student grants

student grants mission

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:

Spring/Summer Grant Cycle:

Winter Grant Cycle:

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.

PAST 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.

Featured Image: Neima Briggs, MD, PhD, former student of Baylor College of Medicine, The National School of Tropical Medicine (2018)

John Collier, Executive Director of Caring Friends

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


Committee Members


Saira Alex

former CHAIR

Baylor College of Medicine, MD Candidate 2022

Yajur Maker


Baylor College of Medicine, MS2, MDPhD Candidate

Grace Howard- McGovern


 Medical School, MD Candidate 2021

Maria Jaramillo


Baylor College of Medicine, MD Candidate 2021

Renata Wettermann


Baylor College of Medicine, MD Candidate 2021

Amelia Khoei


Baylor College of Medicine, MD Candidate 2022

Ahn Ly


UT Health Science Center at Houston, MPH Candidate 2022

Madhushree Zope

Technology Chair

Baylor College of Medicine, MD Candidate 2021

Program Representatives

Savannah Bryce

Baylor College of Medicine

Shumaila Moosa

Texas Woman’s University

Jacob Moser

Texas A&M School of Medicine

Selena Moore

UT School of Public Health

Isabella Bumanlag

UT McGovern Medical School

Deya Pajarillo

UT School of Dentistry

Emily Tomchesson

UTMB School of Nursing

Ayma Youssef, Jessica Grant-Dennis

UTMB School of Medicine

Joseph Trinh

UH School of Optometry

Katy Oliveira

UH School of Pharmacy

Maya Fontenot

UH School of Medicine

Leadership Application

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