Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who is eligible for HPRS in 2020?

    HPRS is for students from marginalized backgrounds and/or populations underrepresented in specific doctoral disciplines. Examples of eligible individuals include, but are not limited to: first-generation college graduates; individuals from lower socioeconomic backgrounds; individuals from communities of color; and individuals with disabilities.

    [Updated] In 2020, we are accepting up to 60 second- or third-year PhD students who have at least three years left in their doctoral studies and do not expect to graduate before spring/summer 2023. We expect to enroll second-year doctoral students in each cohort after 2020.

  • Can I apply if I am an international student or if I am attending a university outside of the U.S.?

    No, only U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or individuals granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”) status by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services at the time of application are eligible to apply. Changes in federal policy or law may necessitate that we consider adjustments in eligibility and grant terms. Additionally, home institutions must be based in the United States or its territories for their students to be eligible.

  • I’m expected to graduate as early as the spring of 2023. Am I eligible to apply?

    Yes. In 2020, we are accepting up to 60 second- or third-year PhD students who have at least three years left in their doctoral studies and do not expect to graduate before spring/summer 2023. We expect to enroll second-year doctoral students in each cohort after 2020.

  • What does underrepresented mean?

    It means students from marginalized backgrounds and/or populations underrepresented in specific doctoral disciplines. Applicants who feel their situation fits are encouraged to apply and explain why they feel they are eligible. See above for more about eligibility.

  • 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 accepted into each cohort.

  • What is required of me?

    All students are required to participate in and complete online activities during the academic year and attend all in-person and virtual activities in the summer, fall and winter. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all events will be virtual until it is safe to conduct them in person.

  • How should I choose my Home Institution Mentor?

    Many applicants select their doctoral advisors as their Home Institution Mentors. Your Home Institution Mentor must be a faculty member at your home institution who is able to support you throughout the HPRS program. This includes participating in periodic calls and webinars and supporting you to ensure that you receive awarded funds. Your Home Institution Mentor must also submit a letter of reference as a part of the HPRS application. Your Home Institution Mentor does not need to have a background in health policy or public health.

  • My Home Institution Mentor is also my Doctoral Advisor/Program Director. Do I need to submit a second Letter of Reference as part of my application? Who should write that second letter?

    Yes, you need to submit a second letter of reference as part of the application. For the second letter, you may choose anyone you like. They may be someone that you have worked with academically or professionally and do not need to be from your current institution.

  • I don't meet one of the eligibility criteria. Should I still apply?

    No, our eligibility criteria must be complied with in full. Applications that do not meet all eligibility criteria will be screened out and not sent for further review.

  • Will there be changes to the program because of COVID-19?

    Events normally held in-person will be virtual until it is safe to conduct them in person. However, much of the curriculum is intended to be completed from your own institution. Any and all changes to the program curriculum, timeline, or experience will be communicated frequently and clearly. 

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