International Health Travel

Ways to Fund Your Trip

  • Office of Global Health
  • Association of Family and Friends
  • Financial Aid if fulfilling graduation requirement – Independent Project
  • Program specific funding
  • Personal – church, clubs, family

Existing Sources for Global Health Funding

  • Allied Epidemiology Fellowship

    Sponsor: Centers for Disease Control Foundation
    For medical students completing their second or third year of medical school.
    Location: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia.
    One year with an applied hands-on training experience in epidemiology and public health.
  • AMSA Global AIDS Fellowship Application

    Sponsor: American Medical Student Association
    Location: Reston, Virginia
    The student will utilize the health professions and health students to address the global HIV/AIDS pandemic through education, service, and action for 13 months.
  • AMSA Global Health Scholars Program

    Sponsor: American Medical Student Association
    Must be a member of AMSA.   A health professional student with a focus on global health issues.
    Location: U.S. Institution
    An eight month program that allows the student to develop advanced advocacy, communication, and critical thinking skills to effect change in global health.
  • AMWA Overseas Assistance Grant

    Sponsor: American Medical Women's Association/American Women's Hospitals Service
    A national AMWA student or resident member. For medical students completing their second, third, or fourth year.
    Location: Off-campus setting where the medically neglected will benefit.
    Six weeks to one year in a sponsored program that will serve the needs of the medically underserved.
  • Benjamin H. Kean Travelling Fellowship in Tropical Medicine

    Sponsor: American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
    A national fellowship program that will provide airfare and (up to $1000) towards living expenses. Kean Fellows will be required to prepare and present reports describing their activities.
  • Doris Duke International Clinical Research Fellowship

    Sponsor: Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
    For medical students who have completed two or more years of medical school.
    Location: Africa
    A one year fellowship; 8 months will be spent conducting HIV/AIDS and related diseases research in Africa.
  • Fulbright Program for U.S. Students

    Sponsor: U.S. Department of State
    For a graduating senior, recent graduate, or graduate student; Must be a US citizen at time of application.
    Location: Many countries around the world
    Fellowships are awarded for study, research, internships and/or service abroad.
  • Global Health Council Internship Program

    Sponsor: Global Health Council (GHC)
    A graduate or undergraduate student at an accredited university.
    Location: Washington, DC or White River Junction, Vermont
    This internship offers experiences in advocating and supporting programs that improve health around the world; 30 hours per week over 12 weeks
  • Global Health Fellows

    Sponsor: U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
    A student interested in pursuing a career in international development.
    Location: Washington, DC
    Ten-week summer internships at USAID's Bureau for Global Health in various areas
  • HIVCorps

    Sponsor: Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia (CIDRZ)
    A medical or nursing student who wishes to gain international experience.
    Location: Zambia
    A 10-12 month program to provide students and recent graduates with the opportunity to participate in international HIV programs and research initiatives.
  • India Elective Travel Scholarship

    Sponsor: American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI)
    A student, resident, or fellow in an accredited U.S. scholar training program; must be a member of the AAPI medical student, resident, and fellows section.
  • International Graduate Medical Education List of Funding

    Sponsor: University of Ambrosiana. An Extensive List of Grants, Scholarships and Fellowships for Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences is available at this site.
  • Luce Scholars Program

    Sponsor: Henry Luce Foundation
    An American citizen with at least a bachelor's degree and are no more than 29 years old. Those who have significant experience in Asia or Asian studies are not eligible for the program.
    Location: Asia
    The student will live and work in Asia for a year.
  • Mayan Medical Aid Scholarships

    Sponsor: Mayan Medical Aid
    The scholarships are granted on a first-come,
    first-served basis to students having financial need.
    Granting of the scholarship is not dependent on
    when the student participates in the elective. Special
    scholarship students are given priority for scheduling
    and can participate anytime within the next 18 months.
    Payment of the student portion of the fees confirms
    the student's place in the elective and the granting of
    the scholarship.
  • O.C. Hubert Student Fellowship in International Health

    Sponsor: Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Foundation
    For a third or fourth year medical student.
    Location: Developing countries
    Work is to be on a priority health problem in a developing country in conjunction with CDC staff.
  • Open Society Foundations (Soros Foundation)

    The Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and tolerant democracies whose governments are accountable to their citizens. To achieve this mission, the Foundations seek to shape public policies that assure greater fairness in political, legal, and economic systems and safeguard fundamental rights. On a local level, the Open Society Foundations implement a range of initiatives to advance justice, education, public health, and independent media.
  • Sara's Wish Scholarship Fund

    Sponsor: Sara's Wish Foundation
    For an extraordinary young woman committed to make the world a better place by fully participating in it.
    Location: All areas of the world
    Sara Christie Schewe, a junior in college, was killed in a bus crash in India while participating in the Semester at Sea Program.  Sara's Wish Foundation educational travel scholarships are awarded to young women who perpetuate Sara's ideals.
  • MAP Fellows Program: International Medical Fellowship program

    The fellowships are awarded once each year in the spring and provide 100% of the approved round trip airfare to one country destination. Fourth year medical students, at the time of their externship, enrolled in North America AAMC approved schools are eligible. The recipient pays any room and board charges as well as any in-country travel costs.

    Note: The field experience must be designed to provide the student exposure to community health in a Christian context.
  • KAMA (the Korean-American Medical Association):

    Has provided annual scholarships to qualified medical students since its inception as part of our commitment to education and mentorship. The KAMA scholarship is intended to promote, assist and support eligible medical students of Korean heritage and their pursuit of medical and scientific research studies and community outreach efforts.

If you are interested in any of these opportunities, please visit their websites for more information.