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Fellowships

Education is a core element of the programming at the Henry Wheeler Center for Emerging & Neglected Diseases (CEND). Fellowships provided through CEND support several levels of trainees, including undergraduates, masters or doctoral degree candidates, and postdoctoral fellows, in their pursuit of research related to emerging and neglected infectious diseases.

Applications for CEND fellowship are due on April 10th, 2020 at midnight. Winners will be announced in early May. For more information about CEND fellowships, eligibility, and the application process, please read the descriptions below. If you have further questions, you can contact CEND program manager Isabelle Charles at i.m.charles@berkeley.edu

The Irving H. Wiesenfeld and The Kathleen L. Miller Graduate Fellowship

The Irving H. Wiesenfeld and The Kathleen L. Miller graduate fellowships provide professional development funds for UC Berkeley graduate students engaged in the study of emerging and neglected infectious diseases, including basic science, discovery of effective treatments, diagnostics, and vaccines, or policy, law, economics in the context of national or global health.

Award Amount: Up to $5,000
Application Deadline for 2020 is April 10th, 2020.
Application Guidelines: A complete application package must be submitted to cend@berkeley.edu by April 10th, 2020 at midnight. This includes a CV, description of current research, professional development proposal, budget, and recommendation from one faculty mentor. You can click here to download the application instructions.

The Thomas C. Alber Science & Engineering for Global Health Fellowship

The Thomas C. Alber Science & Engineering for Global Health Fellowship is named after Dr. Tom Alber, Professor of Molecular and Cell Biology and founding Faculty Director of CEND. Dr. Alber believed that scientists from across the UC Berkeley campus have the potential to make an impact on our understanding of diseases that disproportionately affect the world's poor as evidenced by his own contributions to the tuberculosis and HIV fields in his career as a structural biologist. In recognition of Dr. Alber's contributions to CEND, Henry "Sam" Wheeler, Jr. is allowing CEND to use part of his gift to fund the S&E fellowship in Dr. Alber's honor.

The Alber S&E fellowship program provides professional development funds to early-career researchers in CEND-affiliated labs who are interested in conducting infectious disease research or drug discovery/high-throughput screening.

Award Amount: Up to $5,000
Application Deadline for 2020 is April 10th, 2020.
Application Guidelines: As part of the application, you must write about your current research project(s) and develop a proposal on what you intend to do with the funding, including a budget and an explanation of how it will support your professional development. Applicants must also submit their CV and a recommendation from a CEND-affiliated faculty. You can click here to download the application instructions.

UC Berkeley Minority Health/Global Health NIH MHIRT Training Program

The UC Berkeley Minority Health/Global Health NIH MHIRT Training Program funds international summer research experiences for qualified Berkeley students. The program provides training in infectious disease research, with a focus on diseases that disproportionately affect people in developing countries.

Goals of the UC Berkeley MHIRT Program: *To empower underrepresented health sciences students, by providing opportunities to bring their knowledge and research training to under-served communities in the developed and developing world. *To promote the translation of knowledge from the global South to the North, by encouraging students to identify ways in which their experiences abroad can inform health and research practices in the U.S.

We welcomed our last round of MHIRT fellows this year, on January 2020. They will be heading out for their summer research adventures in May and June of this year. We are very excited to see where this journey takes them in their careers! As of now, we will no longer be accepting applications for the MHIRT program. The past 10 years with MHIRT have been incredibly inspiring, and we have seen great successes with the alumni of our MHIRT program. Thank you for all of your support of the MHIRT fellowship over the past years, especially to the faculty mentors who have taken these students under their wings to help catalyze their careers as global health researchers. If you are interested in supporting programs like MHIRT in the future, please reach out to us at cend@berkeley.edu to see how we can collaborate.

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