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 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 (email@example.com).
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:
- Download and complete the Lietman Application Form. Save it as a PDF and sign it.
- 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.
- 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.
- *GHPP applicants are also required to submit a letter of support/approval from the Osler Medical Residency (Sanjay Desai (JHH) or Erica Johnson (Bayview))
- 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)
- Upload the entire combined PDF in the online application form.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org by the recommender by 11/11/2022 at 11:59pm EDT.
Residents & Fellows selected for this placement will be expected to:
- Carry health insurance for the period of their time overseas.
- Obtain country specific travel information and register with HX Global using the Johns Hopkins portal.
- Complete a mandatory pre-departure travel course through one of two channels
- Register in the online course International Travel Preparation, Safety and Wellness (220.600.81) through the Department of International Health at JHSPH
- Complete the certificate option in the online Coursera travel preparation module before departure. Trainees may need to pay for the certificate, and the honors country profile must be completed to receive credit.
- Visit the Johns Hopkins Travel Medicine Clinic and obtain all appropriate vaccinations and health information before departure to the field. Housestaff will be expected to adhere to all preventive regimens recommended by the travel clinic or personal physician.
- Complete the following reporting requirements within 1 month after returning: 1) Submit a personal reflection narrative or Voice Thread, 2) Submit five high-resolution photographs and captions pertinent to the rotation, and agree to allow CGH the rights to publish said photographs along with appropriate photo credit attribution, 3) Complete a survey about the experience, 4) If possible, present on their experience at the next Global Health Day following the completion of their rotation. Global Health Day is usually held in late March/early April of each year.
Notices to residents & fellows:
- The process for the travel grants is competitive, so residents and fellows are not guaranteed an award.
- Applicants are advised that, depending upon the placement, the award from the Center for Global Health may not cover the entire cost of their travel and subsistence. In these instances the awardee will be required to use their own resources to meet their costs.
- International students: Please be advised that the award may be taxable and a portion of the award could be withheld upon disbursement.
Please reach out to the program coordinator via email with any questions.