This fellowship offers up to two medical students a year funding and support to dedicate one year to global health research.
The Global Health Medical Student Research Fellowship is a joint effort by The Center for Innovation in Global Health (CIGH) and the Stanford MedScholars Program. In response to increasing interest in global health among incoming and current medical students, this fellowship provides an opportunity for medical students with a genuine interest in global health to gain foundational experience in global health research. This fellowship will offer up to two medical students a year funding and support to dedicate one year to global health research. It will include an on-campus element as well as an extended period of time at a global field site conducting research.
Candidates will apply with a project idea and a faculty mentor, and if accepted, will work with Dr. Michele Barry, Senior Associate Dean for Global Health and Director of the Stanford Center for Innovation in Global Health, and Dr. Steve Luby, Associate Dean for Global Health and Director of Research at CIGH, during their fellowship for additional guidance.
Vongai Christine Mlambo, a 4th year medical student, will research “Cost Effectiveness of Cardiac Surgery for Rheumatic Heart Disease” in Rwanda.
“The reason I wanted to become a physician is to expand healthcare infrastructure for non-communicable diseases in Southern Africa,” she says. “I cannot wait to research how this can be done successfully for the treatment of rheumatic heart disease, with local communities in Rwanda driving the agenda. To learn from and work alongside cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons on the ground will be an honor and the takeaways, invaluable.”
Mentor: Yihan Lin
Reed, a medical student in the 5th year of her 6-year training, has planned a research project titled “Examining Venezuelan Refugee Experiences to Promote Maternal & Child Health” alongside Save the Children Colombia in Bogotá, Colombia. The project will explore gender-based violence, mental health, and health issues facing mothers and children. She said she is particularly excited to have time to immerse herself in extended global health research.
“As someone who has worked in global health in the past, I know it takes a long time to establish connections and do meaningful, community-driven global health work,” she said. “I was also drawn to the intentionality of the fellowship and the longer-term commitment.”
Additional application to Med Scholars required
If you are selected for the Global Health Medical Student Research Fellowship, MedScholars applications must be submitted by the July deadline. For additional information regarding the MedScholars application, please visit: https://med.stanford.edu/medscholars.html
Students must identify a faculty mentor and a research project prior to applying for the fellowship.
Sites where Fellows propose to conduct research must be pre-approved by the Director of Research for CIGH, Dr. Steve Luby, and the Senior Associate Dean for Global Health, Dr. Michele Barry during the application process. All research protocols will need to obtain IRB approval by Stanford.
The fellowship spans one year (4 quarters) as follows:
Submit a report:
Give an oral presentation of the results of the project: Submit an abstract to present research findings at the Stanford Global Health Research Convening or the Stanford Medical Student Research Symposium, or at a regional, national, or an international academic conference
Submit an evaluation of the experience
The report and oral presentation information must be provided to the MedScholars program within 6 months after the end of the fellowship, along with a mentor letter of summary. https://med.stanford.edu/medscholars/completion.html
If approved, students will receive a stipend in the autumn and MedScholars support winter, spring, and summer quarter of the fellowship year. The stipend for autumn quarter will be at the MedScholars rate for the corresponding academic year.
Travel-related expenses will be covered by the fellowship program.
Applications for the 2024-25 Global Health Medical Student Research Fellowship will open mid-to-late October, 2023. They will be due January 16, 2024.
Since every student’s situation is different, we recommend that you meet with Financial Aid, the Registrar, and your advising dean prior to applying to discuss how this fellowship would fit with their schedule.
Questions about the fellowship can be directed to Yosefa Gilon, Associate Director for Global Health Education, at email@example.com.