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Congratulations to the 2015 Fall Global Health International Fellowship Recipients!
Rebecca Flint Brendan Payne
School of Medicine-based Scholarships
The annual UNC School of Medicine Medical Student Global Health Fellowship Applications pertaining to Perkins-Burke International Health Fellowship, Becton-Tannenbaum Fellowship, Medical Alumni Loyalty Fund Global Enrichment Fellowship, and the International Fellowship are available!
The Becton-Tannenbaum International Medicine Fund is established through the generosity of Nancy Tannenbaum and John Becton. The Fund is an endowment held at The Medical Foundation of North Carolina, Inc. Each year a portion of the earnings will be set aside to provide assistance to one UNC School of Medicine student desiring to travel to developing countries to experience a contrasting medical community or system. Following the travel experience, the Office of International Activities will arrange a visit between the donors and the medical student recipient.Annual funding for one or two UNC School of Medicine student desiring to travel to developing or “third world” countries to experience a contrasting medical community or system. The maximum award is $1,000. (scroll up for link to application)
Global Community Service Fellowship Fund
In honor of her medical education, seminal travel and medical service experiences while a student at the UNC School of Medicine, an anonymous alumna created this fellowship fund in 2014 to enrich and support medical students interested in global service project(s). Applicants either design, plan or budget their own activity (or plan and budget participation in an established activity) that allows them to examine an aspect of global community health with the goal of positively impacting the population of the area. The OIA Fellowship Selection Committee reviews the applications and selects the awardee(s). The maximum award is $2,500
Jeffrey L. Houpt MD Loyalty Fund Global Enrichment Fellowship
Dr. Houpt is currently Dean Emeritus of the School of Medicine, former Vice Chancellor for Medical Affairs, and CEO of the UNC Health Care System at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill. He assumed the position of Dean of the School of Medicine and Vice Chancellor for Medical Affairs at UNC in 1997 and stepped down in 2004. He successfully worked to integrate the hospital and practice plan, and was named CEO of the UNC Health Care System in 1998. His research, teaching and clinical interests examine the interface between psychiatry and medicine, particularly the role of human behavior and psychiatric disorders in the expression of medical disorders. In honor of Dr. Houpt, Blue Cross Blue Shieldof North Carolina has established this fellowship to provide $1,250 for one first year student to undertake a global health elective. Each year, one outstanding first year UNC medical student will be selected as Jeffrey L. Houpt Loyalty Fund Global Enrichment Fellow. Fellows will be funded to pursue a global health elective in the summer before starting second year. Applicants design and plan an activity that allows them to experience or investigate an aspect of global health that positively and directly influences the health of people in the region they are studying. Language ability in the intended country of experience and/or financial may be factors for selection. The Fellowship Selection Committee reviews the applications and selects the awardee. The Jeffrey L. Houpt Loyalty Fund Global Enrichment Fellowship awardee will receive $1,250 each towards the cost of travel and expenses. (scroll up for link to application)
Medical Alumni Loyalty Fund Global Enrichment Fellowship
With more and more students interested in global health, the Loyalty Fund through generous donations from UNC medical alumni is providing $6,000 for three annual financial fellowships for first year students to undertake a global health elective. Each year, three outstanding first year UNC medical students will be selected as Medical Alumni Loyalty Fund Global Enrichment Fellows. Fellows will be funded to pursue a global health elective in the summer before starting second year. Applicants design and plan an activity that allows them to experience or investigate an aspect of global health that positively and directly influences the health of people in the region they are studying. Preference will be given to students who have had limited opportunities for international travel previously. Language ability in the intended country of experience will also be an important factor in selection. The Fellowship Selection Committee reviews the applications and selects the awardees. The Medical Alumni Loyalty Fund Global Enrichment Fellowship awardees will receive a minimum of $1,000 each towards the cost of travel and expenses. (scroll up for link to application)
Medical Foundation Privette Fellowship
The Privette Memorial Fund is the annual award established through the generosity of Dr. Douglas C. Privette '76 in honor of his parents, Henry and Pauline Privette. With more and more students interested in global health, the Privette Memorial Fund is providing for an annual financial fellowship for a MS4 student to undertake a global health elective. This will be coordinated through the Office of International Activities, and the awarded student will work closely with a UNC SOM faculty mentor in selecting a placement site and defining educational objectives. Students who undertake international elective opportunities during medical school often incorporate their learning into their career inimportant ways, including increased emphasis on care of the underserved wherever they practice, increased sensitivity to cross-cultural issues in medicine, and leadership in public health and health care systems. The maximum award is $1,000. This global enrichment fellowship will offer one MS4 student this opportunity each year (as funding allows).
The Perkins-Burke MD/MPH Global Health Fellowship is funded through a private donation for a third or fourth year UNC MD/MPH student pursuing a focus in global health. Each year, one or two outstanding students will be selected as a Perkins-Burke Global Health Fellow. In order to qualify, the student must be accepted into the Public Health Leadership Program (12 month MPH degree is designed to prepare public health leaders with population-based knowledge and skills). The student will demonstrate academic excellence during the pre-clinical years of medical school at UNC as well as clear interest in incorporating global public health into his/her career as a physician. Applicants will work closely with MPH faculty and a physician mentor to incorporate global health content into their MPH curriculum (including core classes towards the Global Health Certificate) and to plan an internship abroad and Masters paper focused on a related global health topic. Language ability in the intended country of experience is also an important factor in selection. The number and amount of these awards may vary from year to year, but usually range between $1,000 to $3,000.
The Perkins-Burke International Fellowship is funded through the same private donation for a first year UNC medical student pursuing a global health experience in the summer before starting second year. Each year, one outstanding student will be selected as a Perkins-Burke International Fellow. Applicants design and plan an activity that allows them to experience or investigate an aspect of global health that positively and directly influences the health of people in the region they are studying. Preference may be given to those studying infectious diseases such as global tuberculosis or malaria and to students who have who have had limited opportunities for international travel previously. Language ability in the intended country of experience is also an important factor in selection. A selection committee composed of School of Medicine faculty reviews the applications and selects the awardee. The Perkins-Burke International Fellowship recipient will receive a minimum of $1,000 towards the cost of travel and expenses. (scroll up for link to application)
UNC School of Medicine International Fellowships
Fellowships each year to provide partial support to UNC medical students (or student groups) who want to undertake an elective clinical or research experience in another country. This fellowship is funded by the Office of Student Affairs, and the award is on average, $1000.
You can apply for the Perkins-Burke International Fellowship, Medical Alumni Loyalty Fund Global Enrichment Fellowship, Becton-Tannenbaum Fellowship, UNC School of Medicine International Fellowship, and Global Community Service Fellowship by using the universal fellowship application form.
The Kevin R. Stone, MD ‘81 Travel Fellowships or Stone Travel Fellowships will be given annually to up to four MS4 students in good academic standing interested in a personally and professionally significant four-week elective rotation outside of North Carolina. Funds can be used to cover travel, lodging and food. Approx value $3,000.
Kevin R. Stone, MD’81 in grateful appreciation for his medical education and seminal travel experiences while a student at the UNC School of Medicine established this award in 2014-15. Dr. Stone believes firmly that the opportunity for medical students to travel domestically or internationally for a four-week elective rotation during their fourth year can be transformational to their professional careers and personal lives, while providing an opportunity to enrich the collective medical experience in North Carolina, yet, most students are unable to afford the cost of an away rotation.
Interested candidates should apply for the Stone Travel Fellowship in writing to Dr. Julie Byerley Vice Dean for Education by October 1st for a January award date. The Application consists of a one page or less description of where (domestic or international) the fourth-year student wishes to travel for an elective rotation and include how the rotation will inspire their education and impact the medical community of North Carolina.
For all UNC medical students, direct all inquiries related to the Stone Travel Fellowship to Sheila Graham.
To read about the Stone Fellows experiences, follow this link.
*UNC Medical Horizons Fellowship
The UNC School of Medicine has a long and distinguished history of providing educational enrichment programs for medical students. These programs are designed to expand the student view of medicine outside of the general curriculum and enhance the medical student experience. The UNC Medical Horizons Fellowship provides the opportunity for both a UNC medical student and an undergraduate Carolina Covenant scholar (www.unc.edu/carolinacovenant) to participate in UNC Project-Malawi, a research, care, and training program in the capital city of Lilongwe. Each spring, one outstanding MS1 student and one Carolina Covenant scholar will be selected as UNC Medical Horizons Fellows. Both students will spend a month (June) in Malawi observing and participating in various projects/procedures designed to improve patient care for the people of Malawi. All activities will be organized and supervised by UNC Department of Surgery Faculty in collaboration with the NC Jaycee Burn Center. Each student will be awarded $4,000 to fund their experience in Malawi. Fellows will be notified no later than the end of March.
* For all UNC medical students, direct all inquiries related to the Medical Horizon Fellowship to Shay Slifko
Other UNC-based Scholarships
Center for Global Initiatives Internship Award
These awards are intended to advance the academic and professional careers of students who have secured internationally-focused internships. Students must have secured their internship before applying for this award. Upon completing the internship and returning to UNC, students should build the internship experience into their academic experience. And, ideally, upon graduation, students land a job with the organization.
The Center for Global Initiatives is currently focusing particular attention on four themes and encourages proposals that address one or more of these themes: 1) Peace and Conflict Resolution, 2) Global Health, 3) Migration, Citizenship and Identity, and 4) the Globalization of the American South.
C.V. Starr Scholarships (for students that are not U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents)
These awards are intended to support UNC students who have strong financial needs to undertake an independent internationally-oriented experience.The C.V. Starr International Scholarships were established at UNC in 2004 with an endowed gift from The Starr Foundation. Since 1980, C.V. Starr Scholarships have been established at more than 80 major universities, liberal arts colleges, and graduate and professional schools in the United States and abroad. Award range is $3,000 - $5,000.
James and Florence Peacock Fellowship
Two $3000 Scholarships for students to attend Carolina for Kibera. The fellowship is named in honor of the Peacocks, who have been tremendous supporters of CFK since its inception. Two fellowships valued at $3,000 each are awarded annually to two UNC student volunteers to defray the costs associated with volunteering in Kibera. UNC students who apply to be a CFK Summer Volunteer will automatically be considered for the Peacock Fellowship.
Ronald W. Hyatt Rotary Public Service Awards
The Hyatt Rotary Public Service Award is given annually in support of innovative public service projects that exemplify the motto of Rotary International, "Service above Self." The award is named for the late Dr. Ronald W. Hyatt, Professor of Exercise and Sport Science at UNC-Chapel Hill and long-time member of the Chapel Hill Rotary Club, in recognition of his distinguished career at the University and his commitment to helping others. Two awards will be given this year, one (up to $3,000) for an international project and one (up to $2,000) for a local project. If the local project involves members of the Chapel Hill Rotary Club in some way, there is a possibility of additional funds.
O.C Hubert Student Fellowship in International Health is administered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Foundation and provides an opportunity for third and fourth year medical students to gain public health experience in an international setting. This is YEAR LONG program starts with an orientation at the CDC followed by preparatory work and interacting with field staff remotely followed by a SIX TO TWELVE week experience in a developing country working on a priority health problem in conjunction with CDC staff at the assigned field site. Through these experiences, students establish relationships with and receive training from recognized experts from CDC and other agencies. $4000 towards the cost of the international experience is awarded and the remainder of expenses are the student’s responsibility.
For further information see: http://www.cdc.gov/hubertfellowship/More.html
Doris Duke Charitable Foundation – International Clinical Research Fellowships in Africa. UNC/Chapel Hill is one of six US medical schools offering a Doris Duke International Clinical Research Fellowship for medical students with an international placement site. This intensive year long mentoring program in clinical research is intended to encourage students to pursue a career in clinical research. Applicants may apply from any US medical school. Approximately 75% of the year would be spent abroad in the designated site. Funding for travel as well as a modest annual stipend is included in the award.
For additional information see:
This fellowship, sponsored by the US State Department, supports year long research programs, whether part of formal degree programs (for medical students) or individual research, in over 140 countries. More than 1000 grants are awarded annually and though not specifically designed for medical students, many opportunities are available.
For additional information see: http://us.fulbrightonline.org/about
The Arnold P. Gold Foundation Fellowship
The Student Summer Fellowship program offers opportunities for medical students to complete a research or service project related to community health. Projects must be focused on studying cultural competency issues, developing skills to become relationship-centered physicians, and addressing a public health need in an underserved community or population. The grant award includes a $4,000 stipend for a 10-week period. Projects that do not meet the 10-week requirement will be prorated accordingly. Applications are due mid March.
The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship
The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship is awarded to four third year medical students to work for at least three months as fellows at the Albert Schwitzer Hospital in Lambarene, Gabone on clinical rotations. This experience offers opportunity for clinical experience in pediatrics, medicine and community health in this French speaking environment and to be involved in outreach projects at this world renowned medical research unit for Africa. French fluency required.
For additional information see: http://www.schweitzerfellowship.org/chapters/lambarene/
Global Health Program for Fellows and Scholars (previously known as the Fogarty/Ellison Overseas Fellowships in Global Health and Clinical Research)
The Global Health Program for Fellows and Scholars is a one-year, mentored training experience which provides opportunities for U.S. graduate students in the health professions to participate in clinical research and have hands-on experience at top-ranked, NIH-funded research centers across the globe from Bangladesh to Zambia. The selected U.S. Scholars are matched with outstanding International Scholars with similar training and backgrounds. Three is a 3 week orientation at the NIH offices in Baltimore, then 10 month overseas experience. The purpose of this program is to foster the next generation of clinical investigators with an eye toward building international health research collaborations in the developing world. Fellowship includes modest stipend (approximately $25,0000) The program is undergoing administrative restructuring in 2011-2012 but applications are still be accepted.
For additional information see: http://www.fic.nih.gov/Programs/Pages/scholars-fellows.aspx
CIDRZ (Center for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia) HIVCorps Fellows Program
The HIVCorps Fellows Program provides a valuable field training opportunity for future Zambian and expatriate public health leaders. In the setting of a vibrant international organization based in Lusaka, fellowship attachments are 10-12 months long. This HIVCorps Fellowship provides
opportunities to gain field experience in: Program implementation and management, Clinical trials research, Clinical care quality improvement systems, Data management and outcomes analysis, Public health communications. The HIVCorps Fellowship targets medical, nursing or MPH students; recent graduates who wish to gain international experience; and college graduates, including those with Post-baccalaureate degrees, with substantial skills or experience.
Other funding sources
American Women's Hospital Services Overseas Assistance Grant program provides travel grants for medical students and residents working in clinics around the world. Students have traveled to a number of countries ranging from Uganda, Peru, India, Nepal, South Africa. $1,000 max.
Infectious Diseases Society of America http://www.idsociety.org/Index.aspx
UNC Funding Information Portal http://grantsinfo.unc.edu/about
Christian Medical and Dental Associations (http://www.cmdahome.org/) - James S. Westra Memorial Endowment Fund (for 3rd and 4th year students), Short Term Medical Missions Fund for resident physicians
MAP/Reader’s Digest International Fellowships (Christian faith based) (http://www.map.org/)
The Foreign Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention (http://www.imb.org/)
Global Health Ministries (Lutherans) http://www.ghm.org/
International Heelers Scholarship (for a Christian UNC student interested in working with Christian Emergency Relief Teams) for more info: http://www.certinternational.org/
AMSA International Health Opportunities Directory http://www.amsa.org/AMSA/Homepage/EducationCareerDevelopment/IntlHealthOpps.aspx
American Medical Women's Association's American Women's Hospitals Service www.amwa-doc.org/
Charles S. Houston Award of the Wilderness Medical Society http://www.wms.org/
American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene Fellowships http://www.astmh.org/
CDC Hubert Scholarship http://www.cdc.gov/HubertFellowship/
Rotary Foundation International (http://www.rotary.org/) funds for 3-6 months international or cross-cultural study
Sara’s wish scholarship foundation – independent endowed scholarship for a female student: http://www.saraswish.org/scholarships/
American College of Emergency Physicians - research funding for medical student research projects: http://www.acep.org/Physician-Resources/Practice-Resources/Research/Funding-Opportunities/