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Stanford Global Child Health Travel Scholarship

Photo captions: Megan Quinn, MD, MPH on rotation in Nepal. Photo by Kelly Sanders, MD, MS.

Program Overview

The Stanford Global Child Health Travel Scholarship is for Stanford School of Medicine pediatric trainees and clinical medical and MSPA (Physician’s Assistant) students who are committed to improving the quality of life for children around the world*. Launched in 2009, the program has sent more than 100 physicians and trainees overseas to provide clinical care to children in low- and middle-income settings. Dr. Clea Sarnquist, DrPH MPH, directs this program.

To remove financial barriers to engagement in global child health, the scholarship covers the costs associated with a six-week international rotation at the partner sites listed below.

Application Deadlines:

  • Trainee application deadline (residents will travel January-May 2025 and fellows/faculty will travel June 2024-May 2025): Dec. 1, 2023, 11:59 PM PT
  • Student application deadline (for travel January-May 2024): September 1, 2023, 11:59  PM PT

*Applicants interested in other fields within global health are encouraged to explore other opportunities, such as the MedScholars Traveling Scholars Program.

Residents/Fellows/Faculty Application Now Open!

The application for residents, faculty, and fellows to travel in 2024-25 is now open! Residents will travel January-May 2025 and fellows/faculty will travel June 2024-May 2025

Application Deadline: December 1, 2023, 11:59  PM PT

Apply here

The David A. Zlotnick, MD Memorial Fund

The David A. Zlotnick, MD Memorial Fund was created in the Department of Pediatrics to encourage, develop, and support the volunteerism of Stanford medical students interested in pediatrics, pediatric residents, and pediatric faculty members, with a preference for travel to Central and South America. The Fund aims to provide Zlotnick Scholars with experience, understanding, and satisfaction for lifelong contribution and leadership in the interest of children’s health. One scholar interested in a rotation in Central and South America will be selected from among the GCH Travel scholarship recipients each year.

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Stanford pediatric trainees, as well as clinical medical and MSPA students, and faculty are eligible to obtain funding under this program. Selection of applicants will prioritize those interested in becoming leaders in the field of global child health. Scholarships are available for a minimum of six-week rotations at the below partner sites. Student rotations are limited to the Ecuador site only for this upcoming application cycle as we transition back from a period of no student rotations.

Funding under this program includes:

  • Travel
  • Accommodations
  • Pre-trip medical evaluation (physical exam, medications and immunization)
  • Additional health insurance coverage


  • Faculdade da Saúde e Ecologia Humana (FASEH): Minas Gerais, Brazil
  • Cachamsi Program: Riobamba, Ecuador
  • Shrimad Rajchandra Hospital: Gujarat, India
  • Patan Hospital: Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Butaro Hospital/University of Global Health Equity, Rwanda

Please note all sites are subject to change due to rapidly evolving institutional, national, and global health challenges and policies.