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Funding Opportunities

The Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health is committed to providing training opportunities and support for students to develop their skills in global health research, education, and leadership. Funding opportunities are available to eligible students through institutional and departmental resources, grants, and through external sources.

Overall Fellowship
The Overall Fellowship for International Research is sponsored by Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and the Department of Pediatrics. It provides support for Vanderbilt University School of Medicine students to gain experience and training in a global health setting.

Medical Scholars Program
The Medical Scholars Program is a 12-month research experience available to M.D. students at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. The program seeks to identify students who are interested in any type of biomedical research (clinical, basic, health services, public health, outcomes, etc.), place them in an appropriate research environment in the U.S. or abroad, allow them access to a group of peers and scientists who share common research interests, and support them with a stipend.

Fogarty Global Health Program for Fellows and Scholars Program
Supported by the Fogarty International Center of the National Institutes of Health, this program was established in 2012 to provide strong mentorship, research opportunities, and a collaborative research environment to enhance the global health research expertise and careers of early stage investigators. Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health leads the VECD Consortium (Vanderbilt-Emory-Cornell-Duke) whose institutions and faculty have a long history of global engagement, investigative accomplishment, and mentoring excellence, as demonstrated by high-impact global health discoveries by VECD trainees. The program is open to advanced doctoral students currently enrolled in health-related programs and postdoctoral trainees within three years of their last major degree program, residency, or fellowship.

Frist Global Health Leaders Program
The Frist Global Health Leaders Program is funded by Hope Through Healing Hands, a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, and it provides students, residents, and fellows in the health professions with the opportunity to serve and train in underserved communities around the world.

The Nichols Humanitarian Fund was established in 2006 by the E.C. and Lucile Hamby Nichols Trust and it enables Vanderbilt students to volunteer for local, domestic, or international humanitarian service opportunities. Support is primarily focused on summer projects, or projects that take place during defined academic breaks. Funds are available for educational and other expenses. All currently enrolled Vanderbilt students are eligible to receive assistance from the Fund, provided that they are citizens or permanent residents of the U.S.

The Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) Summer Awards Programs are available to both Vanderbilt graduate and undergraduate students pursuing research projects in Latin America. The call for applications is posted on the CLAS website each December and applications are due in early February.

The 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.

Additional Resources

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 Vanderbilt International Office maintains a list of searchable databases for external funding opportunities.

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.