The Foster Business Research Group (FBRG) is a partnership between the Foster School of Business and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. It is an opportunity for currently enrolled Foster MBA students to gain hands-on experience conducting short-term research and data analysis on current issues for the Gates Foundation’s staff.
Our program has two goals:
- Train and increase capacity of University of Washington students to engage in and produce timely and relevant applied research for use in a real-world setting.
- Provide high quality research and analysis that will support the development of strategic planning and project execution in the fields of Global Health, Global Development and Global Policy and Advocacy and U.S. Education.
FBRG has partnerships with the following programs of the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation:
- Global Health & Development: This is now the Global Innovations Fellows
- U.S. Education: Students and their faculty mentors conduct research and analysis on current topics for the College Ready and Postsecondary Success teams of the U.S. Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. FBRG undertakes these projects alone; but could potentially partner in the future with the UW’s College of Education.
Projects can last one to several academic quarters and vary greatly in format, content and skills required, ranging from landscape analysis to quantitative modeling. Projects topics are protected by a nondisclosure agreement, and only very basic information about the topics can be shared outside of those who are working on each project.