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Building on a rich legacy on behalf of the medically underserved, the W. Montague Cobb/NMA Health Institute (Cobb Institute) examines underlying causes of existing racial-ethnic disparities in health and healthcare and offers solutions informed by research and policy analysis.


For nearly 20 years, the Cobb Institute and our Community of Scholars has been advancing evidence-based solutions and strategies for racial and ethnic disparities in health and healthcare. However, our work would not be possible without the continued support of Sponsors and Funders. 

We regularly welcome support for our various Program Initiatives. If you see the value of our work and would like to add to the sustainability of the Cobb Institute and help expand our efforts, please reach out to us regarding official sponsorship. 


The solutions to inequities in healthcare require interdisciplinary approaches and collaborations among public agencies, grass-roots organizations, and the broader scientific community. Currently, we boast several Collaborative Partnerships with academic institutions, local and federal agencies, networks and associations, and community-based organizations. 

 If you believe that your work aligns well with ours, please consider partnering with us. 


The Cobb Institute serves as an intellectual home for graduate students who are interested in innovative approaches to health disparities research, and who are dedicated to identifying solutions to improve the health of African Americans. We continually welcome graduate students of health-related disciplines, including health policy, medicine, epidemiology, history and the medical humanities, whom we hope to one day initiate into our Cobb Scholars Program.

Research opportunities are available throughout the year. Interested graduate students should send a cover letter, C.V. and a two-page minimum summary of their research interests as it relates to the goals of the Cobb Institute and its major areas of research.

Due to the high volume of materials received, no email or phone inquiries please. Interested doctoral or medical graduate students should mail materials to:

W. Montague Cobb/NMA Health Institute 
1050 Connecticut Avenue NW, 5th Floor 
Washington, DC 20036

Only candidates whose research interests parallel current research programs of the Cobb Institute will be notified.