Scholarships and Funding Opportunities in Global Health

Securing funds for a global health service trip can be challenging for students and residents. These resources help you take the first step in planning your international medicine trip. The list of resources is not comprehensive, but it provides information about available funding and directs you in your search.

Select a listing for more information:

Global Health Scholarships for Students and Residents

International Travel Scholarships

Funding for Fellowship and Training Programs


Global Health Scholarships for Students and Residents

Directory of Non-NIH Funding Opportunities – Grants and Fellowships(www.fic.nih.gov)

This directory includes a variety of international grants and fellowships in biomedical and behavioral research. It provides information about additional funding opportunities available to those in the field of global health research.  

Yale/Stanford Johnson & Johnson Global Health Scholars Program(www.medicine.yale.edu)

This program provides opportunities for physician-in-training scholars during their residency and career physician scholars for 6-week rotations overseas. Program sites vary. In previous years they were in Eritrea, Honduras, South Africa, Uganda, and Vietnam.

The O.C. Huber Student Fellowship in International Health(www.cdc.gov)

This fellowship, endowed by the O.C. Hubert Charitable Trust, is designed to encourage students to think of public health in a global context. Established in 1999, the fellowship provides an opportunity for third- and fourth-year medical and veterinary students to gain public health experience in an international setting.

Mabelle Arole Fellowship(www.amsa.org)

This fellowship, administered by JSI Research and Training Institute, Inc., is designed for pre-med students interested in international health. The Mabelle Arole Fellow will learn about community-based health programming, how it works, and how it contributes to a community's well-being in Jamkhed, India. 

The Commonwealth Fund Mongan Fellowship in Minority Health Policy(mfdp.med.harvard.edu)

The Commonwealth Fund Mongan Fellowship Program in Minority Health Policy is a one-year, full-time program designed to create physician-leaders who will pursue careers in minority health and health policy.

Association of Schools & Programs of Public Health (ASPPH)/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Allan Rosenfield Global Health Fellowship(www.aspph.org)

This fellowship program provides international training opportunities for recent graduates of ASPPH member accredited schools of public health (Master of Public Health and Doctoral level).  

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Global Health Fellows II Program (GHFP)(www.ghfp.net)

GHFP Fellows are recruited for specific positions, working two to four years full time, gaining experience and expertise in global health development. Placements are made both in Washington, DC, and in developing countries.


International Travel Scholarships

Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS) International Health Studies Grant Program(www.massmed.org)

Students and resident physician members of the MMS are eligible to apply for grants up to $2,000 to defray the costs of study in another country. The MMS will donate sufficient funds to the Foundation to underwrite five grants annually, although future provisions may be made to invite private or corporate donations to expand the size and/or number of grants. 

Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS) Student Section Community Service Grants(www.massmed.org)

Up to $250 of funding is available for current medical student members of the MMS whose projects meet objectives in community and social service, public health activism, and education, or volunteer mentorship activities.

American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA) Overseas Assistance Grant(www.amwa-doc.org)

The AMWA provides grants up to $1,000 for assistance with transportation costs (airfare, train fare, etc.) connected with pursuing medical studies in an off-campus setting where the medically-neglected benefit.

Benjamin H. Kean Travel Fellowship in Tropical Medicine(www.astmh.org)

This award provides round trip airfare and up to $1,000 toward living expenses for medical students proposing electives in clinical tropical medicine with at least one month at a site endemic for tropical communicable diseases.

Adell & Hancock Fund Scholarships(www.iie.org)

The Adell & Hancock Fund Scholarships provide supplemental support to U.S. and international students who are in need of additional funds to carry out their international educational plans.(www.saraswish.org)

Sara’s Wish Foundation Scholarship(www.saraswish.org)

Sara’s Wish offers scholarships for extraordinary young women committed to making the world a better place by defraying the costs associated with traveling to all areas of the globe.(www.aamc.org)

Herbert W. Nickens Medical Student Scholarships(www.aamc.org)

This award is for outstanding students entering their third year of medical school who have shown leadership in efforts to eliminate inequities in medical education and health care. Awardees will have demonstrated leadership efforts in addressing educational, societal, and health care needs of minorities in the United States. 


Funding for Fellowship and Training Programs

Global Health Program for Fellows & and Scholars(www.fic.nih.gov)

The Program supports one year of mentored clinical research training at a site in resource-limited resource and transitional countries. It  Aalso provides a stipend for an international graduate student to work alongside the U.S. trainee during the clinical research year.  

O.C. Hubert Student Fellowship in International Health(www.cdc.gov)

This award Pprovides and opportunity for third- and fourth-year medical and veterinary students to gain public health experience in an international setting.  Hubert fellows spend six to twelve 12 weeks in a developing country working on a priority health problem in conjunction with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) staff.  Through these experiences, students establish relationships with, and receive training from, recognized experts from CDC and other national and international health agencies. 

Fulbright(us.fulbrightonline.org)

Fulbright Sscholarships for offer international exchange opportunities for students, scholars, and professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools worldwide. (us.fulbrightonline.org)

Infectious Diseases Society of America Medical Scholars Program(www.idsociety.org)

These Sscholarships are for medical students with mentorship by an Infectious Diseases Society of America IDSA member or fellow. Scholarship activity must focus on pediatric or adult infectious diseases and may involve either clinical or research activities.

Boren Fellowships(www.borenawards.org)

Boren Fellowships Pprovide up to $24,000 to U.S. graduate students to add an important international and language component to their graduate education through specialization in area study, language study, or increase language proficiency. (www.borenawards.org)

Center for Infectious Diseases Research in Zambia (CIDRZ) HealthCorps Fellow Program(www.cidrz.org)

CIDRZ HealthCorps Fellow Program is for medical, nursing, or Master of Public Health MPH students who are able to delay their studies for a year; recent graduates who wish to gain international experience; and college graduates with substantial skills or experiences to work in Lusaka, Zambia, for a 10- to 12 month duration.

Child Family Health International Health Scholarships(www.cfhi.org)

These Sscholarships to cover Child Family Health International programs, which include: Introduction to Traditional Medicine, India; Cultural Crossroads in Health, Oaxaca, Mexico; and Urban & and Rural Comparative Health in Ecuador. 

Chateaubriand Fellowship Program(humanities.chateaubriand-fellowship.org)

Chateaubriand Fellowships are for American MD or PhD students to conduct research in a French laboratory for a six 6 to twelve month period.

Albert Schweitzer Fellowship(www.schweitzerfellowship.org)

The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship is for third-year medical students to spend three 3 months working at the Albert Schweitzer Hospital in Lambarene, Gabon, on clinical rotations. 

U.S. Schweitzer Fellows Programs(www.schweitzerfellowship.org)

Community Sservice fellowships are for graduate students in health-related professional fields who are dedicated to addressing unmet health needs in their local areas. 

The David E. Rogers Student Fellowship Program(www.nyam.org)

The David E. Rogers Student Fellowship is meant to enrich the educational experiences of medical and dental students through projects that bear on medicine and dentistry as social enterprises.  tThat is, as enterprises devoted to the capacity of these professions in any and all of their expressions to serve human needs, particularly the needs of underserved or disadvantaged patients or populations.

The Arnold P. FGold Foundation Student Summer Fellowship(humanism-in-medicine.org)

Medical students may apply for either the research fellowship or the service fellowship, which includes a $4,000 stipend for a 10-week period. 

International Health Opportunities Databases and Directories

Find additional opportunities through these online sources: