SOPHE/CDC Student Fellowship in Injury Prevention
The Student Fellowship in Injury Prevention is funded by the CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control.
Application period: annually in the spring
Notification period: June/July
The fellowship recognizes, assists and trains students working on research or practice-based projects in either unintentional injury prevention or violence prevention from the perspective of health education or the behavioral sciences.
Apply if your project is related to:
- traumatic brain injury and concussion
- prescription drug overdose
- motor vehicle injury prevention
- older adult falls
Recipients of the award will receive the following:
- $2,000 stipend
- Fellowship certificate of completion
- Free one-year SOPHE student membership
- Complimentary registration at SOPHE’s Annual Conference
- An opportunity to display and/or provide an oral presentation on the project
- SOPHE and CDC recognition
Applicants must be a full time student (9 credit hours or more) in a masters or doctoral degree program in health education, health promotion, behavioral sciences or a related field.
Projects may be related to:
- Risk factor identification
- Intervention development
- Evaluation or dissemination
- Development or use of theory in injury prevention
Proposed projects for unintentional injury prevention should address injuries related to home and leisure or transportation:
Proposed projects may be new or ongoing. The applicant must have the primary role in conducting the project.
Requirements upon acceptance
- Sign a fellowship agreement
- Submit a project timeline
- Write a mid-year progress report
- Prepare a poster and/or oral presentation for the SOPHE Annual Conference
- Submit a presentation abstract
Recipients are also encouraged to prepare a manuscript and submit it for publication in one of SOPHE’s journals, Health Education and Behavior and Health Promotion Practice.
Occupation-related injuries will not be considered for this fellowship.
- Current resume or curriculum vitae
- Project proposal describing the rationale, intended purpose, process/methodology, and potential contribution or impact of the project in 800 words or less
- One letter of recommendation (from an internship coordinator, preceptor, faculty member or other professional)
- One letter of support from a designated faculty member who plans to work with the applicant on the proposed project and can verify the student is following a course of study in one of the above mentioned disciplines
Proposals will be reviewed by a SOPHE/CDC Fellowship Selection Committee for their scientific and/or theoretical basis, originality, and potential contribution to health education’s role in injury prevention and control.
Applicants will be ranked according to:
- Identification of the problem and/or rationale
- Description of the theoretical/conceptual basis for the project
- Description of priority populations
- Demonstration of the adequacy of research design and methodology
- Explanation of the process for data collection and analysis
- Description of the implementation, evaluation, and dissemination of research
- Description of the contribution/impact on health promotion
- Address priority health issues
- Address cultural competency
- Quality of writing