Graduate Research Funding- HGC

Graduate Research Funding for Ph.D. Candidates

Funding for Global Health and/or Infectious Disease

Graduate Research Funding is offered periodically through the Health Grand Challenge for Princeton University Ph.D. candidates. The Health Grand Challenge seeks solutions to the pressing problems of global health and infectious disease.


Applications are welcome from a variety of health-related disciplines and across a broad range of multi-disciplinary perspectives. These include anthropology, history, philosophy, sociology, economics, psychology, politics, biology, bioethics, public policy and other social science and humanities disciplines. 

  • To be eligible for funding the applicant's proposed work must be related to some aspect of global health and/or infectious disease.
  • Graduate students may receive a maximum of two research grants from this program during their doctoral studies. 


Grants vary in size. The maximum grant is $5000 per annum, and graduate students may receive a maximum of two research grants from this program during their doctoral studies.

These funds can be used to defray pre-dissertation or dissertation costs associated with some aspect of research or training relevant to the student's proposal. A preference is given for funding to cover or offset direct research expenses. Funding for salaries or stipends is not available. Travel to the student’s home city/country is not covered.

Successful applicants may be asked to present their findings at a research symposium or seminar sponsored by CHW and the Health Grand Challenge.

How to Apply

Complete and submit the application materials in SAFE under the opportunity titled “Health Grand Challenge Research Funding – Graduate Student”. 

Application deadline: April 26, 2018.

The following materials must be included in your Research Funding application:

  • Application Form. Download the form, and open and complete it as a Word document.
  • An itemized list of your expenses. 
  • Project Statement (Research Proposal). Attach a project statement of three to five, typed pages, beginning with a one-paragraph summary of your research question that describes the implications of the work for global health and/or infectious disease. The project statement should describe your proposed research, the research methods employed, and the work accomplished to date.  It should include a precise description of how the funds will be used, a list of documents, archives or libraries to be used, and a brief bibliography.
  • Faculty Letter of Recommendation.  To save paper and time, your adviser may send the recommendation via email to Please ask her/him to use the subject header HEALTH GRAND CHALLENGE GRADUATE RESEARCH FUNDING APPLICATION.

Program Contact

Gilbert Collins
Director of Global Health Programs
Associate Director, Center for Health and Wellbeing

The Grand Challenges Program is a collaboration involving the Princeton Environmental Institute, the School of Engineering and Applied Science, and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

The Health Grand Challenge is funded by the Woodrow Wilson School’s Center for Health and Wellbeing (CHW) and by the Princeton Environmental Institute. CHW administers the Health Grand Challenge.