Thomas Jefferson University

Foerderer Award for International Study

This Award is Open to Jefferson Students ONLY

The Foerderer Award for International Study will be made available to students in good academic standing in the College of Life Sciences, Sidney Kimmel Medical College, College of Health Professions, College of Nursing, College of Pharmacy and College of Population Health who wish to enhance their educational experience by studying outside the United States for a period not less than three weeks and not to exceed ten weeks.

Students may apply up to one year in advance for funding that may cover up to 70 percent of estimated costs. If total expenses are $1,800 the student is expected to contribute at least $540. The limit per individual is $1400; in the past, awards have ranged from $400 to the limit. Submitting as accurate a budget as possible is recommended.  Funding priorities are in this order: round trip airfare, program fees (if any), lodging, and supplies. Personal travel expenses will not be funded. Thirty four of the forty one applicants in the 2012-2013 round were awarded funding.

Applications will be accepted for travel between September 30th and May 30th through October 5, 2015. Applications for travel between May 31st and August 31st will be accepted through January 15, 2016. Notification will be made by for the fall/spring application cycle by December 9, 2015, and by April 22, 2016 for the summer application cycle.

The review committee will consider many factors in choosing award recipients including: financial need, the country’s level of development, the specificity of program details and goals, completeness of the package, letter from in-country program mentor and recommendation, previous study abroad experience, and the relationship of your proposed program to your future career.

To Apply

  • Applications are submitted online through the Studio Abroad website.
  • Complete applications include:
    • Application Questionnaires
    • Budget Sheet
    • Jefferson Faculty recommendation


During the trip, students are required to keep a journal of their experience, and comment on the clinical and/or research aspects of their learning, as well as cultural and personal insights. This journal will be part of the evaluation process. During the stay at the site, meetings with the supervisor are necessary, as the supervisor submits an evaluation of work at the end of the study period (if this will be a for-credit experience).  The evaluation method will depend on the mentor.  Informal, loosely structured evaluations are acceptable, but an overall evaluation of participation levels, time frame spent, supervision, and areas of study is expected.

Upon return to Jefferson, students are required to: 1) provide an accounting of expenses actually incurred, including receipts covering at least the award amount, 2) submit a journal/report of the entire experience (sample journals/reports can be found on the Studio Abroad website), 3) present an oral report or poster to students and faculty at the University or provide a presentation to be posted on the IMS website on Pulse. SKMC travelers will be expected to do a presentation during an IMS-organized lunchtime slot. JCBS/JCHP/JCN/JCP/JCPH travelers may present in their respective departments.

Academic credit may be granted only to those students who follow the additional guidelines established by each college.  Information can be obtained from the Dean’s Office in the respective college.

Questions? Contact Janice Bogen at, (215) 503-4335.