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Global Health Experience Awards

Feinberg's Institute for Global Health supports global health education for Feinberg medical students and residents who display an interest in global health and working with underserved populations in resource-limited settings. IGH accomplishes this by supporting the travel expenses of Northwestern medical students and McGaw residents so they may pursue away-rotations and other global public health projects in underserved areas abroad. IGH is generously supported by Northwestern Medicine Primary and Specialty Care, its patients and Feinberg's donors. Awards are $1,500 to $3,700.

See a complete list of Feinberg's international affiliates and partner universities.


Any Feinberg medical student in good academic standing or McGaw resident who wishes to complete a rotation at one of the Feinberg-affiliated universities or clinics or at unaffiliated universities, clinics or non-profit organizations that are approved by Feinberg and the Institute for Global Health are eligible. Medical students are encouraged to identify high-quality global health rotations/programs at universities and organizations that provide healthcare in a sustainable and ethical environment. The Global Health Initiative applies only to rotations/programs in resource-limited settings.

The GHI award is contingent upon each student's satisfactory participation in Feinberg's required pre-departure preparation and evaluation process developed by the Institute for Global Health. Failure to actively participate in and complete the pre-departure preparation process can result in revocation of the award and possible cancellation of the away-rotation. 

The GHI funding application is available to students who have been approved for rotations by the Institute for Global Health, through the Feinberg Global Health Elective Canvas course.

Students are eligible to receive a maximum of two GHI awards over the course of their education at Feinberg.

Funds are available for individual students or for medical student organizations, depending on the location, project or rotation period. 

Students may not receive funding from more than one source for the same rotation/project at Northwestern University or Feinberg School of Medicine, including but not limited to the Feinberg International Health Fellowship, the Department of Family Medicine, The Graduate School (MPH program) or the Feinberg Travel Award. Students may apply to other Feinberg funding sources for other unique rotations/projects.

Travel funds may not be deferred and must be used for the intended request listed on the application within that academic year. Students may not receive funding to destinations with a travel warning issued by the U.S. State Department.


GHI applications are accepted on a rolling basis and must be submitted 60 days before the date of travel and 90 days for unaffiliated sites. Students who apply for GHI funds on or after their date of travel will not be considered.

Award recipients will be notified within 21 business days of application submission.

 Unaffiliated Rotations

Students who plan on applying to an unaffiliated university, clinic or organization should still complete the Institute for Global Health application for global health rotations.

 Post-Rotation Deliverables

Upon return from your overseas rotation, you are required to submit a reflection paper. Details are available in the Feinberg Global Health Elective Canvas course.


Contact Us

Institute for Global Health
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
710 N. Lake Shore Drive, Suite 800
Chicago, IL 60611


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