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UCLA Department of Pediatrics URM Visiting Elective Scholarship Program (VESP) – (Ongoing Application through 12/31/18)

Posted by on Friday, March 16, 2018 in Uncategorized .

The UCLA Department of Pediatrics Visiting Elective Scholarship Program (VESP) provides financial support to senior U.S. medical students who self-identify as being members of groups underrepresented in medicine, and who are interested in applying to UCLA for a senior clinical elective. The goal of the program is to expose traditionally underrepresented senior medical students from institutions outside of the Los Angeles region to clinical training in our academic pediatrics program, and to learn more about the Pediatrics Residency Training Program at UCLA. Benefits of the program include…


·        Financial support for travel, housing and living expenses, up to $2,000 for each recipient.

·        A faculty mentor will be assigned to each scholarship awardee, with the expectation that the mentor and awardee will meet at least once during the course of the elective period to discuss residency training and other career opportunities at UCLA.

·        The program will host a networking event for scholarship recipients to meet residents and faculty from the UCLA Department of Pediatrics.

·        Additional meetings with UCLA faculty will be arranged at the request of the student. For example, students interested in Ph.D. training may wish to meet with Division Chairs in relevant areas of research.


Applications are being accepted now through September 2018 for electives in the June through December 2018 time window.  For more information on the program and application requirements, please contact Stella Tripp at or visit our website