Funding

timeandmoneybalanceIt is wise to consider your personal financial situation as early as possible in the process of planning a global health experience so that you can be realistic when considering various sites. Financial support for international experiences is limited. Some funding sources are site or program-specific. When applicable, you will find this information on our Global Health Opportunities pages. General support from a number of entities, including Global Health Programs (GHP) is typically not tied to a specific site.

General Funding -- Penn/Perelman School of Medicine

General funding is not tied to a single location but usually requires commitments between four and twelve weeks.   Below, you will find a list of University of Pennsylvania-related funding sources, including information on funding from our Global Health Programs office. 

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Global Health Programs Travel Awards

The majority of Penn medical students who pursue global health experiences receive their funding through the Global Health Programs (GHP) office.   GHP travel awards are intended to encourage as many students as possible to gain exposure to international health care systems and research environments, as well as health care challenges where resources are limited.  We are able to make these awards thanks to the generosity of a number of donors/organizations.  See below to learn about award levels and restrictions, as well these GHP funding sources.

GHP Award Levels

Our intention is to cover most of a student’s roundtrip airfare and to provide a small amount of funding to be used for travel-related medications and vaccines and/or living expenses.  Course and program fees are not to be paid with GHP awards. If approved for GHP awards, you can expect the level of support indicated in the table below. If your destination is not listed, GHP will determine appropriate funding level (never above $2500).  Please note that if demand should exceed resources in any given calendar year, funding levels will be reduced.

FUNDING FOR EXPERIENCES BEGINNING AFTER JUNE 20, 2011

DESTINATION

AIRFARE $

EXPENSES $

TOTAL GHP FUNDING POSSIBLE $

Africa (North)

1000

500

1500

Africa (Ghana)

1500

500

2000

Africa (Botswana*)

1700

*0

1700

Africa (Eastern, including Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda)

1900

500

2400

Africa (Liberia & Malawi)

2100

500

2600

Africa (Default)

1700

500

2200

Asia (S/SE/E; all but Japan and Laos)

1500

500

2000

Australia

1500

500

2000

Botswana

1700

*0

1700

Caribbean/Mexico

500

500

1000

Central America

550

500

1050

China/South/Southeast Asia

1500

500

2000

Europe (non Petrus-Camper recipients)

1000

500

1500

Japan

1300

500

1800

Laos

2500

500

3000

Middle East (includes Egypt)

1200

500

1700

South America

900

500

1400

USA/Canada: Unfunded work with Mexican Border & Native American Populations

300

500

800

USA/Canada:  Funded** work with above populations; e.g. Indian Health Service Chinle

**

**

400

* In Botswana, Penn-paid housing replaces expense funds

** The Indian Health Service @ Chinle provides housing and a stipend

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Restrictions on GHP awards: GHP awards are not available for:

  1. experiences that are shorter than four weeks
  2. experiences in locations where there is a current State Department Travel Warning 
  3. students who are funded by any other Penn entity
  4. students with "year-out" funding listed on this webpage
  5. students with general funding listed on this webpage
  6. students with any of the special funding described on the planning and opportunities pages of this website, including Max Kade (Austria) and Petrus Camper (Netherlands)
  7. more than one global health experience in a single calendar year
  8. more than two global health experiences while a medical student at Penn
  9. experiences for which you do not complete a GHP registration form and travel advance request at least six weeks prior to your departure for the global health experience location

Global Health Programs Awards & Sources

General Funding - Non Penn

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CCEB Summer Research Fellowship

In 2004, the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics (CCEB) initiated this research fellowship for medical students interested in working on a clinical research project during the summer between their first and second years of medical school.  Research can be on-site or remote (including international), under the sponsorship of a Penn faculty mentor in the CCEB (includes Senior Scholars and Associate Scholars). 

To apply, you must submit a 2-3 page research proposal, along with your Curriculum Vitae and a letter of support from the proposed mentor.  A detailed format for the research proposal will be provided in December.   The official deadline for applications will be announced in December but is usually in late January or early February.  Complete applications are submitted to Dr. Joshua Metlay at the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics (contact Annette Speach, Dr. Metlay’s administrative assistant, at 724 Blockley Hall or ahill@cceb.med.upenn.edu)

Two to four fellowships supported by CCEB are awarded annually in the form of a $1500 monthly stipend for up to two months. CCEB usually announces awards by March 15.

Stolley Travel Awards

The Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics (CCEB) sponsors the Paul D. Stolley Travel Award. This award, named for the Founding Director of the CCEB, provides an opportunity for medical students to study clinical epidemiology in an international setting.

Arrangements are made for the Stolley Travel Award recipient to work at one of the 26 developing nation Clinical Epidemiology Units in the International Clinical Epidemiology network (INCLEN). This is designed to be a one month experience. Working with faculty members here and there as joint preceptors, the student will join the Host University's Epidemiology Unit seminars and conferences, work through guided readings, and attend selected meetings with their Host University faculty preceptor. The student also may work for a limited time on one of the research projects underway in the host Epidemiology Unit.

This is an annual award. The recipient is selected by a committee of CCEB faculty, based on an application and interview. Applicants must have successfully completed CES-I, Introduction to Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, in order to be considered for the Travel Award. The annual application deadline is typically in early January. One Penn medical student, chosen from among the applicants, will receive the Award, consisting of paid round trip airfare plus $1,000 for living expenses.

The application process is announced/advertised annually in November. For additional information and/or questions about the application process and Award, please get in touch with Tom Kelly (215-898-0861, tkelly@cceb.med.upenn.edu). 

The majority of Penn medical students participating in global health experiences (more than 120 in 2006) receive awards from Global Health Programs (GHP).  GHP is able to offer these awards thanks to the generosity of an ever-growing number of sponsors, including:

  • Academic Programs Global Health Fund
    The Vice Dean for Academic Programs at Penn's School of Medicine provides substantial funding to our medical students for global health experiences throughout the world
  • David Kaufman Travel Award
    These awards are funded through the David Kaufman Memorial Fund.  Dr. David Kaufman passed away unexpectedly in March 2002.  At the time of his death, Dr. Kaufman was the secretary general of the Henry L. Bockus International Society of Gastroenterology and former president of the medical staff and chief of Internal Medicine at Trinitas Hospital in Elizabeth, New Jersey.  He was also a recognized authority in inflammatory bowel disease in the northern New Jersey region.  The David Kaufman Memorial Fund was established at Penn's School of Medicine, through the efforts of Dr. Kaufman's family, friends, and colleagues, as well as members of his University of Pennsylvania undergraduate class of 1952 and his medical school class of 1956.  For information on making a gift to the David Kaufman Memorial Fund, please contact Vanessa Marinari, Penn Medicine, 215-898-9692.
  • Global Health Programs Grant
    These grants are made possible by funding from the Dean of Penn's School of Medicine
  • Infectious Disease Botswana Fellowship
    Penn's Division of Infectious Disease provides funding for a number of third and fourth year students participating in the Sub-I in Internal Medicine in Botswana

  • Kaufman Family Global Health Fellowship
    Established with a generous commitment by Mark Kaufman, M’77, and his wife, Sarah, to support Global Health Programs.  Mark Kaufman is Chairman of the Board and a general internist with Dean Health Systems, a for-profit multi-specialty group practice in Madison, Wisconsin.  He also serves as Chief Medical Officer of the Dean Health Plan.  Sarah Kaufman trained as a physician’s assistant.  Their interest in global health and their commitment to health care education inspired them to create this fellowship as a way of “giving something back” to Dr. Kaufman’s alma mater.

  • Michael and Susannah Kramer Global Health Fellowships
    Dr. Michael J. Kramer, M’84 practiced medicine and cardiology in Manhattan for 10 years. He is now involved in physician management and investment management. His wife, Susannah Wilshire Kramer, practiced corporate law for 20 years. The Kramers live in East Hampton, N.Y., with their two children, Sam (12) and JiJi (6).  The Kramers wanted to support the School of Medicine in preparing the next generation of physician leaders. The Global Health Program was a natural choice for them, matching their commitment to medical education with their belief that exposure to global issues – both in and away from medicine – is important for young people. They were further impressed that the fellowship program combines educational opportunities abroad for future medical professionals with the provision of health care for those in tremendously underserved areas.

  • Measey Foundation Fellowship in Global Health
    For students traveling to a developing country, including those doing a clinical sub-I in Botswana.  Read about the Measey foundation:  Measey Foundation (.pdf)

  • Marian Stegemoeller Fellowships
    Mark A. Stegemoeller, W’75, is a partner with the law firm of Latham & Watkins in its Los Angeles office. He and his wife Sarah, also an attorney, established the Marian Stegemoeller Fellowships in honor of his mother. The Stegemoellers have supported global health and development charities for many years, and their gift to the Global Health Program reflects their keen interest in improving access to health care in the developing world.
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Year-Out Funding

A number of special year-out opportunities (and opportunities for short periods but best suited to year-out students), tied to specific programs, are described below.  Please note that you should see the Registrar to discuss the financial implications of taking a year out (i.e. leave of absence vs. active student)

Also, please visit the CURF (Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships) website for information about more general funding opportunities that include (2012 deadlines noted)

  • Boren Fellowship
  • Churchill Scholarship
    • Churchill College of Cambridge U graduate studies – October 22
  •   Fulbright Grants
    • including Fulbright Fogarty - September 17
  • Gates Cambridge Scholarship
    • Cambridge U graduate studies – October 16
  • Luce Scholars Program
    • non-academic experience in Asia – October 22
  • Marshall Scholarship
    • UK graduate students – September 12
  •  Mitchell Scholarship
    • graduate studies in Ireland or Northern  Ireland – September 12
  • Thouron Award
    • to earn degree in UK – October 15

American Australian Foundation Fellowships (November 9 Deadline)

The AAAEF plans to award fellowships of up to AU$30,000 fellowships at the graduate (Masters, PhD or post-doctoral) level for 2012. Fellowships are intended for those who will benefit from doing advanced research or study in the fields of life sciences, medicine or mining in Australia. There is particular interest in the field of stem cell research. Fellows are expected to contribute to both America's and Australia's intellectual capital as well as the country's overall social and economic well-being upon their return.  Applicants must be American citizens or permanent residents doing research or studying at the graduate level.  For detailed program and application (due Novembe 9) information, visit the American Australian Association website.

Chateaubriand Fellowship - (December 31 Deadline)

This fellowship is offered by the Office for Science and Technology of the Embassy of France in the United States.  Every year, it allows students enrolled in American universities (PhD Candidates or Postdocs) to conduct research in a French laboratory (public or private) for a 4 to 10 month period.  Many expenses are covered by the program and allowances of 1400 Euro a month are provided by the Office for Science and Technology of the Embassy of France in the United States. The research is performed in a French university, a school of engineering, a national laboratory or a private company.   No particular level of French is required: French lessons can be offered upon arrival in France. 

  • Candidates must be currently working on their Ph.D. or have received it in the past three years.
  • Candidates do not have to be U.S. citizens but must receive their Ph.D. from an American university.
  • Candidates must obtain a letter of invitation from a French laboratory before applying for the fellowship.
  • The fellowship must begin between the months of September and March of the fellowship year.
  • All application materials are available mid-October and due on December 31st for the following fellowship year.

For more detailed information and application, please click here.

CDC Experience Applied Epidemiology Fellowship (December 6 Deadline)

Medical students with a strong interest in public health or in practicing medicine with a broad, analytic perspective should consider the CDC Experience Applied Epidemiology Fellowship. Eight competitively selected fellows spend 10-12 months at the Centers for Ceiseas Control and Prevention (CDC) offices in Atlanta, GA, where they carry out epidemiologic analysises in varoius areas of public health. Fieldwork can include international locations. This challengin, diverse and intellectually stimulating envioronment provides multiple opportunities to enhance skills in research and analytic thinking, written and oral scientific presentations, and preventive medicine and public health. In the current era of health reform, it is more critical than ever that we train cultrually proficient physicians who can work at the interesection of medicine and public health; graduates of this program are our future health system leaders and change agents, who will have the skills to address important health and healthcare disparities. Applications for the 2014-2015 fellowship year must be submitted by Friday, December 6, 2013. Application and additional details are available on the CDC website

CDC-Hubert Global Health Fellowship (February Deadline)

This fellowship provides medical and veterinary students with a population health experience in an international setting. Fellows receive a $4,000 stipend to help pay for travel and living expenses while on the field assignment. Fellows are responsible for any additional costs. Participants learn through hands-on experience working on a priority health problem in a developing country, and are mentored by experienced CDC staff. For more information and to apply (applications available mid-January and due mid-February, visit the CDC Website.

 

Last updated: October 1, 2012

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