Project Overview

Through a partnership between the Department of Psychiatry at Washington University School of Medicine and the Brown School at Washington University, the LEAD Global Training Program’s overarching aim is to train predoctoral and postdoctoral students from universities across the US in various disciplines (Psychiatry, Social Work, Public Health, Pharmacy, and others) in the area of global mental health.


  • 3-month stipend
  • Travel costs to global research site
  • Research training in foundational global research skills & knowledge
  • Experiential learning, mentoring, “hands-on” immersion in domestic & international mental health studies
  • Individualized consultation, feedback, goal setting & monitoring


  • Advanced predoctoral students working towards degrees as MD, PhD, PharmD, EdD, ScD, DPT, OTD (Summer Program only)
  • Postdocs or early career researchers/ investigators within 5 years of terminal degrees as MD, PhD, PharmD, EdD, ScD, DPT, OTD (Summer or Postdoctoral Program)
  • US citizen, non-citizen national, or permanent resident
  • From a group disadvantaged or underrepresented in biomedical, behavioral, clinical & social science research
  • Commitment to health disparities research, more specifically, global mental health within resource constrained settings

Summer Program (10-12 Weeks) – 2020 Cohorts

Applications due  December 1, 2019
Award announcement  March 1, 2020*
Start date
 June 1, 2020*
End date  August 31, 2020* (up to 12 weeks)

*Approximate Dates

Postdoctoral Program (1-2 Years)

Applications accepted on a rolling basis so starts/end dates will vary.