Research Mentorship Crowdsourcing Contest: Toward Global Health Good

Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2020 Sep;103(3):1270-1273. doi: 10.4269/ajtmh.19-0945.


As one of the six consortia funded through the NIH Fogarty International Center, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Johns Hopkins University, Morehouse School of Medicine, and Tulane University (UJMT) Fogarty Global Health Fellows Program provides postdoctoral trainees and doctoral students support and training for yearlong research attachments at selected low- and middle-income countries. To understand the current impact of this global health research training opportunity, the UJMT consortium conducted a crowdsourcing contest to gather creative messages to promote and improve the impact of the program in partnership with Social Entrepreneurship to Spur Health. Between January and March 2019, the contest received a total of 47 submissions from 14 countries; 44 were found eligible. After judging, 19 (41.2%) submissions received a mean score of 7 or higher. We examined both textual and descriptive submissions for emergent themes and identified a range of facilitators who can be used to further improve the training programs; examples include exceptional mentorship, acquisition of research skills, career development, personal development, and multisite training opportunities. In conclusion, the crowdsourcing mentorship contest demonstrated the feasibility and acceptability of leveraging existing research networks for community engagement and how useful information can be effectively collected to highlight the effectiveness of a program and expand the reach.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Crowdsourcing*
  • Fellowships and Scholarships*
  • Geography
  • Global Health / economics*
  • Humans
  • National Institutes of Health (U.S.)
  • Students
  • Training Support*
  • Tropical Medicine*
  • United States
  • Universities