The Disability Section of the American Public Health Association (APHA) announces up to six $1000 Career Enhancement Scholarship opportunities for 2018. These scholarships can be used by the awardees as desired, including covering expenses for attendance at the Disability Section Scientific Program and Business meeting at the APHA 2018 Annual Meetings and Expo in San Diego, CA, November 10-14, 2018. This year, we are celebrating the 30th anniversary of disability as a component of APHA.
Who is eligible? All graduate students focusing their studies on disability and health at universities in the U.S., including students involved in the work of CDC’s National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities programs and initiatives, State Disability and Health grantees, LEND, UCEDD and IDDRC students, AUCD Network Trainees, disability studies students, health professional students, aging and public health, maternal and child health etc. Applicants must be enrolled during the fall 2018 semester and are eligible to receive the scholarship once. You do not need to be a current APHA member. However, you need submit an abstract to the APHA Disability Section for review and potential presentation at the APHA 2018 Annual Meetings and Expo in San Diego, CA, November 10-14, 2018.
How can I apply?
1. Begin the application process by submitting an abstract to present at the APHA conference in San Diego. Abstracts are due February 19, 2018. For abstract submission details and the online submission form, please visit https://apha.confex.com/apha/2018/dis.htm.
2. Students who submit abstracts will be contacted in March with the opportunity to apply for a 2018 APHA Disability Section Career Enhancement Scholarship a (a 300-word essay regarding their current work/training and how they plan to use their education and skills to eliminate disability-related health disparities in the future). These materials may be used on our website as part of highlighting Section members’ interests and activities.
Please note: Only the first author of an abstract will be considered for a scholarship. If multiple students have worked on a project, we encourage submission of multiple abstracts with different first authors who can emphasize various aspects of the project. There is no limit to the number of abstracts that may be submitted by any given author or team.
Although APHA membership is not required to submit an abstract, if a student’s abstract is accepted, they will need to join APHA in order to present at the Annual Meeting.
What are the selection criteria? Awardees will be selected based in part on the quality of their abstracts. Abstracts will be ranked on strength of research and extent to which the research meets the goals of the disability section.
About the Disability Section: We are a diverse group working in academic, community-based, and private institutions, federal and local government agencies, and non-governmental organizations. Together, we strive to raise awareness and promote actions related to improving the health and inclusion of people with disabilities.