The Dr. Charles A. Sanders/Project HOPE International Residency Scholarship Program To Recruit Selected Medical Residents

Millwood, Virginia, February 1, 2012

Global NGO Project HOPE has launched an international residency scholarship that will allow promising medical visionaries from four of North Carolina’s medical schools to gain valuable oversees experience in global health.

The Dr. Charles A. Sanders/Project HOPE International Residency Scholarship Program is supported by an endowment established by Project HOPE through the North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation that is open to resident physicians from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, Duke University, Wake Forest University, and East Carolina University.

“The Scholarship Program will help create a new generation of physicians dedicated to health education and medical care in some of the world’s emerging countries,” said John P. Howe III, M.D., President and CEO of Project HOPE.

The program is competitive and open to resident physicians who have completed at least the first year of post-graduate training at participating institutions and to those who can demonstrate an interest in and commitment to the practice of medicine in a low-resource international setting.

Project HOPE, a global health education and humanitarian assistance organization, currently works in more than 35 countries around the world with program sites in Latin America and the Caribbean, sub-Saharan Africa, China and Southeast Asia, Russia/Eurasia, and the Middle East.

The site selected for each rotation of the scholarship program will have a strong in-country HOPE presence and a clinical program in which a resident physician will make a contribution to the local health education and health care delivery system.

The Sanders scholarship will cover all costs related to the elective such as costs of preparation/orientation, insurance, airfare, and an in-country daily stipend. The application deadline is February 29th.  Candidates will be selected and initial interviews will be conducted by phone in March.  The selected residents will be announced on April 1st.  

Charles A. Sanders, M.D. has dedicated his career to extending the benefits of medical care to people and communities in need around the world, and to advancing the role of physicians in this humanitarian endeavor. Over the course of this distinguished career, his knowledge and commitment have been employed in the corporate sector (including leadership positions at GlaxoSmithKline and directorships at several biopharmaceutical companies); academic medicine (University of North Carolina Health Care System, Harvard University and the Massachusetts General Hospital); national research organizations (the National Institutes of Health, Institute of Medicine); and the international NGO sector (a member of the Project HOPE Board of Directors for 21 years and Chairman of the Board for 18).

As a physician, Dr. Sanders has maintained HOPE’s focus on building the capacity of health care delivery systems in developing and emerging countries around the world by training physicians and other professionals. This scholarship program recognizes and honors this commitment and supports the vital work to which Dr. Sanders has dedicated his life.

For more information on the residency scholarship and to download an application, please visit:

About Project HOPE
Founded in 1958, Project HOPE (Health Opportunities for People Everywhere) is dedicated to providing lasting solutions to health problems with the mission of helping people to help themselves. Identifiable to many by the SS HOPE, the world’s first peacetime hospital ship, Project HOPE now provides medical training and health education, as well as conducts humanitarian assistance programs in more than 35 countries.

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