Student & Trainee Funding

CGH Funding

CGH Travel Stipend

Travel stipends apply to CGH-approved trips that involve international or domestic travel. Stipends are intended to cover the incremental costs associated with travel and do not provide compensation in form of direct salary or resources for the project conduct. Students based in the US who are completing remote global research projects are not eligible for the travel stipend.

CGH travel stipends are intended to encourage as many students as possible to gain exposure to international health care systems and research environments, but stipends are not meant to cover all travel expenses. Students should expect out-of-pocket costs and should plan for their trip accordingly.

After completing the required CGH registration at least 6 weeks prior to departure date and receiving written approval, you can expect the level of support indicated in the table below. If your destination is not listed, CGH will determine the appropriate funding level.

AIRFARE STIPEND: After student submits registration, the airfare stipend is dispersed before trip departure. Student can receive UP TO to the amount listed for the travel destination, based on airfare expenses.

POST-TRAVEL STIPEND: After completing post-travel requirements (evaluation and report), student will receive a reimbursement of $500. The post-travel stipend is intended for travel-related medications/vaccines, living expenses, and housing.

Destination Airfare STIPEND ($) POST-TRAVEL STIPEND ($) Total Funding Possible ($)
Africa (North)               1000                      500                         1500
Africa (Ghana)               1500                      500                         2000
Africa (Botswana)               1400                      500                         1900
Africa (Eastern, including Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda)               1000                      500                         1500
Africa (Liberia & Malawi)               1700                      500                         2200
Africa (Default)               1400                      500                         1900
Asia (S/SE/E; all but Japan and Laos)               1000                      500                         1500
Australia               1200                      500                         1700
Caribbean/Mexico               500                      500                         1000
Central America               550                      500                         1050
Europe (non-Petrus Camper recipients)               1000                      500                         1500
Japan               600                      500                         1100
Laos               1200                      500                         1700
Middle East (includes Egypt)               1000                      500                         1500
South America               900                      500                         1400
USA/Canada: Unfunded work with Mexican Border & Native American Populations (Indian Health Service)               500                      500                         1000


CGH Travel Stipends are not available for:

  1. Experiences that are shorter than four weeks (must be 4 work weeks in country, not counting travel)
  2. Experiences in locations where there is a current Extreme Travel Risk
  3. Students who are funded by any other Penn entity
  4. Students with "year-out" OR general funding listed on this webpage
  5. 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)
  6. More than two global health experiences while a medical student at Penn
  7. Students who have used frequent flier miles or other non-monetary tender to purchase airfare*
  8. Experiences for which you do not complete CGH registration AT LEAST six weeks prior to your departure for the global health experience location. There are no exceptions.

* Per Penn's policy, the use of frequent flier miles or other non-monetary sources cannot be reimbursed or used. If any non-monetary source (in any amount) is used to purchase a ticket then you will forfeit the airfare portion of your award.

CGH is able to offer travel stipends thanks to the generosity of:

  • The Vice Dean for Academic Programs at Penn's School of Medicine
  • David Kaufman (M’56) Memorial Fund
  • Kaufman Family Global Health Fellowship
  • Michael (M’84) and Susannah Kramer Global Health Fellowships
  • Measey Foundation Fellowship in Global Health
  • Marian Stegemoeller Fellowships


Conference Funding

The Center for Global Health encourages Penn Med students to share the outcomes from their global health research at Penn and other venues. In support of this, CGH will provide up to $500 for MD, PhD or MD/PhD students (10 students max per academic year) to present their work as posters or oral presentations in external conferences or symposia. CGH conference funding may be applied toward conference registration, airfare, local transportation; lodging and meals. CGH funding cannot be combined with other sources of funding.

Eligibility for conference funding:

  • Student must be presenting research to be considered for funding. Accepted poster abstracts and/or invitations to present must be sent to CGH.
  • Students are under consideration for funding for one conference per fiscal year (June-July).
  • As five conference funding awards are available each fiscal year, students must contact CGH in advance to determine their eligibility based on remaining awards.

For the annual CHOP Global Health Conference, registration for students accepted to present research is covered by CGH. For students interested in attending the conference, a discounted registration price will be available through CGH. CGH will send out information about discounted registration via email. A limited number of discounted registration rates are available on a first come, first served basis.

Please contact the Center for Global Health with any questions about conference funding.


General Funding

Non-Penn Funding

General Funding

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).


CGH Scholarships & Prizes

Harvey M. Friedman Global Health Travel Award

The Harvey M. Friedman Global Health Travel Award is a competitive award designed to encourage and support exceptional PhD students in the pursuit of a global health experience to Botswana through the Botswana-UPenn Partnership. The fellowship was established in 2017 in honor of Harvey M. Friedman, MD founding Director of the Botswana-UPenn Partnership. The award will be applied to travel expenses related to a global health research experience to Botswana.

Dr. Harvey Friedman is known for his longtime service as the chief of the Infectious Diseases Division, his research on immune evasion strategies of Herpes Simplex Virus, and founding the Botswana-UPenn Partnership. Dr. Friedman served as Director of the Botswana-UPenn Partnership from 2001-2016 during which time more 1000 Penn faculty, residents, and students traveled to Botswana to work and learn in the Botswana clinical setting. His career represents a visionary commitment to global health and improving health and healthcare capacity in Botswana.


Robert Suskind and Leslie Lewinter-Suskind Global Health Award

First awarded to a graduating Perelman School of Medicine student in 2014, the Robert Suskind and Leslie Lewinter-Suskind Award in Global Health is awarded to the graduating student who exhibits the greatest intent on helping solve the critical health problems of our fragile planet. It is awarded with gratitude and hope.


Graduating Penn medical students who will have completed:

  • MD/PhD, global health dissertation
  • MD/MPH, global health track
  • The Global Health Certificate Requirements 
  • Year-Out research experience in global health


CGH will send application information to all graduating students in early February. Deadline is typically March 1.

About the Robert Suskind and Leslie Lewinter-Suskind Prize in Global Health

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.


Agnew Summer Fellow in Global Surgery

According to the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery, 5 billion people lack access to safe and affordable surgical care.  Worldwide, there is an unmet need of 143 million procedures annually.  Accordingly, the Center for Global Health has teamed up with the Agnew Surgical Society and Penn Global Surgery Group to establish a summer fellowship for first-year medical students interested in research in global surgery.  The student selected as the Summer Global Surgery Fellow will have access to funding through the Center for Global Health for travel expenses as well as Agnew Summer Fellowship funding for conference travel and work performed before and after travel abroad.

Students will need to identify a mentor in the Department of Surgery and devise a project related to global surgery with a travel component.  Pre-approval of mentors is required prior to application.  Accepted applicants will need to complete additional paperwork for travel funding.

Eligibility and information on how to apply can be found on the Agnew Surgical Society webpage.