International Project Funding

Opportunities for learners from all UCSF schools and at every level are included below. Please see eligibility requirements.

UCSF Funding Sources

SOM International Programs Grants

Deadline: quarterly for winter, spring, and summer quarters; for exact deadlines and to apply, visit RAPtr.

Length: short-term

Eligibility: UCSF medical students

Offered by the Curricular Affairs Office, SOM. Grants are available on a quarterly basis to fund health-related international projects, clinical work, or research by UCSF medical students for a minimum of one month (160 hours). Since funds are limited, grants usually provide partial support for overall costs, and usually range from $1000 - $1500 depending on the number of approved applications. Read more about International Program grants at the RAPtr website.

The Diane Sklar Global Health Initiative Fund

Deadline: quarterly; for exact deadlines and to apply, visit RAPtr.

Length: short-term and yearlong

Eligibility: third or fourth-year medical students

Offered through the generosity of Diane Sklar and Wayne Gilbert. $3000 is available annually to one or more third or fourth-year medical students who plan work or study in a developing country, focused on the issues of maternal-child health, women’s reproduction, or women’s gynecology.

Vanderryn Preceptorships

Deadline: March; apply through Family Community Medicine

Length: short-term

Eligibility: medical students between first and second year of training program

Offered by the UCSF Department of Family & Community Medicine.

Named in memory of David Vanderryn, a Family Medicine resident, these preceptorships are available to three UCSF students during the summer between the first and second year of medical school. The four-week preceptorships provide a stipend of $1600 and are for students interested in working in underserved communities either in the United States or abroad. Applications must include three copies each of 1) completed application form, 2) your current CV, and 3) a 500-word essay describing long-term goals, medical career interests, and why you would like to do a preceptorship in an underserved community. If you have identified a community in which you would like to work, you should include that information in the essay. To obtain or submit an application, or ask questions about the process, contact Roy Johnston, MU 335E, tel. 415/476-2503 or johnstonr@fcm.ucsf.edu

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Pathways to Discovery Project Grants for Global Health Pathways Students

Deadline: rolling

Length: minimum 3 months

Eligibility: Open to students and trainees from all UCSF schools whose Pathway Project Proposals have been approved; Any Pathways to Discovery learner working on an unfunded project, with preference for Health & Society, Health Professions Education, and Global Health Pathway learners. Medical Students seeking funding for support of conference travel must first apply via the UCSF School of Medicine Conference Travel Grants.

The award provides reimbursement of up to $1500 (usually smaller) for project costs for student who have not received project funding. Applications for the Pathways Grants (for enrolled Pathways to Discovery learners) are accepted on a rolling basis; contact Renee Courey for the link to the application form.

University of California Funding Sources

The UC Global Health Institute (GloCal) Health Fellowship

Deadline: early December

Length: yearlong (11-month)

Eligibility: Applicants include doctoral students, professional students (MD, DDS, DVM, PharmD, etc.), post-doctoral fellows from participating sites, and some categories of junior faculty.

This career development fellowship is sponsored by the NIH Fogarty International Center, as well as a consortium at the UCGHI, comprised of 4 UC campuses and 25 affiliated international sites in 14 countries. The purpose of the program is to support a consecutive 11-month mentored research fellowship for existing and aspiring investigators to study diseases and conditions in developing countries. Accepted applicants spend their first four-week period at UCSF participating in the Clinical and Translational Research Fellowship, followed by 10 months at the international research site. All trainees also attend a five-day NIH training in Washington, DC. Covered costs include the monthly stipend, health insurance, research training costs of ~ $20,000, travel costs, etc. Please see the following link for full details.

http://glocalfellows.org/

UC MEXUS Grants Related to Mexico-California Research

Deadline: June and December

Length: short-term

Eligibility: areas of interest to UC MEXUS range across academic fields from the sciences to the arts, Latino Studies, and critical issues of common concern to the United States and Mexic

The University of California Institute for Mexico and the United States (UC MEXUS) is sponsoring a competition for support of UC graduate student and postdoctoral research activities in all disciplines as related to academic exchange, research training, and scholarly development. Proposals are encouraged for small, short-term non-dissertation projects of one week to six months that will advance the applicants’ research training or academic understanding of their fields. The maximum grant amount is $1,500. More information and the application forms and instructions and can be accessed at http://ucmexus.ucr.edu/funding/grant_small_studentpostdoc.html

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Government Funding Sources

CDC Student Fellowships

Deadline: varies

Length: short-term and yearlong

Eligibility: for medical, dental, pharmacy or graduate students from underrepresented populations

The Epidemiology Elective Program is available for 4th-year medical students to participate in surveillance and analysis of public health data. Rotations are at least 6 weeks in length. The CDC pays for travel and living expenses related to field investigations. Students are responsible for the costs of round-trip transportation to their assigned CDC facility and living expenses during the elective.

The James A. Ferguson Emerging Infectious Diseases Program funds a nine-week summer program providing educational, research, and clinical opportunities. A $4000 stipend is provided for all participants; housing and round-trip travel are also available for out-of-state students.

The CDC-Hubert Global Health Fellowship provides third and fourth-year medical students with a 6 – 12-week CDC-mentored public health project in a developing country. All participants receive travel funds to the orientation in Atlanta, Georgia, as well as field assignment travel and living expenses up to $4000. All expenses above this amount must be paid by the student.

The CDC Applied Epidemiology Fellowship provides a 10 – 12 month hands-on funded experience for medical students who have completed their second or third year of medical school. Students work at the CDC headquarters in Atlanta under the mentorship of experienced CDC epidemiologists, working on public health problems.

More information about all the CDC programs is available at

http://www.cdc.gov/fellowships/StudentInternships.html

Fulbright US Student Grants

Deadline: September

Length: yearlong

Eligibility:

  • U.S. citizenship at the time of application. Permanent residents are not eligible.
  • B.A. degree or the equivalent conferred before the start of the grant.
  • In the creative and performing arts, four years of professional training and/or experience meets the basic eligibility requirement.
  • Good health. Grantees will be required to submit a satisfactory Medical Certificate from a physician.
  • Proficiency in the written and spoken language of the host country sufficient to communicate with the people and to carry out the proposed study. This is especially important for projects in the social sciences and the humanities.

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is the largest U.S. exchange program offering opportunities for students and young professionals to undertake individually designed study/research projects or teaching in international sites. Fulbright awardees live, work, and learn from the people of the host country, sharing daily experiences. For most programs, applicants who have had extensive previous foreign experience (> 6 months) in the host country are at a competitive disadvantage. The award includes transportation to the host country, funding for room, board and incidental costs, as well as health insurance. Program requirements may vary by country. Please see the web link for information, and contact Dr. Chris Stewart, Fulbright Program Adviser at UCSF for additional questions and advising.

https://us.fulbrightonline.org/getting-started

Fulbright-Fogarty Fellowship in Public Health

Deadline: October

Length: long-term

Eligibility:

  • U.S. citizenship at the time of application. Permanent residents are not eligible.
  • B.A. degree or the equivalent conferred before the start of the grant.
  • In the creative and performing arts, four years of professional training and/or experience meets the basic eligibility requirement.
  • Good health. Grantees will be required to submit a satisfactory Medical Certificate from a physician.
  • Proficiency in the written and spoken language of the host country sufficient to communicate with the people and to carry out the proposed study. This is especially important for projects in the social sciences and the humanities.

This Fellowship promotes the expansion of research in public health and clinical research in resource-limited settings for medical or graduate students. Degree requirements, research focus and affiliation vary by country. Eligible countries include sites in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Applicants are encouraged to communicate by email with the contacts listed on individual country pages. All awards are for 9 required months at the international site. For more information, please visit:

http://www.fic.nih.gov/Programs/Pages/fulbright-fellowships.aspx

International Research and Exchange Grants

Deadline: September

Length: short-term

Eligibility: postdoctoral scholars and professionals

This US Department of State fellowship provides Short-Term Travel Grants (STG) to US scholars and professionals holding graduate degrees, and allow up to eight weeks of overseas research in Eastern Europe and Eurasia on issues relevant to the US government.  The maximum award is $10,000, but the amount is determined by length of stay and cost of living at the research site.

http://www.irex.org/project/short-term-travel-grants-stg

USAID Summer Internships

Deadline: March

Length: short-term

Eligibility:

  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Current Enrollment in a College or University;
  • A minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0

Several paid and unpaid opportunities are available through various bureaus or offices within USAID. USAID’s Africa Bureau offers summer internships in Washington, D.C., as well as in a few of their overseas missions in sub-Saharan Africa. USAID’s Africa Bureau provides students with housing, a small monthly stipend and in-country travel costs. All other costs for this internship must be paid by the student, including travel to Africa and medical insurance. More information is available at:

http://www.usaid.gov/work-usaid/careers/student-internships

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Private Funding Sources

American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH): Benjamin H. Kean Traveling Fellowship in Tropical Medicine

Deadline: March

Length: short-term

This fellowship is designed to support medical students involved in clinical or research electives in tropical areas, with at least one month spent at a site endemic for tropical diseases. All ASTMH fellowships give preference to student members of the ASTMH. See link for other priority criteria. Funding provides airfare and $1000 reimbursement for living expenses.

www.astmh.org/ASTMH_Sponsored_Fellowships/4351.htm

Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA) Medical Scholars Summer Program

Deadline: March

Length: short-term

Eligibility:

  • a full-time student in a North American accredited school of medicine
  • conducting research or clinical training in tropical medicine or global health with at least one month at a site endemic for tropical diseases, starting after June 1, 2012

In order to promote the subspecialty of infectious diseases, the IDSA Education and Research Foundation offers scholarships to medical students with mentorship by an IDA member or fellow. It is the responsibility of IDSA members and fellows to identify and solicit interested students. Each scholarship recipient receives $2000, and projects must focus on pediatric or adult infectious diseases, involving either clinical or research activities. More information is available at:

http://www.idsociety.org/Medical_Scholars_Program/

Zuckerman Fellowship

Deadline: January

Length: yearlong

Eligibility: Fellows are required to have at least one year of their business, law, or medical degree completed when they begin their Fellowship year, except for students admitted to HBS-HKS joint degree program at Harvard University.

Zuckerman Fellows receive one year of tuition and health insurance fees, plus a living stipend of $15000, in order to obtain an additional degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, the Harvard School of Public Health, or the Harvard Kennedy School. While enrolled for the degree program at Harvard, Fellows also participate in a yearlong co-curricular leadership program. Candidates must have, or be pursuing an MBA, JD, or MD degree. For more information, please see the following link.

http://www.centerforpublicleadership.org/ZuckermanFellowship/

External Funding Opportunities Deadlines

Program

Application Deadline
Summer: USAID Summer InternshipsMarch
Short-term: CDC student fellowshipVaries
Mid-term: CDC-Hubert Global Health FellowshipFebruary
Year-long: CDC Epidemiology FellowshipEarly December
Year-long: Fogarty GloCal Health FellowshipEarly December
Year-long: Fulbright grants, student programOctober
Year-long: Fulbright-Fogarty Fellowships in Public HealthOctober
International Research and Exchange GrantsSeptember
USAID Summer InternshipsMarch
American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH): Benjamin H. Kean Traveling Fellowship in Tropical MedicineMarch
Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA) Medical Scholars Summer ProgramMarch
Zuckerman FellowshipJanuary

 

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