Paul Brandt-Rauf Scholarship in Global Health
The Paul Brandt-Rauf Scholarship in Global Health is named in honor of the 5th Dean of the UIC School of Public Health. Dr. Brandt-Rauf’s life passion is to prevent disease and promote health through addressing the root causes of illness, as well as to ensure students are leaving institutions with the proper knowledge to continue this important work. He once said that his goal is to leave the world a better place than he found it. This was evident in the way he worked to make scholarships available to students who wanted to pursue a degree in public health.
This global health scholarship will assist graduate students who demonstrate financial need with expenses associated with pursuing a global public health field experience. Funds are available to support one to two students at up to $2,500 during the academic year, including the summer semester. The scholarship will be awarded through a competitive process that is open to all students formally enrolled in the MPH, MS, PhD or DrPH degree program in the School of Public Health.
Eligibility, Selection Criteria and Application Information Heading link
The applicant must:
- Be a graduate student formally enrolled in the School of Public Health
- Demonstrate financial need
- Use the funds to meet a MPH applied practice experience or complete an essential and well-defined phase of MS thesis or doctoral dissertation research that demonstrates a commitment to issues and challenges of global public health.
- Not receive alternate funding from the Global Health Program.
The selected candidate must:
- Complete the proposed field experience or research activity within 12 months of receiving the award;
- For masters students, be enrolled for 3-5 MPH applied practice experience hours or MS thesis or doctoral research hours;
- Purchase emergency evacuation insurance if traveling
- Provide a post-experience report within two weeks of return;
- Attend the SPH Annual Research and Awards Day during spring 2022.
- Prepare and present a poster on the field experience at the annual SPH Global Health Poster Competition at Research and Awards Day in spring 2023.
- Work with the SPH Office of Advancement to provide a report to Dr. Paul Brandt-Rauf.
Selection Criteria by Degree
The selection committee will consider those applications that appear the most educational, realistic, and likely to advance the student’s understanding of global public health though practice and/or research. To this end, selection will be based on:
For MPH students:
- A well-conceptualized Applied Practice Experience that is organized around a clearly stated overall learning goal that reflects the application of basic public health concepts and specialty knowledge to address a specific public health issue.
- The appropriateness of proposed learning objectives and related activities to be met through the Applied Practice Experience.
For MS, PhD and DrPH students:
- The extent to which the proposed research activities will help to facilitate or advance the student’s thesis research.
- How well the proposed research experience is likely to advance the student’s knowledge and/or skills in conducting global health research.
For all students:
- The extent to which the student’s background preparation affords the ability to effectively carry out the proposed project or research.
- A strong letter of support for both the applicant and the experience from a proposed on-site preceptor or research supervisor.
- The ability of the host organization to offer an appropriate and supportive environment for conducting the proposed research or Applied Practice Experience.
How to apply for the scholarship
Applicants must complete the SPH Global Health Scholarships application form available here.
The applicant’s personal statement should include:
- A brief but clear description of the proposed Applied Practice Experience or thesis research experience, as well as the following requirements:
For MPH applicants:
- A description of the overall learning goal to be met through the Applied Practice Experience.
- The proposed learning objectives and related activities for meeting the overall goal.
- A description of how the proposed Applied Practice Experience is likely to advance the student’s knowledge of global health practice.
For MS, PhD and DrPH applicants:
- A statement indicating how the proposed research activities supported by the scholarship will help to advance the student’s proposed thesis research.
- A description of how the proposed research experience is likely to advance the student’s knowledge or skills in conducting global health research.
For all applicants:
- A description of the background preparation maintained in order to effectively carry out the proposed project.
- A description of available on-site Applied Practice Experience supervision or research mentorship.
- A feasible plan and timeline in undertaking and completing the Applied Practice Experience.
Previous Scholarship Recipients Heading link
About the recipients
Name: Nandini Sarup
Project Location: Remote (CDC Foundation)
Project: Nandini is an MPH student in the Division of Health Policy and Administration enrolled in the Global Health Program. Nandini will be conducting her applied practice experience with the CDC Foundation working on the creation of surveys reports, reviewing program proposals, and analyzing monthly reports from Community Service Organizations as part of the CDC Foundation’s HIV Self-Testing Project.
About the Receipient
Name: Tcherna Halpern
Location: Remote (World Federation of Public Health Associations)
Project: Tcherna is an in Health Policy and Administration enrolled in the Global Health Program who will be working with the World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA) to to research current global health policies and identify gaps in the maternal morality policy content of the WFPHA.
About the Recipient
Name: Michelle Hathaway
Location: Kisumu, Kenya
Project: Michelle is a doctoral student in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences who will be traveling to Kisumu, Kenya to conduct research for her thesis focusing on chronic kidney disease of undeterminded cause among sugarcane workers.