2014 Velji Awards

The Velji Family Foundation annually celebrates global health service by honoring individuals and projects that demonstrate committed, creative approaches to serving underserved populations. Students, faculty and administrators of CUGH  Member Institutions are invited to nominate their peers and colleagues in the following categories:

• Velji Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence in Global Health

• The Velji Leadership Award for Emerging Leaders in Global Health

• The Velji Award for Global Health Project of the Year

Drs. Anvar and Pari Velji were born in villages in Kenya and Tanzania, respectively, both with very impoverished health care systems. They lost three siblings in infancy to diptheria and early in their adult years committed themselves to the improvement of healthcare for all through better education. Dr. Anvar Velji is co-founder of GHEC (now CUGH), Associate Dean of Global Health Sciences at California Northstate University, School of Medicine and Editor of four seminal volumes – Global (International) Health (1991) and Global (International) Health Beyond the Year 2000, (1995), Global Health, Global Health Education and Infectious Disease in the New Millennium (part 1 and 2) (2011); and recipient of the 2013 Peace Education Award. Dr. Pari Velji is a certified public accountant and Director of Tax, Controls and Accountability at the University of California Health Systems, Sacramento.

*The Annual Velji Awards is  a benefit of CUGH membership.
Nominees must attend CUGH Member Institutions to qualify.

DEADLINE:  Complete nominations must submitted via email by Friday, February 28, 2014 at 11:59pm EST.

Friday, March 14, 2014 at 11:59pm EST (deadline extended!)

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2014 CUGH Global Health Video Competition

CUGH’s inaugural global health video competition showcases important global health issues and innovations through video.

Videos must be under 5 minutes. They should be compelling, focused, and inspiring.

With your video submission include a short description (250 words maximum) about the highlighted issue or innovation. Include your name, contact information.

Limit: 2 submissions per person


1) Global Health Advocacy - Outlines a compelling global health challenge.

2) Innovations in Global Health - Showcases an innovation that will address a significant global health challenge.

The top 3 winners in each category will be featured on the CUGH website, Global Health Newsletter, and receive a free conference registration.

Submit your video to:

DEADLINE: All submissions must be made via email by Friday, March 14, 2014 at 11pm EST.

By submitting your video to the competition you are giving CUGH permission to share it through the CUGH website and social networking platforms.

CUGH membership is not required to participate. 


2014 Trainee Essay Contest

All current undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate trainees are invited to submit reflective essays in response to global health experiences.  These may be in a research, educational, clinical, or service capacity.  Selected essays will receive monetary prizes of $500 each and a waiver of the 2014 CUGH conference registration fee. A number of honorable mention essays will be selected for a special reading and recognition session at the conference.  A sub-set of essays will be selected for publication in the “Reflection and Global Health Education: An Anthology, 2nd Ed.,” by submitting your essay you agree to inclusion in publication if selected.

This contest is co-sponsored by Consortium for Universities in Global Health (, Child Family Health International (, and the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Global Health (

DEADLINE: All essays must be submitted via email by Monday, January 6, 2014 at 11pm EST.

* CUGH membership is not required to qualify.

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