Summer Research in Malawi and Zambia for First-Year Medical Students

Students on the burn unit at Kamuzu Central Hospital, 2012.

Students on the burn unit at Kamuzu Central Hospital, 2012.

For more than 10 years, the Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases has sponsored first-year UNC medical students to conduct summer research at the UNC Project-Malawi in Lilongwe and, more recently, the University of Zambia in Lusaka.

Successful applicants must procure their own funding; however, UNC faculty will sponsor and mentor them in applying for scholarships and grants to fund their research trip (more information on funding here).

Each year we select 2-4 students who will work with mentors on a variety of possible research projects.

To contact other medical students who have previously worked in Malawi or Zambia, a list of students can be found here.


First-year medical students who are available for eight weeks during the summer. We are looking for students with either a demonstrated or strong career interest in global research.  Student must procure their own funds.  Total cost: $4,500-$5,000.

Application  Procedure

The call for applications goes out in the fall. Select students will be granted a series of interviews with final decisions made before the spring semester.  The application includes:

  1. Current C.V.
  2. One-page description of why you want to conduct research in Malawi and/or Zambia, including your short- and long-term career goals

Contact: Irving Hoffman.