Megan McInnis, an MPH candidate at the Yale School of Public Health, explored how stigma and gender identity affect and/or are correlated with three major mental health problems (anxiety, depression and post traumatic stress disorder) within the homosexual and transgendered women’s community in Chennai, India in the summer of 2011. In this photo, women enjoy the evening breeze at Marina beach, one of the largest beaches in the world.
The Downs Fellowship
Why apply for the Downs Fellowship?
- Travel and conduct research abroad
- Experience in writing RO1 grants and IRBs through the research application process
- Yale faculty provide intellectual support, practical assistance and links with host-country sponsors
- Proposal Writing Workshops provide instruction and guidance on formulating a research question and constructing a proposal, and training on research methodologies
- Mentorship program with Downs Committee members means invaluable feedback from experts
- Rigorous proposals lead to more methodologically rigorous projects
- Experience of a different culture and the challenge to professionally respond to unanticipated situations
- Develop and practice presentation and proposal writing skills
- Gain new perspectives on the responsibilities of a professional
- Networking opportunities
- Modest award to undertake research (Fellowship separately cover airfare and ground transportation to the host site, the travel health consultation and immunizations, visa fees, site-specific drugs, and evacuation insurance)
Every summer a dozen or so Yale students go abroad to conduct original scientific research as part of the Downs International Health Student Travel Fellowship. They work on challenging health problems in unfamiliar settings and with limited outside support.