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Zarins-Knight traveling fellowships

In November 2003, Norman Knight established a traveling fellowship for doctors in Latvia. Mr. Knight named the fellowship the “Zarins-Knight Traveling Fellowship.” Mr. Knight named the Fellowship in recognition of Drs. Bertram and Christopher Zarins and their contributions to medicine in Latvia.

The purpose of the fellowship is to enable Latvian doctors to travel abroad to gain new knowledge that will enable them to upgrade medical healthcare in Latvia. Mr. Knight funded the Fellowship with an initial grant of $25,000.

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

The candidate’s qualifications for the fellowships that will be evaluated include previous achievements, medical interests, the duration of the study abroad, and each candidate’s ability to further the goal of helping Latvian medicine reach high international standards.

The Zarins-Knight Travelling Fellowships have had a very positive impact in Latvia. 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 new fellowship will provide 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 of 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

The LMF has created a new scholarship 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.

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