The Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation (IHPI) offers the Health Equity Summer Research Award for master-level and doctoral level students to work on a summer research project focused on racial health disparities. This award is part of the IHPI Health Services Research Summer Fellowship/Internship Program, which is designed to pair students and faculty from different academic departments for an interdisciplinary research experience. Students submitting an application to the Health Equity Summer Research Award will also be considered for funding through the regular IHPI/HSR Summer Student Fellowship and Internship program.
This award is made possible by the generous support of Marcy Welk, who holds a master’s degree in social research from the University of Michigan.
- 10-week research project that takes place between May and August.
- 25-40 hours per week as negotiated with faculty mentor.
- The accepted student will receive a $4,500 stipend.
- Students submit a proposal to work with an IHPI faculty mentor from a different academic unit than their own:
- The research project must focus on racial health disparities.
- Students can select a project that has been listed by an IHPI member, or develop a project with an IHPI member.
- At the conclusion of the program, students will submit a brief essay describing the project outcomes and what they learned during the course of the summer.
- Over the course of the summer students will also have the opportunity to engage with U-M leaders, participate in a variety of educational activities, and create a research poster for display at the annual IHPI Member Forum.
Student Eligibility Criteria
- Any master-level, doctoral student, or dual-degree medical student who is currently enrolled at the University of Michigan is eligible to apply. Students who are affiliated with the Institute for Social Research (ISR) will be given first priority.
Faculty Eligibility Requirements
- IHPI members who are studying racial health disparities.