All applicants must have completed two semesters of graduate level education and be enrolled in a masters in public health program, or equivalent at a school within the United States. Unfortunately, medical and PhD students and are not eligible to apply this cycle.
The application is now available through this website. As a quick guide, successful NEWAID applications will address the responses standard to grant proposals including:
- Background information (peer reviewed literature and studies that place your work in context)
- Significance – Will your project address an important problem? Will it help create new knowledge not contained in the previously addressed literature? **These are important questions to answer, as one of our review criteria includes whether an applicant’s research question has already been covered in previously published research, and whether the results of this study would be useful.
- Approach – Your study methodology, sample size calculations, and alternative study preparations for anticipated problems. Successful applications have a detailed rationale for their sample size, and a practical, feasible methodology given the time, location, and study populations involved.
- Investigator – What are your particular qualifications that make you well suited to carry out this work? Will you have appropriate institutional and faculty support?
- Environment – Why have you chosen your particular site for research? Does it provide any benefits with subject populations, institutional support? Are there any potential problems associated with the study location you can anticipate?
- Other studies- At NEWAID we often get applications for projects that are integrated into much larger studies. It is important to clearly set your project aside from the main study by defining the main study goals and how your project fits within it’s resources and scope so that we can compare actual student work without confusion with large multi-million dollar projects.
Students should also be prepared to submit between 3-5 letters of recommendation. Applicants are encouraged to select a range of individuals who can comment on different facets of the applicant’s ability such as a former employer and professors from different academic departments. In addition, applicants must submit a letter from an individual who has been chosen to serve as a mentor. This person will guide the applicant through the research process by providing ongoing feedback as the fellow initiates and conducts his or her research and prepares the findings for publication. This individual may be among, or in addition to, one of the individuals who will write a letter of reference. In this letter, the mentor should be able to directly comment on the strengths of your research proposal, their judgment of your preparation for this project, and their role in supporting your work.
Finally, applicants must submit a letter from an individual who has been chosen to serve as a supervisor at the site of research. This individual may be the same as, or in addition to, the individual who will serve as a mentor. The site supervisor must confirm that your are expected, and are welcome to conduct your proposed research.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR LETTER WRITERS: Letters should be emailed as an attachment (Word document or PDFs are accepted) to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Recommendation for APPLICANT NAME”. The letters should address the following components depending on whether the student has identified the individual as a mentor, site supervisor, or general reference. Individuals serving in more than one capacity (ie a reference and a project mentor) should include all components in their letter of support. We suggest that applicants provide the instructions below to their letter writers.
REFERENCE: Please discuss with him or her the proposed project and then comment on his or her ability to carry out this proposal. Most helpful are specific examples of the applicant’s commitment, talent and personal qualities or accomplishments that make this person unique.
PROJECT MENTOR: If you have been asked to serve as the applicant’s mentor, please also reiterate what you believe are the project’s goals and comment on what you see as your specific responsibilities as a mentor to this student.
SITE SUPERVISOR: If you will be serving as this applicant’s supervisor at the international site, please verify that you and your institution are expecting this individual for the indicated dates.
IMPORTANT: All projects that use human subjects must meet approval by the IRB at the student’s university, as well as a local IRB at the research site if applicable. Proof of IRB approval will be required before NEWAID will distribute stipends. While proof of approval is not required from applicants at the time they submit the application, it is expected that individuals be able to immediately provide this proof once they are approved for funding in May, 2013. Failure to submit this documentation when requested will result in forfeiture of the award. Therefore, applicants are encouraged to submit paperwork for IRB approval as soon as possible.
Finalists (to be named at the end of April to the start of May, 2013) may be required to submit official Graduate School transcripts and IRB approval by mail immediately upon being named a finalist. Applicants should have these items on hand.
It is the responsibility of the applicant to insure that all parts of the applications are submitted at the time they are required to be submitted. Only complete applications will be evaluated.