Stecker Program

Please Note: The Stecker Scholarship deadline has been changed to March 15th effective immediately.

The Stecker International Scholars Program was established in 1995 to improve children's access to quality health care throughout the world. The program provides physicians and nurses with postgraduate, individually tailored education at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. It is open to eligible physicians and nurses from any country outside the USA. Preference is given to applicants from developing countries.

As of December 2013, over 339 scholars from 61 countries have participated in this program. All scholars must be fully licensed physicians or nurses caring for children who wish to pursue specialized continuing education. Physicians must have an academic appointment at a university or teaching facility. Nurses must document significant teaching responsibilities. Potential scholars must have completed all requisite training in their country; they cannot be students or residents.

The Stecker program provides extended, subspecialty observational education for international faculty with no prior clinical or research experiences in the United States. Awards are generally made for three months and the visits are observation only. The program cannot make any exceptions to this rule; hence, a longer period of study is generally not possible. Visits for a longer or shorter duration are with the permission of the program’s administrator.

Stecker Scholars receive a stipend prorated at $30,692 USD per year and are reimbursed for reasonable travel costs. For example, a scholar visiting for 3 months would earn a stipend of $7,673 USD out of which all expenses would be paid, including but not limited to SEVIS fee, rent, utilities, food, conferences, health insurance, health care, and transportation.

At the completion of the educational experience at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, all scholars receive a certificate. The certificate may not be used for the purpose of applying to residency or fellowship programs in the United States. Stecker Scholars are required to return to their home country upon completion of the program to begin to implement child health improvements based upon their experiences here.

The Stecker Program can only accept 2 scholars from the same country within a 3 year period, except for China and India where the time period is based on provinces or states. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis, but the annual deadline is March 15th. Decisions are only made in the spring. When a country's maximum has been reached, applicants may either be asked to reapply at a later date or to defer their visit until the appropriate time. For a list of countries and when the next scholars can be accepted, click here.

For more than six decades, Frederick and Virginia Smith Stecker provided outstanding volunteer and philanthropic leadership for central Ohio, the United States, and the world. They founded the first international house at The Ohio State University to provide friendship and counsel to students from abroad. They were particularly pained to see the plight of poor children who suffered needlessly from the lack of adequate health care services. Their endowment allows the NCH to continue to share information with our global extended family. With this program, the Steckers have created a legacy for children throughout the world.

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