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External Funding Resources

Outside of Vanderbilt, there are other resources that provide access to Scholarships and Fellowships. Check out this guide by the Global Health Education Consortium for tips on how to fund your global health experience.

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Selected Scholarships and Fellowships

A selection of external funding scholarships are listed below. Students are not limited to these options and are encouraged to research additional avenues for funding their experience abroad.

  • American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene Benjamin H. Kean Traveling Fellowship Award
    Applicant must be a full-time student in a North American accredited school of medicine at the time of the application and at the time of the elective. Applicant must propose an elective conducting research or clinical training in tropical medicine or global health with at least one month at a site endemic for tropical diseases. Recipients are expected to submit a maximum 3-page report outlining their fellowship experience.
  • Boren Scholarships and Fellowships provide unique funding opportunities to study in Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Boren Scholars and Fellows represent a variety of academic backgrounds, but all are interested in studying less commonly taught languages, including but not limited to Arabic, Hindi, Mandarin, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Swahili. Undergraduate students can receive up to $20,000 for an academic year’s study abroad and graduate students up to $30,000 for language study and international research. In exchange for funding, recipients commit to working in the federal government for a minimum of one year. For a complete list of countries, click here.
  • CDC-Hubert Global Health Fellowship This fellowship provides third- and fourth-year medical and veterinary students with public health experience in a developing country. The main focus of the fellowship is a 6- to 12-week field assignment where fellows are mentored by experienced CDC staff and learn through hands-on experience while working on a public health project.
  • Gary Stewart Scholarship for Research in Public Health
    This award goes to an outstanding public health graduate student who proposes a significant research project that addresses a pressing current issue in the field of public health, especially as it may pertain to reproductive health, and related public welfare issues.
  • Global Action Fellows invest in a new generation of leaders with the foresight and skills to respond to emerging global challenges. Students with knowledge related to food, health, and prosperity as well as a strong interest in the interconnections among local and global issues are invited to apply. Attendance is limited and selective for this program.
  • Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide (GROW) Program is funded by the National Science Foundation and provides an international travel allowance to engage in research collaborations with investigators in partner countries located outside the United States. Graduate Research Fellows must have completed at least one year of their graduate program at the time of application. The competition is open to MS – and PhD-seeking Fellows. GROW Fellows will receive an international travel allowance of $5,000 to cover travel and research costs associated with the international research collaboration.
  • Sara’s Wish Scholarship Fund
    Sara’s Wish Foundation scholarships are awarded to extraordinary young women committed to making the world a better place by fully participating in it. With financial contributions from the Sara’s Wish program, young women have defrayed the costs associated with traveling to all areas of the globe.
  • Student Scholarships is a leading online education resource making learning accessible for over 30 million students and educators a month.                                                                                                                     At, they want to help improve the college experiences of women and help make education more accessible in all fields of study. To support women perusing an undergraduate college degree, they have developed several new scholarships, and students can apply now through May 1st.

Women in Business Scholarship Scholarship for Black Women Scholarship for Women in STEM Scholarship for Women in Environmental Science

  • The Rotary Foundation
    Graduate scholarships for international study are available in any field and require a one-year commitment. The scholarships cover travel expenses and provide a stipend for room and board. All applications are made and processed through the local Rotary Club.