SOPHE/CDC Student Fellowship in Unintentional Injury Prevention

The Student Fellowship in Injury Prevention is funded by the CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control.


Application period: Spring


Notification period: June/July

The fellowship recognizes, assists and trains students working on research or practice-based projects in unintentional injury prevention from the perspective of health education or the behavioral sciences.

Apply if your project is related to:

  • opioids
  • traumatic brain injury
  • motor vehicle injuries
  • senior 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 a poster 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.

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 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.

Application Materials

  • Current resume or curriculum vitae titled with your name/cv.
  • Project proposal describing the rationale, intended purpose, process/methodology, and potential contribution or impact of the project in 800 words or less titled with your name/proposal.
  • One letter of recommendation (from an internship coordinator, preceptor, faculty member or other professional) titled with your name/recommendation.
  • 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 titled with your name/support.

Review Criteria

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