At a Glance

November 13, 2017 11:59 pm EDT

Junior or senior pre-medical or health undergraduate student

Provides funding for one pre-medical or health student to participate in a three-week summer health project with UNC medical students

Brandy Arellano

ID# 10031 | Last Updated: Saturday, December 9, 2017

The UNC Medical Horizons Fellowship provides funding for an undergraduate student to join 1st and 4th year medical students on a summer women’s health project in Honduras. In collaboration with the UNC School of Medicine and the Honduran Health Alliance (HHA), this program offers the following:

  • Fully funded trip to Honduras to collaborate with medical students and local communities and provide health education talks, family planning resources, and women’s health screenings
  • Experience in a medical school environment and patient contact
  • Career and personal development and networking opportunities

The UNC Medical Horizons Fellowship was made possible by an anonymous donor who wants to break financial, cultural, and institutional barriers for students interested in medicine who would not otherwise have a global opportunity. The donor hopes this program can help change the face of medicine to be more inclusive of all people, one student at a time.

Applicant Profile

This program is part of UNC’s major effort to significantly increase the number of traditionally underrepresented students who have access to global opportunities. As such, we encourage applications regardless of a student’s age, disabilities, educational or family background, gender identity, racial or ethnic identity, sexual orientation or socioeconomic status.

Applicants must:

  1. Be a UNC undergraduate junior or senior planning to apply to medical school
  2. Have limited or no global travel experience
  3. Demonstrate financial need through one of the following:
    • Need-based financial aid eligibility as determined by your FAFSA
    • An international student financial aid worksheet that demonstrates need
    • A narrative statement, if the other two options do not apply, that discusses need


  • Particular interest in women’s health
  • A commitment to improve Spanish skills prior to the trip

The Opportunity

Students will travel to Honduras for three weeks in late June through July of 2018. Two 4th year medical students elected as the HHA Student Leaders will plan and execute the experience joined by the undergraduate student and 1st year medical students from the UNC School of Medicine. Participants will provide health education workshops, conduct preventative clinical women’s health screenings, and follow up with care. Students will live in small towns and rural villages in group home-stays with local families.

Application Components

The initial application is completed online, and you can preview the application before you begin. The application consists of the following:

  • Application form, including name and contact information
  • Five short answer questions
  • Supporting financial documentation (if required)
  • List of past global travel experience (if any)
  • One reference
  • UNC Honor Pledge

Selected students will be invited for an interview with the HHA Student Leaders, Shay Slifko, Program Manager at the Office of International Activities (OIA) in the School of Medicine, and Brandy Arellano, Program Manager at Center for Global Initiatives (CGI).

Evaluation of Applicants

Applications are evaluated by the HHA Student Leaders and the CGI and OIA Program Managers. The following criteria will be considered:

Financial Need, Personal Impact & Prior Global Experience

  • Does the candidate demonstrate financial need?
  • Would participation in the global opportunity allow the applicant to gain new, relevant global experience they wouldn’t otherwise have?
  • How much prior global experience has the applicant already had?

Diversity of Background & Perspective

  • Does the candidate bring personal experiences, perspectives and/or background to the opportunity that help the group represent UNC’s diverse population?
  • How likely is the experience to impact a wide group of other UNC students and community members once the applicant returns?
  • Has the candidate demonstrated individual initiative which will help them maintain self-motivation and work independently?

Impact and Alignment with Academic & Career Goals

  • How will the proposed opportunity contribute deeply to the applicant’s stated career and academic goals?
  • Will the experience encourage the applicant to explore other global opportunities and with greater depth?
  • Does the applicant exhibit the commitment to apply for medical school?

Feasibility, Planning & Commitment

  • How does the student plan to fit in all of the requirements for the program?
  • Does the applicant have (or explain plans to acquire) the required language, technical and cultural skills necessary to successfully complete of the project?

Application Timeline

  • Online application deadline: November 13, 2017 at 11:59 p.m.
  • Application status notification: No later than January 1, 2018

Award Requirements

If selected for participation, all awardees must:

  • Join the HHA Holiday Card Fundraising effort
  • Attend selected classes in FMME 433 Global Health Elective Course (during spring semester)
  • Complete an online survey before and after the trip
  • Attend Women’s Health Education Consultant (WHEC) training in March
  • Submit a final report to CGI after the experience
  • Present at one of the following:
    • The Center for Global Initiatives’ Global Projects Showcase (three offered per semester)
    • UNC Development event
    • Other approved speaking engagement

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