Global Field Experience Financial Award

The Global Field Experience Financial Award (GFEFA) is a unique scholarship offered by the Rollins School of Public Health. GFE Financial Awards provide supplemental funding to support Rollins student summer field experiences in low- and middle-income countries. The scholarship was started to encourage students interested in global health to participate in supervised field training which will facilitate the transfer of classroom knowledge into practical experiences. 

The total amount of funding awarded each cycle will be based on availability of funds in a given year, the number of students who apply and the quality of the applications. 

MSPH and MPH students from all departments are eligible to submit a proposal for a GFE Financial Award and must be enrolled at Rollins for the semester prior to their field experience to qualify for an award. 
Students can apply to receive a GFE Financial Award after they have completed 9 hours at Rollins.
To apply, students must develop and submit a proposal describing a project that is:
  • Well-defined, rational, and feasible
  • Integral to the student’s public health training
  • Of measurable value to the host organization/community, and
  • Based in a clearly articulated, mutually beneficial partnershi 
It is important to note that the GFE Financial Award on its own does not provide you with an Applied Practice Experience. Rollins School of Public Health has separate resources dedicated to Applied Practice Experience (APE).

Understanding Field Experiences and Funding Sources

There are many funding resources available to financially support your APE. The GFE Financial Award is one of many, check below for more information on other funding sources.

  • GEMMA Award – this award is used to fund students’ applied practice experience, research, or awareness raising events related to the Global Elimination of Maternal Mortality From Abortion (GEMMA).
  • EGHI Field Scholars Awards Program - Students work in multidisciplinary teams to conduct short-term global health projects focusing on underserved and/or vulnerable populations around the world.

GFE Financial Award Inclusion and Exclusion Criteria

  • The field experience must be a minimum of six weeks, but average field experiences are between 10-12 weeks.
  • Students must be enrolled at RSPH or Emory for the semester following their field experience
  • Priority consideration will be given to eligible fieldwork that takes place in low- and middle-income (LMIC) nations as defined by the World Bank or within tribal states or Alaskan native lands. However, the committee also considers funding proposals for fieldwork in high-income nations with underserved and/or vulnerable populations.
  • Funding is not provided for student travel that can be categorized as a mission trip, medical "tourism," or shadowing clinicians in settings abroad. Students are also warned not to fall prey to third-party companies that "sell" experience in LMIC and call them APE even though they do not offer public health supervision.

Important GFE Financial Award Dates 2019-2020

October 17, 2019Information Session, 12:00-12:50 p.m.
Rita Ann Rollins Room
8th Floor, GCR
December 2019  Applications will be available online
February 19, 2020

Faculty guide sign-off form due

February 20, 2020 Applications for funding due
March 6, 2020

First round acceptance letters sent

March 20, 2020

Revise and resubmit applications due

March 27, 2020

Final notification letters sent

April 4, 2020

Pre-departure workshop


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