MD Program

Contact Medical Student Global Programs

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


    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:

    Applying for Global Programs Scholarships

    The Global Programs Office is using a common application form (MS Word file) 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 (pdf; click here for a MS Word version. You may use the same recommendations for multiple applications with the writer's permission; you do not need to submit separate recommendations for each scholarship).  

    Budgeting Tips

    • 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.

     Applications are now being accepted for scholarships covering the period of May 2016 – April 2017.

     The initial scholarship application deadline for programs beginning May 2015 or later is midnight, January 31, 2017. Applications received after this deadline will still be considered as long as funding is available. 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 

     Proposals for all Global Programs medical student scholarships listed above are being considered on a rolling basis for the current academic year as long as resources are available.

     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.

    The Iowa Medical Society has generously agreed to assist in the funding of Global Programs clerkships again this year. Applications from M3's for electives to be taken in their M4 year should be submitted to both of the addresses below by May 15, 2017.  Please let us know if you have questions.

    IMS Foundation Clinical Experience

    The IMS Foundation considers funding requests if they relate to one of the following:

    • Health education, promotion, and/or wellness programs.
    • Medical education or scientific programs sponsored by recognized specialty or public health organizations.
    • Activities which enhance the delivery of quality health care in Iowa.
    • Programs or activities which enhance the image of medicine and the career path of medicine.

    Funding requests for clinical experiences fall within broad guidelines and will be considered if they meet the following specific guidelines:

    1. The student must be a junior medical student.
    2. Clinical experiences will be in medically underserved areas, preferably in another country.
    3. Students must be directed and supervised by a health care provider having extensive knowledge and expertise in the area and a formal tie with the organization or institution where the clinical experience will be undertaken.
    4. Clinical experiences need to be arranged through and approved for credit by the Carver College of Medicine Global Programs Director.
    5. Clinical experiences are to be taken during the student's senior year and must be completed prior to graduation.
    6. Requests for funding must include: a) the student's goals for the clinical experience; b) a plan to achieve these goals; c) a plan to evaluate the experience; d) description of language and cultural preparation for the experience; e) a budget for living expenses, travel and other project related costs including any other source of funds which will be received; f) the name of the student's sponsor with information on their credentials.
    7. Requests for funding must be submitted by May 15 of the student's junior year.
    8. Students are required to submit a written report to the IMS Foundation upon completion of their clinical experience.

    Students may apply for up to $1,000. 

    Send a copy of your application to each of:

    Mrs. Deborah Potter through email at or traditional mail at
     IMS Foundation
     1001 Grand Avenue
     West Des Moines, IA  50265

      and to

    Stephanie Whitlock at (electronic copy only)