Medical Scholar Visiting Funding Summary: American Chapter

  • Posted on: Fri, 10/16/2015 - 23:31
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Previously, OCHIS reviewed the visiting scholar funding opportunities for Chinese physicians, including the funding categories, Chinses government funding opportunities as well as in Europe's. In this article, we mainly focus on review and analysis of visiting scholar funding opportunities provided by the United States. As is well known, medicine technique in the United States is in the leading position worldwide. According to the new Ranking Web of World Hospitals, published by the biggest public research institution in Spain (CSIC),  53 out of the top 100 hospitals are in the United States. When it comes to biomedical research, according to QS World University Rankings, 36 out of the top 100 universities are in the United States. Therefore, the United States is the first choice for visiting scholars in biomedical science field, including both basic science and clinical research. However, after the financial crisis in the United States in 2008, various research funding got shrinked, funding for short-term visiter scholars got reduced and many researchers started  to look for positions in Europe. Therefore, OCHIS investigated relavent funding opportunities in the United States, in order to help physicians to visit US for training. The following contents are relative to international visiting scholars, but postdoctoral fellowships.

Funding from Universities or Research Institutes

With the fundings from research institutes, physicians will do research as visiting scholars or postdoctors, together with academic mentors. For physicians, the critical aspect to get this kind of funding is having strong enough research background and publications to get the approval from American professors. Basic application process: 1. Contact the school and advisor directly. 2. Apply for the scholarship from China Scholarship Council (CSC) with the official invitation. This program fits doctors with university professional title, working in the affiliated hospital of a university.

It is learned that the application process in some public universities, research institutes and hospitals is more complex than private institutions. As such, even though the oral offer is provided, it takes a long time to receive the official invitation letter. If applicants want to apply for national or local scholarship, please make sure to prepare at least 3 months in advance.

USC Visiting Scholars Grant Program

  • Introduction: This program is established by University of South Carolina, and it supports short visits to the USC Columbia campus by distinguished scholars for enriching teaching and research.

  • Duration: One week to six months.

  • Application deadline: Sept. 17, 2015; Jan. 28, 2016.

  • Eligibility: Eligible applicants include all full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty, regardless of rank, on the USC Columbia Campus. Projects for international visiting scholars must allow a minimum of three months for processing before the intended arrival of the visiting scholar. Develop a proposal that provides a detailed narrative of the project (3 pages). Attach supporting documentation to the end of the proposal with detailed budget, etc.

  • Funds: Projects are eligible for funding of up to $25,000 per project period (one week to six months). Allowable costs include travel reimbursement, visa fees, and compensation for visiting scholar.

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Visiting Researcher Scholarship of University of California (UC) Berkeley

Specialist Association

The majority of specialist associations funds clinical practice and research. Its advantage can access to the first-line clinical technology and practice of the United States. The general term is under 12 months. The following example is base on international visiting program from American Cancer Society.

Audrey Meyer Mars International Fellowships in Clinical Oncology

  • Introduction: The Audrey Meyer Mars International Fellowship in Clinical Oncology provide advanced training for one year. The purpose is to provide advanced training in clinical oncology at participating cancer centers in the United States to qualified physicians and dentists from other countries, particularly countries where advanced training is not readily available. Applications for training in basic cancer research will not be accepted for the award.

  • Duration: 12 months

  • Application Deadline: Ferbruary 1st and August 1st every year

  • Funds: The total Fellowship Award is US$40,000 and up to US$5,000 reimbursement of costs associated with taking the tests for ECFMG certification can be requested

  • Participating Institutions:16 Cancer centers in the United States including Case Comprehensive Cancer Center et al.

  • Eligibility:

    • Applicants must be qualified physicians or dentists who are interested in clinical cancer management.

    • Applicants must be accepted for training by one of the participating institutions and must have fulfilled all requirements.

    • Applicants must provide a copy of the statement of need letter from the ministry of health in their country of nationality or most recent permanent legal residence outside the United States.

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American Cancer Society International Fellowships for Beginning Investigators (ACSBI)

  • Introduction:The ACSBI fellowship emphasizes the transfer of knowledge from a host institute to the applicant and others at the fellow's home institute. It offers the fellow the opportunity to be mentored by experts in their chosen field, receive hands on experience in population, behavioural, clinical or basic research, intellectual stimulation, research guidance, narrative transfer and many other opportunities to evolve scientifically and academically. Preference will be given to research investigators, clinician scientist, epidemiologists, public health professionals whose project potentially benefits low- and middle-income countries. Since its inception, the ACSBI fellowships have contributed to the development of the professional capacity of Fellows from over 45 countries.

  • Duration: 12 months

  • Deadline: November each year

  • Stipend: $ 50,000

  • Eligibility:

    • Be a beginning investigator or clinician in the early stages of their independent investigator career and possessing a terminal, advanced degree.

    • Hold an academic university or hospital position with an explicit commitment to return to the home institute.

    • Fellowships cannot be granted to candidates who are already physically present at the proposed host institute whilst their applications are under consideration.

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Union for International Cancer Control Chinese Fellowship Programme

  • Introduction: The Chinese fellowship programme was launched in a pilot phase in September 2014 as a collaboration between the Union for International Cancer Control and the Chinese Anti-Cancer Association (CACA).The UICC-CACA fellowship programme is an innovative endeavour which aims to develop future leaders in cancer research and clinical practice in China.

  • Duration: Clinical observational fellowships of 3 months & Research fellowships of 12 months.

  • Partners: MD Anderson Cancer Center, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Princess Margaret Cancer Center.

  • Details:

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International physician fellowship programs with no tuition(living expenses can be earned through CSC program):

University of Virginia Breast Imaging International Visiting Fellowship:3-6 months

The purpose of this fellowship is to improve breast imaging knowledge and practice at foreign medical institutions. Each fellowship will consist of three months of clinical observation.

University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Visiting Physicians Program:1-6 months

University of Pennsylvania Health System International Visiting Physician Program

We provide international physician visiting program name and deadlines in 2015-2016 for future application.


September 25

• CCF Young Investigator Award (YIA)

October 9

• CCF International Innovation Grant

November 1

• American Cancer Society International Fellowships for Beginning Investigators (ACSBI)

November 5

• QuadW Foundation-AACR Fellowship for Clinical/Translational Sarcoma Research

• AACR-Millennium Fellowship in Lymphoma Research

November 12

• AACR-Aflac, Inc. Career Development Award for Pediatric Cancer Research

November 19

• AACR-Millennium Fellowship in Multiple Myeloma Research

December 5 • CCF Long-term International Fellowship (LIFe)

December 9 • Colon Cancer Alliance-AACR Fellowship in Young-Onset Colorectal Cancer Research • Landon Foundation-AACR INNOVATOR Award in Cancer Prevention • Landon Foundation-AACR INNOVATOR Award in Cancer Immunology


January 5

• IASLC Fellowship

• ASCO International Development and Education Award (IDEA)

January 12

• AACR-Ocular Melanoma Foundation Fellowship in honor of Robert C. Allen, MD

January 28

• Fight Colorectal Cancer-Michael’s Mission-AACR Fellowship in Young Onset, Late-Stage Colorectal Cancer Research

• AACR-Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation Career Development Award for Clinical/Translational Research

February 1

• ACS Audrey Meyer Mars International Fellowship in Clinical Oncology

February 10

• Landon Foundation-AACR INNOVATOR Award in Tumor Microenvironment Research

February 27

• AACR-Amgen, Inc. Fellowships in Clinical/Translational Cancer Research

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