GH Summer Scholarship

The Global Health Summer Scholarship supports medical student projects in the global health setting. The scholarship provides funding for first-year B.U. medical students to undertake research, language immersion, or community health projects during the summer between first- and second-year. The project/program must be completed in a low- or middle-income country (LMIC).

Time Requirements

  • Research projects must be at least 7-weeks of full-time work (more is encouraged).
  • Community health projects must be at least 6 weeks in length.
  • Language immersion programs must be at least 4 weeks in length.

There is some flexibility for items #2 and #3 depending on each situation.

Guidelines for Funding

  • Each award is up to $2000 with awards ranging from $500 (e.g., 4-week medical Spanish program) to $2000 (e.g., 7 weeks of research).
  • Each application is committee-reviewed and the amount awarded to each student is dependent upon the scope of the project, site location, time of project/program, and budget outlined by applicant.
  • Funding is weighted toward longer time in country and locations with which the School of Medicine has a prior established relationship.
  • To be eligible for the GH Summer Scholarship, you must be in good academic standing (perform at a passing level in all courses) and eligible for promotion to the second year. For funding purposes, the review committee will prioritize applications from students who are in good standing, without remediation, after discussion with the SEIC committee.

    How to Determine What GH Project is Right for You

    All students who apply for GH Summer Scholarship, must complete “Part 1: The Big Picture,” the first of three parts of the Practitioner’s Guide to Global Health course. This course prepares students and trainees to safely and effectively participate in global health learning experiences. In Part 1, you will learn how to determine what type of global health learning experience is right for you and how to logistically set one up. All parts are free-of-charge and generate a Credly badge upon successful completion.

    Links to Begin Your Search for a Project/Program

    Please use the following information for reference only. An update on summer, 2024 scholarships will be available January, 2024.

    Due Dates for Applications (Summer, 2023)

    There are two due dates for the scholarship  application depending on the type of project you will undertake:

    • Mach 24, 2023 for research projects
    • April 10, 2023 for language immersion programs and community health projects