Sources of Funding for Doing International Health Work

The following is intended to be a source for "one-stop shopping" for anyone interested in finding funding for an international clerkship or research project as a medical student. We have tried to compile every source of applicable funding we could find, although doubtless there are some we have overlooked. If you come across any other sources of funding that are not included below, please contact us at we will add it to the list.

All comments under "NOTE" have been added to clarify information or call attention to special features of the program. Everything else is taken directly from the websites of the program in question, and is up-to-date as of January 2002.

Finally, these sites may be of interest for anyone looking to fund a project:

UWSOM Office of Student Affairs:

Global Health Education Consortium,

UW Global Health Resource Center,

Good luck putting together your international experience!


Chateaubriand Fellowship Program

NOTE: This program would probably only apply to MD/PhD students.


The Chateaubriand Fellowship is a program offered by the Office for Science and Technology of the Embassy of France in the United States. Every year, it allows around 20 American students - PhD Candidates or Post docs - to conduct research in a French laboratory (public or private) for a 6 to 12 month period. Several of these fellowships are co-sponsored by French companies.

This program has two main goals :

  1. to allow American researchers to benefit from an experience in one of the best laboratories in France,
  2. to develop scientific cooperation between France and the United States.

Most of the expenses are covered by the program; allowances of approximately 10000 FF (1526 Euro or, with $1 = 7.30 FF, $1300) a month for doctoral fellows, and approximately 12000FF (1832 Euro or $1600) a month for post-doctoral fellows. In addition, the Office for Science and Technology of the Embassy of France in the United States also provides a round-trip ticket and health insurance abroad.

The research would be performed in a French university, a school of engineering, a national laboratory or a private company. You must obtain an agreement from a hosting laboratory, before applying for this fellowship program. You may use existing contacts between your laboratory and a French research institution or you may consult the list of French organizations found on the page "Science in France."


Carole M. Davis Scholarship


This $1000 scholarship is given annually to honor Carole Davis who was a founding member of IHMEC. She served two terms on the IHMEC Governing Council and co-authored, along with Ron Pust and Chris Krogh, one of IHMEC's early publications, Preparing for International Health Electives: A Mini-Guide to Resources.

At the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Carole took the initiative to establish an elective in Belize, which has long been popular with medical students. Along the way, she helped many students arrange international electives. She was always a true champion of international health electives and programs for students.

This scholarship is given to a student or faculty member from a school that is an institutional member of IHMEC. The award will be based on a statement no more than 1000 words that describes the international health activity for which the applicant will use the funding. The project description gives the applicant's background, reason for the international health activity, learning objectives and anticipated outcomes. Priority will be to projects is in the areas of IHMEC's goals which are learning or research activities in emerging countries or disadvantaged populations in North America.

Submissions must be received by December 31, 2001 and award decisions will be made by January 31, 2002 with the anticipation that the project will take place sometime in the ensuing 12 months. Recipients will be expected to provide a written or verbal report at the conclusion of the project that will be communicated in a subsequent annual IHMEC meeting.

Applications include:

  1. Curriculum Vitae.
  2. A statement no more than 1000 words describing the activity indicating how the funds will be used.

If a student or resident, please provide a letter from a supervising faculty member. If a faculty member, please provide one letter of support from a colleague familiar with your work. Applications and support documents should be sent to the IHMEC Secretariat.


Global Health Ministries

NOTE: According to International Health Program at the UW School of Public Health and Community Medicine, GHM through the Lutheran church provides $1000 grants for international medical clerkships at sponsored hopitals. We were unable to find specific information about this program at the website below but it is probably worth looking into.


Ken Grosch
Executive Director of GHM
7831 Hickory Street NE
Minneapolis, MN 55432-2500

Kraig White
Medical Student E-2000
University of Washington SOM
527 Eastlake Ave E, Apt 117
Seattle, WA 98109-5568
(206) 340-2007


Howard Hughes Medical Institute Fellowships


Support for a year of full-time biomedical research training and continued support for a second year of reseaarch training or completion of medical studies. Applicants must be enrolled in a U.S. medical school or dental school. Research may be conducted abroad if the fellow's mentor is affiliated with a U.S. institution.

Support provided: annual stipend of $23,000, an annual fellow's allowance of $5,500, and an annual research allowance of $5,500.

Deadline: January 6, 2004

For more information contact:
HHMI staff
Tel. (800) 448-4882, ext. 8889


Benjamin H. Kean Traveling Fellowship in Tropical MedicineH.

Who: Medical students and physicians-in-training interested in tropical medicine and international health
What: Financial support for clinical and research electives in the tropics
When: Application deadline May 1, 2002
How: Submit the materials listed below


Dr. Benjamin H. Kean was a renowned teacher, researcher and practitioner of tropical medicine whose mentorship and support helped many medical students and physicians-in-training begin and sustain careers in tropical medicine and international health. He believed that early hands-on experience in the tropics was the best way to stimulate such careers, and he was instrumental in helping many young physicians and students to obtain these experiences.

The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene has honored the memory of Dr. Kean with the Benjamin H. Kean Medal for outstanding teaching in tropical medicine. The Society has established a fellowship in Dr. Kean's name, administered by the American Committee on Clinical Tropical Medicine and Traveler's Health (ACCTMTH), that will provide travel expenses for medical students, house staff and fellows who arrange clinical or research electives in tropical areas. Round trip airfare (best-price ticketing) and up to $700 toward living expenses will be provided. Kean Fellows will be required to prepare and present reports describing their activities.

1998 Kean fellows undertook clinical electives in Guatemala and Uganda, and research electives in Laos and Haiti. In 1999, Kean fellows participated in projects in Peru, Brazil, Nepal, Kenya and India. The fellows who participated in 2000, undertook projects in Haiti, Benin, Nepal, Bolivia, Cameroon, Uganda and Indonesia.


North American full time medical students, and residents and fellows in any medical specialty or sub-specialty who express an interest in tropical medicine or international health may apply. Applicants must arrange their own elective with the approval of a supervising faculty mentor at their institution. An overseas mentor must be identified, and a research plan or plan of clinical study presented. Preference will be given to applicants sponsored by a member of the ACCTMTH.

Selection criteria

Applicants will be selected based on their academic credentials, recommendations, quality of their proposal and especially on evidence of a sincere interest in pursuing a career in tropical medicine or international health.

Benjamin H. Kean Fellowship Application Instructions:

Deadline for submission: May 1, 2002

NOTE: No funding will be provided for organized courses already in progress. You must begin your elective after June 1, 2002. Please provide specific dates for participation.

Send the following to the address at the end of this announcement:

  • Curriculum vitae containing education, training, work experience, prior research experience, any publications or abstracts, honors and awards. Be sure to include institutional affiliation, department and specialty if applicable, status (medical student, resident or fellow and year of training), mailing address, telephone and fax numbers and e-mail address.
  • Cover letter of no more than 2 pages including the following information:
    1. Why you are interested in tropical medicine or international health
    2. Describe any prior overseas experience
    3. Describe your short and long-term career objectives
  • Three letters of recommendation in sealed envelopes with the recommender's signature across the seal, from:
    1. The supervising faculty mentor from your institution
    2. Your dean for student affairs or residency/fellowship training director
    3. A current or former teacher or supervisor who can attest to your academic, clinical, and/or research abilities and potential
  • A proposal of no more than 3 pages, describing:
    1. Description of overseas site
    2. Specific objectives of elective
    3. For research projects, rationale and significance, methods and anticipated problems
    4. For clinical projects, description of clinical activities and responsibilities
    • Anticipated costs for travel, including best-price round-trip airfare and living expenses
  • Please type your name, home institution and proposed destination on the top of each page of your application.

Submit to:

B.H. Kean Fellowship, Christopher Plowe, M.D.
c/o Christina Kemp
University of Maryland School of Medicine
685 West Baltimore Street, HSF 480
Baltimore, Maryland 21201
Tel. 410-706-2491
Fax. 410-706-1204

Malaria Research and Training Center in Mali

NOTE: The following program is for minority/under-represented groups of medical students.

The Program

The Malaria Research and Training Center (MRTC) of the University of Mali and the University of Maryland School of Medicine are pleased to sponsor a program for research and clinical training in tropical medicine for minorities and other under-represented groups. (Under-represented groups are defined by the AAMC as African-Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, Native Americans, and some Pacific Islanders.)

The program is directed by Dr. Ogobara Doumbo at the University of Mali and Dr. Christopher Plowe at the University of Maryland.

Junior and senior undergraduate and graduate students in the biomedical or pre-medical sciences, medical students, post-doctoral and clinical and research trainees, and junior scientists will receive first-hand experience working in Africa. U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible to apply.


The aim of the program is to encourage participants to consider or develop research careers in biomedical research, including but not limited to emerging infectious and tropical diseases.

Faculty and Projects

Trainees will work with research or clinical mentors at the MRTC and the Department of Epidemiology of Parasitic Diseases at the University of Mali in Bamako, and at other field and clinical stations in Mali. Training will be available in the following programs:

  • Parasitology and Immunology
  • Epidemiology and Clinical Trials
  • Entomology
  • Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems
  • Clinical Medicine and Tropical Diseases

Duration and Funding

Trainees can spend from four weeks to several months working at the University of Mali. The program will cover all travel and in-country expenses, and pre-travel orientation including travel health advice. Immunizations will also be provided.

Academic Credit

Students who wish to obtain academic credit are urged to contact the appropriate office at their respective institutions prior to their experience.

Applications and Deadline

Applications will be solicited and evaluated on a rolling basis, and applicants chosen on the basis of their interest in tropical medicine or international health, their training and career goals, curriculum vitae or transcripts and letters of recommendation.

A scientific or clinical mentor at the trainee's home institution will be asked to provide an evaluation and to commit to ongoing mentoring. Application kits can be obtained by contacting the Program Coordinator at the address below. Completed applications for summer rotations must be received by March 15. For all other rotations, please submit completed applications at least 10 week prior to requested rotation date.

Qualifications of Applicants

Competency in French will be mandatory for trainees in clinical medicine, and preferred but not required for research training. Research experience is preferred but not required for research trainees.

All students must be enrolled in school, be in good standing both at the time of application and when the traineeship begins and should have a GPA of at least 3.0 (4.0 = A) to be considered for the program. Senior undergraduate applicants must provide evidence of continuing studies beyond college. Faculty members and post-doctoral trainees must hold full-time appointments.

Review, Notification, and Affirmation

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis by a Selection Committee and applicants may be invited for interviews with the committee. Prospective trainees must affirm acceptance of their traineeship within 10 days of notification.

Required Activities

Participation in the program includes a pre-trip orientation and involvement in all scientific sessions and/or clinical rounds at the foreign site. Trainees must submit a report and critique of the program.

To download an application, please go to:

For further information contact:

Clinical and Research Training in Malaria (Mali, West Africa)
c/o Dr. Christopher Plowe or Chris Kemp
University of Maryland School of Medicine
685 West Baltimore Street, HSF 480
Baltimore, Maryland 21201
Tel. 410-706-2491
Fax. 410-706-1204


MAP-Reader's Digest International Fellowship Program



The MAP International/Reader's Digest International Fellowship program (MAP-RDIF) encourages lifelong involvement in global health issues by providing selected medical students firsthand exposure in a Christian context to the health, social and cultural characteristics of a developing world community.


Third and fourth-year medical students, residents and interns are eligible. Applications should be submitted during the academic year prior to travel.

Field Experience

The field experience must be designed to provide the student exposure to community health in a Christian context. Students select a mission agency or hospital that has an outreach among the poor in a rural or urban setting. Students must spend at least eight weeks in the field (six weeks for residents and interns).

Financial Assistance

The fellowship provides 75 percent of the approved round trip airfare to the destination. In most instances, students pay room and board as well as the remaining 25 percent of travel costs.


The annual deadline to submit an application is March 1. Fellowships will be awarded May 1 each year. To obtain an application, check with the dean of your school or the Student Affairs Office. Applications are sent to all medical schools annually. You may also download the application in PDF format or contact:

RDIF Coordinator
MAP International
P.O. Box 215000
Brunswick, GA 31521-5000
Phone: 912-280-6633
Fax: 912-265-6170


Medical Students For Choice Reproductive Health Externships


About the Program

Given the lack of reproductive health and abortion education in medical schools and residency programs, one of our top organizational priorities is to link students and residents with educational opportunities and training sites.

Our Reproductive Health Externship Program is a highly competitive and intensive full-time 4-week program that provides medical students with an opportunity to observe reproductive health services and abortion care in a clinical setting.

The externship provides students with a general introduction to working in a reproductive health care facility. We also hope that the externship will inspire students to provide high quality, comprehensive reproductive health services in their future practices. Although the details of the externship experience depend on the range of services provided by each placement site, externs are likely to be exposed to a wide range of services including:

  • pregnancy options counseling
  • contraception counseling
  • surgical abortion
  • medical abortion
  • infertility treatment
  • sexually transmitted disease interventions & counseling
  • pelvic exams
  • pap smears
  • breast exams
  • ultrasound
  • colposcopy

In addition to clinical exposure and experience, externs will have opportunities to:

  • build mentor relationships with practicing physicians
  • be inspired by the commitment of talented health professionals
  • interact with patients and encounter the complexity of their situations
  • gain an understanding of providing critical services for underserved communities
  • learn about related political and social public policy issues
  • be part of a support network of fellow externs

How does the selection process work?

Applications are reviewed by a Selection Committee, which is made up of MSFC Board members and former Reproductive Health Externship Program participants. The Selection Committee is looking for students who can demonstrate an interest in and commitment to reproductive choice and to women's health. They are also looking for strong, motivated students with leadership skills. The Committee seeks to accept a diverse group of students in terms of gender, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, geographic background, year in school and level of exposure to reproductive health care services.

Do externs receive a stipend?

Yes. We provide a $1,000 stipend (US dollars) to each extern. Students must complete the program time requirements to receive the entire stipend. The stipend is paid in 2 installments: $500 upon completion of the first two weeks of the externship; and $500 upon completion of externship time requirements and receipt of evaluation forms from both the student and the host facility. Externs placed in international sites do not receive a stipend, though reimbursement for travel expenses is available.

Still have questions?

Call the MSFC Training and Education Manager at (510) 540-1195, ext.306 or email her at

2001-2002 Timeline

  • August 2001-- Applications available
  • January 18, 2002-- Applications due by 5pm
  • February 18, 2002-- Applicants notified of status
  • March 4, 2002-- Students confirm acceptance
  • March-May 2002-- Placement process
  • April 2002-April 2003-- Externships take place


NSEP/Boren Scholarship/Fellowship for Study Abroad

NOTE: This program requires participants to work in for a government institution after graduation for a period equal to the length of the fellow ship (see "Service Requirement") below and more info on the NSEP website).


Since the first competition in 1994, over 5900 students attending more than 750 US colleges, universities, and community colleges have submitted applications for NSEP scholarships to study abroad. These applicants proposed study of 75 languages and cultures in 80 countries not commonly chosen by Americans as study abroad destinations. From among these applicants, approximately 1380 students in the first eight competitions went on to earn NSEP scholarships to study over 55 languages in over 65 countries. NSEP Boren scholarships can be applied to study abroad in all countries, except Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Preference will be given to applications for study in areas deemed critical to national security.

The National Security Education Program (NSEP) David L. Boren Graduate Fellowships enable U.S. graduate students to pursue specialization in area and language study or to add an important international dimension to their education. Boren Fellowship support students pursuing the study of languages, cultures, and world regions that are critical to U.S. national security but are less frequently studied by U.S. graduate students, i.e., areas of the world other than Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.


NSEP welcomes applications from U.S. citizens enrolled in or applying to a graduate degree program in an accredited U.S. college or university located within the United States. Boren Fellowship recipients must provide evidence of admission to and enrollment in a graduate degree program at an accredited U.S. college or university located within the United States, and must be willing to enter into a service agreement.


Applicants design their own programs and may combine domestic language and cultural study with overseas study. All Fellowships must include study of a modern language other than English and the study of an area and culture. (Note: Boren Fellowship support may not be used for study of French or Spanish unless such language instruction is at an advanced level or combined with study of business, the applied sciences, or engineering.) The deadline for the year 2002 competition is February 1, 2002.


Boren Fellowship award recipients are selected on the basis of merit in a two-stage national merit review process. The selection process includes consideration of the relationship between the applicant's proposed study to U.S. national security and how the applicant proposes to use knowledge and expertise gained from NSEP support to contribute to U.S. national security, among other selection criteria.

Award Period and Level of Support

Boren Fellowship awards are made for a minimum of one and a maximum of six academic semesters (24 months). Fellowships provide support for overseas or domestic study, or a combination of both. The maximum award for overseas study is $10,000 per semester for up to two semesters ($20,000 total). A maximum of $12,000 is available for a program of domestic study only. Support for domestic study is limited to language or area studies which enhance a degree program. The maximum level of support for a combined overseas and domestic program is $28,000.

NSEP Areas of Emphasis

Each year, NSEP publishes a list of geographic areas, languages, and fields of study identified as critical to U.S. national security. This year's list includes 87 countries and 47 languages. In addition, it emphasizes a diverse list of fields of study, including business, economics, history, international affairs, law, applied sciences and engineering, health and biomedical sciences, political science, and other social sciences. Applicants for NSEP David L. Boren Graduate Fellowships are strongly encouraged to focus their studies on one of these geographic areas, languages, and/or fields of study. NSEP remains interested in encouraging applications for study in other countries and world regions where a compelling argument can be made that an increased understanding and appreciation represents an important contribution to U.S. national security.

Study in countries where there is no U.S. diplomatic presence is not permittedusing NSEP funds. The lists of NSEP "areas of emphasis" include geographic areas where study abroad opportunities are likely to be extremely limited. Applications are encouraged for study of regions where access may be limited; these applications will not be penalized for exclusion of a study abroad component

The NSEP Service Requirement

Boren Fellowship recipients are required to seek employment with an agency or office of the federal government involved in national security affairs. Boren award recipients who are unable to identify a job after making a "good faith" effort may fulfill the requirement by working in the field of U.S. higher education in an area of study for which the Fellowship was awarded. Eligible federal agencies include, among others, the Departments of Commerce, Defense, Energy, Justice, and State and the Intelligence Community, as well as more than 25 committees and subcommittees of the U.S. Congress. For more information about this important topic, please visit the NSEP service requirement page.


Non-Traditional Funding Source Ideas

NOTE: The following are some general suggestions for some alternative paths to find funding for international health projects for those who are motivated to do some digging. The section below is taken from the publication "Creative Funding for International Health Electives"


Listed below are suggestions of general types of organizations that may be receptive to carefully prepared requests from an individual or institution to provide full or partial support for an international elective opportunity. A proposal should include an anticipated budget and identify what the gains are for the organization, the host country, and the student. It is critical to follow-up with the donor group via a presentation, slide show, etc. after the completion of the elective. This not only allows the donor organization to see the results of its financial support, but lays the groundwork for future solicitation.

Religious Organizations

Many religious organizations are becoming more active in their support of service-related projects with an international focus. Although the organization as a whole may be approached, it may be more appropriate to request aid from a particular committee or arm within the organization that may be set up to act more directly on such a request, e.g., a social ministry committee or "missionary" group. A student who belongs to such an organization may have an enhanced chance of receiving a favorable response.

Sister City Organizations

Dynamic Sister City relationships can be the source of reciprocal programs, homestays, etc. which, when tied to an international elective, can significantly reduce its cost. To locate a contact for a program in your city or to initiate a Sister City relationship, request information from Sister Cities International.

Contact: Sister Cities International, 120 South Payne Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 (703) 836-3535

Local and Regional Chapters of Professional Organizations

Most medical and allied health science professions have their own professional organizations. A well-written proposal directed to the appropriate group may receive a positive response. For instance, the Nebraska Academy of Family Physicians' Foundation has designated funds for several partial scholarships for students anticipating participation in a medical mission trip. Eligible students must be enrolled in a Nebraska medical school and have an interest in family practice.

Local and Regional Corporation

National corporations often receive many requests for funding, while local corporations are more accessible and can become more personally involved. A local corporation may consider awarding a grant or a scholarship as part of its public relations efforts.

Local and Regional Foundations

A locally or regionally based foundation may offer assistance to a student whose international elective is related to the foundation's mission.

Local and Regional Chapters of Civic Organizations

Area chapters of the Lions Club, Jaycees, Rotary, Junior League (for women only), etc. give generously to fund education often including international medical electives, especially those chapters located near the medical school or the student's hometown. Look for contacts in the phone book where you study and in your home town.

Local Newspapers and Magazines

Though not in the same category as the other non-traditional sources identified in this section, local publications in the city where the medical school is located and in the student's home town may consider paying a student to write one or more articles regarding health care issues in the country of the elective. A student who wrote a series of articles for a Philadelphia daily on health care in China recovered all of his trip costs and expenses.

Low Cost Electives

While a fully funded opportunity may be most desirable, a number of low-cost electives exist that are substantially subsidized by other sources. Room and/or board, for example, may be provided for the studentor offered at minimal cost. The amount that a student will have to pay on his or her own varies considerably with each program. A low-cost elective, combined with a small scholarship from a local organization, such as a church, can considerably defray a student's expenses. Many low-cost opportunities are available; the sampling below includes just a few of them. For further listings consult the directory International Health Electives for Medical Students available from the AMSA Resource Center ( or 703-620-6600, ext. 217).


Partners of the Americas

NOTE: Partners of the Americas is national organization in which individual state chapters have established partnerships with specific countries in Latin America. Washington state is partnerned with Chile, Idaho with Ecuador, and Montana with Argentina. Alaska and Wyoming had no listed state chapters. For other states see the website of the parent organization. Funding for specific projects is applied for through the specific state chapter. Listed below is a description of the organization's mission from the parent organization's website and specific information from the Washington chapter.

Website for parent organization:

Our Mission

"To work together as citizen volunteers from Latin America, the Caribbean and the United States to improve the lives of people across the hemisphere."

Partners of the Americas (Partners) is a network of citizens from Latin America, the Caribbean and the United States, who volunteer to work together to improve the lives of people across the region, through nonpolitical, community-based activities. Besides providing technical assistance and training to communities in Latin America, the Caribbean and the U.S., Partners' network of volunteers promote collaboration in the region's social and economic development through working relationships among professionals and institutions across the hemisphere.

The two sides of a partnership work together to carry out a wide range of activities to improve food supplies, deliver health services, provide job training to young people, protect the region's natural resources and safeguard the rights of women and children. Each chapter reaches out to its respective community, state or country to leverage in-kind and financial contributions to support its work, often multiplying each dollar invested by another $10 in donated goods and services. In addition, institutional linkages -- for example, a hospital and medical school through the participation of doctors, the 4-H system through a Partners agronomist, university departments through the involvement of professors and students -- help ensure on-going support to projects.

Our Vision

To be the most effective education and exchange organization in the hemisphere, highly sought after as a training resource that addresses the economic and social needs of citizens, north and south.

Website for Washington/Chile Partners:

Partners projects are conceived, designed and implemented by the volunteer members active in each chapter. Project proposals originate in a chapter committee and usually fit our work plan and priorities agreed to by Washington State and Chilean Partners' Board members. We do not have a list of projects waiting to be "assigned" to new or interested members, but we often have projects that are in various stages of design or implementation. We are eager to 'steer' new volunteers toward existing member contacts and mutual areas of interest.

Our current project oriented committees are:

  • Arts & Culture
  • Business & Economic Development
  • Education & Social Development
  • Emergency Management & Environment
  • Health

Funding for projects comes from two major sources. First, a broad array of resources from our parent Partners of the Americas, Inc. organization are available to carry out our mission. These resources consist of grants used to fund project travel to or from Chile. Several small grants are also available to directly support project implementation (see for full details). Second, we have limited funds in our Washington Chapter account to supplement projects partially funded from Partners of the Americas grants or to meet priority needs when grants or other resources do not exist and we want to support a worthy project.

Examples of past successful projects are:

Health: The health committee began a Chilean paramedics training program in 1993, in cooperation with Children's Hospital and other Seattle-Tacoma hospital emergency rooms.

If you are interested in proposing or working on Partners of the Americas sponsored projects with our Chilean counterparts, we look forward to hearing from you. Please contact us at:


Project MedSend


Project MedSend offers grants to repay student loans owed by healthcare professionals while they serve as medical missionaries in medically underserved areas of the world. Grant Applicants must (1) be under the authority of a collaborating sending agency (an "Associate"); (2) be within 18 months of leaving for career medical missions service; (3) show fiscal responsibility and stewardship maturity; (4) be in the process of paying off their student loans as soon as earning begins (internship, residency, practice). For additional requirements, contact Project MedSend.

Grant applications are considered three times a year. Upon approval of a grant, MedSend calculates the amount necessary to make the monthly student loan payments for a four-year term, and then raises the entire four-year amount in order for the grant to be considered "funded." Project MedSend takes over payment of student loans when the grant is funded and the Grant Recipient goes "on salary" with his or her sending agency. This is usually one month prior to departure for the field. Project MedSend will begin making student loan payments for approved, funded Grant Recipients only when loan payments are current and there are no delinquencies. Payments on student loans are made in increments as the Grant Recipient is serving. If a Grant Recipient were to return from the field prematurely, he or she would resume responsibility for making the student loan payments.


Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarships


Types of Scholarships

Currently, three types of scholarships are offered:

Academic-Year Ambassadorial Scholarships provide funding for one academic year of study in another country. This award is intended to help cover round-trip transportation, tuition, fees, room and board expenses, and some educational supplies up to US$25,000 or its equivalent. Academic-Year Scholarships are the most common type of scholarship offered; nearly 1,000 were awarded for study in 2000-01.

Multi-Year Ambassadorial Scholarships are for either two or three years of degree-oriented study in another country. A flat grant of US$12,000 or its equivalent is provided per year to be applied toward the costs of a degree program. Multi-Year Ambassadorial Scholarships are offered mainly by Rotary districts in Japan and Korea; 150 were awarded for study in 2000-01.

Cultural Ambassadorial Scholarships are for either three or six months of intensive language study and cultural immersion in another country and provide funds to cover round-trip transportation, language training expenses, and homestay living arrangements up to US$12,000 and US$19,000, respectively. Applications are considered for candidates interested in studying Arabic, English, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swahili, and Swedish.

Study Institutions for Academic-Year and Multi-Year Scholarship Applicants

Applicants for Academic-Year and Multi-Year Ambassadorial Scholarships need to carefully research five preferred study institutions and be willing to attend any of those five institutions. Sometimes candidates have difficulty researching their choices and feel limited to choosing one or two popular universities, but the Trustees of The Rotary Foundation are often unable to accommodate such requests. This resource is intended to assist candidates during the preparation of the application by providing a list of universities as well as a bibliography of reference books and Web sites.

How to Apply

Interested applicants must apply for Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarships through their local Rotary club. Because application deadlines vary by club and district, only your local club can provide specific information on deadlines. For 2003-04 awards, club deadlines may be as early as March 2002 or as late as 15 July 2002. Remember that scholarship availability varies by Rotary district. If your local district is not offering scholarships, you may wish to inquire next year. See Application Process for Applicants for a sample scholarships timeline. Consult RI's Where Clubs Meet application for contact information for Rotary clubs. Where Clubs Meet provides you with the ability to search for clubs by city name. If your hometown does not have a Rotary club, try entering the names of nearby cities. You can also consult a local telephone directory under the heading "Rotary."

James S. Westra Memorial Endowment Fund

NOTE: The following is for members of the Christian Medical and Dental Association



To provide selected medical and dental students with clinical experiences in mission settings that will enable them to become familiar with the cultural, social and medical and dental problems in developing countries.


You must be:

  1. A CMDA member
  2. A third or fourth year medical student enrolled in a traditional four year program in an approved US medical school
  3. Able to demonstrate financial need to enable project participation

Method of Application

Applications are reviewed two times per year. Application deadlines are June 1 and December 1. Your application must be submitted by the deadline prior to your trip.


Awards will be announced by mail in July for applications received prior to June 1 and in January for applications received prior to December 1. The amount of the grant is for transportation and project-related expenses up to $1000.


Funds must be used for participation in a missionary medical or dental preceptorship, clerkship, or similar experience of two weeks or more in duration arranged by the student for completion within twelve months from the date of award.

Recipients are required to submit a typewritten report to CMDS within sixty days after completion of the overseas experience, including photographs if possible. The report should contain a summary of activities and an assessment of the value of the experience for the student. Both the report and photos will be kept on file here unless specified otherwise. The recipient is also asked to write a letter of appreciation to the donor.

Due to limited funding, this program is not intended to duplicate other award programs where funding has been given. Where partial funding has been provided from other sources, our award would be limited to the amount necessary to meet (but not exceed) full travel and project-related expenses. If full funding has been provided by other organizations, churches, mission board or foundation awards, applicants are requested to notify the Christian Medical & Dental Society immediately, withdrawing their application in order that other applicants may be funded.


A certificate verifying completion of a short-term missions project will be sent upon completion of the project and receipt of the report.


Wilderness Medicine Society Charles S. Houston Award

NOTE: Information about this award will be available on the WMS website in February 2002. Check back then for updates.