Research Proposal


Doctoral and postdoctoral applicants must propose a supplemental independent research project to complete simultaneously with the main assigned project. Trainees that have reached candidacy are required to prepare a concept paper for the supplemental project that outlines the project goals and hypothesis, summarizes the literature, and discusses the plan for methodology and data analysis. Trainees will be guided in completing the online application to secure the IRB approval for their project.


Masters level applicants may choose to select an additional health disparities project that is outside the scope of the country listed projects. The project can focus on their research interests. They may also elect to train with a University of Michigan mentor at a foreign site that is not on the list-- provided the training is devoted to health disparities research. 


The brief research proposal should include the following:

  • A brief statement of the problem or issue your project will address, including any citations from previous research on the topic;
  • A hypothesis of what you expect to find;
  • A brief description of the methods you will use for your research project;
  • How you expect the outcome to be useful to the local community; and 
  • How you expect the project will support your personal and professional growth and development

NOTE: PhD students may use this supplemental project as a pilot for future research related to their PhD program, but not to directly support their dissertation.