Frequently Asked Questions

  • If I am currently in my second year of a doctoral program am I eligible to apply?

    No, only students who are currently in their 1st year of their PhD program can apply.

  • What does underrepresented mean?

    It means students from underrepresented populations and/or disadvantaged backgrounds—students whose ethnicity, socioeconomic status, ability, and other factors allow them to bring unique and diverse perspectives to their research. Applicants who feel that their situation fits are encouraged to apply and explain why they feel they are eligible.

  • Can policy and public health students apply?

    Yes, but note that this program is designed for students who do not have a policy or public health background and that some of the training and activities will be redundant to activities in your doctoral program. The program also will limit the number of public health and policy students that will get accepted into each cohort.

  • What is required of me?

    All students are required to participate and complete the online activities during the academic year and attend all in-person activities in the summer, fall and winter.


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