Stanford Population Health Summer Research Program

Advancing Health Equity and Diversity (AHEaD)

The goal of this 7-week summer program is to provide training and experience in population health research for college students who are from underrepresented and historically excluded groups in the health sciences. 

This program is sponsored by the Department of Epidemiology and Population Health, the Center for Population Health Sciences, the Office of Community Engagement, Stanford Health Policy, and Burroughs Wellcome Fund

Program Details

Will this program be virtual or in-person? Is it a full-time experience?

  • For 2024, our program will be an in-person experience at the Stanford University campus. The programming (i.e., training and professional development sessions) and research activities will be scheduled during business hours in Pacific Time, coordinated and arranged with your faculty mentor. We aim to provide a competitive stipend in order to allow interns to participate in this program as a full-time experience (training plus research).

What is “proof of college status”?

  • We will notify students who are accepted to the program in March 2024. At that time, to confirm your participation in AHEaD, we will ask for documentation of your enrollment at a community college or university (e.g., letter from department or registrar, unofficial transcripts).

I am graduating (or graduated) before summer 2024, am I eligible?

  • Current students (U.S. citizens or permanent residents) who have completed at least one year at a U.S.-based community college or undergraduate institution by 1/12/2024 and are graduating spring 2024 or later are welcome to apply. Graduate and medical school students are not eligible at this time.

I am an international student, am I eligible?

  • US citizenship, permanent residency, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA with active employment authorization card [EAD]), or Temporary Protected Status (TPS with EAD) is required to be employed by Stanford for the summer.

I’m having problems uploading my statement or submitting my application. What should I do?

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What research projects are available this year? 

  • AHEaD is in the process of identifying ongoing research projects that are appropriate for research trainees. Please do not contact faculty directly at this time.

When will I hear back about my application?

  • Applications are due on January 12, 2024. We aim to notify students who are accepted to the program by March 2024.

Is there a waitlist? 

  • Yes, we will have a short waitlist. Waitlisted candidates will be notified that they have been placed on the waitlist at the same time as those who are admitted and not admitted.

Can I receive feedback about my application?

  • We receive a high volume of applications, and, thus, are unable to give individualized feedback to each applicant. Every single submission is read carefully. The main component in assessing applications is the submitted statement of purpose. We look for demonstrated interest in attending AHEaD as well as how our program will help meet your learning goals and contribute to the next stage of your career. Please apply! Your unique perspective and background is important and valued.