Travel Grants for M4 Students

The GH Program at Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine awards travel grants to BU medical students for research or clinical electives at least four weeks in length. Travel grant applications are processed on a rolling basis with a funding determination sent to the student within 3 weeks of submission. 

 Apply for Travel Grant here

[ Related links: How to Set Up an GH Elective | Required Responsibilities for Students Undertaking GH Electives ]


Awards typically range from $400 to $1500, although awards of less or more are given. If a student received funding previously from the GH Program (e.g., summer scholarship), then the amount of the travel grant may be reduced. Since funds are limited, students are highly encouraged to seek other sources of funding to support their GH elective. See Funding for a list of possibilities.


The Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine GH Program will not give academic credit for, pay for, supervise, direct, or otherwise support a medical student in a country where a U.S. State Department Travel Warning is in effect. See Travel Warning Policy.

Application Process

Travel grant applications are processed on a rolling basis with a funding determination sent to the student within 3 weeks of submission. To apply for the travel grant, submit the application. Before a student may apply for a travel grant, the elective must be added to their schedule (see How to Set Up an GH Elective).

Selection Criteria

The selection committee uses the following criteria when awarding the travel grants:

  • Academic standing
  • Length of time spent on project (minimum of 4 weeks)
  • Location of study site, with priority given to sites in developing countries
  • Clarity of ideas expressed and level of detail given
  • Extent to which the proposed experience meets the goals of the GH program
  • Effort put into preparation for proposed experience
  • The degree to which the experience includes a public health component
  • Relevance of learning objectives. The B.U. mentor can assist the student with developing learning objectives and planning the project.
  • Appropriateness of proposed budget

When determining the level of support for each particular travel grant, the committee takes into consideration previous financial support given to the student such as funds received from the GH Summer Scholarship Program as well as support from outside sources (e.g., private organizations). This allows equitable awards for all students.


Announcement of awards are made about three weeks after application submission. Once the grant is awarded, no further negotiation of terms can be expected, but the timing of the award is flexible. Experiences that span more than one block may be eligible for more than one block’s funding. If plans change after an award letter is sent (in the case of those students who have not yet undertaken their electives), the student must notify the GH Program by submitting a revised Travel Grant Application and updated ADD Form for GH Elective. Funding is not guaranteed if changes to the original project are substantial.

Travel Grant (Reimbursement)

Upon finishing the GH elective, students must complete the following steps for reimbursement within 30 days of the student’s return and no later than the Friday before graduation.

Other Opportunities

Students are encouraged to develop a presentation or poster (based on the GH experience) for consideration at the annual meeting of Consortium of Universities for Global Health held annually in the spring.