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OHSU Global Health Center - Student Summer Travel Scholarships

2014 Dates: 

  • March 5, 2014    Application process opens
  • April 14, 2014    Scholarship submission deadline
  • May 16, 2014    Scholarship award notification 

2014 Scholarship Application Details

Download: Application cover page/project template

The projects that are most likely to receive funds are those that provide a unique educational/clinical/research experience for the student and allow the student to partner with organizations that demonstrate long-term sustainability and respect for the host community. Projects should be a minimum of 4 weeks in duration. Language-training programs, though valuable, are not likely to be funded by this award. Contact:  ghc@ohsu.edu

If you plan to work in a non OHSU hospital or clinic, either locally or globally, you will need to apply for an OHSU Off Campus Authorization.  (Please note:  you must be logged on to OHSU's network to complete this application.)

Off Campus Authorization application form.

* Students please note Aetna has an On Call Worldwide Travel Assistance Program that covers you while overseas. The "How to use Aetna Student Travel Assistance" number is: 866-525-1956.

AAMC guidelines for Premedical and Medical Students Providing Patient Care During Clinical Experiences Abroad: View guidelines ?

OHSU Global Health Center - R. Bradley Sack International Scholarship Fund

The R. Bradley Sack International Scholarship Fund was created for senior OHSU medical students through a generous donation from Dr. Sack, Professor of International Health in the Division of Disease Control at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Hygiene and Public Health. Dr. Sack's remarkable career has spanned decades, since he received his MD degree from the University of Oregon, School of Medicine in the early 1960s. His clinical training in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases was supplemented by research training in microbiology, which led to an interest in infectious diarrheal diseases in adults and children. His clinical and research work at the International Center for Diarrheal Disease Research in Bangladesh culminated in the development and promotion of Oral Rehydration Therapy, which has saved countless lives.


2014 application details TBA

Dates to be posted mid year:
  • September, 2014 - Application process opens 
  • October, 2014 - Submission deadline  
  • November, 2014 - Scholarship award notification

A competitive scholarship award is available to third and fourth year OHSU medical students, who have completed one the following four courses and submitted a (signed by your Dean) Good Academic Standing form to the GHC:

Good Academic Standing Authorization form

Scholarship applicants must arrange to view the GHC Preparatory Travel Seminar.training, a 1-1/2 hour recording which is available to view in Mac Hall 1162 Contact ghc@ohsu.edu to pre-arrange an appointment.

If you plan to work in a non OHSU hospital or clinic, either locally or globally, you will need to apply for an OHSU Off Campus Authorization. (Please note:  you must be logged on to OHSU's network to complete this application.)

Off Campus Authorization application form.


See also Research > Grant Opportunities

Dept. of Defense
Scholarship for service opportunity for students to fully fund undergraduate or graduate education. The SMART (Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation) Program will pay for all educational expenses for a B.S., M.S. or Ph.D. program, and then provide scholars unique opportunities to work as research scientists or engineers on cutting edge technology in world class Department of Defense facilities. A comprehensive list of facilities can be found on the SMART website: This is a highly competitive, national program, open to U.S. citizens only.
NIH/Fogarty International Clinical Research Scholar Program
Award: $25,000
Length: 1 year
Eligibility: US graduate-level researchers, included MD or PhD students. (medical students do the fellowship between MS3 and MS4 years)
Type of Work: Mentored and hands-on clinical research at  a site in the developing world.

Receipt dates:  Announce in mid-summer with a receipt date in early December

NIH/Fogarty International Clinical Research Fellows Program
Award:  $25,000
Length: 1 year
Eligibility:  Medical residents and fellows, scientists with PhD degree who engaged in health-related post-doctoral programs.
Type of Work:  Mentored and hands-on clinical research training at one of 36 pre-vetted sites in the developing world.
Receipt dates:  Early December.

Fogarty Global Health Fellows and Scholars programs

Alphabetical list of external fellowships
View a list provided by UC Davis of external fellowships/scholarships available to science and humanities undergraduate and graduate students. 

American Association of University Women (AAUW)
View fellowships available at American Fellowships

Benjamin H. Kean Traveling Fellowship in Tropical Medicine

Award: Round-trip airfare plus $700 expenses
Length: One-month or longer
Eligibility: Medical Students
Type of Work: Research or Clinical Electives in tropical countries
Details ⇒

Infectious Disease Society of America Medical Scholars Program
Award: $2000
Length: One to three months
Eligibility: Medical Students
Type of Work: Research or clinical work in infectious diseases, may be used domestically as well.
Deadline for submission:  Early March

Wilderness Medical Society Houston Awards for Research in Wilderness or Environmental Medicine.
Award:  The Charles S. Houston Award is for medical students $5,000
Award:  The Research-in-Training Award is for residents and fellows of an accredited graduate medical education program or doctoral candidates working towards a PhD, $6,000. 
Award:  The Herbert N. Hultgren Award is for members of the WMS Society, $7,000.
Length:  Research conducted over the course of a year.
Type of Work:  Research project likely to result in a substantive contribution to the field of wilderness and environmental medicine. 
Eligibility:  See above.

Scholarship Awards

From 2009 to 2013 The Global Health Center has sponsored 49 GHC Travel Scholarship winners, working in 19 countries: China (1), Colombia (6), Croatia (1), Dominican Republic (2), Ethiopia (5), Guatemala (2), India (3), Kenya (5), Mexico (2), Nepal (3), Nicaragua (3), Palau (2), Peru (4), The Philippines (1), Tanzania (2), Thailand (2), Uganda (3), Venezuela (1), Zambia (1). 

Awardees include students from: 

  • School of Medicine (SOM): 25
  • School of Nursing: 3
  • School of Dentistry: 6
  • Master of Public Health (MPH) program: 4
  • Combined SOM/MPH training program: 9
  • School of Pharmacy: 1
  • Post-graduate Residency training programs: 1

More details

2013 R. Bradley Sack International Scholarship Award

The Global Health Center congratulates Rajarshi Mazumder MS4, MPH Candidate, on the award of the prestigious 2013 R. Bradley Sack International Scholarship Award.  Also R. Bradley Sack Honorable Mentions go to Alanna Mozena, MS3, MPH Candidate and Dallas Swanson, MS3.  Details

2013 GHC Student Summer Scholarship Reports

Past scholarship winner and recent OHSU, MPH graduate hired by Palau, Micronesia, Ministry of Health. Read moreGreat picture

OHSU Global Health Center - Student Travel Scholarships for 2013

  • R. Bradley Sack International Scholarship Fund
  • GHC Student Interest Group

2011 Awards

2010 Awards

2009 Awards

The 11th Annual Global Health Student Symposium

View a video recording of the student scholarship winner reports from projects in Kenya, Palau and Uganda plus Maria Wulff's extremely interesting keynote speech "Connecting Oregonians to the World".


Students want to blog about global health and/or school? OHSU Student Speak

Travel Safety


Traveling to remote corners of the world?  Check out the Global Health Center's travel safety information: