Application Process for the Periclean Scholars Class of 2026

If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.

-Lilla Watson, Australian Aboriginal artist, activist, and academic

 

The Periclean Scholars Class of 2026 will work with the Comprehensive Rural Health Project (CRHP) in Jamkhed, India as well as with associated partners and communities. The Elon-CRHP partnership has a long history that has evolved from a student-faculty mentorship, to the development of the 2012 Periclean Scholars cohort, to a sustainable partnership with the Public Health Studies Department. Since 2011, the 2026 Periclean Mentor (Professor Tapler, Public Health Studies Department) has been working with CRHP to offer a Winter Term Public Health Practicum (PHS 3980-IS), Summer field experiences for undergraduates, and Community-Based Participatory Research opportunities. CRHP is excited to continue to partner with Elon University and the Periclean Scholars program!

Brief Overview of the Comprehensive Rural Health Project

As described on their website, CRHP “(H)as been working among the rural poor and marginalized for over 45 years. CRHP has become an organization that empowers people and communities to eliminate injustices through integrated efforts in health and development. CRHP works by mobilizing and building the capacity of communities to achieve access to comprehensive development and freedom from stigma, poverty, and disease. Pioneering a comprehensive approach to community-based primary healthcare (also known as the Jamkhed Model), CRHP has been a leader in public health and development in rural communities in India and around the world.” CRHP is in direct partnership with the Government of Maharashtra and the local Jamkhed government to help train ASHA workers, respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, and conduct family-planning camps. Additional domestic partners include organizations such as Dasra, SERP, and STAPI. Through international trainings and partnerships, the Jamkhed Model has been adapted and replicated throughout communities worldwide. Every year, students come and learn with us, engage in internships, and collaboration on research endeavors. International partners help CRHP spread the mission, improve services, and increase domestic impact. (http://www.jamkhed.org)

Brief Overview of India

India is one of the most ethnically diverse countries in the world with many religions and sects (ie. Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism), hundreds of languages and dialects (ie. Hindi, Marathi, Tamil), and is home to innumerable castes and tribes. At independence, two of India’s leaders, most notably Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru, were able to excite the population and bring prestige to India. The country has continued to play an increasing role in global affairs. While India has one of the largest and highly diversified economies in the world, due to its enormous population (one-sixth of the world’s population, second most populous country), in terms of income and GNP, it is one of the poorest countries in the world. The country’s population remains largely rural, however, India has three of the most populous and cosmopolitan cities in the world (Mumbai, Kolkata, and Delhi).

 

The application process for Periclean Scholars opens September 10, 2022 and closes on March 10, 2023 for first-year students. Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. The early submission of applications is strongly encouraged.

There are three components to the application: (1) a letter of recommendation from a faculty person; (2) a letter of application; and (3) an interview with the Class Mentor. Applicants are notified of their acceptance prior to preregistration for fall semester.

The letter of application should include the following:

·A brief statement describing why you are interested in becoming a Periclean Scholar and making this long-term academic and global engagement commitment.

·A brief statement identifying your strengths and how these might be useful to the Class and its projects.

·After reading the article: “Effective cross-sector collaborations create sustainability” by Jessica Kritz, 2018 (https://www.thelancet.com/journals/langlo/article/PIIS2214-109X(18)30299-7/fulltext), write a response to the following prompt. Please limit your response to 1,000-1,200 words.

As stated in the article “Effective cross-sector collaborations create sustainability” (Kritz, 2018):

“The community was frustrated with short-term projects led by internationally funded foreign investigators or collaborators, which resulted in time and resources taken from community members—but “nothing changed.”

Prompt: How will you, as a 2026 Periclean Scholar, work to build effective collaborations and sustainable outcomes, with the Comprehensive Rural Health Project and associated communities in India and avoid the situation quoted above?  Consider your background and your experiences, how have they shaped your perceptions and interactions with the world, and how others in turn perceive you?

 

Please email your application materials (as .pdf files) to Professor Amanda Tapler, mentor for the Class of 2026 Periclean Scholars, at atapler@elon.edu.  Following the receipt of your materials, you will be contacted for a personal interview.  Please contact Professor Tapler at atapler@elon.edu, if you have any questions about the Periclean Program or the application process.