Student Research Training Program

The DGHI Student Research Training Program is an intensive experiential learning program that engages second and third year undergraduate students in the development, implementation and assessment of a community-based project. Students will work in Honduras, India, Kenya, and North Carolina, US on issues ranging from infant mortality to health care mapping to access to care for migrant populations and HIV/AIDS and substance abuse issues.

Working with a faculty director and a community partner, students will be at the center of global health challenges and have the opportunity to employ skills learned in the classroom in the community.

Students selected for this program will receive a grant to cover their fieldwork experience.

“Find your passion. What you learn will be goodness in your journey no matter the direction. Also get to know yourself. The SRT program is holistic, enabling you to bring your insights back to Duke and nurture relationships with partners on the ground.” Laura Muglia, Duke Global Health Institute Board Member


Students are expected to make a significant commitment to preparing for their experiential learning experience. This includes readings and background research, as well as attending:

  • Bi-weekly meetings with faculty directors
  • Pre-departure workshops focused on project development and implementation
  • Re-entry retreat focused on processing the experience
  • Participate in the global health showcase


Lysa MacKeen, Assistant Director of Experiential Learning


October 14, 2019

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How to Apply

Who Can Apply?

Second and third year undergraduate students at Duke who have demonstrated an interest in global health through coursework are eligible to apply.

Previous international or community-based project experience is desirable.


  1. Choose a project location that interests you 
  2. Complete the 2019-2020 Application (now closed)
  3. Send a CV and a copy of your most recent transcript to (Subject line: SRT Application)
  4. Deadline: October 14, 2019



Project Locations


Saving Sight /Roatán

Our Partner: Clinica Esperanza ( provides low/no-cost medical care to the people of Roatan. At the medical clinic and hospital, people can receive services from the walk-in medical clinic, women's health center, pediatrics, birthing center, dental clinic including a laboratory and pharmacy. The clinic also provides outreach clinics, community health education programs, and school health screenings for vision and oral health.


Physical and Mental Health Support and Outcomes for Children in Residential Care Programs

Faculty: Ariely, Sumedha Topics: Child health

As explained by Dr. Kiran Modi, Managing Trustee of Udayan Care, Udayan is a Sanskrit word meaning "Eternal Sunshine." Udayan Care aims to bring support and hope into the lives of underserved sections of society that require intervention. Registered in 1994 as a Public Charitable Trust, Udayan Care works to empower vulnerable children, women, and youth in 23 cities across 13 states of India.


United States


TROSA is an award-winning, innovative, multi-year licensed residential program that provides comprehensive recovery services for men and women with substance use disorders. TROSA serves an extremely vulnerable population who have faced multiple barriers to success--nearly 90% have no health insurance and do not have stable housing; over 80% have been incarcerated; a quarter do not have a high school diploma.