VSLO Global Health Scholarship

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. In 2023, this scholarship can only be used for a virtual program.

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 virtual CFHI program in 2023 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.

Award Details: $975 award that will go toward the program fee of a virtual CFHI program taking place in 2023.

Apply Here!

Deadline: July 14th, 2023

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.