Selection Procedure

Office checks will be completed on all applications to ensure that students are eligible. You must have completed at least two years of undergraduate coursework, be eligible to enroll in Spring 2015, and have a minimum GPA of 3.0. After office checks, a three-stage expert review process will be carried out:

Stage 1: A panel of external reviewers will read application materials for all eligible students, and will assign a ranking (or priority) to each application. The reviewers will evaluate the following:

  • Match between your qualifications, and the specific requirements for the project(s) to which you have applied
  • Demonstration of prior research experience, background knowledge of research, and/or technical skills required for the conduct of research
  • Evidence of ability (or potential) to communicate clearly, sensitively and professionally in cross-cultural settings; ability to use good judgment in complex or risky situations; ability to work both independently (i.e. self-motivated and intellectually curious) and as a productive member of a group; flexibility and maturity.
  • Interest in global health sciences and/or health disparities research (for undergraduates, there is preference for students interested in pursuing a graduate research degree or research career)
  • Likelihood that the international experience will advance stated career objectives
  • Evidence of financial need (priority may be given to applicants who would not otherwise have the opportunity for an international training experience)

Stage 2: Based on the reviewer rankings, top applicants will be invited to candidate group interviews. After the interviews, the top three (3) candidates for each placement will be selected as finalists.

Stage 3: For each placement (or project), the sponsoring UC Berkeley Professor and his/her international collaborator will review application materials of the 3 finalists. Brief (15-minute) interviews with the top candidates may be arranged, at the Professors’ discretion. Final selection of fellows will be made by the Professors, based on students’ application materials and interviews. Final decisions will be based on criteria used in the “first stage” review (above) as well as the Professors’ personal judgments.

The final decision to accept a student rests with the UC Berkeley Professor and international collaborator.

Decisions will be announced by December 20, 2014. A formal letter of award will be sent to each fellowship recipient, and students who were not selected will be informed by email.

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