Māhina Application 2017

Closing Date

The Māhina International Indigenous Health Research Training Program is a 10-week international summer research program that encourages American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, Maori and Pacific Island students to pursue careers in biomedical, behavioral and public health research fields. Māhina provides housing, tuition and travel funds for all accepted applicants.

The first week of the program will be in Seattle at the University of Washington, the 2nd week will be in Hawai’i at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa and the last 8 weeks of the program will be in Auckland, New Zealand. Māhina is a part of the nation-wide “Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training” (MHIRT) initiative, sponsored by the U.S. National Institutes of Health.

Māhina is the only MHIRT program that exposes students (who intend to pursue careers in biomedical, behavioral and public health research fields) to Indigenist approaches to wellness, Indigenous ethics and research protocols, and onsite immersion and research learning opportunities with Indigenous peoples. Central to this unique program is the trainees’ explorations of culturally specific Indigenous epistemologies, methodologies, and research protocols. Trainees, per cultural customs of the Maori, will be assigned a “sibling” graduate student mentor (Tuakana) from the University of Auckland, who, in their Tuakana role, will serve as mentors and role models.

This informational packet consists of:

  • Program Information

  • Application instructions

  • Description of Selection Process

  • Application Cover Page

  • Recommendation Form


This program is open to 3rd, 4th and/or 5th year (junior or senior level) undergraduates, master’s students or PhD students that are currently enrolled at the University of Washington or in another school in the WWAMI Region (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho) enrolled at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. Applicants must be interested in actively pursing in a research career in biomedical, behavioral and public health and/or social sciences with a clear health focus.

 Applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  1. Self- identify as an American Indian, Alaska Native, First Nation, Inuit, Metis, Native Hawaiian, Māori, or Pacific Islander, or as an Indigenous person from the US or US territories or North America, including Canada or Mexico (e.g., Yaqui); OR self-identify as belonging to a socioeconomic or rural background or racial/ethnic group that is underrepresented in biomedical and behavioral research AND is a member of an Indigenous household, family, or community;
  2. Be an enrolled junior or senior at the University of Washington [or the WWAMI region] or University of Hawai’i at Mānoa in biomedical, behavioral, clinical or social sciences with a health focus;
  3. Intend to develop a program of health research or a career in health research with Indigenous communities; and/or
  4. Intend to develop and submit an application toward a health research degree.

You must be enrolled in classes for the entire Spring 2017 semester/quarter in order to be eligible. If you are planning to graduate in Spring 2017 semester/quarter, you are only eligible if you will be available to participate in some research and training activities in Fall 2017. All applicants must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

All questions regarding the application process or the fellowship program can be directed to Anjulie Ganti anjulie@uw.edu for University of Washington and WWAMI region applicants.

Application Materials

Deadline to Apply is March 10, 2017
Applications for University of Washington and/or WWAMI region students must be submitted via Catalyst. IF YOU EMAIL YOUR APPLICATION, YOU WILL BE ASKED TO ENTER IT INTO CATALYST. 

The following additional required documentation must be saved in PDF format using the following convention/title “YourName_App” (e.g. KiniChung_App). Then all of the required documentation must be sent to anjulie@uw.edu in a single email.

  • Unofficial transcript
  • Resume
  • Rural Background *see note below*
  • Financial Aid Application (optional)

Provide your home address to demonstrate that you come from a rural background. You should be able to enter and find your home address designation as rural on the Rural Assistance Center’s “Am I Rural” website: http://www.raconline.org/amirural/

*This is for applicants whose eligibility criteria are solely based on being from a rural background.

Applications are due at March 10, 2017. Letter(s) of recommendation must be emailed separately by the letter writer(s) but must also arrive by March 10, 2017.