VSLO Global Health Scholarship

In alignment with our commitment to delivering the best global health programs, we are excited to present the CFHI VSLO Global Health Scholarship. We give away one $500 award annually. Learn more about the global health field experiences eligible for this scholarship here

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)'s Visiting Student Learning Opportunities (VSLO) program enables medical and public health students to pursue short-term learning opportunities in locations away from their home institutions.

More about VSLO: 

Launched in January 2018, the VSLO program merged two existing visiting student programs: the Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS®) program that focused exclusively on U.S. domestic electives and the GHLO® program which focused on electives abroad. These electives include observerships, summer research programs, clinical opportunities, away rotations, away electives, clinical rotations and visiting opportunities. Program participants include medical and public health students and institutions in the U.S. and around the globe.

Offered by participating host institutions in the U.S. and around the world, elective opportunities are available in teaching hospitals, community clinics, and urban or rural sites and are open to preclinical, clinical, or final-year students, as determined by the host institution.

Eligibility: Any student currently enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate or post-graduate program who plans to participate in a CFHI program starting on or after January 2021 through VSLO. Student must also demonstrate a proven commitment to global health and accurately portray how a CFHI program will make her/him a better future physician or health professional.

How to apply: Applicants will be asked to upload the following:

1. Scholarship essay

2. Letter of recommendation (professional or academic)

3. Personal CV (Curriculum Vitae)

The application link can be found at the end of the page.

Deadline for sumbission: December 15, 2020

Award Details: The student will be selected to receive a $500 award that will go toward the program fee for a 4-week (or longer) CFHI Global Health Education Program. See all program options here

Apply here!

Past Recipients


Akshaya Kannan is a Masters’ in Public Policy student at Harvard Kennedy School and MD candidate at Emory University School of Medicine, where she is a Robert W. Woodruff Fellow. She earned her BA in Public Policy Studies from the University of Chicago in 2013. After graduation, Akshaya spent a year in India as a Fulbright-Nehru Scholar, where she conducted anthropological research on a puberty ceremony in South India. She is passionate about women's health and had the opportunity to learn more about women's health in Mexico through the CFHI Elective in Puerto Escondido. Her clinical experience taught her about the Mexico's network of community clinics, women's health challenges, and indigenous midwife practices in the state of Oaxaca.