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Northwest Center for Public Health Practice

Public Health Training, Research, and Evaluation for the Northwest

Student Projects

Student showing off result of funded project.The Northwest Public Health Training Center supports students working on a variety of projects in Washington, Alaska, Idaho, and Oregon. Applications for funding during the 2019–20 school year are now closed.

The Northwest Public Health Training Center has funding to support students completing practice-based projects in public health organizations around the region. Twenty proposals will be funded up to $3,500 each during the 2019–20 school year. Stipends are distributed directly to students and are intended to help them defray living expenses during their hands-on training experience.

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.

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.

Examples of collaborative projects and field placements


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 and students should be enrolled at a university in this region. Stipends will 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. 

To Apply

Compile an 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)

Procedures and Deadlines

Applications are currently closed. Students beginning projects in winter or spring quarter are encouraged to apply in the fall to secure a stipend as availability is limited.

Applications are reviewed at the end of each month, and applicants will be notified of their award status within one week of review. Applications received between December 13th and December 31st will be reviewed at the end of January 2020.

Selected stipend recipients enrolled as a full-time student will receive $3,500 total paid in two installments. Receipt of the second portion of the stipend at the end of Spring quarter is dependent upon the completion of all stipend requirements, including submission of a final report, a story of impact and responses to a brief evaluation.

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. However, projects that focus on other areas will receive full consideration for funding.

For more information on the application process, contact Gita Krishnaswamy.