MD Program

Contact Global Programs

1187 MERF
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2600
Phone:(319) 353-5762
Fax: (319) 335-8643

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    Financial Support for Global Opportunities

     Many medical students face financial challenges when considering the pursuit of a Global Programs elective. Funding opportunities will be listed on this site as they come to our attention. We also encourage you to consider the following:

    • Prepare two budgets for yourself. One should be your ideal (but responsible) budget if resources were to be made available. The second should be your barebones budget. What is the minimal amount of funding that you will need to make your plans a reality? Consider not only ways to increase your funding but also ways to decrease your expenditures. Click here for tips on preparing a budget.
    • Apply for support from multiple sources. Explore UI funding opportunities through the Global Programs Office within the College of Medicine, the College of Public Health, the Office of International Programs, and the UI Center for Human Rights. Search for local, national and international support through service and religious organizations. Search out medical specialty organizations such as in tropical medicine or pediatrics. Seek out research possibilities. Search national professional medical associations such as AMWA and AMSA.
    • Remember, funding is most often competitive. A poorly written proposal is neither a good use of your time nor the selection committee's. Define your educational objectives as well as your strategy to achieve your goals. How will you prepare in advance for your program? How will you evaluate your progress towards your goals?
    • When you successfully apply for funding, thank the funders. They will appreciate knowing how their funds were used.
    • If you find a new source of funding, let us know so that we can list the source for future students.

    Applying for Global Programs Scholarships

    The Global Programs Office is using a common application form (pdf; click here for a MS Word version) for the following scholarships offered through the College of Medicine. If possible, please complete and submit the PDF application electronically.  

    To qualify for funding, students are required to spend a minimum of four weeks at a pre-approved site. The work must qualify for registration as a Global Programs elective. Recipients will become familiar with the cultural, social, and medical problems of the area they choose. All scholarship recipients must work under the supervision of a health care provider who has extensive knowledge and expertise as well as a formal tie to the site (the organization or institution where the program or project is undertaken). A letter of acceptance from the supervisor confirming details of the proposed project and stating a willingness to assume responsibility for the student’s activities must accompany the scholarship application.

    Applicants must submit a program/project proposal, limited to four pages. Note: If you are applying for two or more separate programs/clerkships, please submit a separate application for each site. The project proposal should include:

    1. your goals for the scholarship period;
    2. plan to achieve the goals;
    3. value of the experience to your growth as a medical student;
    4. description of your preparation for the experience;
    5. written acceptance from the site including dates of the visit;
    6. budget for living expenses, travel, and other project-related costs (proposals should identify the portion of the costs the applicant is prepared to bear personally or secure from other sources);
    7. two recommendations using this form (you can use the same recommendations forms for multiple applications; you do not need to submit separate recommendations for each).  

    Applications are now being accepted for the scholarships covering the period of May 2015 – April 2016.

    Proposals for all Global Programs medical student scholarships listed above are due by Noon on February 16, 2015. Send the application electronically to Robin Paetzold at the address below. Students must be in good academic standing to qualify for scholarship consideration. If you have questions, please contact: 

    Robin Paetzold
    Director, Global Programs
    University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine
    MERF 1187A
    Iowa City, IA 52242
    Tel (319) 353-5762
    Fax (319) 335-8049
     robin-paetzold@uiowa.edu 
     

    Scholarship recipients are required to submit a written report of their experience to the Global Programs Director within three weeks of their return, as well as complete coursework requirements. Some scholarships also require that you submit a written report directly to their designee. These reports are used to document your experiences for all interested parties, including students considering pursuing electives in the same site in the future. A selection of recent reports from global health medical students can be accessed through the Global Programs website.      

    Additional Funding Sources

    These funding sources utilize their own application form, not the application materials described above.