Feinberg's Rural Medicine Funding Application

Before You Apply
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Welcome to the online application for Feinberg's Rural Medicine Funding.

The application will take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete once the materials described below are prepared. You will not be able to save your application once your begin. 

These funds are available through the Global Health Initiative to Feinberg 3rd and 4th year medical students and residents who wish to pursue rural health rotations in Family & Community Medicine.

The faculty at Chicago Lake Shore Medical Associates, a regional division of Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation, actively support the Global Health Initiative Fund. The GHI Fund provides resources for global health education and research programs that serve to benefit Feinberg School medical students and McGaw residents.


Applications are accepted on a rolling basis but must be submitted a minimum of 60 days before the date of travel but earlier is better.  Applicants will be notified of a decision within two weeks of receipt.  It may take up to an additional month for Payroll to issue payment.

I. Items to prepare in advance:
  • Please prepare an itemized budget with your application.  Students may use general estimates for airfare, housing, transportation, etc... General estimates are acceptable.
II. Application and Award Requirements:
  1. Students must have their chosen site approved for credit worthiness through the appropriate department.
  2. Students must be registered as a full-time student at the Feinberg School of Medicine (FSM) and be in good standing at the time the student wishes to travel. McGaw residents are also eligible.
III. Funding Restrictions: 
  1. Medical trainees may not receive funding from more than one source at Northwestern University or Feinberg School of Medicine.
  2. Travel funds may not be deferred and must be used for the intended purpose within the same academic year.
  3. Payments to medical students are made through Payroll and the awards are considered taxable income.  Payments to McGaw residents will be as reimbrusements made after travel is complete.  Please see the contacts below for more details (see email below).
Questions regarding Payroll and/or funding should be directed to Natalie Sheneman at:
natalie.sheneman@northwestern.edu or 312-503-8804.  
General questions about the Rural Medicine program should be directed to the following contacts at the Department of Family and Community Medicine:
Dr. Elizabeth Ryan
e-ryan@northwestern.edu or 312-503-1273.
Timothy Doyle
t-doyle@northwestern.edu