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Overall Family Fellowship travel stipend

The Overall Family 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.


Program Description

The Overall Family Fellowship was established by the Overall family to provide support to Vanderbilt University School of Medicine students engaged in international work, such as a research project, training program, or clinical rotation.

This travel stipend is awarded based on the strength of a candidate’s application and proposal. Award amounts vary depending on the project and the number of proposals funded in a given year. Funding supports partial international travel and living expenses.

The Overall Family Fellowship is administered by the Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health which oversees the application and selection process and provides guidance and support to recipients prior to and throughout their time abroad.


  • Students currently enrolled in the M.D. program at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
  • Students currently enrolled in the M.P.H. program at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine


Priority Deadline: February 1st (for students traveling in the spring, summer, or fall of that calendar year – note: funds can be applied retroactively [ex. awards can be given for travel that occurred in Jan/Feb])

*Note: Students only need to fill out one general online application to be considered for all eligible VIGH funding opportunities (this includes Overall Family Fellowship, Frist Global Health Leaders, and any VIGH related institutional scholarships).

The online application requires students to upload the following documents:

Current C.V.
Project proposal describing research questions and/or course or training objectives with a detailed timeline and budget

Please note: Once an online application has been started, you may save your work at any time by selecting the button to “Save and Return Later” at the bottom of each page (see picture on the right). You will receive a validation code which you can use to access and edit your application at a later time. Once you have completed and reviewed your responses carefully, select the button to “Submit.” Once submitted, your application cannot be changed or edited.

Apply Here! Online VIGH Funding Application

Previous Participants

Examples of previous projects supported by the Overall Fellowship:


  • Vitamin D deficiency and Bacterial Vaginosis among pregnant women | India
  • Pediatric oncology treatment and outcomes Zambia
  • Respiratory Syncytial Virus/Asthma and Dengue in the Northern Argentina Argentina
  • Assessment of the link between filariasis and patients presenting with pulmonary symptoms to an emergency department | Guyana
  • Effective development, distribution, and consumption of the GuateNut product | Guatemala
  • Stigma associated with HIV-infected individuals | Peru
  • Acute Respiratory Infection in hospitalized children in Amman | Jordan
  • Literacy and HIV prevention knowledge in Zambézia | Mozambique
  • Alternative therapy for pain management in both HIV+ and HIV- patients | South Africa


Elizabeth Rose
(615) 322-9374