Feinberg School of Medicine provides travel grants to medical students to offset the costs of travel in order to help them participate in and complete rotations at universities and medical clinics where FSM has formal agreements and affiliations. These grants are meant to complement the awards given out via the Global Health Initiative whose funds are restricted to rotations and global health education programs in low and medium-income countries. The Feinberg Travel Grant is available to students who wish to complete rotations at the following affiliated universities only:
- Capital Medical University – Beijing, China
- Charité Universitatsmedizin Berlin – Berlin, German
- Karolinska Institutet – Stockholm, Sweden
- Keio University – Tokyo, Japan
- Tel Aviv University - Tel Aviv, Israel
- Trinity College Dublin - Dublin, Ireland
- Université de Strasbourg - Strasbourg, France
Any Feinberg medical student in good academic standing who wishes to complete a rotation at one of FSM's partner institutions listed above may apply for the Feinberg Travel Grant. The award is not available to Feinberg students who wish to travel independently to unaffiliated institutions for a global health education program or rotation. Feinberg students may not receive funding from the FTG if they have already received funding from the Global Health Initiative, International Health Fellowship, the Public Health Program, the Office of International Program Development, or any other FSM funding source. Awards range in size from a minimum of $1000 to a maximum of $2000. FSM students who wish to apply for funds to support a second rotation at an FSM partner institution may be considered on a case-by-case basis, but second awards are not guaranteed. Generally, depending on budget flexibility, a second FTG award may be considered but only after all other student applications have been reviewed. Also, if a second Feinberg Travel Grant is considered, it may not be as generous as the first award, but would still adhere to the award range of $1,000-$2,000. More than two applications for the Feinberg Travel Grant will not be considered.
The FTG award is contingent upon each student's satisfactory participation in FSM's required pre-departure preparation and evaluation process developed by the Center for Global Health. The full process is outlined CGH's pre-departure preparation page, but it includes three in-person meetings/seminars, an online orientation tool, registration fortravel insurance, and submission of the FSM travel waiver and personal healthform. Failure to actively participate in and complete the pre-departure preparation process can result in revocation of the award and possible cancelation of the away-rotation at an FSM partner institution.
These awards are need-based and decisions are made by the Feinberg committee on global health education.
How to Apply:
The online application will take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete once the materials described below are prepared. It is strongly recommended that applicants prepare their answers and materials before beginning the application. Applicants should save these materials as word documents and copy and paste their responses into the application. You will not be able to save your application once you begin. Answers to the questions listed below should be no longer than 200 words.
Items to prepare in advance:
- Describe why you feel completing a global health rotation abroad is important to your medical studies at Feinberg and how it may impact your career
- Describe your current financial need using specific figures
- A copy of your resume or CV
- A specific travel budget with estimates for flights, housing, visas, immunizations, etc...
September 1 each year for M4s. M1s should apply by January 3 for a select number of rotation spots at Peking University
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For More Information:
Center for Global Health
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
645. N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 1058
Chicago, IL 60611
tel: +1 312 503 8829
fax: +1 312 503 8800