Queenan Global Health Awards


The Queenan Global Health Awards were established in 2014 in honor of Dr. John T. Queenan. The program offers several opportunities for research and education in obstetrics within resource-limited settings for members of SMFM (MFM fellows and practicing MFMs are eligible). The goal of this program is to train future leaders in perinatal health to provide sustained advancement in obstetric practice in underserved areas around the globe.

We understand that these are challenging times and encourage you to contact us to discuss any questions or concerns you may have about these funding 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.

Applications are due by July 1, and the amount awarded varies by opportunity, as described below:

  • International Agency Mentored Research Fellowship
  • Effective January 2021: the International Agency Mentored Research Fellowship will be temporarily paused secondary to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. No applications will be accepted in 2021. Those with questions or interest in this fellowship opportunity should contact Foundation staff at foundation@smfm.org for more information.
  • Seed Funding for Investigator-Initiated Research Project
  • Visiting Teaching Fellowship
  • Appendix: List of Potential Sites
  • Up to $5,000
  • Travel Award
    Reimbursed for travel and lodging to attend the SMFM Annual Meeting.


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