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Yale/Stanford Global Health Scholars Program

The 2020-21 rotations have been significantly disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, but we are optimistically proceeding with the application process for the coming academic year of 2021-22.

Application Process

Deadline for Program Year 2021-2022 Applications:
Friday, December 11, 2020


Physicians-in-training who will have completed at least their internship year of residency training in accredited US programs in Internal Medicine, Primary Care, Family Medicine, Med/Peds, or Emergency Medicine by July 2021 are eligible to apply for the 2021-2022 program year. Very few applicants are selected to carry out a rotation during their PGY2 year; we prefer to send Scholars during their PGY3 or 4 years, when they have more to offer our partner sites. Those trained in Pediatrics and Preventive Medicine are eligible to apply for select sites only. Applicants from US academic medical centers and community-based practices who are board-certified in any specialty are welcome to apply as Career Physicians. Chief Residents and Fellows from Yale or Stanford should apply as Career Physicians.

Please note: It is recommended that all Yale/Stanford Global Health Scholars be covered by malpractice insurance during their International Health Rotation. The Program does not provide this coverage. All participants are responsible for providing their own malpractice insurance and are encouraged to inquire of their home institutions about the status of their current coverage when practicing medicine abroad. Both Yale and Stanford extend their residents' coverage during approved IHE rotations.


Applications and supporting letters for participation must be received by December 11, 2020. All applicants will be notified by the end of March, 2021. If selected, Scholars (except those at Stanford) are required to attend the Pre-Departure Orientation in New Haven on Friday, May 28, 2021. The rotation will take place between July 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022. The award must be used during this time frame and may not be postponed except under highly unusual circumstances.

Application Process (Due to the pandemic, we will accept all components of the application electronically. Please note the specific quality and size requirements for your passport photo.)

  • Both the Resident and Career Physician applications are available for download in Microsoft Word format to be completed and printed.
  • a current CV
  • a passport photograph (not a scanned selfie)
  • We also require two letters of recommendation, one of which must be from your Program Director if you are a resident or fellow. Click here for a description of what we need the Program Director to address in his/her letter of recommendation; please forward the directions directly to your Program Director. We prefer that letters of recommendation be enclosed with the application and mailed, but will accept electronically submitted letters (signed and on letterhead) emailed directly to

Please send as many components of the application at one time as possible (by mail or email) instead of piecemeal.

Laura Crawford, Program Administrator
Yale/Stanford Global Health Scholars Program
Yale School of Medicine
333 Cedar Street PO Box 208030
New Haven, CT 06520
or to
You are welcome to hand deliver it (slide it under the door if necessary) to us in FMP101.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to make sure that the letters of recommendation have been submitted. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

To confirm the receipt of your packet, please contact Laura Crawford at

Site Selection & Assignment

Please note that these rotations require a commitment of six weeks, which does include travel time to and from the US. The number of weeks for the rotation is not negotiable. We will make site and date assignments based on the information in the application and on the needs of our sites. Please plan on scheduling vacation before or after your rotation, not during.

Selection Criteria

Selection is based upon site availability, dates which residents and senior physicians are available for rotations, and desired experiences. Previous international health experience is not a criterion for participation at the resident level.

Applications for Global Health Scholar Rotations


Information Session for Yale/Stanford Global Health Scholars Program 2020