Scholarships and Prizes

Scholarships and Prizes Beyond Global Health Experience Funding

suskindlewintercaplanDuring the first ten years of operations for The Center for Global Health (CGH) Office (2004-2014), more than 30% of medical students participated in global health experiences. The vast majority received some funding from CGH. Details about funding sources can be found on the Funding Page of this website. In addition to funding for global health experiences, students may compete for the Neal Nathanson Fellowship in Global Public Health while pursuing a Master of Public Health degree at the University of Pennsylvania. In their final year, medical students may submit an essay to win the Robert Suskind and Leslie Lewinter-Suskind Global Health Prize. FLAS fellowships over special opportunities for students committed to serious foreign language study in addition to their principal studies. Additional information about scholarship and fellowships like Fulbright can be found on the website of the Center for Undergraduate Research & Fellowship (not restricted to undergrads), CURF.


Neal Nathanson Fellowship in Global Public Health

The Neal Nathanson Fellowship in Global Public Health is a competitive award designed to encourage and support exceptional MPH students in the pursuit of academic training in global public health. The fellowship was established in 2012 by Marjorie A. Bowman, MD, MPA, founding Director of Penn's Center for Public Health Initiatives. The award will be applied to travel expenses related to a global health experience as a first order of priority. However in some instances the award recipient may opt to request partial tuition support for a global health course. Tuition support will only apply to fall or spring terms. The summer term is excluded.

Dr. Neal Nathanson is known for his contributions to collaborative research efforts, both domestically and internationally, in the field of viral pathogenesis and the epidemiology of viral diseases. Dr. Nathanson has worked tirelessly on the eradication of polio and the control of HIV/AIDS in many parts of the world and serves on a number of national and international panels that guide research and policy in these areas. His career represents a true commitment to global health.

ELIGIBILITY: All MPH matriculated students (full time or part time) who meet the following criteria are eligible to apply. Priority will be given to students who demonstrate financial need.

  • Matriculated in the MPH degree program with a declared concentration in the Global Health track (preferred).
  • Successful completion of at least one full semester of MPH studies with a GPA of 3.5 or above.

Note: Full time employees of the University and international students are ineligible due to university regulations.

APPLICATION: The application includes a concise essay (2 page limit) addressing the student's professional goals and objectives, resume or CV including education, relevant experiences, publications, awards, honors, etc, and an estimate of the travel expenses needed to complete the global public health experience. For up-to-date information and deadlines, please contact Moriah Hall, MPH Program Coodinator.

Fellowships Awarded

Christian Stillson: Botswana 2014

The Neal Nathanson Fellowship in Global Public Health will help to support Christian Stillson in the spring/summer of 2014, when he will be in Botswana conducting qualitative research examining knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs of caregivers for children with tuberculosis. Christian previously served as a Peace Corps volunteer in rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa and has fluency in isiZulu.

Sean Hammer: Botswana 2013

The Neal Nathanson Fellowship in Global Public Health supported Sean Hammer’s MPH Capstone research. He worked directly with professors at the University of Botswana in Gaborone to evaluate the effectiveness of a year-long nutritional intervention on the health and immune status of 201 HIV+ children. His primary responsibilities included conducting all of the data analysis and preparing manuscripts for submission to peer-reviewed journals.

Robert Suskind and Leslie Lewinter-Suskind Global Health Prize

First awarded to a graduating Perelman School of Medicine student in 2014, the Robert Suskind and Leslie Lewinter-Suskind Prize in Global Health is awarded to the graduating student who submits the best essay on the importance of global health opportunities during the medical school years. **2016 DEADLINE IS MONDAY FEBRUARY 29**

The following graduating Penn med students are eligible to apply:

  • Those who will have completed an MD/PhD, global health dissertation
  • Those who will have completed an MD/MPH, global health track
  • Those who will have completed the Global Health Certificate Requirements 

Provide an essay submission in 3 parts:

  • Describe your experience
  • What health problems did you observe, how were they handled, and what alternative solutions would you propose?
  • Did this experience change your perspective? If so, how? How do you see this experience impacting your career plans?

Supporting documents:

  • Submit a copy of your global health- related Scholarly Pursuit, published research, or Year-Out report to confirm eligibility.
  • Include a photo of yourself during your global health experience. Any host-country individuals should not be identifiable unless you have been granted permissions to use his/her image.

Robert Suskind and Leslie Lewinter met in 1962, during Bob’s third year of medical school when, as a Smith-Klein-French fellow, he was to spend the summer in Cameroon. Since the beginning of their marriage, which they spent in the Peace Corps in Senegal, they have lived, worked and travelled together on every continent except Antarctica (so far!), including taking their four children out of school for a year to travel the globe, observing medical care internationally.

Robert Suskind, MD graduated from the University of Pennsylvania College/Wharton (’59) and Medical School (’63). After pediatric residency at Johns Hopkins, he became Field Director of MALAN, an NIH-funded project in Chiang Mai, Thailand, initiating his research on malnutrition’s effect on the immune system and the optimal treatment of the malnourished child. His MIT-Boston Children's PhD program in clinical nutrition for pediatricians was pivotal in raising awareness of nutrition’s importance in clinical medicine. Dr. Suskind’s international experiences include Director of the ICDDRB in Bangladesh and advisor to the Patan Academy of Health Sciences in Kathmandu, Nepal. He has been a Chairman of Pediatrics for twenty years and Dean of three medical schools.

Leslie Lewinter-Suskind received her BS from Penn State, an MSS from Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research and an MFA from UNO. After Senegal, she directed an inner-city program under the OEO (“War on Poverty”), followed by a study determining the need for infant care centers in the barriadas of Lima, Peru for Johns Hopkins. As Director of Applied Nutrition at MALAN, she set up follow-up, etiology and intervention studies in childhood malnutrition in the villages surrounding Chiang Mai. At LSU, she directed the International Program for the Departments of Psychiatry and Pediatrics.


Last updated:  January 15, 2016

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