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Apply for the 2024-2025 Global Innovation Fellowship

Apply for the 2024-2025 Global Innovation Fellowship

START, in partnership with the Michael G. Foster School of Business Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship, is now recruiting for Global Innovation Fellows, a small group of MBAs, MPAs, and TECs who will research business problems/technologies of significance in global health alongside graduate students in the School of Public Health. Applications are due by 11:59 PM PDT on Sunday, April 14, 2024. 




START Overview

The Strategic Analysis, Research and Training (START) Center in the Department of Global Health uses an innovative mentorship model to provide high-quality analysis and research support to public health organizations while developing applied research and analytic skills of graduate Research Assistants in global and domestic public health. The START Center was launched in 2011 through a partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The START Center team includes graduate students and faculty mentors with diverse backgrounds in global health, epidemiology, business, public administration, and related fields. The Center partners with the Foster Global Innovation Fellows Program to incorporate MBA & MPA students into our teams, integrating a business and/or policy approach into the analyses. With combined field experience on six continents, START teams approach research questions with a nuanced understanding of the complex challenges that affect health in communities across the globe. Please visit for additional information and project examples.

Supervisors: Stephen Hawes, PhD, MS, Ann Duerr, MD, PhD, MPH, Lauren Adjumani, MPA

Dates of Appointment: Fall Quarter 2024 (with the opportunity to begin in Summer 2024) through Spring Quarter 2025.

Position Type: The Global Innovation Fellows will receive Schedule I RA appointments (50% appointment, approximately 20 hours/week, 220 hours/quarter). Under 50% schedule I appointments, tuition and health insurance are paid by the RA-ship. RAs receive a monthly salary of between $2,664 and $3,076, dependent on academic eligibility level.

Eligibility: This position is open to MBA, MPA, and TEC students at the University of Washington who will be enrolled in a degree program during Fall Quarter 2024.

Desired Skills

  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to collaborate effectively both as a team member and a team leader.
  • Ability to analyze complex problems and concepts and make sound judgments based on available information.
  • Experience in planning and managing tasks and deliverables.
  • Ability to ensure on-time delivery of high-quality results.
  • Ability to adapt one’s leadership and communication style to a range of situations.

Application Instructions

To apply, please upload your complete application in one PDF attachment to the Google Form by 11:59 PM PDT on Sunday, April 14, 2024. Please use the naming convention “Last name, first name START GIF App Summ_Fall 2024” for your PDF application. Your complete application includes four components in the following order:

  • Current CV/resume
  • Cover letter – please address to the START Center Hiring Committee
  • Two-page writing sample from a report, essay, or article written solely by the applicant. Please do not include references. The preference for a writing sample is a business or policy-related piece and does not need to be about global health
  • Two professional references – include name, title, phone, and e-mail for each reference. References will not be contacted prior to informing applicants.

Failure to follow the instructions outlined above will result in immediate disqualification of application from further consideration.

Questions? Please e-mail Jennifer Joy (, START Project Manager.