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The Stanford/Yale Global Health Scholars Program

This program annually selects physicians during their residencies and career physicians for six-week rotations at one of our mentored sites outside the US.

Program Overview

The Stanford/Yale Global Health Scholars Program annually selects 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 scholars will receive, upon completion of the rotation, a travel award ranging from $3,000 – $4,000 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.

The Stanford/Yale Global Health Scholars Program main home page is managed by Yale. Visit the Yale page to learn more about the history of the program, past scholars, and to access resources once accepted.

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, Family Medicine, or Emergency Medicine by July 2024 are eligible to apply for the 2024-25 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. Both Yale and Stanford extend their residents’ coverage during approved IHE rotations.


Established international program rotations sites:

  • Church of Scotland Hospital (COSH), Philanjalo, South Africa (Stanford/Yale)
  • Mulago Hospital, Kampala, Uganda (Stanford/Yale)
  • Sri Lanka: Teaching Hospital, Peradeniya in Kandy, Sri Lanka (in development for 2024-25, Stanford only)
  • Central University Hospital in Kigali or Central University Hospital in Butare, Rwanda (Stanford/Yale)
  • Universidad San Francisco de Quito or Hospital and Centro de Salud Galapagos, Ecuador (Stanford only)
  • Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Eldoret, Kenya (Stanford only)

Domestic/Indian Health Services sites serving the Navajo Nation:

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

Learn more about the Stanford/Yale sites here.


Application Information


  • Deadline for 2024-25 applications: December 15, 2023 for the 2024-25 applications
  • Applicants will be notified of their status by March 2024
  • Check back soon for the 2024-25 application

Application Process

The application process is managed by Laura Crawford at Yale University. If you have questions specific to the application, please email Laura – This information can also be found on the Yale website.

Application components:

Application components may be emailed or sent by mail.

  • Both the Resident application and Fellow or Career Physician Application will be available soon for download in Microsoft Word format to be completed and printed.
  • A current CV
  • A passport photograph (not a scanned selfie) – Please note the specific quality and size requirements for your passport photo.
  • Two letters of recommendation, one of which must be from your Program Director if you are a resident or fellow. Click here for a description of what the Program Director needs to address in their letter of recommendation; please forward the directions directly to your Program Director. Signed letters on letterhead may be emailed directly to Laura.crawford@yale.eduIt is the applicant’s responsibility to make sure that the letters of recommendation have been submitted.

Submitting your application:

Please send as many components of the application at one time as possible, instead of piecemeal. Send to Laura Crawford, Program Administrator, by email or mail.

  • Mail: Laura Crawford, Program Administrator
  • Yale/Stanford Global Health Scholars Program
  • Yale School of Medicine
  • 333 Cedar Street PO Box 208030
  • New Haven, CT 06520
  • Email:

Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. To confirm the receipt of your packet, please contact Laura Crawford at

Site Selection & Assignment

Stanford applicants can apply to rotate at any of the sites. Please note that these rotations require a commitment of six weeks, which does include travel time to and from the US. The number of weeks for the rotation is not negotiable. We will make site and date assignments based on the information in the application and on the needs of our sites. Please plan on scheduling vacation before or after your rotation, not during.

Selection Criteria

Selection is based upon site availability, dates which residents and senior physicians are available for rotations, and desired experiences. Previous international health experience is not a criterion for participation at the resident level.