Sanders Hope Scholars

The Dr. Charles A. Sanders/Project HOPE International Residency Scholarship enables current medical resident physicians from North Carolina to participate in a one- to two-month supervised global health elective at one of Project HOPE’s program sites in the developing world. The scholarship, funded by the North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation, is open to applicants who have completed at least one year of postgraduate training in any specialty at one of North Carolina’s four medical schools - Wake Forest University, Duke University, the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Applications for this year's scholarship are due April 21.

The application can be accessed on the Office of International Activities website at this link.


China, Macedonia, Dominican Republic, Kosovo


Project HOPE has established an endowment to support a  Dr. Charles A. Sanders/Project HOPE International  Residency Scholarship Program, in which selected medical resident physicians from North Carolina would be offered, through a competitive application, scholarship funding for a one-two month supervised global health elective at a HOPE program site. The scholarship is offered to resident physicians from North Carolina’s four academic medical universities (Duke University, the University of North Carolina, Wake Forest University, and East Carolina University).


The Scholarship is competitive, with applications open to resident physicians (PGY 1-5) who have completed at least the first year of postgraduate training from the participating institutions. Applicants are expected to demonstrate an interest and commitment to the practice of medicine in a low-resource international setting. Other criteria, including appropriate foreign language skills, will be established by Project HOPE in consultation with the university partners and the program Advisory Board, and dependent on proposed placement site. (Given that countries where English is widely used would attract and be suitable for the greatest number of applicants, foreign language skills may be desirable, but will not be a pre-requisite for the scholarship.) All scholarship recipients must complete travel health and safety requirements under the auspices of the participating university and Project HOPE,  which includes obtaining emergency evacuation insurance and on-line preparation modules.


Deadline: April 21, 2017

Candidate review, screening, and phone interviews followed by final decision making by the advisory board on May 5. The selected candidate(s) will be able to schedule a virtual orientation session with the Project HOPE office, based in Virginia, during June-July. Deployment to the field will take place during the remaining 2017 calendar year, depending on the schedules and availability of the residents selected, in coordination with the HOPE host site. Project HOPE and the participating university will collaborate on resident orientation, which will include a review of the scope of work and expectations, HOPE and University policies and procedures, travel and on-site logistical arrangements, etc.

Ensure Residents selected for the HOPE Program submit written approval for the scholarship from the following officials

1)      The Resident/Subspecialty Resident’s Program Director

2)      The Office of Graduate Medical Education

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