International Health Studies Program

We have updated our application process, please read carefully!

Program Summary

At the May 2001 Annual Meeting, the Massachusetts Medical Society House of Delegates adopted Report: 411, A-01(D), which established an annual International Health Studies grant program to be administered by the Massachusetts Medical Society and Alliance Charitable Foundation (Foundation), with input from the Committees on Global Health and Medical Education.

Medical students and resident physician members of the Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS) are eligible to apply for grants for up to $2,000 to defray the costs of study abroad. 

Primary Goal

To encourage international education, particularly focusing on underserved populations.

Application Deadline

The Foundation Board of Directors will consider applications once a year. Applications must be submitted via the online grant portal  and are due by September 15th. Applications received after the September 15th deadline will not be considered.

Please note that applicants are required to submit a letter on institutional letterhead, from the supervising faculty at the applicant’s school or residency training program, attesting that the applicant is in good standing, and that the project or elective is already approved and supervised. A funding decision will generally be made within 45 days of deadline.

You may start your application on the online grant portal, save, and complete later. Once your application is finalized, you must remember to submit the application or it will not be considered. You will receive an automatic email response indicating that your application was submitted successfully. If you do not receive this email, your application has NOT been submitted and you should contact us at foundation@mms.org.

Review Process

A review committee comprised of members of the Foundation Board of Directors and representatives from the MMS Committees on Global Health and Medical Education will review and evaluate all applications. Evaluation of each application allows for consideration of applicant’s level of training as well as applicant's future career plans. We welcome applicants from the four medical schools in Massachusetts and associated residency training programs. The review committee will submit recommendations to the Foundation Board of Directors for grant consideration and final approval.

Funding Priorities

Preference will be given to projects providing health care related work and/or training of staff; and to applicants planning careers serving underprivileged populations around the world. Research projects that do not involve direct clinical care or teaching WILL NOT be considered.

Distribution of Funds

Funds will be distributed to the selected grantees after a) completion of their project/program and b) submission of two follow up reports. One follow up focuses on the grantee's experience abroad. This reports is a means to reflect on “Lessons Learned” through a narrative report as well as relevant photographs. A letter from the supervising faculty attesting to the grantee’s completion of the program will also be needed to complete this follow up. The second follow up pertains directly to reimbursement of costs. Receipts for travel, lodging, and meals, for which grantees are seeking reimbursement, must be submitted in this report as well as a total amount requested.

Grantees must access, fill out and submit these follow ups through our online grant portal. Additionally, all selected grant recipients will be invited to showcase the lessons they learned at a Medical Society sponsored event.

For more information on the Foundation and its activities, visit www.mmsfoundation.org or contact Jennifer Day, director, at (781) 434-7044, or via email at jday@mms.org.

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