Call for Apps: Mahina International Indigenous Health Research Training Program- Due Feb 16, Fully Funded

A message from: Anjulie Ganti, the Director of the Mahina program which is NIH funded program housed at the Indigenous Wellness Research Institute at the University of Washington School of Social Work in Seattle, WA.

Announcing a 10-week summer program in Hawai’i and Aotearoa (New Zealand) that 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.

They are actively seeking applications for Summer 2018, an all-expenses paid research experience!

The application deadline has been extended to February 16, 2018

About Mahina

Mahina is designed for students with a deep interest in becoming health researchers. Students who intend to pursue careers in biomedical, behavioral and public health research fields would be an excellent match for this program. Mahina 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 of Hawai’i at Manoa in biomedical, behavioral, clinical or social sciences with a health focus and have at least at 3.0 GPA;

– Be enrolled as a 3rd, 4th or 5th year undergraduate student or be a graduate student in the WWAMI region (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho) in biomedical,
public health, 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.

– *Students (outside of the WWAMI region) who are enrolled as a 3rd, 4th or 5th year undergraduate student or be a graduate student in biomedical, public health, behavioral, clinical or social sciences with a health focus and have at least at 3.0 GPA are also welcome to apply and will be considered on a space available basis;

To Apply
Check out the Mahina Website

Please apply here:

 (Extended) Deadline to Apply is February 16, 2018

Contact: Anjulie Ganti at or call 206-419-9699 with questions.
Please leave a message if you get voicemail

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