External Funding Resources
Want tips on how to fund your global health experience?
Check out this guide by the Global Health Education Consortium.
- The Vanderbilt Global Education Office (GEO) maintains a list of select scholarships offered by GEO, other units at Vanderbilt, and external agencies.
- The Vanderbilt University Office of Honors Scholarships maintains a list of external funding opportunities and research fellowships for graduate students. Examples include the Fulbright-Fogarty Fellowship and the Boren Fellowship.
- The Fogarty International Center administers a directory of international grants and fellowships in biomedical and behavioral research for predoctoral and graduate researchers in the field of global health.
- SPIN Vanderbilt University is a platform to search funding opportunities, primarily related to research development but there are often associated funding grants for educational programs. We recommend reading these instructions for creating an account to save your searches and receive funding alerts.
- Vanderbilt Career Center has a compilation of scholarships and fellowships on their website. Please note that these scholarships and fellowships require Vanderbilt University’s endorsement or nomination. You can also log into DoreWays and make an honors scholarship coaching appointment at the Career Center.
- The Institute for International Education (IEE) maintains an extensive database of scholarships, fellowships, and grants for all levels of post-secondary study, across the full range of academic areas for study in the United States.
- International Scholarships
- University of Arizona has a comprehensive list of global health funding opportunities.
- The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill has a searchable database of funding databases (a database of databases).
- Michigan State University has a guide to various sources of graduate scholarships, fellowships, and loans.
- Affordable Colleges Online presents a variety of scholarships for graduate students, describes the federal aid options, and provides tips to help students get more financial aid.
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.
- 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.
- The Katie Evans Memorial Scholarship
The Katie Evans Memorial Scholarship supports outstanding work in international public health by providing a one-time scholarship of up to $3,000 towards a fieldwork project proposed by a qualified graduate student.
- NSEP David L. Boren Graduate Fellowship
Boren Fellowships provide up to $30,000 to U.S. graduate students to add an important international and language component to their graduate education through specialization in area study, language study, or increased language proficiency. Boren Fellowships support study and research in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. For a complete list of countries, click here.
- NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide (GROW)
Eligible National Science Foundation (NSF) 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.
- 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.