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Additional Global Health Elective Resources


Albert Schweitzer Fellowship: this program annually serves more than 25,000 people and offers prevention, wellness and access programs that address the underlying causes of health inequities, such as poverty, the environment and education. It's core programs include the Lambarene Fellows (Gabon, Africa), US Fellows (12 chapters), a leadership conference and the Fellows for Life National Network.

American Association of Medical Colleges Global Health Learning Opportunities (GHLO) collaborative program: facilitates global mobility for final year students pursuing clinical, research, or public health electives outside their home country. GHLO provides an easy, streamlined application process that is accepted by all Collaborative Institutions. The GHLO community will assist you with advice from host institutions, medical students and offers numerous resources for supporting your overseas travel and temporary stay.

American Medical Association International Volunteer Opportunities: a short list of volunteer opportunities with an international focus for physicians and others seeking public service experience both in the United States and overseas.

American Medical Student Association’s Global Health Action Committee: Website dedicated to providing useful information about global health equity, including details about their Global Health Scholars Program.

American Medical Women's Association: AMWA offers Overseas Assistance Grants, which provide travel grants for medical students and residents working in clinics around the world. Application deadlines are every year on the 5th of January, April, July and October.

Association of American Medical Colleges: a valuable webpage for medical students, with a variety of resources about navigating the medical education process, including extramural electives.

Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH)/CDC Public Health Fellowship Program: Established in 1995 with the goal of addressing emerging needs of public health and to provide leadership and professional opportunities at the CDC for students and graduate students of ASPPH schools and program. The program offers 1-2 year fellowships.

Baylor College of Medicine Pediatric Emergency Medicine Global Health Fellowship: Established in 2005 in response to growing interest in global health and international emergency medicine among applicants applying to our pediatric emergency medicine fellowship program. In addition to the standard pediatric emergency medicine curriculum, the program provides additional training and experience in global health. It is intended for those who are seeking a career in academic pediatric emergency medicine and/or medical leadership and research focusing on domestic and international health disparities. Individuals completing the fellowship will be prepared to develop, integrate, and evaluate healthcare programs on a global scale.

Baylor College of Medicine Residency Program in Global Child Health: designed to prepare trainees for leadership positions in global pediatric health care, pediatric education and training, clinical research and child advocacy. The training program is 4 years, with 36 months of pediatric rotations in the US and 12 months of assignment at one of the Pediatric AIDS Initiative’s Centers of Excellence in Africa.

Houston Shoulder to Shoulder Foundation: in alliance with the Asociación San Lucas, Honduras, aims to improve health and the provision of health services for underserved people in the area of Santa Ana, Intibuca, Honduras, and to promote self-sufficiency at a grass roots level. Twice a year, a brigade of medical faculty, medical students, optometrists, public health students, and a dentist travel to Santa Ana to conduct large clinics. General medical services, well-women exams, optometry services, and dental services are provided. The clinic also has a pharmacy to provide any necessary medicines to patients. Students work with the community to develop public health projects, which have included midwife education events, women’s health initiatives, justa stoves to decrease smoke inhalation, and efforts to improve the communities overall nutritional status.

CDC Foundation: CDC-Hubert Global Health Fellowship: Provides an opportunity for third- and fourth-year medical and veterinary students to gain public health experience in an international setting. Hubert fellows spend six to twelve weeks in a developing country working on a priority health problem in conjunction with CDC staff.

Consortium of Universities for Global Health: Resources for students, trainees and others who want to advance their knowledge of global health. CUGH is dedicated to creating balance in resources and in the exchange of students and faculty between institutions in rich and poor countries, recognizing the importance of equal partnership between the academic institutions in developing nations and their resource-rich counterparts in the planning, implementation, management and impact evaluation of joint projects.

Doris Duke Research Fellowship for Medical Students: provides support for one year of full-time clinical research training. The main goal of the program is to encourage medical students to pursue careers in clinical research. Interested medical students must be willing to take a year out from school and conduct fellowship research and training at one of 12 hosting medical schools.

Fogarty Program: provide funding to perform research and to train researcher in a variety of global health topics. Through these extensive programs, Fogarty and its partners throughout the National Institutes of Health (NIH) are working to build sustainable research capacity in low- and middle-income countries.

Fulbright-Fogarty Public Health Program: established to promote the expansion of research in public health and clinical research in resource-limited settings. Designed for candidates who are currently enrolled in a medical school or in a graduate-level program and who are interested in global health. 

National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities: Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training Program short-term international training opportunities in health disparities research for undergraduate and graduate students in the health professions who are from health disparity populations and/or are underrepresented in basic science, biomedical, clinical, or behavioral health research career fields. Grantees conduct research for at least 10-12 weeks during the summer or one semester during the academic year on a wide variety of diseases and health conditions.

National Institutes of Health Fogarty International Center: Provides a variety of international grants and fellowships in biomedical and behavioral research. Its goal is to provide information about additional funding opportunities available to those in the field of global health research.

The American Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene: 5 Fellowship Awards for tropical medicine and infectious diseases:

  • Benjamin Kean Travel Fellowship in Tropical Medicine 
  • Burroughs Wellcome Fund/ASTMH Postdoctoral Fellowship in Tropical Disease Research
  • Robert E. Shope International Fellowship in Infectious Diseases
  • Alan J. Magill Fellowship
  • Centennial Travel Award in Basic Science Tropical Disease Research

The Gold Foundation: Student Summer Research Fellowship:research in community health and/or cultural competency issues, rather than laboratory work. Student Summer Service Fellowship: provide students an opportunity to design and implement a service project addressing a public health need in an underserved community or population.

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston External Global Health Opportunities: a partial listing of possible global health opportunities.

Unite for Sight: Global Impact Fellows are given immersive, transformative global health volunteer abroad experiences through international eye clinics. Fellows receive a Certificate in Global Health & Program Delivery and are nurtured and encouraged to apply their global health delivery skills to become new leaders in global health. Fellows come from a diverse background, including public health, medicine, international development, social entrepreneurship, and the social sciences.

United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Global Health Fellows Program: led by the Public Health Institute (PHI), helps USAID address its immediate and emerging human capital needs by developing a diverse group of global health professionals to support and sustain the effectiveness of the Agency's current and future health programs.