Dr. Franz E. and Elizabeth Glasauer Externship Fund

The fund supports students in good standing who have completed at least their first year of medical school and plan to participate in a global health care experience abroad.  

The Glasauer Externship Fund is a clinically-based program fund donated by Franz E. Glasauer, MD, and Elizabeth Glasauer.

The fund facilitates overseas experiences for medical students and residents by giving them opportunities to provide direct patient care through experiences such as 4th year global health electives or research efforts that benefit international health care markets — particularly in developing countries or international medically underserved regions.

Consideration will also be made for students who choose clinical experiences that serve refugee populations in Western New York.

Award Amount

A maximum of $3,500 will be granted to students traveling to Africa, Asia, or South Pacific. A maximum of $1,500 will be granted to students traveling to Latin America or the Caribbean.


All medical students who have completed their first year of medical school, who are in good standing — and who are interested in and plan to care for refugees and/or underserved international communities — are eligible to apply.

Preference will be given to individuals who:

  • choose an experience abroad that lasts at least four weeks
  • have demonstrated an interest in global health issues through activities both during and before medical school
  • can articulate their passion for learning more about this field and explain how it may impact their career path

Participation Requirements

The selected students must:

  • prepare a summary report of the experience
  • possible presentation of their experience to the donors  

Application Process

Students interested in applying for the Global Health Externship should submit the following to the Office of Medical Education:

  1. current CV
  2. name and description of the experience that the student would like to use the funds toward
  3. proposed budget outlining how the funds will be spent if selected
  4. personal statement that addresses the applicant’s interest in global health, any prior experience with refugees or other underserved populations, information on why the student has chosen the summer international clinical experience and what the student hopes to gain from participating in this program

Rolling Application

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, but deadlines for submitting the application are the following:

  • April 1 – for summer trips 
  • July 1 – for fall trips 
  • Nov 1 – for winter/spring trips 

Submit all materials to UBbox here.

Award Selection

The Glasauer Committee will review your application and let you know if you are accepted to receive the funding. Priority for funding will be given to residents and medical students who do clinical work, public health service, or research in low-income countries for four or more weeks. 

If selected, this scholarship will be provided to you on a reimbursement basis. You will need to pay for the airfare, etc. and then submit your receipts for reimbursement after you return from your trip.

If you have questions about the Glasauer Externship, please contact:

Holmes, David

David Holmes, MD

Clinical Associate Professor of Family Medicine, Director of Global Health Education, Associate Program Director, Interim Medical Director, Associate Clinical Chief, ECMC Family Medicine

ECMC Family Health Center 462 Grider St. Williamsville, NY 14221

Phone: (716) 898-4278; Fax: (716) 898-5719

Email: dholmes@buffalo.edu

Bordonaro, Samantha

Samantha Bordonaro, MD, FACEP

Assistant Professor | Assistant Dean for Student & Academic Affairs

Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences 955 Main Street, Room 1203 Buffalo, NY 14203

Phone: 716-829-2802

Email: bordonar@buffalo.edu