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Student Projects

NWPHTC supports a variety of student projects in Washington, Alaska, Idaho, and Oregon.

Student Projects

NWPHTC supports a variety of student projects in Washington, Alaska, Idaho, and Oregon. A total of 20 proposals will be funded up to $3,500 each during the 2018–19 school year. For more information, contact Gita Krishnaswamy.

Student Projects

NWPHTC provides stipends to support health professions students in completing practice-based projects in public and non-profit health organizations around the region. These projects fall into two categories—collaborative projects and field placements.

Project Types

Collaborative Projects: Must involve a faculty member and a student working in close collaboration to enhance public health services to medically underserved communities. This may include research projects or community interventions identified by a governmental public health agency or other public health service entity. The students and faculty advisors should collaborate with an agency to address specific public health issues among a specified target population, and work together to develop the methodology and plan of approach.

Field Placements: Must establish or strengthen the placement of students in public or nonprofit health organizations, particularly ones serving underserved areas and populations, to work on a discrete public health project. This placement should provide structured opportunities to allow the student to apply acquired knowledge and skills in a public health practice setting. Field experiences are expected to contribute to the mastery of public health competencies, with a focus on balancing the educational and practice needs of the student with the needs of the community.

Examples of collaborative projects and field placements

Student Eligibility

Stipends are available for:

  • Graduate and doctoral students enrolled public health, psychology, sociology, and social work degree programs.
  • Undergraduate juniors or seniors enrolled in public health, psychology, sociology, and social work degree programs. Undergraduate applications must include a letter of support from a faculty member.

Project work must be based in Washington, Alaska, Idaho, or Oregon. Stipends can be awarded to US citizens, non-citizen US nationals, or foreign nationals holding a visa permitting permanent residence in the United States. Individuals on temporary or student visas are not eligible.

Procedures and Deadlines

To Apply
Compile your application packet with the following information. You should have all of these pieces ready before submitting your application.

  • Completed online application
  • 1–2 page résumé or CV
  • Project plan including methods, timeline of tasks, and deliverables. View a sample project plan.
  • Letter of support (for undergraduates only)

Students may apply for funding at any time during fall or winter quarter of the 2018–19 school year. Students completing project work exclusively during the spring 2019 quarter should submit applications during prior quarters. Applications are reviewed monthly, and applicants will be notified of their award status within one week of review.

Stipend recipients receive half their award at the start of the project and the second half upon project completion, no later than the end of spring quarter 2019. Proposals will be evaluated based on public health practice focus, attention to underserved areas and populations, and feasibility. Students are strongly encouraged to submit projects that address opioid misuse and improving mental and behavioral health.

For more information, contact Gita Krishnaswamy.

NWPHTC is housed within the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice at the University of Washington School of Public Health. It is one of ten regional Public Health Training Centers funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration.