The Stanford King Center on Global Development offers undergraduate students interested in global poverty and development the opportunity to work on faculty-led projects and gain fieldwork experience through the Summer Undergraduate Field Research Assistant Program. Selected students spend up to 12 weeks in a low- or middle-income country conducting research for a Stanford faculty member or affiliate. Each research assistant receives a stipend to cover travel and living expenses. The minimum time commitment is 9 weeks, and the maximum is 12 weeks. Stipends will be pro-rated depending on the total time commitment. Research assistants may have the opportunity to discuss their work at an event organized by the Stanford King Center on Global Development.
Residents in low- and middle-income countries, especially in rural areas, often lack access to effective prevention and control of chronic non-communicable diseases (NCDs) compared to their counterparts in high-income countries. Even in health systems with universal coverage like Thailand and China, delayed diagnosis and treatment of hypertension, diabetes, and other NCDs often leads to preventable complications and shortened lives. This research opportunity supports a network of researchers studying how to enhance cost-effective NCD control in Thailand or rural China. The student members of the team will assist with data collection and analysis related to (1) strengthening primary care for NCD control in Thailand or rural Zhejiang province, China; (2) comparing and evaluating national programs in Thailand or China that promote better physician supply in rural areas; and (3) supporting the work of the Equity Initiative promoting leadership for health equity in southeast Asia or China.
The Equity Initiative is an exciting program to nurture and facilitate the development of a new generation of health equity leaders over a twenty-year period. The Initiative has two objectives: to cultivate and nurture the next generation of leadership through its fellowship program, and to build a collaborative community for promoting health equity in the region. This unique initiative is linked to global and regional institutions and partners with world-class expertise and knowledge. With long-term vision and committed sustained support, the Equity Initiative is backed by a pooled fund from The Atlantic Philanthropies and the China Medical Board. The Stanford student intern will assist the Equity Initiative with research projects focusing on health equity in southeast Asia and program development for the 2020 programs of the Equity Initiative Fellows.
The Zhejiang Provincial Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Zhejiang CDC) is a social welfare and nonprofit institution and does technical management of public health for the government. The Zhejiang CDC is composed of 6 administrative departments and 11 technical departments, which undertake 7 categories of responsibilities for disease control and prevention, including public health emergency response, epidemic and health information management, surveillance and control of health risk factors, health education and promotion, lab tests and assessment, and other technical management roles for Zhejiang's population of over 50 million. The Stanford student intern will be placed in the Department of Non-Communicable Disease (NCD) control and prevention in the Zhejiang CDC, which has a multi-year collaboration with the Stanford Asia Health Policy Program studying rural primary care management of hypertension and diabetes.
Local Partners: The Health Equity Initiative and Chulalongkorn University (Piya Hanvoravongchai and Wasin Laohavinij), Thailand; or Zhejiang Provincial Center for Disease Control and Prevention, China
Dates: June 22 – August 22, 2020 (9 weeks)
Location(s): Bangkok, Thailand; or Hangzhou, China (PRC)
The Stanford King Center on Global Development will cover:
- Round-trip, economy class airfare (based on fares to and from San Francisco)
- In-country accommodation
- A nominal stipend, sufficient to cover food and basic living costs including in-country transportation necessary for research
- Students receiving financial aid will have supplementary money added to the stipend depending on the level of aid.
Students are financially responsible for:
- pre-departure immunizations
- travel medicine consultation
- health insurance
- visa costs
- all other incidental expenses including personal travel
- Support a network of researchers studying how to enhance cost-effective NCD control in Thailand or rural China
- Assist with data collection and analysis related to strengthening primary care for NCD control in Thailand or rural Zhejiang province, China
- Assist with data collection and analysis related to comparing and evaluating national programs in Thailand or China that promote better physician supply in rural areas
- Assist with data collection and analysis related to supporting the work of the Equity Initiative promoting leadership for health equity in southeast Asia or China
- Stanford undergraduates in good academic standing are eligible to apply.
- All majors are welcome.
- Students must be currently enrolled at Stanford as well as spring and fall quarters of 2020.
- Prior exposure to developing country settings preferred but not required
- Must have good interpersonal skills and an ability to adapt well to cross-cultural contexts
- Per Stanford International Travel Policy, this opportunity is conditional on the security level in the country remaining at level 1 or 2. See the U.S. Department of State for more information.
- International students must check with the Bechtel International Center regarding whether their immigration status will allow them to travel over the summer.
- Students will be required to attend or complete in spring quarter:
- An Office of International Affairs (OIA) international travel preparation course on Canvas;
- A Stanford King Center on Global Development orientation session;
- A field research information session; and
- A Vaden Travel Health information session and/or a travel clinic appointment.
- Please note that these will be held in spring quarter and are mandatory.
- This opportunity is made possible by VPUE funding. Please see VPUE guidelines here for details.
Along with the application, applicants are asked to submit a c.v. and an official Stanford transcript. Additionally, applicants need to submit a letter of recommendation from a faculty member or other individual familiar with the applicant’s academic performance and work ethic. Your letter writer may submit a letter at any time once you have entered their name in the SOLO application. Out of courtesy to the letter writer, please do not wait to add their name until you are ready to submit your application; add their name as soon as you know you will be applying and have requested a letter from them. The deadline for the letter of recommendation is the same deadline as the application.
After the application deadline of Thursday, February 6, 2020 at 11:59pm, completed applications will be reviewed by a committee and finalists will be invited for an in-person interview with the faculty member(s) who will be managing the selection process.
Candidates will be selected based on overall fit with the program, especially enthusiasm for the research focus, and the ability to work both on a team and independently.