Funding Options

There are several funded opportunities, scholarships, and grants. Applications and literature for most of these opportunities can be found in the office of international education. The following is a short list of the funding currently available. More information about new resources and programs may be available as the year progresses. Check the international health bulletin board near the locker rooms or stop in the office for more information!

Recommended Programs


International Health Fellowship Program

Contact: American Medical Student Association/Foundation

1902 Association Drive

Reston, VA 20191-1502

Telephone: (703) 620-6600

Description: Fourth year international electives available in Asia, Africa, or Latin America. The program consists of an eleven day International Medicine course followed by a six-eight week elective during which a research or social service project must be completed. Community and preventative health emphasis. $1,900-$2,300 provided. Application due March 1, 1999.

Paul Alexander Memorial Fellowship

Contact: Paul Alexander Memorial Fellowship

Jean Alexander

1666 Coffman #220

St. Paul, MN 55108


Description: Travel fellowship for two month project involving international public health. Usually given to support MSH (Management Sciences for Health) international public health projects. (Information available on MSH projects in the Office of International Education.) Students expected to complete graduate degree within two years of travel or already have a graduate degree. Application due December 30 for the following year, notification by March.

Albert Schweitzer Fellowship

Contact: Lachlan Forrow, M.D.

The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship

330 Brookline Avenue

Boston, MA 02215

Telephone: (617) 667-5111


Description: Completely funded Senior Medical student elective. Three month fellowship available in Medicine and Pediatrics at the Albert Schweitzer Hospital in Lambarene, Gabon, during May-July or August-October following the third year. Academic credit may be available. Clerkships in medicine, pediatrics, and surgery should be completed before the fellowship. Knowledge of the French language required, all patient interviews will be conducted in French. Applications for the 1999 fellowship must be postmarked by December 24, interviews take place in January.

American Bureau for Medical Advancement in China/Warner-Lambert Clerkship Award

Contact: Julia C. Grammer, Associate Director

The American Bureau for Medical Advancement in China

2 East 103rd Street

New York, NY 10029

Description: Elective experience in Taiwan available for fourth year medical students. Research and clinical opportunities available. This award will place the student and provides $1,300 for airfare. Application deadline is May 15.

Benjamin H. Kean Traveling Fellowship in Tropical Medicine

Contact: B.H. Kean Fellowship

C/O Dr. C.V. Plowe

University of Maryland School of Medicine

685 West Baltimore St., HSF 480

Baltimore, Maryland 21201


Description: A fellowship administered by the American Committee on Clinical Tropical Medicine and Traveler's Health (ACCTMTH), that pays for round trip airfare and up to $700 living expenses for medical students who arrange clinical and research electives in tropical areas. North American full time third or fourth year medical students, residents, or fellows in any sub-specialty who express an interest in tropical medicine are eligible. All applicants must arrange their own elective. Preference given to applicants sponsored by a member of the ACCTMTH. Application deadline in April.

Clinical Training Fellowship Program for Minority Medical Students in Substance Abuse Research and Treatment
Contact: The Clinical Training and Fellowship Program for Minority Medical Students in Substance Abuse Research and Treatment

National Medical Fellowships, Inc.

110 West 32nd Street, 8th floor

New York, NY 10001-3205

Telephone: (212) 714-1007

Description: Domestic opportunity. Two to three month rotation in substance abuse, research and clinical opportunities, at the Center for Studies of Addiction in Philadelphia. Award of $5000. Letter of nomination by dean of students required. Application due in October for the following year.

W.K. Kellogg Community-Based Training Fellowship Program for Minority Medical Students

Contact: W.K. Kellogg Community-Based Training Fellowship Program for Minority Medical Students.

National Medical Fellowships, Inc.

110 West 32nd Street, 8th floor

New York, NY 10001-3205

Telephone: (212) 714-1007

Description: Domestic opportunity in community medicine, preventative medicine and health education, public policy, and research. Two 8-12 week rotations in a designated Kellogg site, the second involving a clinical project or research topic. Project report due within six months. Award of $10,000 plus $1,000 for travel. Letter of nomination by Dean of Students required. Application due in October for the following calendar year.


Other Funding




The African-American Institute

List of Fellowships, Scholarships, and Grants for African Undergraduate, Graduate, and Postgraduate Students. This is a general listing but it is worth checking out. One example is the following:

African Training for Leadership and Advanced Skills Atlas Project

Contact: Contact the USAID office in the capital city of your home country for more details.

Description: For African Nationals: fellowships and scholarships for study in U.S. institutions, primarily at the graduate level. Applicants must apply from an African country. Awards not offered in all countries.

American College of Legal Medicine Student Writing Competition

Contact: Jay A. Gold, Executive Director

611 E. Wells Street

Milwaukee, WI 53202

Telephone: (414) 276-1881

Description: Award of $1000 for the best paper in each of three categories on any aspect of legal medicine. Deadline February 1. Write for more information.

American Jewish League for Israel Scholarship

Contact: American Jewish League for Israel

130 E. 59th Street

New York, NY 10022

Telephone: (212) 371-1452

Description: $1000 award. Open to U.S. citizens of Jewish faith who have been accepted for a year of graduate study in Israel at Bar Ilan, Ben Gurion, Haifa University, Hebrew University, Tel Aviv University, or the Weizman Institute of Science.

American Medical Women's Association/American Women's Hospitals Service

Contact: Marsha Saunweber or Marie Glanz

American Medical Women's Association

801 North Fairfax Street Suite 400 Alexandria, VA 22314

Telephone: (703) 838-0500, Fax: (703) 549-3874

Description: The AWHS Overseas Assistance Grant is awarded to a national member of the American Medical Women's Association in her final year of a traditional four-year US medical school (students in other years may be considered) or a resident who will be spending a minimum of three months, and no longer than one year, in a sponsored program which will serve the needs of the medically neglected. The completed application must be submitted a minimum of four months prior to departure. The program must be sponsored by the applicant's school, another school, or an outside agency. Must be one for which the school takes responsibility and provides academic credit. Approximately six awards per year are made; the maximum award amount is $1200.

American Osler Society-William B. Bean Research Award

Contact: Lawrence D. Longo, Secretary-Treasurer

The American Osler Society

Center for Perinatal Biology

Loma Linda University School of Medicine

Loma Linda, California 92350

Description: $1,000 award for research in medical history and medical humanism. On completion of project, student may have the opportunity to present paper at the annual meeting of the American Osler Society. Last year application was due February 1, 1998. See Office of International Education for updated schedule.

Appalachian Preceptorship (East Tennessee State University)*

Description: This is a U.S.A. opportunity for clerkships in the Appalachians, with funding for students who demonstrate financial need. The Appalachian Preceptorship is designed to expose medical students to rural primary care practiced in a manner sensitive to the culture. The preceptorship is available for credit as a required family or ambulatory medicine rotation, or as a senior elective in family medicine or psychiatry. The program is also appropriate as a summer work-study program for preclinical students.

Association of International Education Scholarship for Study in Japan

Contact: Association of International Education, Japan

4-5-29 Komaba, Meguro-KU

Tokyo 153 JAPAN

Telephone: 03 3467 3521

Description: Scholarship of 46000-67000 yen/month for all fields of study in Japan.

Association for Women in Science Educational Foundation Scholarship

Contact: Association for Women in Science Educational Foundation

1522 K Street NW Suite 820

Washington, D.C. 20005

Telephone: (202) 408-0742

Description: $500 award for work in life science, behavioral science and social science. U.S. citizens may study in the U.S. or abroad. Application deadline January 15.

Australian Federation of University Women

Contact: Australian Federation of University Women

PO Box 6620

Upper Mt. Gravalt Q 4122


Description: Award of Australian $7000. Doctoral/postdoctoral fellowships open to women who are members of the International Federation of University Women and who are non residents of Australia to study or do research in Australia for 4-12 months. Write for more information concerning application deadline.

Bunting Institute of Radcliffe College Fellowships

Contact: The Bunting Institute of Radcliffe College

Fellowships Office

34 Concord Avenue

Cambridge, MA 02138

Telephone: (617) 495-8212

Description: Fellowships for professional women available, contact above address for more details.

Christian Medical and Dental Society

Contact: Karen Adams

Christian Medical and Dental Society

PO Box 83069

Richardson, Texas 75083-0689

Telephone: (214) 783-8384, Fax: (214) 783-0921

Description: CMDS offers a program of grants-in-aid, through the James S. Westra Memorial Endowment Fund, that provides selected medical/dental students with clinical experiences of two weeks or more in mission settings in developing countries. The awards cover transportation and project related expenses up to $1000. Eligible applicants must be: 1) a CMDS member 2) a 3rd or 4th year medical/dental student 3) able to demonstrate financial need to enable project participation.

Foreign Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention

Contact: Brenda Moncries

Human Needs Department

Foreign Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention 3806

Monument Avenue

Richmond, VA 23230

Telephone: (804) 353-0151

Description: The competitive program provides round trip travel and hospitality for senior medical and dental students and third year residents participating at one of the program's many international sites for at least eight weeks duration. Eligibility requirements include membership in a Southern Baptist church. Application is made during the previous year.

Global Health Ministries

Contact: Scholarship Coordinator

Global Health Ministries

122 West Franklin Avenue #600

Minneapolis, MN 55404

Telephone: (612) 870-1850, Fax: (612) 870- 1702

Description: Global Health Ministries (GHM) may award up to four travel grants annually to assist approved fourth year medical students to travel to a GHM related hospital or health care center in Tanzania, Madagascar, or Cameroon for an international elective of at least eight weeks duration. Candidates must be active and committed Christians, and a member of a Lutheran church. The maximum award of the grant is $700.

Graduate Fellowship for Study in Belgium/Belgian American Educational Foundation

Contact: Belgian American Educational Foundation, Inc.

195 Church Street

New Haven, CT 06510

Description: Stipend of $12,000 for 10 months of study at a Belgian University or other academic institution. Student must have a project planned and must know the institution and professor with whom she/he would like to work before applying. Minimum requirement of 6 months of study, maximum of 10. (For programs between 6 and 10 months, stipend is reduced.) Candidate must have a Masters degree, a degree equivalent to a Masters, or be working toward a Ph.D. Working knowledge of Dutch, French, or German required (must be able to read and speak the language). Health insurance will be covered. Ten awards are available for the 1998-99 academic year. Student must be nominated by the Dean of their institution. Nomination and supporting documents must be received by January 31, 1998.

Guest Scholarships, Swedish Institute

Contact: The Swedish Institute

Guest Scholarships

P.O. Box 7434

S-103 91 Stockholm, Sweden

Request for application for academic year 1998/99 must reach Swedish Institute by December 1, 1998. Application request must include: Name, address, nationality, educational background, education, work experience, knowledge of languages, statement of project, why Sweden, and a copy of a letter of invitation from a Swedish university department.

Description: Award of SEK 7,000/month for research in any field. Student must explain why the proposed study must be done in Sweden.

Independent Health Policy Fellowship Program

Contact: Shawn Taylor Zelman, M.P.A.

Director of Public Relations

American Medical Student Association/Foundation

1902 Association Drive

Reston, VA 20191-1502

Telephone: (703) 620-6000 ext. 207


Description: Four-week health policy fellowship available for five medical students. Might be more applicable to domestic policy but does not exclude international. Allows students to choose their own topic within the field of health and social policy development and perform research in that area. Project culminates in a 30-50 page paper. $1000 stipend provided. Applications due April 1, July 1, or December 1, depending on when the student wishes to perform the elective.

InterAmerican Foundation Fellowship

Contact: InterAmerican Foundation

P.O. Box 9486

Arlington, VA 22209-0486

Description: Award includes stipend, health insurance and air travel for graduate study in Latin America or the Caribbean. Fields of study include: grass roots development, law or medicine.

James S. Westra Memorial Endowment Fund

Contact : Christian Medical and Dental Society

P.O. Box 5

501 5th Street

Bristol, TN 37621-0005

Description: Clinical elective of two weeks or more in missionary medical or dental clinic. Focus on needs of underserved populations, cultural and social issues as well as medical. Student must be a member of CMDS. Award covers travel and project expenses up to $1,000. Student must arrange project and have a sponsor before applying. Applications due December 1 of preceding year.

Luce Scholars Program

Contact: The Henry Luce Foundation, Inc.

111 West 50th Street

New York, New York 10020

Telephone: (212) 489-7700, Fax: (212) 581-0921

Description: Eighteen individuals are chosen annually as Luce Scholars to serve an eleven month (August-July) internship in a variety of fields in East or Southeast Asia. A monthly stipend and transportation are provided. It is preferred that the student have no prior Asian experience. Applicants should be under 30 years of age and must be nominated through participating colleges and universities. A list of these institutions and additional information may be obtained from the Luce Foundation headquarters.

Management Sciences for Health

Contact: Paul Alexander Memorial Fellowship

Jean Alexander

1666 Coffman #220

St. Paul, MN 55108

Telephone: (612) 647-1231

Description: Through the Paul Alexander Memorial Fund, travel money is available for electives of at least two months duration to work on an international public health project in a developing country. Applicants should be within the last two years of graduate education at the expected time of award travel; those with a general interest and those with a specific plan will be given equal consideration. Completed applications must be submitted by December 30, for the award to be made for the following year. Two to four awards are made annually. The Fellowships were established in memory of Paul Alexander, MD, who died unexpectedly within days of completing a long-term rural health development project in Haiti. The application process is coordinated through his widow, Jean Alexander.

MAP Reader's Digest International Fellowship

Contact: Applications available in Office of International Education or:


P.O. Box 215000

Brunswick, GA 31521-5000

Description: Fourth year fellowship opportunity, minimum of eight weeks required. Clinical elective in site approved by MAP International in several developing countries. Focus on serving the underserved. Award consists of 75% of the "most economical" airfare, student is responsible for the remaining 25% and any additional fees (living expenses etc). Type-written report due upon completion of time abroad. Application due June 1.

Medical Spanish and International Community Health Program

Contact: Dennis Mull, MD, MPH

Family Practice Center

Texas Tech University

El Paso, TX 79924

Telephone: (915) 757-2581

Description: The Medical Spanish and International Community Health Program held every July in Ensenada, Mexico, is open to students and practitioners of all health sciences. Part of each day is spent in the study of medical Spanish at the University of Xochicalco, and part is spent working on community health projects. The 1994 fee for the four week program was $750, which covered the cost of tuition, lodging and two meals a day with a Mexican family, and transportation to and from the school. For medical students with a sufficient knowledge of Spanish, clerkships in hospitals and clinics in Ensenada can be arranged.

Minority International Research Training Grants

Contact: Division of International Training and Research

Fogarty International Center

National Institutes of Health

Building 31, Room B2C39

31 Center Drive MSC 2220

Bethesda, MD 20892-2220

Telephone: (301) 496-1653

Description: Training grants available for under-represented minorities who wish to do international scientific research. Application due March 15.

National Security Education Program, Graduate International Fellowships

Contact Person: See Michael Godkin, Ph.D., Office of International Education, UMass for details

Description: Grants available ranging from $2,000/semester (domestic) to $10,000/semester (overseas) for language and cultural studies. Focus on those areas that are not well represented in U.S. higher education. Service commitment in national security or higher education required after completion of study. See application for details.

Operation Smile International

Contact: Keith Boehm

Operation Smile

717 Boush Street

Norfolk, VA 23510

Telephone: (804) 625-0375

Description: A two to four week elective in third world countries is available to fourth-year medical students. Available locations include Kenya, Liberia, Ghana, Philippines, and Vietnam. Although most students selected are enrolled at Eastern Virginia Medical School, the application process is open to all students. All participants pay a $300 fee and must buy their own food. Operation Smile provides lodging and transportation.

Partners of the Americas

Contact: Partners of the Americas

1424 K Street, NW, Suite 700

Washington, DC 20005

Telephone: (202) 628-3300, Fax: (202) 628-3306

Description: Partners of the Americas is the largest private, voluntary organization in the Western hemisphere engaged in economic and social development and technical training. The organization works by pairing US states and the District of Columbia with regions and countries of Latin America and the Caribbean in "partnerships." For example, Kansas is linked with Paraguay and New Jersey with Haiti. The partnerships partake in exchanges and organize development projects determined by local needs. These projects have included maternal/child health and nutrition, immunizations, AIDS prevention and education, and drug abuse prevention. In some instances, medical students have been approved to participate in these projects. Airfare is usually furnished for approved participants and either home stays are provided or low-cost room and board is available.

Philippe Foundation, Inc.

Contact: Philippe Foundation, Inc.

Philippe Foundation
405 Lexington Avenue, 35th floor
New York, NY 10174 - USA
Tel: (1212)687 3290
Fax: (1212)687 3418

Description: Medical research grants, specifically for Franco-American exchange. Student is responsible for setting up research and contacting potential sites before submitting application. Application review sessions are in March, June, September, and December, and applications must be submitted one month prior to the review session.

Rotary International

Contact: Local club or:

One Rotary Center

1560 Sherman Avenue

Evanston, IL 60201

Telephone: (708) 866-3000

Description: Grants available for students to study abroad. Come to our office for literature.

South African Department of International Education

Contact: South African Department of National Education

Private Bag X122

Pretoria .0001 SOUTH AFRICA

Telephone: (012) 314-6089

Description: Scholarship includes stipend + expenses to spend ten months in South Africa. Open to graduate students under 31 years of age to gather information for a thesis or study project for their home university. Application deadline April 30.

Wilderness Medical Society

Contact: Wilderness Medical Society

PO Box 2463

Indianapolis, IN 46206

Telephone: (317) 631-1745, Fax: (317) 269-8150

Description: The Wilderness Medical Society is interested in nurturing an awareness and appreciation among students of medicine for the medical aspects of outdoor and wilderness activities. The Charles S. Houston Award is given annually to one or two students who have submitted research proposals most likely to result in a substantive contribution to the field of wilderness and environmental medicine. The research is usually conducted over the course of a summer, approximately three months. The award is not limited to research within the US. The amount of the award is up to $1500. Applicants can be in any year of medical school.