International Research Funding for Residents

Michigan Medicine Department of Surgery residents who are interested in pursuing a global research project can submit an application for funding to the Michigan Center for Global Surgery.

Surgical team in Ethiopia
Group of surgeons observing in an operating room in Vietnam
Dr. Gilman and team member in the operating room

Supporting Resident Research in Global Surgery

The Michigan Center for Global Surgery seeks to provide financial support to facilitate resident involvement in research-focused solutions for major global health problems. The duration of the proposed research project should be approximately 4-6 weeks during Academic Development Time (ADT).

Proposed research projects must demonstrate that they are tackling a major health problem that addresses a need in the local community and are impactful. Additionally, the proposed projects must demonstrate that they are conducted in a culturally sensitive manner through solid, collaborative partnerships with local community members or organizations. Investigators will work with their partners to develop the research design, implementation, and reporting for the project.

Research projects should ideally take place in India, Ethiopia, or Ghana. These three countries have been identified by the Center for Global Surgery as key locations for international collaboration. However, certain exceptions may be granted if a clear partnership and a current collaborative environment with the host country are identified.

Residents will be required to turn in a 1-page abstract, including introduction, methods, results and conclusions, describing their progress at the end of their international research experience.

Any resident in the Michigan Medicine Department of Surgery is eligible to apply. Residents should structure their projects to be within the scope of their Academic Development Time.

How to Apply

Applications are submitted on a rolling basis. Eligible applicants should email their application as a Word document to the Michigan Center for Global Surgery director, Dr. Raghavendran, at [email protected]. All applications should include the following information:

  • Project location
  • Faculty mentor
  • International partner institution
  • Project summary (300 words)
  • Purpose for travel (200 words)
  • Proposed dates of travel
  • Budget (Please include lodging, transportation, food and research expenses)

We will evaluate the total amount of monetary requirements on a project-based approach. Investigators must submit a detailed, itemized budget of anticipated expenses while abroad. It should not include personal or tourist expenses.

In addition, investigators must demonstrate a viable plan for ensuring maximal safety for themselves and any other team members while abroad.

Contact Us

Dr. Raghavendran

Dr. Krishnan Raghavendran

Michigan Center for Global Surgery Director