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.

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.

Recipients of the award will receive the following:

  • $1,500 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
  • Recognition in SOPHE’s newsletter, web site and CDC’s Injury Center web site


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.

Project Scope

Projects may be related to:

  • Surveillance
  • 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:

  • Fires
  • Bicycles
  • Sports
  • Falls
  • Alcohol
  • Motor-vehicles

Proposed projects for violence prevention must emphasize and apply the public health approach and address:

  • Violence against women
  • Dating violence
  • Sexual violence
  • Intimate partner violence
  • Child maltreatment or child abuse
  • Neglect or sexual abuse
  • Suicide
  • Youth violence prevention — media influence and bullying

Proposed projects may be new or ongoing. The applicant must have the primary role in conducting the project.


  • 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.