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Over the last 17 years, the Latvian Medical Foundation has awarded 52 scholarships to residents, young medical doctors and medical students to study abroad and bring new medical knowledge back to Latvia.  The average award has been $6,000, and a total of more than $274,000 has been given. In 2016, $50,000 was awarded; in 2017 $35,000; in 2018 $26,000; and, in 2019 $27,000.

The main supporter of the LMF has been Norman Knight, who has donated $575,000 to LMF over the past 20 years. Norman Knight just donated $25,000 to LMF, as continuing support of the Zarins-Knight Traveling Fellowships.

Andronico Luksic, vice-president of the Bank of Chile, has recently donated $36,000 to the Latvian Medical Foundation.

Zarins-Knight Traveling Fellowships

The purpose of the fellowship is to enable Latvian healthcare professionals to travel abroad to gain new knowledge and empower them to upgrade medical healthcare in Latvia.

Initially, only medical doctors and medical students were eligible but the fellowships have been expanded to include an academic excellence and enrichment traveling fellowship for academicians and doctors in leadership roles. In addition, the LMF has created a scholarship to support pre-medical students of Latvian descent in a summer internship at Pauls Stradiņš Clinical University Hospital in Riga. Students will gain clinical and research experience while becoming acquainted with the medical system in Latvia.

Each candidate’s qualifications will be considered in evaluating them for a scholarship. Candidates’ previous achievements, medical interests, desired duration of the study abroad, and each candidate’s ability to further the goal of helping Latvian medicine reach high international standards will be evaluated.

To date, the Zarins-Knight Traveling Fellowships have had a very positive impact on the recipients and Latvian healthcare. Several of our alumni are in leadership roles because of the unique skills they gained during their fellowships. We hope we can expand our philanthropy to a higher level.

Zarins-Knight Career Development Traveling
Fellowship for Promising Academicians

This fellowship provides promising mid- and senior level academicians who are poised to take over leadership roles in the medial schools and university hospitals the benefit of first hand exposure to new ideas abroad before they assume their new roles. This academic enrichment experience will enable them to rejuvenate and energize academic departments and clinical programs, many of which remain entrenched in time-honored but antiquated methodologies.  This will help bring in new life to medical and surgical departments that train the physicians and surgeons of the future.

The LMF will award two fellowships a year (up to $20,000 each) depending upon the qualifications of the candidates and availability of funds.

Zarins-Knight Traveling Fellowship for
Residents and Young Doctors

This fellowship will provide medical doctors who are residents or recent graduates the opportunity to study abroad to gain new knowledge and skills they can bring back to Latvia.

Three or four fellowships will be awarded each year (up to $5,000 each) depending upon the qualification of the candidates and availability of funds.

Zarins-Knight Traveling Fellowship for
Medical Students

Medical students who are within two years of graduating will be given the opportunity for elective study abroad to enhance their education.

One or two fellowships will be awarded each year (up to $2,000 each) depending upon the qualification of the candidates and availability of funds.

Zarins-Knight Traveling Fellowship for
Premedical Students

This scholarship is designed to support pre-medical students of Latvian descent to gain clinical and research experience in Latvia. This summer internship will be at the Pauls Stradiņš Clinical University Hospital in Riga and will provide a $2500 stipend for a student to spend at least eight weeks at the hospital performing research and gaining clinical experience. The hospital will provide housing and meals. A prerequisite for the scholarship is fluency in the Latvian language.

Criteria for the Zarins-Knight Traveling Medical Fellowship

  1. The candidate’s qualifications that will be evaluated include previous achievements, medical interests, the duration of the study abroad, and furthering the goal of helping Latvian medicine reach high international standards.
  2. The candidates will be chosen with the goal of representing various geographic and academic institutions.
  3. The Committee can decrease the amount of scholarship award depending upon available funds and the necessary expenses of the candidate.
  4. There will be no discrimination against the candidate on the basis of age, marital status, religion or national origin.
  5. Final decisions will be made by the Selection Committee with the approval of the founder of the Zarins-Knight Traveling Fellowship.

Click here for information on how to apply.

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