The School of Medicine’s Office of International Activities offers biannual Medical Student Global Health Scholarship applications.To enroll in any global health elective or to travel in a student role, regardless of credit or funding support, every student is required to receive final OIA approval by completing the SOM OIA Pre-Departure requirements 8 weeks in advance. Faculty permission to enroll in a course does not deem your elective approved until OIA confirms travel is permitted. Failure to receive OIA approval will result in academic forfeiture of credit completed abroad, reimbursement of any SOM funding to support your global program, and put you at significant financial and medical risk should you travel without completing the OIA requirements.
Eligibility: UNC medical student in good academic standing at any level of training committed to a minimum three-four week global health experience abroad. Awards range from $500-$2,000. Funding for retroactive electives are not considered. Further, if an applicant has already received former OIA funding for an international medical student program, they are not eligible to receive additional funding for the same experience. However, applicants can be funded twice from the OIA for different global health proposals during their medical school career. The amount of awards is determined by amount of funding available at the time the selection process occurs and based on the volume of strong applications. Proposals are reviewed by UNC faculty.
|School of Medicine Student Funding Applications||Application Deadline||Decisions by|
|OIA Medical Student Global Health Scholarship||February 15th||March 15th|
|OIA Medical Student Global Health Scholarship
MS4 Fellowships – early
|September 15th||October 15th|
|Perkins-Burke MD/MPH Global Health Fellowship||December 21st||January 15th|
Scholarship Requirements and Restrictions
- Curriculum Vitae
- Program Budget
- Applicants must apply online and all required documentation must be uploaded in the online application
- Two Letters of Recommendation from 1) Host: This reference must be the on-site preceptor, supervising physician, researcher or hosting mentor overseeing your daily involvement for the duration of the program- they are to addres your suitabillity for the elective, your daily role, and the quality of the international site; 2) UNC SOM Faculty Advisor
- Essay proposal outlining the students’ motivation for this global program or interest in a career in neurology
o overall purpose and motivations for the proposed global health program
o rationale for choice of selected site
o academic objectives
o describe on-site supervision
o political stability of the region, potential safety and/or health risks and steps to mitigate risks
Students wishing to apply for the UNC Medical Student Global Health Scholarship should:
- Have a mentor identified for any research
- Have a SOM faculty identified as a course advisor if you plan to receive academic credit
- Prepare a proposal outlining the proposed program, the nature of your involvement, and educational objectives
- Complete a budget of expenses related to the proposal and travel as part of the online submission. (Sample online budget)
- ONLY UNC active/registered medical students in good academic standing may apply.
- Student Groups (HHA, PPS) are not eligible to apply for the scholarship.
- Students must submit proposals online using the online application system.
- During that process, students will upload their proposal form and provide budget information online
- Awards will be given to single applicants. Team/Group proposals are not eligible.
- If you are working with humans – YOU MUST APPLY FOR UNIVERSITY IRB APPROVAL! Consult the PI. (even if you are just doing surveys.)
- Students who receive awards are expected to submit a post-travel evaluation form within four weeks of their return date or credit, funding, and future funding is withdrawn.
The student must have OIA approval to travel and attend some required events before and after the global health program.
- These awards do not cover stipends/salaries, nor stipends/salaries to participants of research survey’s or studies.
- These awards do not cover unapproved personal expenses related to travel, excursions, transportation, and lodging are not to be submitted in the budget.
- Scholarship awards will be paid directly to student(s). The OIA will not transfer awards to faculty mentor University accounts.
- OUR awards are available to students for travel, supplies and materials for students who are committing to an international health experience.
- We are not able to support the costs of home living expenses if you are enrolled in classes.
- Travel: These awards cover travel related to conducting research, clinical rotations, and other in-country expenses such as airfare, supplies, vaccinations, site fee, housing, or mileage to and from research site to collect samples.
- By virtue of the account code being used for the payment, these payments will be reported to the recipients on a 1099 or W-2. This could mean these payments are taxable. In most cases, the IRS will consider these “non-qualified scholarship” payments which are taxable according to the IRS. Payment recipients should refer to IRS Publication 970, http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p970.pdf, and the Form 1040 instructions, http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/i1040.pdf. For further information on what amount is reportable and how to report it when filing their tax return, students should contact a tax professional.
- Online applications will only be accepted.
- Applications for medical student scholarships are accessible four weeks prior to the application deadline and closes on the published deadline date.
- If you have received this scholarship in the past, you ARE ONLY eligible to apply again in another academic year for additional funding if you are submitting a NEW proposal for a NEW elective clearly outlining objectives for the experience.
The annual Office of International Activities Medical Student Global Health Scholarship application is a single application pertaining to Perkins-Burke International Health Fellowship, Becton-Tannenbaum Fellowship, Medical Alumni Loyalty Fund Global Enrichment Fellowship, and the International Health Fellowship. The application is accessible through our website four weeks prior to the application deadline. When ready, the link is found above.
*For all UNC undergraduate students, direct all inquiries related to the UNC Medical Horizons Fellowship to the UNC Center for Global Initiatives * For all UNC medical students, direct all inquiries related to the Medical Horizon Fellowship to the OIA Program Manager.
Other UNC-based Scholarships for Global Health
For additional information see: http://globalhealth.unc.edu/education/global-health-fellowships/doris-duke-icrf-program
*Katherine Salisbury in UNC IGHID is the contact for both – year long, global health clinical research programs.
For additional information see:” http://cgi.unc.edu/funding-opp/fulbright/
For additional information see: http://www.cidrz.org/call-for-applications-cidrz-hivcorps-fellows-2014-2015/
Other funding sources
Child Family Health International offers scholarships for students to apply towards a CFHI Global Health Education Program of their choice either throughout the year or for their summer elective program. Please follow this link for details.
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: An important part of IDSA’s mission is to promote the subspecialty of infectious diseases by attracting the best and brightest medical students to the field. To further this goal, the IDSA Education and Research Foundation offers scholarships to 1st, 2nd, or 3rd year medical students in U.S. and Canadian medical schools with mentorship by an IDSA member or fellow.
The Benjamin H. Kean Travel Fellowship in Tropical Medicine is awarded annually to support medical students involved in clinical or research electives in tropical areas. The Fellowship is designed to encourage young people to continue their work in tropical medicine and hygiene and recognize their achievements thus far.
American Medical Women’s Association’s Overseas Assistance Program: The AWHS 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. This grant provides assistance with transportation costs up to $1,000 connected with pursuing medical studies in an off-campus setting where the medically neglected will benefit.
Christian Medical and Dental Associations – provide various mission scholarships for student and resident members wishing to spend time overseas as a rotation elective.
MAP/Reader’s Digest International Fellowships (Christian faith based)
Global Health Ministries (Lutherans)
International Heelers Scholarship (for a Christian UNC student interested in working with Christian Emergency Relief Teams)
Rotary Foundation International funds for 3-6 months international or cross-cultural study
Sara’s wish scholarship foundation – independent endowed scholarship for a female student