Harold Varmus, MD, Endowed Fund for Global Health Scholars

The Harold Varmus, MD, Endowed Fund for Global Health Scholars enables future leaders to build bridges between countries and promote intercultural understanding through global health research. This funding source will support medical school students and PhD graduate division students interested in conducting research projects abroad.

Short-term funding for travel and living expenses for medical students in their 4th/final year after entering Career Launch, but not for medical student work toward a master’s thesis or language program.
Note: the information below describes the requirements for UCSF SOM medical students.

Because global health funding is limited, for short-term funding from any UCSF funding source, students are eligible for funded work abroad in the summer after year one for Summer Explore research funds, and again in 4th year after entering Career Launch.

PhD Graduate Division Students should refer to this link for application requirements: PhD Graduate Division Student Application Link.

up to $3,000
  1. Must be a UCSF SOM student in 4th year, after entering Career Launch.

  2. Work must be in one location.

  3. Special permission (on a case-by-case basis) is required for travel to areas that carry a US State Department Travel Advisory “Reconsider Travel” or “Do Not Travel”; OR a UC Trip Planner/Worldcue Security Rating of 5 overall.

  4. All student travel overseas for academic research or rotations must be approved. See this link for further details.

  5. With the application all students must upload the Student Emergency Packet and the approver-signed Student International Travel Approval. These forms are available by link from the Varmus GH Scholars application or on the SOM Academic Forms website

  6. Funding is available only for rotations in under-served settings in resource-limited countries, or on reservations belonging to the sovereign Tribal Nations of the United States..

  7. All research and clinical rotations abroad require SOM global health advising and the completion of SOM required preparation noted during the advising session.

  8. On their return, students are required to submit an abstract and poster, if this research is part of their requirements for graduation.

7 weeks, minimum. Exceptions considered prior to application.

or the SOM Global Health Advisor


This is a UCSF Funding Source dispersed by the Inquiry Funding Office.
To begin, verify the next deadline for Quarterly Grant applications under
Applications and Deadlineson the Inquiry Funding Office website.

This application will apply simultaneously for 1)the SOM Global Health Research Grant and 2)the Diane Sklar Global Health Initiative Grant if the research involves maternal-child health, women’s reproduction, or gynecology issues.

Funding Sources
Funding Type
Global Health