From time to time, we will come across other student opportunities such as scholarships or fellowships from sources outside of CenHealth or USC that we would like to share with you.  We will do our best to post as soon we are made aware of these opportunities.  Check back from time to time. (last updated: 6-8-2017)

Paid Internship Opportunity for USC Undergraduate Students with Project 2: “Maximizing Retailers’ Responsiveness to FDA Regulatory Authority in Minority Communities”

A paid internship opportunity is available for USC undergraduate students during the Summer or Fall of 2017 to work with TCORS Project 2: “Maximizing Retailers’ Responsiveness to FDA Regulatory Authority in Minority Communities” at the Institute for Prevention Research, Keck School of Medicine of USC. This is a great internship opportunity for students to work with faculty and staff members on an innovative community based project, where interns will learn about community participatory research, research in low socioeconomically vulnerable communities and the tobacco retail environment.

This position is a paid internship for the Summer or Fall 2017 semester available to USC undergraduate students only.  Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until positions are filled.

Students interested in a:

  • Summer Internship will receive a stipend of $3000 and must be committed to working 20 hours per week for at least eight weeks sometime between June 1st and August 31st 2017. Only 1 student will be selected for this position.
  • Fall internship will receive a stipend of $1500 and must be committed to working 8-10 hours per week during the Fall 2017 semester. One to two students will be selected for this position.

Students that are interested must apply and a selection committee will select the individuals that are best fit for the project. Please click here to download the application which contains more details about the project and the application process. 

Please direct any questions to Yaneth Rodriguez (Community Data Collection Manager) at or 323-442-8210.

Anderson Family Global Health Immersion Fellowship

The USC Institute for Global Health, through funding from the Anderson family, is offering grants to support meaningful hands-on research experiences for USC students and enhance the recruitment of diverse students into research and practice careers in global health.

General Information

• Four grants in the amount of $3,000 each will be awarded to support students’ research in low- or middle-income countries outside the United States.
• Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. They are due at least two months before your intended departure date.
• Project proposals must involve at least four weeks of travel.


Who is eligible

  • USC undergraduate, masters, and professional students (Master of Public Health students completing their practicum requirements will be given special consideration)

Who is not eligible

  • D. students applying for funding on projects related to their dissertations
  • Students who will be completing their studies prior to travel/research

Application Selection

Applicants will be selected based on academic performance, proposal quality, evidence of sincere interest in the research proposed, strength of faculty advisor and proposal’s ability to support/add to existing research. Please see the application overview and application template for details.

Apply Now

Learn more and download the application at

Winter/Spring Practicum Opportunity in Santiago, Chile

We are excited to announce that one of our Ambassador Brigade Fellows, Justin Trop, and his faculty mentor, Dr. Mellissa Withers are offering an amazing practicum opportunity that will take place in Santiago, Chile as part of the research project titled, “Migrant Visions and Voices: A Community-Based Participatory Approach to Health Needs Assessment and Intervention Design in Chile” funded by CenHealth.  Below you will find information about this practicum opportunity.


Interested in learning about community-based participatory research and/or migrant health?
Do you speak Spanish?
Learn about Photovoice! Spend 1-3 months in Chile in Spring 2017.

Background and Project Introduction: In the past 10-15 years, Chile has witnessed a significant influx of migrants, largely from other Latin American countries. While these migrants may be offered access to education and health care, they may face discrimination and other migration-associated challenges that can impact health. Thus, there exists a need for studies of this population, particularly given the complexity of migration as a social determinant of health. Although there have been studies examining the sociodemographics and health of this population from epidemiologic perspectives, little work has been done in applying qualitative community-based participatory research methods.

Justin Trop, a third-year USC medical student, and Dr. Mellissa Withers, Professor in the USC Institute for Global Health, are carrying out a project in Santiago, Chile, entitled “Visions and voices of international migrants in Chile: an evaluation of health needs use community-based participatory research methods.” The general objective is to explore community perspectives on the migrant experience in Santiago, Chile, as they relate to health and the community’s social situation. To achieve this objective, Justin and Dr. Withers are working in collaboration with the School of Public Health of the University of Chile and the local government to implement two major activities:

  1. A survey, administered door-to-door in a predominantly migrant neighborhood, assessing sociodemographics, health status, health needs, and social determinants of health
  2. A interactive, photography-based health needs assessment in which migrant community members receive training in Photovoice techniques, capture their community’s situation through photos, and ultimately bring to the forefront not only the community’s weakness, but also its strengths

Practicum Opportunity: We are looking for masters students who are interested in qualitative research, migration, social determinants of health, and community-based, collaborative work. Students would join the research team and work directly with Justin, Dr. Withers, and their colleagues. Justin is currently on the ground in Chile. In terms of your specific contribution to the project, there is some flexibility. Please see “Your Role” below for more details. There is no stipend available, nor are room and board covered. However, Justin can assist you in finding reasonably-priced accommodations in Santiago and getting settled.

Role of Student: Some examples of how your participation could take form include:

  • Administration of oral, in-person surveys in the migrant community of study with team
  • Survey data management and statistical analysis
  • Completion of a relevant literature review
  • Participation in community advisory board meetings and other research team gatherings
  • Participation in Photovoice trainings and discussion sessions
  • Collection of biographies from Photovoice participants
  • Creation of narrated photo slideshows demonstrating the works of Photovoice participants
  • Assistance in organizing and carrying out the exhibition of photos

Requirements: Students interested participating in the practicum opportunity should be fluent in Spanish. Additionally, we are looking for students who work well in teams and are independent, adaptable, and committed. Commitment is 4 weeks or more in-country. Project runs until June 2017.

Please contact Justin Trop ( and Dr. Mellissa Withers ( for more information.

Yancey/Edgley Fellowship Award Opportunities

The Dr. Antronette (Toni) K. Yancey and Darlene Edgley Fellowship for Health Promotion, Physical Fitness and Community Health Education is a wonderful opportunity for students, professionals and junior faculty to apply for three types of financial support, which include:

DrPH Dissertation Award (Application Deadline: November 28, 2016)

For public health doctoral (DrPH) students from historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups in the dissertation phase of their doctoral program whose research interest focuses on (1) issues of obesity and related chronic disease prevention addressed through physical activity (e.g. Instant Recess®); (2) working with underserved communities and minority populations in the U.S.; and (3) using community-­‐based participatory research. Award Amount: $10,000

Conference Assistance Award (Application Deadline: Ongoing)

For students, professionals and junior faculty from historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups seeking to (1) present at health conferences; (2) promote physical activity as a strategy to address issues of obesity and related chronic diseases among underserved communities and minority populations, and (3) study minority populations within the U.S. Award Amount: $750

Postdoctoral Fellowship Award (Application Deadline: January 16, 2017)

For postdoctoral (DrPH) fellows from historically underrepresented racial and/or ethnic groups who have been awarded a doctoral degree in public health (DrPH) no earlier than June 1, 2014 and no later than November 10, 2017 and are continuing their research in the Fellowship’s focus areas with an emphasis on using community-­‐based participatory research methodologies. Award Amount: $20,000

Here is the flyer for more information. For more detailed information and program eligibility criteria, please visit the Yancey/Edgley Fellowship Award website.

NCI Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program (CPFP) is now accepting applications for Cancer Prevention Fellows until August 25, 2016.

The CPFP is a postdoctoral training program open to scientists, researchers, and clinicians in the fields of cancer prevention and control. Watch this video to learn more about the unique features of the CPFP.

As part of the program, fellows receive:

• The opportunity to obtain an M.P.H. degree at an accredited university during the first year.
• Mentored research with investigators at the NCI. Research opportunities exist across the spectrum of cancer prevention research, including, but not limited to:

· Epidemiology
· Laboratory Sciences
· Social and Behavioral Sciences
· Biostatistics
· Health Services
· Nutrition
· Engineering

• Competitive stipends, paid health insurance, reimbursement for moving expenses, and a travel allowance to attend scholarly meetings or trainings.

The typical duration in the CPFP is 4 years (year 1: master’s degree; years 2-4: NCI Summer Curriculum in Cancer Prevention and mentored research).

Applicants should meet the following eligibility criteria:

• Possess an M.D., Ph.D., J.D., or other doctoral degree in a related discipline or must be enrolled in an accredited doctoral degree program and fulfill all degree requirements by June 2017.
• Be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States at the time of application.
• Have no more than five years relevant postdoctoral experience.

To learn more about eligibility requirements and application details, please visit the website,, or contact Additional program details can also be found in the comprehensive Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program Catalog.

2017 APHA Public Health Fellowship in Government 

The Fellowship in Government provides a unique public policy learning experience, demonstrates the value of science-government interaction and enhances public health science and practical knowledge in government. APHA is looking for candidates with strong public health credentials and an interest in serving as a staff person in the U.S. Congress. The fellowship is based in Washington, D.C., so you must be able to move to the Washington, D.C., area by January 2017.

The fellow will have the option of working in the House or Senate on legislative and policy issues such as creating healthy communities, improving health equity, addressing environmental health concerns, population health or the social determinants of health. Much of the work developing public policy happens at the staff level, where these critical issues are not well understood or incorporated into the discussion. The fellow will have the opportunity to make an impact and improve the health of the public.

The fellowship aims to:

  • Establish and nurture critical links between federal decision-makers and public health professionals;
  • Educate public health professionals about the legislative process and the skills necessary to be successful, including the ability to translate complex public health issues into legislative, regulatory and policy initiatives;
  • Increase the visibility and impact public health professionals in the policy arena;
  • Increase attention to and focus on the social determinants of health and the goal of improving health equity and creating healthy communities;
  • Support the inclusion of sound public health science in policy; and
  • Create a culture of policy engagement for public health professionals.

The Public Health Fellowship in Government will begin accepting applications on July 7, 2016. All materials are due to APHA by midnight eastern on August 15, 2016.

For more information, please click on the link above to direct you to the APHA Fellowship page.