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The Abraham Kagan, MD Endowed Fellowship was established by Marion G. Kagan in memory of her husband, cardiologist Dr. Abraham Kagan. From 1965 until his retirement in 1989, Dr. Kagan led the Honolulu Heart Program, a research project which studied thousands of men of Japanese ancestry to see how differences in lifestyle affected rates of heart disease and stroke. The study involved 8000 men in Hawai‘i, many of whom are still being monitored today. A number of the findings in the study have been used to guide physicians in treating heart disease.

The purpose of this award is to provide graduate fellowships to select students who have expressed an interest in working in the field of international health upon completion of their studies/training. Recipients of the Kagan Fellowship are awarded funds of up to $5,000 which may be used for costs associated with attendance (e.g., tuition, books, fees, etc.), in addition to stipends, research, travel, or other related expenses.

Recipients must be medical students, MD resident trainees and/or graduate (master's or doctoral) students in public health at the UHM John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM), who have demonstrated or expressed an interest in working in the field of international health upon completion of their studies/training.

Recipients shall be selected based on merit as determined by the selection committee. Financial need shall be a criterion making this award, although not necessarily as defined by federal guidelines. Preference shall be given to those interested in international health in the Pacific Rim region. Priority will be given to high-quality projects with the potential to improve public health as demonstrated in research publications or presentations.

The cultivation, nomination and selection of Abraham Kagan Fellows will be the responsibility of the selection committee, which is appointed by the Director of the Office of Public Health Studies.

Interested individuals should submit a letter of application (no more than 2 pages) indicating how they meet the above criteria. Additional attachments including a detailed research plan and CV are also required. Materials must be received in OPHSAS by March 1, 2015.

It is important to note that in order to receive the funding, award recipients will need show evidence that the research project is ready to proceed (such as Form 15 or IRB approval). Also, award recipients will be required to submit a written report on how the funds were used and his/her current involvement in the field of international health. The report must be submitted one year after the funds were received.

Applicants for the Elmer J. Anderson Professional Travel Award wll be presenting their papers at this OPHS colloquium.

The Robert M. Worth Epidemiology Scholarship Fund was established by his wife Annie, his son Jonathan and other family and friends to provide tuition assistance to full-time students in a JABSOM graduate degree program in epidemiology. The selected recipient(s) will receive up to $2,000 to be used toward tuition costs. Recipients are eligible for scholarship renewal for two years total so long as all criteria are met. Preference shall be given to: 1) American licensed health care professionals with a desire to refocus their careers on a public health track; 2) employees of health departments who desire graduate level academic training in public health to allow them to better serve their communities; and 3) Hawaii state residents.

Applicant Criteria:

  • Classified student enrolled in a graduate degree program in epidemiology at JABSOM with demonstrated financial need.
  • A minimum of two years experience in a health-related field.
  • Self-identified commitment to serve the populations of Hawai‘i or a Pacific Island jurisdiction after graduation.
  • Registering for full-time status (8+ degree-related credits/6 degree-related credits for graduate assistants/1 credit of PH 800) in Fall 2014.

Application Requirements:

  • A letter of application addressing the scholarship criteria, including a brief financial statement indicating the amount of funds available to you for the Fall 2014 semester as well as the source of your funding.
  • A 3-5 page typed, double-spaced essay explaining why you should be selected for this award. Include academic and practical accomplishments as well as future goals and aspirations.
  • If relevant, provide a list of publications (conference proceedings, reports, articles), presentations (local, national, international) and awards.
  • Awardee(s) will be required to sign a statement confirming that he/she will register for a minimum of 8 degree-related credits in Fall 2014.

Applications must be received by March 28, 2014. Contact OGSAS if you have any questions.


Honors public health students at the doctoral and master’s level with a scholarship of up to $2,000. The award may be used for UHM tuition or for international travel connected with the field-training portion of the academic program. If used for travel, the destination must be a country in the Asia-Pacific Academic Consortium for Public Health. This scholarship is for UH Manoa public health students only. 

Application criteria:

  • Applicants must be full-time UHM graduate students in public health with a record of outstanding scholastic achievement.
  • A three-page essay must be submitted describing what you believe to be the most important current public health issue in Hawai‘i and how it should be addressed.
  • If relevant, applicants should also provide a list of publications (conference proceedings, reports, & articles), presentations (local, national, international) and awards.

‚ÄčTo apply, the following items must be submitted to the Office of Graduate Student Academic Services (OGSAS) via email (

  • The three-page essay (double-spaced);
  • A letter of application which includes a list of your publications, presentations and awards, a brief explanation of how the scholarship will be utilized, and authorization for OGSAS to release your UHM transcripts and GPA to the Award Committee.

The application deadline is March 28, 2014. If you have any questions, contact OGSAS.

We are now accepting applications for the Elmer J. Anderson Professional Travel Award. The application deadline is October 1 and applicants must present their papers at an OPHS colloquium on Thursday, October 10, 12 Noon - 1:00 pm.

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