Year-Long Global Health Opportunities and Fellowships


  1. VECD Fogarty Global Health Fellowships
    The WCMC Center for Global Health recently received NIH Fogarty funding as a consortium with Vanderbilt (V), Emory (E), Cornell (C), and Duke (D) to train medical students and post-doctoral fellows in global health research. Support is provided for one year (stipend, travel, supplies) to conduct mentored clinical research at one of the Center for Global Health international sites (Haiti; Tanzania; Brazil). There will be 1-3 slots per year at Weill-Cornell and the application process is competitive. The start date of the one-year training will be in July. Interested WCMC students should contact Dr. Dan Fitzgerald and Lindsey Reif.
    (Note: The Fogarty Global Health Fellowship Program has replaced the Fogarty International Clinical Research Scholars and Fellows Program.)
  2. Doris Duke Charitable Foundation: Clinical Research Fellowship for Medical Students
    The Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellowship (CRF) 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. Six of the 12 participating schools offer international fellowship opportunities.
  3. BOTUSA Project - Research Fellowship for Senior Medical Students (6+ Month Elective)
    The BOTUSA Project is a collaborative effort between the Botswana Ministry of Health, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention\Division of Tuberculosis Elimination (CDC\DTBE), and the Global AIDS Program (GAP). The principal goal of the BOTUSA Project is to expand our knowledge of the relationship between epidemic tuberculosis (TB) and epidemic HIV disease in a resource-poor country setting so that this information can be used to develop prevention strategies for the local and global control of TB. BOTUSA staff work closely with counterparts in the Botswana National TB Programme and AIDS Control Programme. BOTUSA has a medical student fellowship to provide third or fourth-year medical students the opportunity to participate in CDC research in Botswana, as well as gain experience with clinical medicine and culture in a developing country.
  4. CDC Experience Applied Epidemiology Fellowship
    The CDC Experience Applied Epidemiology Fellowship is a one-year fellowship in applied epidemiology for medical students. The program is designed to increase the pool of physicians with a population health perspective. 
    1. Each year, eight competitively selected medical students from around the country spend 10-12 months at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta. At CDC they gain an in-depth understanding of applied epidemiology, the role of epidemiology in medicine and health, and the role of physicians in the public health system. With the guidance of experienced CDC epidemiologists, they perform epidemiologic analyses and research, design public health interventions and assist in field investigations. Possible areas of concentration include birth defects, injury prevention, chronic disease, infectious disease, environmental health, reproductive health and minority health.
  5. CDC Foundation - O.C. Hubert Fellowship in International Health
    The year-long fellowship provides third- and fourth-year medical and veterinary students with valuable public health experience in an international setting. The main focus of the fellowship is a 6- to 12-week field assignment. Fellows are mentored by experienced CDC staff and learn through hands-on experience while working on a public health project in a developing country. Projects vary each year, and applicants may indicate a preference for up to five field assignments. The CDC-Hubert Global Health Fellowship is endowed by the O.C. Hubert Charitable Trust.
  6. Global Health Corps
    GHC provides opportunities for young professionals from diverse backgrounds to work on the frontlines of the fight for global health equity in year-long paid positions. During their fellowship year, fellows make a significant and measurable contribution to the partner organization and the target population. GHC partners with organizations that range from small grassroots organizations to large global institutions. Fellow candidates apply for specific positions with one of the partner organizations for which they have relevant skills and experience, and are selected jointly by GHC and the partner organization. In the 2013-2014 fellow class, GHC had 52 American fellows serving in Burundi, Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda, Zambia and the US.
  7. Howard Hughes Medical Institute - Medical Research Fellows Program
    The Medical Research Fellows Program ("Med Fellows Program") supports a year of full-time 
    1. biomedical research training for medical, dental, and veterinary students enrolled in schools in the U.S. The fellowship research may be conducted at any academic or nonprofit institution in the United States, except the National Institutes of Health. Research may be conducted abroad if the fellow's mentor is affiliated with a U.S. institution.
  8. Year-Off Training Program for Graduate or Medical Students in Clinical and Translational Science
    The Year-off Training Program for Graduate and Medical Students provides opportunities for students who are enrolled in graduate or medical degree programs to engage in biomedical research at the Rockefeller Center for Clinical and Translational Science. Those selected for the program come to the Center with the understanding that they will return to their degree-granting institution and program within one year. In an environment devoted exclusively to biomedical research, trainees work under the supervision of some of the leading clinical and translational scientists in the world. The trainee can select from among the 75 different laboratories on the Rockefeller campus. In addition, trainees participate in the didactic programs and lectures developed for Clinical Scholars.

Volunteer/Partially Funded:

  1. American Medical Women's Association (AMWA) Overseas Assistance Grant
    AMWA provides small grants, up to $1,500, for assistance with transportation costs (airfare, train fare, etc.) connected with pursuing medical studies in an off-campus setting where the medically neglected will benefit. The Grants are awarded to national AMWA members completing their second, third or fourth year of an accredited U.S. medical or osteopathic medical school or a resident who will be spending a minimum of six weeks and no longer than one year in a sponsored program which will serve the needs of the medically underserved.
  2. International Society of Travel Medicine 
    The ISTM Research Award program provides moderate grants (between USD 5,000 and USD 10,000) each year through a peer-review process implemented by the ISTM Research and Grants Committee. These grants are designed to stimulate travel medicine research by supporting comprehensive research projects or, for larger projects, providing support for pilot studies to enable researchers to collect data/test hypotheses so that they can then apply to other agencies for more substantive research grants.
  3. Remote Area Medical
    The Remote Area Medical (RAM)Volunteer Corps is a non-profit, volunteer, airborne relief corps dedicated to serving mankind by providing free health care, dental care, eye care, veterinary services, and technical and educational assistance to people in remote areas of the United States and the world. Volunteer doctors, nurses, pilots, veterinarians and support workers participate in expeditions (at their own expense) in some of the world's most exciting places. Medical supplies, medicines, facilities and vehicles are donated. To volunteer as a student, you must have school sponsorship and supervision in the form of a licensed practitioner. RAM aims at development rather than dependence so volunteers are typically involved in education and organization as much as direct health care service.
  4. Volunteer Missionary Movement
    The Volunteer Missionary Movement (VMM) was founded in 1969 by Edwina Gateley, an English laywoman, in response to a need for lay people to become more deeply involved in the mission life of the Church. After spending three years in Uganda, where she opened a very successful school for young girls and worked as a teacher, she returned to England and began to recruit and train volunteer missionaries to work in education, healthcare and pastoral projects in eastern Africa. As VMM became more widely known, it was able to send volunteers to communities in need throughout Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Transportation, housing, and food can be covered by the organization.
  5. Unite for Sight Global Impact Corps
    Unite For Sight supports eye clinics in Ghana, India and Honduras by investing human and financial resources in their social ventures to eliminate patient barriers to eye care. Unite For Sight applies best practices in eye care, public health, volunteerism, and social entrepreneurship to achieve our goal of high-quality eye care for all. Global Impact Fellows are volunteers that range from undergraduate students to medical students, public health students and professionals, nurses, educators, opticians, optometrists and ophthalmologists. They receive all necessary training from Unite For Sight so that they are able to assist the local doctors with global health delivery. Global Impact Fellows participating with Unite For Sight abroad have the option to also design and pursue a global health research study.

Weill Cornell Medicine
Office of International Medical Student Education
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