focus on assuring safe motherhood, reducing violence against women, improving access to family planning and reproductive technologies, advancing sexual and reproductive health and rights, preventing HIV/AIDS, and reducing environmental threats to women's health.

Summer Internship/Fellowship: Our goal is to provide money to support undergraduate students to be involved in innovative research, programs and policy development activities in the areas of women's health gender and empowerment, and who specifically investigate the intersection and interrelated nature of these three areas. Our aim is to allocate funds efficiently to the most meritorious proposals. We expect to fund nine proposals for summer research projects.

Timeline: The deadline for this call for small grant proposals is April 15, 2017 at 5 PM PST, but we will accept applications prior to this date. Proposals may request up to $1,500, to be spent by September 15, 2017, after which remaining funds revert to the COE.

Eligibility: The competition is open to undergraduate students only, at any of the UC campuses. Activities during the internship/fellowship must specifically be at the nexus of women's health gender and empowerment. The internship/fellowship can be conducted domestically or internationally. Applicants must be enrolled at a UC campus for the following academic year (i.e., typically not seniors unless enrolling in a graduate program at one of the UC schools). 10 Awards prioritized 1 for each campus. Awardees are required to attend the COE's annual retreat in winter 2017 and make a 5-minute presentation on their internship/project. Awardees will be matched with a COE mentor, based on the topic of their internship/project. The awardee will be expected to set up at least two meetings (in person or via telephone/Skype) with his/her COE mentor, to take place during the award period; and seek feedback from his/her COE mentor on the project presentation to be made at the annual retreat.

Application Format: Applicants should submit a two-page concept proposal that provides a brief background of the issue(s) to be addressed during the internship/fellowship and a description of the project aims, describes the activities to take place, summarizes the team's (including the mentor's) expertise, and gives a timeline. A budget synopsis should also be submitted (not counted against the two-page limit), as well as an updated resume. Additionally, the mentor from the sponsoring organization must submit a letter addressed to the committee describing the resources that will be made available to the intern, including mentorship and equipment. Funds can be used for paying a stipend for unpaid internships, purchasing project supplies, travel (international or domestic), and other reasonable expenses (but typically not for equipment).

Submit proposals by email to Chiao-Wen Lan, ( All proposals will be evaluated by a review committee made up of CoE members. Results will be announced by May 15, 2017.