Queenan Global Health Awards


The Queenan Global Health Awards were established in 2014 in honor of Dr. John T. Queenan. The goal of this program is to train current and future leaders in perinatal health to partner in the advancement of obstetrics in low- and middle-income countries around the globe, where a disproportionate burden of adverse outcomes occur.

We understand that these are challenging times and encourage you to contact us to discuss any questions or concerns you may have about these opportunities. If your program is less flexible for whatever reason (e.g., length of time away from program, travel bans due to the global pandemic, etc.), the Queenan Global Health Committee is willing to consider options and allow for flexibility as much as possible. We look forward to assisting you.

Who is eligible to apply?
Current SMFM Fellows, Associate Members, and Regular Members
Fellowship Opportunities
The first four fellowships require a formal application. Prior to departure, awardees will be required to attend a travel medicine clinic and procure evacuation insurance. Award funds may be used to defray the cost of these expenses. Awardees will need to confirm with their medical insurance providers whether additional insurance is required for their stay overseas.

Applications open June 1 and are due by September 1. Award amounts vary by opportunity as described below:

  • NEW – International Agency Mentored Research Fellowship (at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
    Up to $15,000
  • International Agency Mentored Research Fellowship (at Geneva-based agency)
    Up to $15,000
  • Due to the ongoing pandemic, this mentorship will be conducted virtually.
    The 6-month stay in Geneva is no longer a requirement.
  • Seed Funding for Investigator-Initiated Research Project
    Up to $15,000
  • Visiting Teaching Fellowship
  • Appendix: List of Potential Sites
  • Up to $5,000
  • Travel Award
    Reimbursed for travel and lodging to attend the SMFM Annual Pregnancy Meeting.
  • This award is presented to a practicing obstetrician from a LMIC who is an author (first preferably, but co-authors are also eligible) of an abstract submitted to the SMFM Annual Pregnancy Meeting. The award will not be given to authors from high-income countries, or to abstracts without actively-participating authors from low- or middle-income countries. No application is required.

Visit our YouTube channel to hear presentations from four of our recent Queenan fellows and learn how funding from the Foundation for SMFM has impacted their careers.


Queenan Global Health Award Recipients


Earlier Awardees


Yusuf Ahmed, MD
Travel Award

Kelli Barbour, MD, MSc, MA
International Agency Mentored Research Fellowship in Geneva