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Stanford Global Health African Scholars Program

A new initiative to promote health equity, capacity-strengthening, and unique focused learning between African medical institutions and Stanford.

About the Program

This three-year program will fund 24 mid-career physicians from African countries to travel to Stanford for a six-week period of time, gaining a specific skill set identified by the African scholars as a need. Physicians will then return to their home countries to conduct a year-long clinical improvement program focused on the skill set they identified. The program is funded by an independent educational grant from Pfizer and managed by the Stanford Center for Innovation in Global Health, in partnership with the Stanford Center for Medical Education.


Stanford will host a total of eight cohorts over the duration of the 3-year program (between 2024-2027), each comprising two to three scholars. Each fellowship consists of two phases: The first at Stanford, the second in the country of their home institution.

Phase 1

Each cohort of accepted scholars will begin their fellowship with six weeks at Stanford. The program will be tailored for each scholar based on their interests and implementation project topic and will include observing in clinical settings at Stanford hospitals and clinics, participating in simulation activities where appropriate, participating in specialty and subspecialty lectures, and meeting with Stanford experts.

Each scholar will have a Stanford Faculty mentor, who will mentor and train the scholar. To facilitate bi-directional learning opportunities, scholars will deliver presentations to Stanford’s clinical community, and to CIGH’s global health residents and medical students.

The scholar’s time at Stanford will foster quality improvement for their home institution, including but not limited to subspecialty knowledge, treatment and management of complex cases, and/or advanced medical technology. They will also observe different approaches to care, health systems management, and medical education, all designed to enhance the identified skillset needed at their home institution.

Phase 2

After training at Stanford, the Stanford Global Health African Scholars will return to their home institution with funding from Pfizer to implement their individual proposed project over the next 12 months. They will engage in virtual meetings with their Stanford mentors as appropriate, for continued support.  CIGH will hold a final convening (likely in East Africa) in Year 3 with all Stanford Global Health African Scholars where they will present on the impact that their projects have achieved.


  • Must be a citizen of a country in Africa* who is board-certified and currently teaching and practicing clinically in an African country
  • Must be a mid-year physician who has been appointed as a faculty member for at least three years but less than 15 years
  • Must be fluent in written and spoken English (as determined by the selection committee)
  • Open to all specialties
  • Applicant must identify a skillset that will have a potential impact on their institution
  • Must be a qualified medical doctor
    1. Applicants must have one of the following degrees: MD, MBChB, or MMed
    2. Cannot be licensed in the U.S.

*This program is only for physicians practicing in Africa and applicants may not reside, and their home institutions may not be located in a restricted market (which includes the Crimean Peninsula, Cuba, the Donbass Region, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria) nor be listed on any restricted persons and entities list maintained by the U.S., the EU,  the United Nations, or other relevant governmental bodies. 

Timeline and Application Details

The first call for applications will open in early 2024. Accepted scholars will arrive at Stanford beginning in the fall of 2024.

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Funding Details

The program includes/provides:

  • Visa costs
  • Living expenses while at Stanford during Phase 1
  • Honorarium for Phase 1
  • Travel to and from a San Francisco regional airport, economy class roundtrip airfare for the awardee only, and associated travel costs to Stanford for Phase 1
  • Funding directly related to phase 2 implementation will be provided to your institution. These funds cannot be used to purchase capital equipment.*

*Examples of equipment include, but are not limited to: Computers, iPhones, tablets, appliances, machinery, camera equipment, sensors, facilities construction, etc.

Frequently Asked Questions

Learn more about program and eligibility details in our FAQ.

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