Graduate Student Fellowships // Eck Institute for Global Health // University of Notre Dame

Eck Institute for Global Health

Graduate Student Fellowships

Graduate Student Fellowships

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The University of Notre Dame’s Eck Institute for Global Health is a university-wide institution founded in 2009 and is based on an endowment from the Frank Eck, Sr. Family. The Institute recognizes health as a fundamental human right and endeavors to promote research, training, and service to advance health standards for all people, especially people in low- and middle-income countries who are disproportionately impacted by preventable diseases.

The Institute has established a graduate student fellowship program to support students enrolled in the University of Notre Dame PhD program. Outstanding graduate students from across the University of Notre Dame who have a specific interest in global health and whose research is directed to questions that impact global health are invited to apply. The fellowship provides 1 year of financial support in the form of an annual stipend and health insurance during the student’s 3rd, 4th, or 5th year. Students may renew their fellowship for an additional year, with 2 years being the maximum period of the fellowship. Fellowship support is from the beginning of the Fall semester through the following Summer, unless otherwise agreed upon with Eck Institute Directors.

Exceptional students will be selected based on their:

  1. Academic standing: GRE score, GPA, and scholarly activities, e.g., publications and conference presentations account for 20% of the overall score
  2. Merit of their research program: Research Progress and Goals – 80%
  3. Relevance of the research to the mission of the Eck Institute for Global Health and
  4. The overall benefit the fellowship will provide to the training of the student and the need for the fellowship will be assessed qualitatively by the Institute leadership and may influence decisions on selection

Fellows must be enrolled through the University of Notre Dame in a PhD program and associated with a full-time T&R faculty who are eligible to submit research grants at the University of Notre Dame or Indiana University School of Medicine – South Bend.  The student’s faculty advisor is required to be an active member of the Eck Institute for Global Health at the time of their application.  Successful applicants and their advisors are expected to participate in Institute activities, including registering for and attending the Global Health Colloquium course.

Fellows shall:

  • maintain good academic standing during their fellowship period
  • meet regularly with their Faculty advisor
  • meet once per semester with the Directors of the Eck Institute for Global Health
  • register for, attend, and present at the Global Health Colloquium
  • submit an application for 2nd year funding that includes: academic standing (GPA); research progress; research goals for 2nd year; documentation of other training activities; justification for 2nd year of support; and letter of support from their Faculty advisor(s) or inform the Directors of the Eck Institute for Global Health if they do not intend to apply for a 2nd year of support; and perform an exit interview (both written and face-to-face) with the Directors of the Eck Institute for Global Health at the end of the fellowship

Key Dates

  • Opening Date: December 18, 2017
  • Application Due Date: March 5, 2018 (at 5:00 pm EST)
  • Announcement of Award: April 13, 2018
  • Start Date of Fellowship: August 21, 2018

Application Process

  • Complete the application here
  • Attach a letter of support from your Faculty Advisor and the Advisor’s biosketch that includes current and pending research support
  • Applications must be submitted electronically to
  • Please submit the applicaiton, letter of support, and biosketch as one file
  • Incomplete applications will not be reviewed

Please direct inquiries to Ashley Scott, Program Director, Eck Institute for Global Health, at 

A list of present and past recipients of Graduate Student Fellowships can be found here