SMDM International Travel Scholarship Program

SMDM’s International Travel Scholarship Program enhances professional capacity for researchers, educators, and policy makers in middle and low income countries. Since 2010, SMDM has provided scholarships for 52 individuals from these countries to attend the SMDM Annual North American Meeting or the SMDM Biennial European Conference. Awardees also meet one-on-one with a pre-assigned SMDM mentor who has global health research experience relevant to their areas of interest such as economic evaluation, comparative effectiveness, health technology assessment, clinical epidemiology, patient preferences, and decision psychology.

A limited amount of funds are available to support travel scholarships for the 39th Annual Meeting of the Society for Medical Decision Making in Pittsburgh, PA, October 22 - 25, 2017.

The scholarship program will focus on awardees who have the potential to engage with regional SMDM communities and help establish new communities. Our objective is to build and strengthen the capabilities of potential future SMDM leaders from middle and low income countries around the world to prepare them to take on leadership of our global health initiatives.

2017 Application Form

Please submit the following as one packet by email to info@smdm.org.
Deadline: Friday, June 23, 2017

  • Completed application form
  • Letter of support from an instititional sponsor
  • A brief Curriculum Vitae

Scholarships will include:

  • 2017 Annual North American Meeting registration fees including general session registration, attendance at the social event, and registration for one full-day or two half-day short courses (total value $660 USD)
  • A 3-year non-high income country membership in the Society (valued at $285 USD), including online access to Medical Decision Making, the official journal of SMDM
  • Depending on funds availability, a travel support subsidy for hotel accommodation only. Due to funding limitations, SMDM is not able to support transportation costs and meal allowances for this meeting.

Eligibility- applicants must meet at least one of the following:

  • An applicant is currently working for or has an affiliation with an institution such as a government body (ministry, department, agency, or research institute), university, or medical center located in a middle-income or low-income country that is engaged in research or policy making related to the field of medical decision making, and provides a letter of support from this institution.
  • An applicant is conducting research related to the field of medical decision making in middle-income or low-income countries in collaboration with an institution located elsewhere and provides a letter of support from this institution.


After the meeting, travel scholarship awardees continue contributing to SMDM’s global health agenda through SMDM’s online community SMDM Connect and electronic newsletter. SMDM provides an opportunity for new research and policy collaborations. For example, travel scholarship awardees from Latin America who met at the 2010 North American Annual Meeting (Ulises Garay, IECS, Agentina; Patricia Granja, Public Health Institute, Ecuador) went on to collaborate with a North American research mentor (Dr. Leslie Wilson, University of California San Francisco) to successfully apply for a University of California Pacific Rim Research Program grant to examine the affordability of essential medicines in Pacific Latin American countries during economic crises.