Scholars in Hearing and Aging Research Program (SHARP)


The Scholars in Hearing and Aging Research Program (SHARP) is designed for individuals who are applying for a master’s or doctoral degree program (e.g., MPH, MHS, PhD) at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health (BSPH) and are interested in aging, hearing, and public health. Students accepted into SHARP will be assigned an academic and research mentor at the Cochlear Center and take part in all Center training activities in conjunction with the requirements and activities of their master’s or doctoral program.

Who can apply?

Individuals applying for or currently enrolled in a BSPH master’s or doctoral degree program with a strong interest in aging, hearing, and public health may apply for the SHARP Program. MPH students pursuing full- or part-time degrees are eligible to apply.


Individuals must separately apply to BSPH and SHARP. Acceptance into SHARP is contingent on being accepted into BSPH. The Cochlear Center only reviews SHARP applications and has no influence on the BSPH application and review process of prospective students.



For students interested in a stipend from the Cochlear Center for Hearing and Public Health:

  • There are 2 application deadlines per year - May 1st and November 1st.
  • The candidate should submit the following to the Cochlear Center:

                  - ≤ 3 page cover letter providing candidate background, academic/research interests, and future career plans

                  - Academic transcript (optional)

                  - CV or NIH biosketch



All materials related to potential Cochlear Center support should be submitted to Shannon Smitherman, Senior Academic Program Coordinator, at 

Potential Funding

Scholarship ($10,000 - $30,000) depending on available funds

Important Dates

February 1: Application deadline for individuals applying to BSPH master's and doctoral degree programs starting  in Summer/Fall 

July 15: Application deadline for individuals applying for the MPH programs starting in November and January 


Contact Shannon Smitherman with questions about submission procedures at 443-287-7779 or

Relevant Documents

2020-2021 Trainee Handbook