Leonard and Marjorie Tappe Fellowship in Global Public Health Funding Opportunity for Postdoctoral Research Fellow Awards

The Office of Global Public Health (OGPH) offers funding support for residential postdoctoral students at the University of Michigan School of Public Health who are performing research in global public health, especially in low- and middle-income countries. This award program is made possible by a generous gift from the Leonard and Marjorie Tappe Global Health Fund and offers public health postdoctoral scholars funding to supplement that provided by the fellow’s sponsoring UM-SPH faculty member. In recognition of the various times Post-Docs may work on projects, the deadline is rolling, with a final application deadline of March 17, 2023.  Applications will be reviewed as received, as long as funds remain available.

Awards are intended to support work on global public health projects.  Postdoctoral applicants from all UM-SPH departments are eligible for these awards. 


The award program is open to qualified PhDs who have successfully defended their dissertation, with preference given to those who have defended within the last 12 months. Applicants must have completed all degree requirements by January 31, 2023 to be eligible. This funding award is open to all otherwise eligible students, regardless of their status as citizens, permanent residents, or international students, so long as they are legally residing in the United States. It is expected that the Fellow be in residence at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor during the Fellowship. The award is primarily for projects overseas, however, there is no prescribed duration of travel and some activities, such as data analysis and writing, can be done in Ann Arbor.

Allowable costs

Fellows can receive a funding award of up to $12,500. The fellow and/or advisor must provide documentation that other supporting funds have been allocated or awarded to be eligible to apply. Office space, computer services, library privileges, health insurance, and other resources consistent with postdoctoral fellowships must also be provided by the hosting faculty or through other awards. The OGPH anticipates making three to five awards in this cycle.

This award can be used for:

  • Domestic and international travel directly relevant to the global health project proposed.
  • Health insurance, including travel insurance;
  • Stipend support; 
  • Modest office supplies necessary for the completion of the proposed project;
  • and other customary expenses;

This award cannot be used for:

  • Purchase of durable equipment;
  • Tuition;
  • Honoraria or other payments to in-country professionals;
  • Reimbursement for expenses already incurred

Selection Criteria

Applications will be judged on the basis of:

  • Clear exposition of the work to be undertaken, with detailed information about its stage of progress and about what remains to be done—preference will be given to candidates in the writing stage of their projects. The proposed project need not be related to the dissertation topic. 
  • Quality and significance of the proposed project;
  • Reasonable work plan; applicants intending to rewrite a dissertation for publication must describe specifically a plan for altering or expanding the original work;
  • Intellectual distinction of the candidate’s previous work;
  • Relevance of the proposed study to the advancement of global health; and
  • References (see below)


Candidates will be informed of OGPH’s decision by April 14, 2023.

How to Apply

The application must be submitted in its entirety. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Application should include:

  • A completed online application
  • A 100 word project summary in non-technical terms written for a general audience;
  • A 1,000 word project description summarizing the project and the significance for the field (references may be attached); 
  • A curriculum vitae of no more than 5 pages;
  • Two letters of reference postmarked or email dated by the deadline. Letters must describe the candidate’s overall scholarly capability and comment on the proposed research. One of the two letters must be from the Chair of your Doctoral Committee.  Letters may be submitted directly to the OGPH via email by the referee, but must be received from an official email domain (e.g. university, business, or government agency); and 
  • A letter from sponsoring faculty indicating commitment to the necessary resources, including mentoring, additional financial support, office space, etc., to support the Postdoctoral Fellowship. This must be submitted directly to the OGPH via email by from the official University of Michigan email domain.

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Application Deadline

The final application deadline is March 17, 2023. OGPH will review applications as received, so funds may be depleted before this deadline. 

This fellowship award is made possible through the Leonard and Marjorie Tappe Global Health Fund and administered through the UM-SPH Office of Global Public Health on a competitive, merit basis to support global public health activities.