Mahina International Indigenous Health Research Training Program

I’m excited to share with you details about Mahina, which is our International Indigenous Health Research Training program.  This 10-12 week-long summer program in Hawai’i and Aotearoa (New Zealand) is specifically designed for undergraduate and graduate students interested in health research careers (see eligibility criteria below). This program is a partnership between the University of Washington, University of Hawaii at Manoa and the University of Auckland in Aotearoa.

Mahina offers trainees funding for travel and housing costs and a stipend for living expenses.  We are actively seeking applications for Summer 2015. The application deadline is November 17, 2014.

Thank you in advance for distributing this very exciting opportunity to your networks!

About Mahina

Mahina is designed for students who intend to pursue careers in biomedical, behavioral and public health research fields. It is the only MHIRT program that exposes students to Indigenist approaches to wellness and Indigenous research ethics and protocols. The program features onsite immersion in Aotearoa and research learning opportunities with Indigenous peoples.

Trainees will learn about social, cultural, and historical determinants of Indigenous health; community based participatory/tribal participatory research (CBPR); and culturally-based health promotion and disease prevention interventions.

Central to this unique program is the trainees’ explorations of culturally specific Indigenous epistemologies, methodologies, and research protocols.  In addition to being trained and mentored by top indigenous scholars and researchers, trainees will be assigned a “sibling” graduate student mentor (Tuakana) in accordance with cultural customs of the Maori.

Mahina offers trainees funding for travel and housing costs and a stipend for living expenses.


Applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:

*  Self- identify as an American Indian, Alaska Native, First Nation, Inuit, Metis, Native Hawaiian, Maori,     or Pacific Islander, or as an Indigenous person from the U.S. or U.S. territories or North America,     including Canada or Mexico (e.g., Yaqui); OR self-identify as belonging to a socioeconomic or rural background or racial/ethnic group that is underrepresented in biomedical and behavioral research AND is a member of an Indigenous household, family, or community;
*  Be an enrolled as a 3rd, 4th or 5th year undergraduate student or be a graduate student at the University of Washington [or university in the WWAMI region] or University of Hawai’i at Manoa in biomedical, behavioral, clinical or social sciences with a health focus and have at least at 3.0 GPA;
*  Intend to develop a program of health research or a career in health research with Indigenous communities; and/or
*  Intend to develop and submit an application toward a health research degree.


Check out the Mahina Website

Please apply here

Deadline to Apply is November 17, 2014

Contact: Anjulie Ganti at or call 206-543-7662 with questions.

Mahina is administered by IWRI and supported by funding from the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number P60MD006909.

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