Paul S. Lietman Global Travel Grant for Residents & Fellows

The Johns Hopkins Center for Global Health (CGH), with the support of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, and the Graduate Medical Education (GME) program, is able to support travel grants for residents and fellows to facilitate rotations overseas in low- and middle-income countries with the Lietman Fellowship. This fellowship is named in honor of Dr. Paul Lietman, a longtime chief of the Division of Clinical Pharmacology at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and specialist in bacterial and viral infections. The CGH in conjunction with the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, and the Graduate Medical Education (GME) program is encouraging applications from trainees who have independently identified a training elective overseas.

Applications will be reviewed by a committee formed by the CGH. Residents & Fellows selected for a grant that have also been approved by their residency director and the Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education will be awarded a grant of up to $3,500 to support travel- and other placement-related costs. You can read more about the impact of our program here

Given the challenges and travel restrictions related to COVID-19, if selected as an awardee fellows should not travel without school approval. Funding will be released on a case by case basis depending on current travel restrictions and school approval of travel.

The application cycle is now open. Please download the call for applications here. 
Applications are due on November 11, 2022 at 11:59pm EDT.   


The fellowship is open to residents and fellows in a GME program sponsored by the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine or the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Applicants must have an MD or DO to apply and be currently enrolled in a program that is predominantly clinically-focused, i.e. not solely research. Residents and Fellows who will be completing their training prior to their travel are not eligible to apply. 

Previous recipients* of CGH travel grants cannot apply for this award unless their previous award occurred while they were in another training program, e.g. medical school. Funds must be used within one year of the anticipated award date. Applicants may not submit applications for travel already underway at the time of application or travel already completed.

*If you were awarded a Lietman Fellowship in Fall 2019 or Spring 2020 but were unable to travel due to COVID-19 related travel restrictions, please submit an updated application and indicate your previous awardee status. During the judging process, we will take into consideration that you were previously awarded but were unable to travel during that time. Please note that being a former awardee does not guarantee an award for this cycle. 

All applicants must apply for travel to low and middle-income countries. If you are unsure if your country qualifies or have questions about your program's eligibility, contact the Program Coordinator (

How to Apply 

CGH travel grants are intended to be matched with the existing process for approval of outside elective rotations for residents. Those interested must complete the following:  

  1. Download and complete the Lietman Application Form. Save it as a PDF and sign it. 
  2. Request a short support letter from your proposed site collaborator indicating their capacity/interest in hosting an international trainee. This should be a PDF on letterhead and signed by your collaborator.
  3. Complete and save the “Request for Elective Rotation” form as a PDF with all the required attachments. Have your residency director sign the RER form. The fully executed form with all signatures will only be required if you are selected as an awardee.
  4. *GHPP applicants are also required to submit a letter of support/approval from the Osler Medical Residency (Sanjay Desai (JHH) or Erica Johnson (Bayview))
  5. Please combine all documents into one PDF named “Lastname_Firstname_LietmanFall2021.pdf”  in the following order: 1) Lietman Application Form, 2) Letter of Support from site collaborator, 3) RER and associated attachments, 4) GHPP required approvals (if applicable)
  6. Upload the entire combined PDF in the online application form.  
  7. Obtain one recommendation from your mentor or another faculty member at Hopkins. Please use this reference form. Letters of Reference should be emailed directly to by the recommender by 11/11/2022 at 11:59pm EDT.  

Other Requirements

Residents & Fellows selected for this placement will be expected to:

Notices to residents & fellows:


Please reach out to the program coordinator via email with any questions. 

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