Gap Year Internships, Fellowships, and Grants

If you plan to take time off between graduation and entering into a graduate health program here are some internship, fellowship, and grant opportunities to consider during that time:


Community Health Corps:

Doctors Without Borders:

Global Health Corps:

Health Corps:

Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME):


Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti:

National Health Corps:

Partners in Health:


Peace Corps:

Peer Health Exchange:

Princeton in Africa:

Princeton in Asia:

Princeton in Latin America:

US Aid:

Association of Public Health Laboratories Emerging Infectious Disease Program:


Center for Disease Control (CDC):

Families USA Villers and Wellstone Fellowship:

Fellowships such as the Bill Emerson Hunger Fellowship are listed under “Gap Year Experience” on Spotlight on Careers or visit:

Fulbright-Fogarty Awards in Public Health:

Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation:

National Biosafety and Biocontainment Program (NBBTP):

NIH Post Bac IRTA Program:

NIH Technical IRTA Program (NIRTA):

The Samuel Huntington Public Service Award:

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Center for Substance Abuse Prevention:

Summer Programs outside the NIH:




Fellowships in which you apply through Bates:



Columbia’s database of fellowships: Funding Database:

MSU Grants for Individuals:



Guidelines for Premedical and Medical Students Providing Patient Care During Clinical Experiences Abroad: this important document reviews what to keep in mind in while exploring volunteer programs abroad. Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).

American Medical Student Association: searchable database with 80+ opportunities listed for pre-med undergraduates

Association of Voluntary Service Organizations: member directory of organizations worldwide that you can contact

Family Medicine Interest Group:  listing of international health volunteer opportunities

Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER): list of programs and fellowships. searchable database of volunteer opportunities worldwide; also has organization directory

International Volunteer Programs Association: searchable database of opportunities; information about volunteering abroad.

Child Family Health International: 20+ community health project programs in seven countries

Himalayan Health Exchange: expeditions to provide care to underserved populations in remote areas of Indo-Tibetan Borderlands

International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations: present in over 100 countries, can view a list of available activities directly from homepage

International Service Learning: offers volunteer opportunities in many countries, providing medical care to those who would otherwise be unable to receive treatment

Maximo Nivel: volunteer in Latin America while building your proficiency in the Spanish language

Projects Abroad: sends 10,000 people per year overseas to participate in a variety of service projects and internships

Unite for Sight: offers four program divisions to provide support to eye clinics worldwide

Somos Hermanos: this program entails a mix of one-on-one language instruction, community volunteering, cultural activities and lectures, and a visit to El Salvador and Mexico