Mary Duke Biddle Clinical Scholars Program


Dr. Adam Was, Mary Duke Biddle scholar and peds/anesthesiology resident, pictured with colleagues during his rotation at Mulago Hospital in Uganda.

Mary Duke Biddle was born in 1887. She came from a philanthropic family and made many individual donations over the course of her life. She established the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation in 1956 to maintain financial support for many causes and organizations she believed in. In 2009, funds were donated to the Stanford School of Medicine to encourage the global health interests of trainees in pediatrics. To date, the program has sent up to 60 physicians and trainees overseas to provide clinical care to children most in need. The Mary Duke Biddle Scholarship is directed by Drs. Desiree LaBeaud and Clea Sarnquist.

Goal and Objective

To improve the quality of life of children needing medical care.


Stanford medical students, residents, and fellows are eligible to obtain funding under this program. Selection of applicants will focus on those interested in becoming leaders in the field of global health long term. This scholarship is only open to Stanford students, fellows, and residents. Scholarships are available for a minimum of six-week rotations at the below partner sites. 

Funding under this program includes:



Pre-trip medical evaluation (physical exam, medications and immunization)

Evacuation insurance


*Indicates sites available to residents and fellows only. Please note sites are subject to change depending on security and availability.

Application Information

Now accepting applications for 2018-2019 Mary Duke Biddle Scholarships! Applications are also being accepted for the new David A. Zlotnick Memorial Scholarship. Those wishing to be considered for the Zlotnick Scholarship should complete the Mary Duke Biddle Scholar online application. 

Interested applicants must complete the online application by the respective deadlines indicated below. All applicants will be required to submit a current CV and two letters of recommendation. 

Medical Student deadline: December 14, 2018, 5 PM
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Residents/Fellows deadline: January 10, 2019, 5 PM
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Questions about the application process and sites may be directed to the Global Child Health program managers at