Due to travel restrictions caused by COVID-19, there will be no international travel for the 2020/2021 academic year.


Global Short-Term Training Program


Participate in mentored global health research projects over the summer

The Global Short-Term Training Program (GSTTP) provides funded opportunities for students to participate in mentored research over the summer, after completion of their first year of medical school.

GSTTP is a seven-week program during which students typically spend four to six weeks at a global partner site contributing to a research project. While students have historically traveled to other countries as part of GSTTP, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all students in the summer of 2021 will be need to be based in LA. While based in LA, students can engage in research with any number of UCLA’s global partner sites or can participate in health equity research with a domestic focus. No prior international travel or global health experience is required to participate in GSTTP.


Program details

Disciplines and mentorship

Research projects can be carried out across a wide range of disciplines (e.g., surgery, ophthalmology, pediatrics, infectious diseases, medical ethics, and public health, among others), as long as appropriate UCLA and external mentorship is available, and ethical regulatory applications (i.e. UCLA and external IRBs) are completed. A UCLA faculty mentor is required, and students are encouraged to collaborate with additional mentors outside of DGSOM as well (i.e. from other schools within UCLA and/or at partner sites).

The Global Health Program can help to pair students with mentors who conduct global health equity research in a student’s area of interest. However, it is the student’s responsibility to connect with mentors and propose a relevant research project, while submitting an application. We recommend that students explore opportunities early in their first year, with the selection of a mentor and project by November or early December. The application deadline has been extended to February 8, 2021. For questions about the application process, please reach out to GHP Director of Education, Dr. Traci Wells (TWells@mednet.ucla.edu).


After completing summer research, students are required to present their work as a poster at UCLA’s Josiah Brown Poster Fair on July 16, 2021. Other scholarly outputs from the experience (e.g., publications and presentations) are strongly encouraged but are not required. Students should discuss these opportunities with their UCLA and host country mentors to clarify expectations about publications/presentations prior to committing to a project.


Students accepted into the program for the summer of 2021 will receive a stipend of $4,200 from the Dean’s Office.


Examples of student research projects

A full list of posters from past Josiah Brown Poster Fairs can be found here. It is a great resource to see what projects students have conducted in prior years as part of GSTTP.

Recent examples of summer research projects include:

Title: Developing intervention strategies to improve ART program initiation and retention among HIV-positive men in Malawi
Location: Malawi
DGSOM Students: Kate Coursey
UCLA Mentors: Katherine Dovel, PhD and Thomas Coates, PhD, Department of Medicine

Title: Evaluating the Implementation of Social Determinants of Health Screening across Los Angeles County Department of Health Services
Location: California
DGSOM Student: Leiliani Gutierrez-Palominos
Mentors: Breena R. Taira, MD, MPH, UCLA Department of Emergency Medicine / Reginald Tucker-Seeley, ScD, USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology



Title: Low positivity from routine provider-initiated testing and counseling for HIV on pediatric surgical wards in Mozambique
Location: Mozambique
DGSOM Student: Angela Bi
UCLA Mentors: W. Chris Buck, MD, MSPH, Department of Pediatrics / Daniel DeUgarte, MD, MS, Department of Surgery

Title: Re-Emergence of Arbovirus Diseases: the Effect of Simultaneous Circulation in the State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 2014-2019
Location: Brazil
DGSOM Students: Olivia Man
UCLA Mentor: Karin Nielsen-Saines, MD, MPH, Department of Medicine / Trevon Fuller, PhD, Institute of the Environment and Sustainability



Title: Six-Month Antiretroviral Therapy Dispensing and Viral Suppression Rates in Zambia
Location: Zambia
DGSOM Student: Ami Hayashi
UCLA Mentors: Risa Hoffman, MD, MPH, Department of Medicine / Corrina Moucheraud, ScD, Fielding School of Public Health



How to apply

Application materials are updated each year; please check the date on the application to ensure you are completing the correct version (dated with the year of the upcoming summer).

Once accepted, students will then be asked to complete the following additional participation requirements:

Institutional Review Board (IRB) and in-country bioethics committee approvals - Prior to commencing research, students are required to submit proof of both UCLA IRB and external bioethics committee approvals, if applicable (or exemptions). For specific IRB requirements and guidance, please carefully review this document. We encourage students to get started on this process by early January! Please don’t hesitate to reach out to GHP Program Coordinator, Rachel Abbott with IRB-related questions (REAbbott@mednet.ucla.edu).

Program contacts

For more information, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page, and email GHP Director of Education, Dr. Traci Wells (TWells@mednet.ucla.edu).