Student Affairs

International Experience Support

The School of Medicine is pleased to announce several funding opportunities for international experiences related to Medical Education for the 2019-2020 academic year. The following funding opportunities will be coordinated through the Office of Student Affairs. You may apply for multiple opportunities but will only be eligible to receive one.

Funding Opportunities Available

  • The Madison E. Cornwell Memorial Scholarship
    • Two scholarships will be provided to medical students who plan to pursue clinical work and/or clinical research projects in an international setting.
    • The awards will be $1,500 each.
    • The selection of students for these scholarships will be made by a committee within the School of Medicine.  Friends and family of Madision will also contribute to the selection process.  
  • The Friends of the International Center Scholarship
    • A total of four (4) scholarships will be given to medical students planning to study abroad. 
    • The awards will be $2,000 each.
    • The selection of students for the scholarships will be made by the Friends of the International Center Scholarship Committee and based upon the recommendation of the School of Medicine. An emphasis on contributing to further friendship, understanding, and cooperation among peoples of diverse countries through programs at the International Center is a priority for this scholarship. Additional information on the Friends of the International Center maybe found here.
  • The Ralph Shabetai, MD SOM Student Travel Rotation Scholarship
    • This additional funding source will be avaialble to a fourth year medical student for an international rotation. 
    • The scholarship will cover travel, accommodations, and living expenses while working and studying abroad up to $2,300.

Eligible Students

  • Are in good academic standing and have a distinguished academic record;
  • have completed one year of full-time graduate study for the M.D. at UCSD (exception is the Ralph Shabetai, MD Scholarship – must be a fourth year medical student)
  • will be registered for a full-time program of study in 2019-20.

How to Apply

  • A statement (no more than two (2) pages) describing the proposed international experience including the following:
    • summary of experience
      • name and overview of the program and organization OR research and faculty sponsor
      • dates of experience
      • general itinerary for the experience
      • estimated cost of experience (please include a breakdown of costs)
    • benefit to the community and enhancement of the medical school experience
    • qualifications for the award, including, career plans and financial need
    • for the Madison E. Cornwell Memorial Scholarship please include a statement relating to international friendship, understanding, and impacts on the uderserved community. 
    • for the Friends of the International Center Scholarship please include a statement relating to the contributions to international friendship and understanding.
  • Student's curriculum vitae
  • Student's current mailing address

Application Deadiine

  • Please submit your application by 12pm on Friday, February 8, 2019 to Late entries will not be accepted.


Be advised that the School of Medicine provides funding of international experiences according to the travel guidelines and advisories established by the U.S. Department of State, which state that:

“Travel Warnings are issued when long-term, protracted conditions that make a country dangerous or unstable lead the State Department to recommend that Americans avoid or consider the risk of travel to that country. A Travel Warning is also issued when the U.S. Government's ability to assist American citizens is constrained due to the closure of an embassy or consulate or because of a drawdown of its staff.”

Please review the link below to find a list of countries that meet those criteria.

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