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International Medical Education and Mission Award (IMEM)

Due to COVID-19 (coronavirus) concerns, most medical education and mission trips are being canceled or rescheduled. Therefore, this award cycle is being put on hold until it is feasible for students and residents to begin traveling again. We will reevaluate the situation in the fall. If your travel dates are later in the year or next year, or your trip is rescheduled, we will be happy to consider your application in a future award cycle. We will consider retroactive funding if your international medical education rotation or mission trip has already occurred. Please email with any questions.

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International Medical Education and Mission Award

Ali Rickert, Nursing Student, Uganda 2019Rural Health Education and Services (RHES) believes in the value of serving at home and abroad. The International Medical Education and Mission ("IMEM") Award supports international clinical education rotations and medical missions. Other educational or mission experiences will not be considered. (Is your project or iniative in the US? Check out our domestic Mission Award.)

Six IMEM Awards are funded annually to provide opportunities for resident physicians or fellows, or students in medical, nurse, nurse practitioner, physician assistant programs who desire to study and serve internationally. Each award is $1,000.

Priority is given to students, residents or fellows who have a desire to pursue a practice in a rural or urban underserved area upon completion of their training.

Funding for this initiative is supported in part by the University of Kansas Auxiliary through their KU Auxiliary: Making a Difference grant.

Application Criteria:

  1. United States Citizen
  2. Student, resident or fellow in one of the following accredited programs in the United States:*
    • Resident physician or fellow 
    • Allopathic or Osteopathic medical student
    • Nursing student in a BSN, MSN, or DNP program
    • Physician Assistant student

*University of Kansas Medical Center students, residents or fellows must secure approval for an international educational rotation by the Office of International Programs (OIP) prior to receiving this award.

Application Cycles:

Winter Cycle: January 1 - February 29, 2020
Fall Cycle: August 1 - September 18, 2020

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Award winners ("Awardees") will be notified within 2 weeks of the close of each cycle. Awards in the amount of $1,000 each will be distributed within 6 weeks of notification.

In order to receive the awarded funds, each Awardee must first complete a W-9 and return it to RHES as the award may be considered taxable income. Please consult your tax professional for details about how this taxable income may affect 

Responsibilities of Awardees:

Awardees must:

    1. Provide a signed W-9 to RHES upon acceptance of award.
    2. Complete the international education or medical mission within the time periods set forth in the award application.
    3. Within 7 days, complete an emailed follow-up survey upon the completion of the international education or medical mission trip.

If awarded an IMEM Award, the Awardee understands and acknowledges that s/he will be considered in default if s/he does not complete the international education or medical mission on the dates identified herein. In the event Awardee is considered to be in default, s/he must repay the full amount of the IMEM Award to RHES within thirty (30) days of the date of such default.

Last modified: Dec 14, 2020
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