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The Stanford/Yale Global Health Scholars Program

Program Overview

The Stanford/Yale Global Health Scholars Program annually selects up to 40 physicians during their residencies and career physicians for six-week rotations at one of our mentored sites outside the US.  Rotations are largely directed at clinical experiences, service and teaching, as opposed to research.

The funded Stanford/Yale Global Health Scholars will receive, upon completion of the rotation, a travel award ranging from $3,000 – $3,500 based on their site assignment. This financial support will serve as partial reimbursement for travel and living expenses incurred during the rotation. All scholars are required to participate in program evaluation upon completion of the rotation.

Applications for 2023-2024 academic year are due Friday, December 9th 2022.. To learn more about the program, the application, established program sites and past scholars, please go to the Global Health Scholars Program home page.

For more information, you can also contact Yosefa Gilon at


Physicians-in-training who will have completed at least their internship year of residency training in accredited US programs in Internal Medicine, Primary Care, Family Medicine, Med/Peds, or Emergency Medicine by July 2023 are eligible to apply for the 2023-2024 program year. Very few applicants are selected to carry out a rotation during their PGY2 year; we prefer to send Scholars during their PGY3 or 4 years, when they have more to offer our partner sites.  Those trained in Pediatrics and Preventive Medicine are eligible to apply for select sites only. Applicants from US academic medical centers and community-based practices who are board-certified in any specialty are welcome to apply as Career Physicians. Chief Residents and Fellows from Yale or Stanford should apply as Career Physicians.

Please note: It is recommended that all Yale/Stanford Global Health Scholars be covered by malpractice insurance during their International Health Rotation. The Program does not provide this coverage. All participants are responsible for providing their own malpractice insurance and are encouraged to inquire of their home institutions about the status of their current coverage when practicing medicine abroad.  Both Yale and Stanford extend their residents’ coverage during approved IHE rotations.


Our established program rotations sites are in the following locations:

  • Church of Scotland Hospital (COSH), Philanjalo, South Africa
  • Mulago Hospital, Kampala, Uganda
  • Alam Sehat Lestari- a clinic in Sukadana, West Kalimantan, Borneo, Indonesia (currently inactive)
  • Central University Hospital in Kigali or Central University Hospital in Butare, Rwanda
  • Hospital Universidad del Valle or Hospital Fundacion Valle del Lili, Colombia (currently inactive)
  • Universidad San Francisco de Quito or Hospital and Centro de Salud Galapagos, Ecuador
  • Parirenyatwa Hospital in Harare, Zimbabwe

The domestic/Indian Health Services sites both serving the Navajo Nation are:

  • Northern Navajo Medical Center in Shiprock, New Mexico
  • Chinle Comprehensive Health Care Facility in Chinle, Arizona


Application Information

Applications and supporting letters for participation must be received in early December each year.  All applicants will be notified by the end of March.