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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 Microsoft Office document iconApplication Form (MS Word file) for the following PDF iconscholarships offered through the Carver College of Medicine. If possible, please complete and submit the PDF application electronically.

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.

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. your 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. 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).

Budgeting Tips

  • Prepare two budgets for yourself. One should be your ideal (but responsible) budget if resources were to be made available. The second should be your barebones budget. What is the minimal amount of funding that you will need to make your plans a reality? Consider not only ways to increase your funding but also ways to decrease your expenditures. Click here for tips on preparing a budget.
  • Apply for support from multiple sources. Explore UI funding opportunities through the Global Health Programs Office within the Carver College of Medicine, the College of Public Health, the Office of International Programs, and the UI Center for Human Rights. Search for local, national and international support through service and religious organizations. Search out medical specialty organizations such as in tropical medicine or pediatrics. Seek out research possibilities. Search national professional medical associations such as AMWA and AMSA.
  • Remember, funding is most often competitive. A poorly written proposal is neither a good use of your time nor the selection committee's. Define your educational objectives as well as your strategy to achieve your goals. How will you prepare in advance for your program? How will you evaluate your progress towards your goals?
  • When you successfully apply for funding, thank the funders. They will appreciate knowing how their funds were used.
  • If you find a new source of funding, let us know so that we can list the source for future students.

Scholarship applications are still being accepted from M3 and M4 students for programs through the end of the current application cycle, which ends April 2017.
Applications are now being accepted for scholarships covering the period of May 2017 – April 2018.

The initial scholarship application deadline for programs beginning May 2017 or later is midnight, January 31, 2017. Applications received after this deadline will still be considered as long as funding is available. Send the application electronically to Robin Paetzold at the address below. Students must be in good academic standing to qualify for scholarship consideration. If you have questions, please contact:

Robin Paetzold
Director, Global Health Programs
University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine
MERF 1187A
Iowa City, IA 52242
Tel (319) 353-5762
Fax (319) 335-8049

Proposals for all Global Health Programs medical student scholarships listed above are being considered on a rolling basis for the current academic year as long as resources are available.

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 coursework 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 pursuing electives in the same site in the future. A selection of recent reports from global health medical students can be accessed through the Global Health Programs website.

Additional Funding Sources

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