Student Grants

The mission of the Grants Steering Committee for the Houston Global Health Collaborative is to fund global health service projects, research projects, and educational programs designed and executed by Houston-area students in the health professions. The purpose of the Committee, as a subsidiary of HGHC, is to empower students to develop projects and leadership roles in the advancement of global health in Houston and other Texas communities, as well as abroad.

Grant Application for International Research and Service:

Houston Global Health Collaborative Grant Application


Spring/Summer Travel: May 2021 (Exact date to be announced)

Winter Travel: November 1st, 2021

NOTICE in regards to COVID-19: The HGHC Student Grants program is currently on hiatus in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. After much consideration and out of an abundance of caution, we have decided that funding international student projects is not feasible at this time. We will continue to evaluate the situation as it unfolds. Funding is still available for locally-based projects studying global topics.

Featured Recipient

Congratulations to Neima Briggs and his team of fellow student researchers from the National School of Tropical Diseases! His work to understand soil-transmitted helminthes in Honduras exemplifies the type of globally-important research and institutional collaboration taking place in the Texas Medical Center.

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Former HGHC Grants chair, Erika Wood, presents Mr. Briggs with his award at our annual global health conference.


John Collier, Executive Director of Caring Friends, Inc., helped secure funds for our essay scholarship and travel grants. The recipients of the essay scholarship, given to graduate and medical students who incorporate the ethics of global health within a comprehensive worldview, are shown in this picture.

From left to right in the group photo: John Collier (Caring Friends Inc. Board Member), Michael Goodman (Former HGHC Board Member), Lindsey Heathcock, Stefanie Underwood, Megan Schlichte (Winners of “Leading the Way” Essay Contest), Neima Briggs (HGHC Grant Recipient), Erika Wood, Kathryn Kramer, Thanh Hoang (2017-2018 HGHC Grants Committee Members)
Current Leadership:
  • Co-Chairs:
    • Yajur Maker- Baylor College of Medicine, MS2, MDPhD Candidate
    • Saira Alex- Baylor College of Medicine, MD Candidate 2022
  • Committee Members: 
    • Former Chairs:
      • Grace Howard- McGovern Medical School, MD Candidate 2021
      • Maria Jaramillo- Baylor College of Medicine, MD Candidate 2021
    • Public Relations: Renata Wettermann- Baylor College of Medicine, MD Candidate 2021
    • Secretary: Amelia Khoei- Baylor College of Medicine, MD Candidate 2022
    • Treasurer: Ahn Ly- UT Health Science Center at Houston, MPH Candidate 2022
    • Technology Chair: Madhushree Zope- Baylor College of Medicine, MD Candidate 2021
  • Program Representatives:
    • Texas Women’s University: Shumaila Moosa
    • UT School of Public Health: Selena Moore
    • Baylor College of Medicine: Savannah Bryce
    • UH School of Pharmacy: Katy Oliveira
    • UTMB: Ayma Youssef, Jessica Grant-Dennis
    • UTH School of Medicine: Isabella Bumanlag

Leadership Application:

2020-2021 HGHC Grants Committee Application

NOTE: Deadline extension: March 5th, 2021


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For a list of past grant recipients, please click here.