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Northwest Center for Public Health Practice

Public Health Training, Research, and Evaluation for the Northwest

Student Projects

Photograph of a student superimposed on a graphic of a phone tree.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 2020–21 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 2020–21 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

Faculty-Student Collaborative Projects: Must involve a faculty member and a student working in close collaboration to enhance public health services to medically underserved communities. Faculty and student collaborative projects 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 collaborate with the agency to address specific public health issues among a specified target population, and work together to develop the methodology and plan of approach.

Student 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 or experiences to allow the student to apply acquired knowledge and skills in a public health practice setting.

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 address populations in Washington, Alaska, Idaho, or Oregon and students should be enrolled at a college or 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.

All project work must be completed by the end of spring quarter 2021.

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.

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

To assure equitable access to stipends across the academic year, application periods are divided by quarter. There are limited stipends available for each competitive application period. Students should apply in the quarter/semester their project begins and are encouraged to apply early in the corresponding application period to secure a stipend.

Applications submitted in a quarter not corresponding with the project start date are not eligible for a stipend and will not be reviewed.

If your project starts in… You can apply…
Summer Quarter 2020 CLOSED
Fall Quarter 2020 CLOSED
Winter Quarter 2021 CLOSED
Spring Quarter 2021 CLOSED

Applications are reviewed at the end of each month and students will be notified of their award status within 10 days of review. Applications received between December 13th and December 31st will be reviewed at the end of January 2020.

Stipend Award Deadlines and Procedures

Selected stipend recipients will receive $3,500 total paid in two installments.

Receipt of the first portion of the stipend is dependent upon completion of the required reporting documents, which will be sent to award recipients with their award notification.

Receipt of the second portion of the stipend 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. There are two processing periods for the second payment, January 4, 2021 and June 11, 2021. Students can select when they would like to receive their second payment depending on their project completion date.

Award recipients will receive a handbook with additional details with their award notification.


For questions about general program requirements, contact Gita Krishnaswamy. For payment, reporting, and application process questions, contact Barbara Rose.