Wyss Scholarship

A critical element of professional development is the nurturing of leadership skills. With a generous gift from Mr. Hansjörg Wyss, HVO launched a program designed to develop and support a cadre of future leaders in the health care sector in resource-scarce countries. The Wyss Scholarship for Future Leaders in Global Health allows HVO to support the professional development of local health care providers at HVO project sites.

As of December 2021, 42 health providers had received the scholarship. 

To qualify for the Wyss Scholarship, applicants:

  • Must work/study at an overseas HVO project site. Candidates may include local faculty, clinicians, and those in post-graduate training programs.
  • Must be early in their careers and have demonstrated leadership potential. Candidates should have a strong commitment to their patients and profession and demonstrate a desire to share their knowledge with their colleagues.
  • Must have an identified training opportunity in order to apply.
    • Applications should be submitted 6-8 weeks in advance of the training event, to allow time for registration, preferably at the ‘early bird’ rate.
      • Applications will be reviewed on a quarterly basis, with deadlines as follows: January 31, April 30, July 31, October 31. Candidates will be notified of a decision within a month following the submission deadline.
    • Eligible opportunities for funding include: regional conferences, meetings, and short-term courses; international conferences, meetings, and short-term courses of study; and online short courses. Applicants are encouraged to prioritize regional training opportunities to support networking in the vicinity.

All Wyss Scholars recipients are required to submit a report (no longer than 5 pages) within 30 days of completion of the project outlining the experience and lessons learned.

If you have questions about the Wyss Scholarship, please contact us.

Updated March 2023