Financial Support for Global Health Opportunities

Many medical students face financial challenges when considering the pursuit of a Global Health Programs elective. Funding opportunities will be listed on this site as they come to our attention. We also encourage you to consider the following:

Applying for Global Health Programs Scholarships

The Global Health Programs office is using a common application form for all scholarships offered through the Carver College of Medicine. The scholarship application is integrated into the registration materials (last page) and should be submitted with your registration packet.

You can view a list of all the Global Health Scholarships and learn more about the donor and/or focus of the funding. If a letter is required for a specific scholarship, be sure to check the funding source materials to determine who the letter should be addressed to. If no addressee is specified, it's okay to use a generic such as "To whom it may concern" or "To the scholarship review committee" as the addressee.

To qualify for funding, students are required to spend a minimum of four weeks at a pre-approved site. The work must qualify for registration as a Global Health Programs elective. Recipients will become familiar with the cultural, social, and medical problems of the area they choose. All scholarship recipients must work under the supervision of a health care provider who has extensive knowledge and expertise, as well as a formal tie to the site (the organization or institution where the program or project is undertaken). A letter of acceptance from the supervisor confirming details of the proposed project and stating a willingness to assume responsibility for the student’s activities must accompany the scholarship application.

Submitting a Proposal

Applicants must submit a program/project proposal, limited to four pages. Note: If you are applying for two or more separate programs/clerkships, please submit a separate application for each site. The project proposal should include:

  1. Goals for the scholarship period
  2. Plan to achieve the goals
  3. Value of the experience to your growth as a medical student
  4. Description of your preparation for the experience
  5. Written acceptance from the site including dates of the visit
  6. Budget for living expenses, travel, and other project-related costs (proposals should identify the portion of the costs the applicant is prepared to bear personally or secure from other sources)
  7. If you have not taken courses in the Global Health Programs at CCOM: you may be asked to submit two recommendations using PDF iconthis form (Microsoft Office document iconMS Word version). (You may use the same recommendations for multiple applications with the writer's permission; you do not need to submit separate recommendations for each scholarship)
  8. Submit all materials via email to Global Health Programs.

Deadlines for Application

Applications are now being accepted for scholarships covering the period of May 2018 – April 2019. Proposals for all Global Health Programs medical student scholarships are considered on a rolling basis for the current academic year as long as resources are available.

The initial scholarship application deadline for programs beginning May 2019 or later is midnight, January 31, 2019. Applications received after this deadline will still be considered as long as funding is available. Send the application electronically to the Global Health Programs Director at the address below. Students must be in good academic standing to qualify for scholarship consideration. If you have questions, please contact Global Health Programs, or call 319-353-5762

Scholarship recipients are required to submit a written report of their experience to the Global Health Programs Director within three weeks of their return, as well as complete all course work requirements. Some scholarships also require that you submit a written report directly to their designee. These reports are used to document your experiences for all interested parties, including students considering pursuit of electives in the same site in the future. A selection of recent reports from Global Health Programs medical students can be accessed at Past Student Involvement

Thank You Notes

When you successfully apply for funding, thank the funders. They will appreciate knowing how their funds were used.

A sample template for a thank you letter and an example are available by following the link below. Do not copy the sample letter. Funders want to see your own words and hear of your experience, not receive identical thank you notes.

Sample Thank You

Additional Funding Sources

These funding sources utilize their own application form, not the application materials described above.