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FUNDING REQUESTS WILL BE CONSIDERED AFTER THE TRAVEL EXEMPTION REQUIRED BY THE UNIVERSITY IS APPROVED. 

OGHE Travel Award Requirements:

  • Applicants must be current UNC medical students in good academic standing
  • Applicants must submit their funding application using the designated online form
  • All required documentation must be uploaded in the online application including both letters of recommendation
    • Applications and letters of recommendation submitted via any other fashion will not be considered.
    • Communicate with your letter writers and host sites in advance to plan ahead.
  • Curriculum Vitae or Resume
  • Program Budget detailing all program-related expenses – communicate with your host site mentor or previous students to assess pre-travel and in country program costs. Please use our template.
  • Two Letters of Recommendation – Please do not request that both letters be written by the same faculty member. They must be submitted my two separate individuals.
    • 1) Host Site Letter: This reference must be the in-country on-site preceptor, supervising physician, researcher or hosting mentor overseeing your daily involvement for the duration of the program. In their LOR, they are asked to address your suitability for the elective, that yo have permission to participate for your stated length of time, your daily role, and supervision.
    • 2) UNC SOM Letter: The UNC letter should come from a faculty advisor, Elective Course Director or UNC faculty member who can speak to your candidacy for the scholarship.
  • Essay 1 – Limit 1,500 words. Discuss your motivation for this global program and specific site and program area of interest for one of the options:
    1. For research: Project description; faculty support; funding needs; and plans for IRB approval.
    2. For public health-focused projects: Project description; faculty support; funding needs and plans for IRB approval if any research involved.
    3. For clinically-focused programs: Anticipated patient-care responsibilities and supervision, and plans for scholarly activity.
  • Short Answer Questions
    • rationale for choice of selected site
      o academic objectives
      o description of on-site supervision
    • Language barriers, if any, and how to mitigate any potential risks for clinical and research safety

OGHE  Travel Award Eligibility:

    • Awards are for individuals, UNC medical students only
    • Student groups are not eligible for this award
    • Applicants who have received the OGHE funding in the past are not eligible to receive a second award for a similar experience
    • Minimum of 4 week program length
    • Prior approval from the host site & course director (if receiving UNC SOM academic credit)
    • Completing all UNC SOM global pre-travel requirements before departure with written approval from the OGHE to travel
    • Funding for retroactive electives are not accepted