Application Deadline: February 15, 2020

Recommendation Letter writers (2) Deadline: February 22, 2020
Awards Announced: March 15, 2019

Biannual Resident Physician Global Health Scholarship application


The UNC Office of Global Health Education in the Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases -in conjunction with UNC Office of Graduate Medical Education and UNC School of Medicine-  is pleased to offer the UNC Global Health Scholars Program. Residents who complete all Global Health Scholars Program requirements will receive an OGHE/Office of GME certificate upon graduation from residency. This competitive, two-year, multi-disciplinary program provides funding ( $8,000) to support the career and leadership development of UNC resident physicians with a vested commitment to global health practice and research. Selections for this will be limited and we encourage the strongest applicants with an expressed financial need for ongoing global health studies or projects to apply.


  • Resident Scholars applications due March 1, 2020
  • Two distinct letters of support must be submitted in the online portal by March 15, 2020
  • Selected scholars will be notified by April 1, 2020 for a program start date of July 1st of the same year


UNC/H resident physicians and fellows applying to the 2-year UNC Office of International Activities Global Health Scholars Program. Trainees must have at least two years of postgraduate training time remaining, be in good professional standing and have the approval and support of their Program Director to apply and travel for four weeks. Applicants must commit to meeting all program requirements outlined on the OIA Global Health Scholars website. Residents are strongly encouraged to apply in January of the PGY1 year to start at the beginning of the subsequent academic year. It is anticipated that completion of requirements will take at least two years. Exceptions to the two year stipulation may be considered on a case by case basis for advanced trainees e.g. – Those who have already completed residency and are in fellowship training or preventive medicine residency.

Selected Global Health Scholars are not eligible to receive additional OGHE funding through the travel awards offered through the OGHE biannual scholarships.


Two annual awards of $4,000 when scholar meets all program requirements and pending regular budgetary and progress meetings upheld with mentors regarding proposed project.


  1. Complete at least 8 weeks of global health-related electives. At least 4 weeks should be performed internationally and 8 weeks is strongly encouraged, with preference to already established UNC sites (e.g. Malawi, Zambia, Nicaragua). Other electives may include: migrant and/or refugee health, other underserved populations, focused reading or research elective in global health, or reading and/or project work -related to global health while on a regular UNC rotation (e.g. administrative month).
  2. Participate in existing UNC global health educational activities (e.g., OGHE-sponsored Global Health Forum, journal clubs, noon conferences, departmental grand rounds and lectures, and other related seminars) and LEAD at least one structured global health activity.
  3. Complete a global health-related scholarly project of publishable and/or presentable quality
  4. Demonstrate that they are receiving global health mentorship through the resident’s home clinical department and the OGHE.
  5. Global Health Scholars are encouraged to complete formal global health-related coursework or certification. See our website for options.


Application Instructions: 

All applications must be submitted through the online application system by March 1.

See our website to access 2020 Resident Physician Global Health Scholars Application:

Program Contact

Shay Slifko