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International Scholarly Activity Funding

The Department of Medicine, with funds from The Roe Green Center for Travel Medicine and Global Health, will provide an opportunity for medical residents and fellows to undertake clinical and scholarly activities internationally in resource-limited settings. Communicable and non-communicable global diseases, travel medicine, or vaccines should be the focus of the application with support from a mentor. Trainees who are in their PGY-1 through PGY-6 will be eligible for this funding. Scholarships (up to $5,000) will be awarded to residents and fellows with meritorious proposals and strong interest in travel medicine and international health. An Advisory Committee within the Department of Medicine will review proposals and make recommendations for funding. Preference will be given for those in a dedicated international health pathway and those within the Department of Medicine, but those from other departments are encouraged to apply. The Department of Medicine serves as the fiscal entity through which these funds will be distributed and administered.


  1. Trainees who are in their PGY-1 through PGY-6 are eligible to apply for funding. The application deadline is April 1, 2023. Funds may be used for travel and per diem expenses as well as for research supplies and statistical assistance.
  2. A project and mentor from the Department of Medicine or Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine must be selected for the project. Identification of an international mentor will enhance the application. You will be required to submit an application, the protocol, and CV for review.
  3. At the completion of your project and clinical experience, your requirements include:
    • A debrief session with your mentor
    • Complete formal evaluation of the rotation
    • Discussion and presentation of the clinical and scholarly activity at the annual Department of Medicine Research Day.

How to Apply

All application must be typed, single-spaced, using a standard 12 type. Deadline for receipt of initial application is April 1, 2023. For all questions contact Martha Salata: martha.salata@uhhospitals.org or 216-249-7688.

General Instructions:

Number the pages consecutively at the bottom throughout the supplication. Type the resident’s name and date at the right top of each page. Submit in the order listed below starting with the Title Page:

Title Page (1 page)
Title of proposal, resident and faculty mentor’s name (including rank, Department, mailing and e - mail addresses), mailing address, telephone contact information and e-mail address.

Budget (1-2 pages)
Provide a budget not to exceed $5000 and to include estimated travel and per diem costs, and any other requested items/activates.

Personal Statement (1 page)
Indicate why you are interested in international health, what past experience will enhance your success in your proposal and how you will utilize this experience in your career path.

Description of the Research Proposal, Educational Project or Clinical Experience (not to exceed 3 pages)

  • Research Proposal
  • Specific Aims (not to exceed 1⁄2 page)
  • Significance (not to exceed 1 page)
  • Background/Preliminary studies/Experience (if applicable) (not to exceed 1 1⁄2 pages)
  • Research Design and Methods (not to exceed 2 pages)
  • Educational Project/Clinical Experience
  • Project Details and Purpose
  • Learning Objectives while abroad
  • Education to be provided upon return

Literature Cited (not to exceed 2 pages)

Dates Available: Please order in most preferred to least preferred

Review Process

Proposals will be reviewed by the Advisory Committee consisting of faculty in the Department of Medicine with international research experience along with selected Chief Residents. Reviewers will provide a concise written report to the residents/fellows. In making scholarship decisions, the Committee will take into consideration the following areas which will be weighted in the following manner.

  • Significance, originality, scientific merit (25 points)
  • Direct relevance to global health issues (15 points)
  • The applicant’s ability to carry out the proposed research in the time frame indicated (20
  • points)
  • Selection of an experience/appropriate UH/Case faculty mentor and international mentor as
  • appropriate (20 points)
  • Selection of international site and support systems in place there (20 points)
  • Budget Justification