Medical Student International Funding Opportunities

Global Health Funding

These funds are available for full-time undergraduate medical students pursuing global health electives or research projects.

Global Health Electives Grant

Value: Multiple grants of up to $1,500. The Global Health Electives Funding Committee provides funding for 1st and 2nd year students participating in global health non-credit pre-clinical summer clinical electives (GH NPSCE) or 4th year students participating in global health clinical electives. Electives may occur at any approved international host institution. There are two application cycles in September and March. For more information, contact the Office of Global Health or view the application here.

Western International Opportunities Award

Value: Multiple awards of $1,000. Western International offers awards for international learning experiences including exchanges, study abroad programs, international field courses, summer programs, international service learning, field research, and more.

Deadline: Two rounds - applications due on November 15 and March 15 every year.

For more information or to apply online, visit the Western International page.

Global Research Opportunities in Health

Value: 1-2 awards of up to $5,000. Award for 1st or 2nd year undergraduate medical or dental student to conduct a research project in global health. Projects may be in any area of basic, clinical, educational, or health services research. The majority of research projects will be expected to take place in another country. Projects within Canada will be considered if they are based on research that is concerned with health matters that are without borders and involve marginalized or at-risk, high priority populations e.g. prison health, health of those experiencing homelessness, aboriginal health, refugee health, etc.

The student requires a supervisor at Schulich and at an international host institution. For further information, contact the GROH Research Office at srop-srtp@schulich.uwo.ca.

Schulich Global Health Named Awards

These awards are available for full-time undergraduate medical students at Schulich who pursue international global health electives. Most of these awards are for 4th year medical electives. Applications will be received by the Office of Global Health and processed by the Global Health Electives Funding Committee (GHEFC). Eligible nominees will be forwarded to the Progression & Awards Committee of the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry for final selection of the awardee.

Dr. Carol Hindmarsh Award

Value: 1 award at $1,600. Annual award to a full-time MD student in any year, who is confirmed to be participating in a summer student project working with under-serviced or disadvantaged patient populations in Canada or abroad, as part of an existing student group participating in outreach work, or as an independent project. A call for nomination will be sent out with a deadline of February 28. Candidates can self-nominate.

This award was established by a generous donation from the Hindmarsh Family through Foundation Western, and it qualifies for matching funds from the OTSS program and recipients must meet Ontario residency requirements.

The Joan Scarfone Memorial Award

Value: 1 award at $1,250. Annual award to a 4th year student in the Windsor MD program, who will be pursuing a medical elective in a developing country. The award will be made prior to the student's departure. A call for nomination will be sent out with a deadline of September 10. Candidates can self-nominate.

This award was established by Dr. David John Scarfone (MD '82) in honour of his mother Joan.

The Andrew D. Mason Memorial Award

Value: 1 award at $100. Annual award to a 4th year MD student for elective work in a developing country. A call for nomination will be sent out with a deadline of February 28. Candidates can self-nominate.

This award was established in memory of Andrew David Mason, who died while on elective in Nepal.

The Rob Tingley Class of '95 Developing Countries Award

Value: 1 award at $1,750. Annual award to a 4th year MD student to assist with travel or program expenses related to an international global health elective experience. The elective should enable a medical student to observe first-hand the primary role of poverty in disease and the natural history of disease. The recipient will commit to a 4 to 6 week experience. A call for nomination will be sent out with a deadline of February 28. Candidates can self-nominate.

This award was established by the friends and family of Dr. Rob Tingley (MD '95). Dr. Tingley's elective in Kijabe, Kenya (Oct 29-Dec 22, 1994) was a life-altering experience, and his friends and family have chosen to honour his legacy by enabling future students to have similar experiences.

Dean Carol P. Herbert Award in Health Advocacy

Value: 1 award at $350. Annual award to a 4th year MD student who must show evidence of:

i) a keen interest in health advocacy activities by participating in the work of a local/national/international community organization for a minimum period of 4 weeks; or
ii) involvement in a local or national social cause to better a community or group of disadvantaged individuals over a minimum period of 4 weeks; or
iii) participation in an international global health elective in a developing country.

Additionally, the student must write a report post-elective. Applications for this award will be submitted in one of two formats: a CV from the applicant, or a nomination letter from a non-applicant nominating a specific undergraduate medical student. Both documents must reference specific advocacy activities completed by the intended recipient. A call for nomination will be sent out with a deadline of February 28. Candidates can self-nominate.

This award was established by a generous gift from Dr. Carol Herbert and it will be conferred at the medical convocation ceremony each year.

United Church Women of London Conference Global Health Award

Value: 1 award at $1,000. Annual award to a 4th year MD student who has made a major contribution towards advancing the vision and mission of the Global Health Program within the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry and to the field of maternal, newborn or child health in a developing country; or has plans to pursue any one of these fields upon graduation. A call for nomination will be sent out with a deadline of February 28. Candidates can self-nominate.

This award was established with a generous gift from the United Church Women of London Conference.