UAB Sparkman Center for Global Health Internships Summer 2019

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Purpose:

The Sparkman Center for Global Health (Sparkman Center) announces international global health-related internships and practicum opportunities for eligible UAB students for Summer 2019 (June-July). These travel awards provide elite educational experiences that enrich UAB students. Internships come with a $3,000 stipend to cover airfare and some living expenses.

Eligibility Criteria:

UAB junior or senior undergraduate students (3.25 GPA minimum), graduate, and doctoral students in good academic standing who will be enrolled at the time of travel are eligible for placement. (Domestic and International students are able to apply.)

Internships Available:

  • Jamaica: Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition (HIV, Human Rights, and Policy)
  • The Dominican Republic: Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition (HIV, Human Rights, and Policy)
  • Panama City, Panama
  • Kathmandu, Nepal

More detailed description on each location and project site will be available soon. 

Deadlines:

Deadline to apply is February 28th, 2019. No applications will be considered prior to the application period nor will any late applications be considered for funding.

Application Process:

Complete and submit the online application (availalable soon on this page). Only electronic applications will be considered. For an application to be considered for selection, all fields need to be completed.

All necessary approvals for the training and potential foreign travel related to this award, including approvals from the UAB Office of Education Abroad and UAB Institutional Review Board if applicable must be obtained prior to the travel start date, but are not required to submit an application. Contact your departmental advisor and in case of School of Public Health students the Office of Public Health Practice at https://www.soph.uab.edu/ophp for further requirements and academic credit.

The application period for Summer 2019 Sparkman Center Internships has not yet opened. Please check back January 31, 2019. 

Questions or more information:

If you have questions, please contact Anna Helova, UAB Sparkman Center for Global Health Program Director; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., phone: (205) 975-7770

Two scholarships listed below are available at this time.

Please see linked site to apply. 

To learn more about the programs click the link or see below.

Moses Sinkala Endowed Scholarship

UAB School of Public Health Global Health Foreign Travel Award

Moses Sinkala Endowed Scholarship

In honor of the late Dr. Moses Sinkala, the Sparkman Center for Global Health and the Office of the Vice Provost for Student and Faculty Success have established the Moses Sinkala Travel Scholarship. This annual award is designed to assist UAB students complete an international internship or research opportunity. Five (5) awards of $2,000 will be granted.

Please note that scholarships may not be applied towards field courses, study away opportunities, or programs which require students to pay a fee for placement. Only UAB students in good academic standing may apply. Any UAB student is eligible for this scholarship. 

Interested parties need to submit the following:

  • Complete Application
  • Transcript (Unofficial Copy can be obtained from Blazernet)
  • Project Proposal

*Project Proposal*

  • Synopsis of your background. Please include the intent of your project, goals, and a brief description of why you selected this topic of study
  • The name, phone number, and email of your contact abroad
  • Organizations or projects with whom you will be collaborating
  • Please state if the project requires UAB's Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval? If so, include a description of the review process for planned research
  • Budget specifying your total cost for this endeavor. Please include airfare, room, board, visas, immunizations, etc.

The proposal should not exceed 5 pages, double-spaced.

UAB School of Public Health Global Health Foreign Travel Award

Purpose:

The Sparkman Center for Global Health (Sparkman Center) and the Dean’s Office of the School of Public Health (SOPH) will provide travel funding for eligible SOPH students who are travelling internationally and attending an extracurricular academic/professional conference, training activity, Education Abroad program, or internship/practicum related to Global Health. These travel awards provide support for international educational experiences that enrich UAB SOPH students. The award may cover expenses related to transportation, lodging, poster printing, registration, and other international travel-related eligible expenses as specified by the travel regulations of the UAB Financial Affairs at https://www.uab.edu/financialaffairs/traveling

Eligibility Criteria:

UAB SOPH undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students in good academic standing who will be enrolled at the time of travel AND at the time of reimbursement are eligible for one UAB SOPH Global Health Foreign Travel Award of up to $2,000 each academic year and a maximum of two while enrolled at UAB. This award may be supplemented by other travel awards; however, other funding must be acknowledged on the Global Health Foreign Travel Award Application and total funding may not exceed total budget related to the travel.

Deadlines:

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis within the UAB fiscal year (Oct 1st-Sep 30th). The deadline to apply for travel thru Sep 30th, 2019 is Aug 1st, 2019. The travel award must be used in the fiscal year awarded. The application should be initiated approximately two months prior to travel start date.  No applications will be considered prior to the application period nor will any late applications be considered for funding. Eligibility for a given travel period is determined by the date at which travel will be COMPLETED (END DATE of travel on the application).

Application Process:

Complete and submit the online Global Health Foreign Travel Award Application (available at https://www.uab.edu/sparkmancenter/travel-scholarship). Only electronic applications will be considered. For an application to be considered for selection, all fields need to be completed. This includes, but is not limited to, the following information:

  1. Location of travel
  2. Purpose of travel & brief justification
  • Faculty mentor if applicable
  1. Collaborating organization, address and contact if applicable
  2. Correct estimated dates of The END DATE of travel is used to exclude applications that are not within the designated travel grant period. If this date is incorrect, your application will not be considered.
  3. Estimated categorized travel budget

By digitally signing the Travel Award Application, the student agrees that he/she is willing to comply with the “Student Travel Statement of Agreement” listed in the following section. Note that we are unable to consider applications that contain errors or are incomplete. Please ensure that your application is accurate before submitting. If you believe to have submitted an error, simply resubmit a new application prior to the closing of the form. Only the most recent application will be considered.

Available Internship for Shoreland Data-entry Specialist

Since 1986, Shoreland, Inc. has been the leading global provider of time-sensitive, decision-relevant travel and environmental medicine risk information. We specialize in providing analyses and recommendations to health care providers for use during pre-travel medical consultations. On a daily basis, the online Travax platform provides continuously updated data on international in-country health threats, risks, countermeasures, and resources. The subscriber base includes federal government agencies, Fortune 100 multinational corporations, NGOs, travel operators, public health agencies, major universities, and individual medical providers. Primary users are medical directors and other clinical personnel responsible for the health, safety, and medical needs of travelers and those posted overseas.

  • Part-time (up to 30 hr/wk) data-entry specialists in our Birmingham office
  • Perform data-entry and maintenance tasks related to a database system of overseas medical facilities.
  • There may also be data collection relating to medical suppliers, medical and occupational health providers, facilities, and medications.
  • Strong global perspective and excellent knowledge of world geography is required. 
  • Must be legally able to work in the US 

Hours are flexible during each week but will be scheduled in advance at the discretion of the Supervisor.

For more information please contact: Juliana Jernigan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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Purpose 

The mission of the Sparkman Center for Global Health (Sparkman Center) at UAB is to contribute to solutions of health problems in developing countries through undergraduate and graduate-level public health education, research, and training programs. These programs are organized collaboratively with academic institutions, international agencies, and health ministries within the host country. Additionally, the Sparkman Center works to enhance the capacity of the UAB community to engage, prepare, and support current and future health professionals in a global health agenda.

The Sparkman Center will provide funding for internal grant applications that propose research projects, public health practice, and global health & development projects that support the Sparkman Center’s mission of promoting health in less developed countries. All projects should have a strong research or evaluation component. Only those applications that are aligned with the Sparkman Center mission will be considered for funding through this mechanism. We anticipate funding 3-5 applications of up to $20,000 each.

 

Eligibility

  1. UAB Faculty and fellows are elligible.
  2. Integration of early stage faculty with other UAB researchers and community partners/stakeholders to advance all pilot projects with the context of a team building approach.
  3. Preference given to those who have never had an R01 in global health field of study or who are new to global health research.
  4. Established investigators with an R01 in global health are elligible to apply if they are exploring a new direction. 
  5. All projects should have clear next steps in terms of future opportunities. 

 

Expectations 

1) Pre-Award Approvals

Funding will be awarded from the Sparkman Center Administrative Office. All questions regarding the awarding of funding should be directed to the contact listed in the notice of award. Prior to the awarding of funding, the following information must be provided, if applicable:

  • Institutional Review Board approvals, if applicable, must be obtained prior to receipt of an award, but are not required to submit an application. Prior to receipt of an award involving human subjects, IRB approval from all participating sites and human subjects training certification for all key personnel will be required.
  • For more information about human subjects approval, see: http://www.hhs.gov/ohrp/ and http://www.uab.edu/research/administration/offices/irb/Pages/Home.aspx

2) Post-Award Requirements 

  • Applicants chosen for funding will be expected to present the details of their study at a Sparkman Center Seminar and/or the UAB CCTS PDQ Committee for review of the study. This will provide an opportunity to identify additional synergies within UAB and the Sparkman Center, explore other means of support, and gather recommendations to enhance the study. Other presentations, including a ‘research in progress talk’ (midway) and at the end of the funding period may also be requested.
  • Applicants will be requested to become UAB Sparkman Scholars with the potential to be matched with and mentor UAB students (Sparkman Fellows) working on global health projects.
  • Awardees will be required to submit yearly progress reports**. Awardees will be tracked after the award ends to monitor productivity (abstracts, publications, grants).
  • Support from this mechanism must be acknowledged in all publications and presentations.
  • If for any reason the awardee is unable to fulfill the requirements or adhere to the policies of the award, at the discretion of the funding mechanism leadership, the award may be revoked.

**All recipients of Sparkman Center funding are obliged to provide information, not limited to, progress reports or final performance reports, as requested by the Sparkman Center. Failure to provide such information in a prompt and timely manner may result in the immediate termination of the grant and will preclude the grantee from applying for future Sparkman Center funding opportunities.

 

Key Dates 

Timeline:

o RFA Released: December 1, 2018

o Deadline for 2-page Concept: February 1, 2019

o Full Application Applicants Announced: Mar 1, 2019

o Deadline for Full Applications: May 1, 2019

o Awards Announced: by May 31, 2019

o Funding Start: June 1, 2019

 

Application Information 

Concept Proposals

To apply for Sparkman Center funding please submit a Concept Proposal with the following information as a single combined PDF that is no more than 2 pages in length, as well as NIH biosketches for all investigators. Proposals should be submitted to Anna Helova at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Project Description

Outline the specific aims, hypotheses, brief preliminary data (if any), and brief research/evaluation design. As the criteria for funding are primarily based upon the scientific impact, investigator, significance, approach, and innovation, concepts should address these topic areas.

Combined Significance and Innovation Section

Briefly explain the importance/significance of the proposed project in the context of global health research that is promoted by agencies engaged in global health research. Describe the innovative nature of the proposal and how the proposed research will support the mission of the Sparkman Center and advance the field. Note the specific funding sources and mechanisms to be targeted with the results from this study, as well as the timeline for follow-on submissions.

Eligibility/Team Building Component (no more than one-half page)

The integration of junior faculty with other UAB researchers at various levels is required by the Sparkman Center to advance all pilot projects within the context of a team building approach. Requests for pilot funding from single investigators working alone will not be funded with Sparkman Center pilot project funds. The PI of the study should adhere to the eligibility requirements stated above. Co-investigators should include senior, junior, or early stage investigators constituting research teams. Involvement of community stakeholders in the global setting is also encouraged.

Investigators should clearly state how their proposed research will impact the UAB research environment, improve the UAB research infrastructure (e.g. facilitating access to methods, improved knowledge, enhanced ability to apply for common funding), and thereby facilitate future global health research by other UAB investigators.

Biosketches (Include one for each investigator)

All applicants and collaborators should submit NIH biosketches (5-page limit) with personal statements adapted to describe defined roles on the project. Use the NIH biosketch form.

Researchers whose concept proposals are selected for the full proposal competition phase will be notified by email.

 

Application Instructions 

Full Applications

Full Proposals will be submitted electronically in one Adobe PDF file to Anna Helova at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The full proposal will be on the forms used commonly for NIH grant applications (PHS 398 forms) and should follow a modified NIH investigator initiated grant application (R01) format.

For detailed instructions on how to fill out the forms see: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/phs398/phs398.html with the following modifications. The Research Plan (Specific Aims through Approach) is limited to 4 pages (Bibliography and References Cited sections do not count toward the page limit). No appendices are allowed. Do not submit Targeted/Planned Enrollment Tables. Applications must be in English. Please note that applications that do not adhere to the instructions will not be considered.

The Full Proposal should include (in this order in a single Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) file):

  1. Complete budget and justification: (Download: MS Word or PDF)
  2. Research Plan (Maximum 4 pages for a-d below). Use PHS 398 Continuation Format pages (Download: MS Word or PDF).
  3. Specific Aims (suggested length ½ page)
  4. Significance (suggested length 1 page)
  5. Innovation (suggested length ½ page)
  6. Approach (suggested length 2 pages)
  7. Description of the Research Environment (suggested length ½ page). Use PHS 398 Continuation Format pages (Download: MS Word or PDF).
  8. Bibliography and References cited (as needed) Use PHS 398 Continuation Format pages (Download: MS Word or PDF).
  9. Protection of Human Subjects (if applicable; maximum 1 page). Use PHS 398 Continuation Format pages (Download: MS Word or PDF).
  10. Letters of Support (letters of support from collaborators essential to the proposed project must accompany the application).

Budget Development Guidelines and Restrictions (NIH budget form (Form page 5) with justification)

  • Maximum direct costs are $20,000. Indirect costs are not allowed. Awards are one year in length. One no-cost extension may be requested at the end of the first year budget period only.
  • Salary support is limited to 10% for the PI, unless special permission is received.
  • Budgeting for travel to project sites and conferences to present project research results is allowable (travel budget limited to no more than $7,000).
  • Costs associated with Institutional Review Board (IRB) review of human research protocols are not allowable as direct charges.
  • All costs must conform to the NIH Grants Policy Statement (GPS) and applicable U.S. Office of Management and Budget OMB circulars for necessity and reasonability, allocability, conformance and consistency, as well as allowability. Please follow the link below to section 7.2 cost principles section of the NIH Grants Policy Statement.

 

To access the full Sparkman Pilot Grant Funding Application click here or see below. 

 

Questions or more information? Please contact Anna Helova, UAB Sparkman Program Director; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., phone: (205) 975-7770