International Scholars Program

The International Scholars Program (ISP) at Nationwide Children's Hospital provides unique learning and teaching opportunities for faculty, staff and trainees from all over the world, with an emphasis on developing countries.

Since its inception in 1986 more than 300 physicians, nurses and allied health scholars from over 60 countries have received specialized pediatric training, shared clinical protocols and collaborated on scientific projects.

The mission of the ISP is to improve children’s access to quality healthcare through international collaboration in research, education and clinical care by:

  • Building a global community of pediatric healthcare professionals to share expertise and disseminate best practices
  • Enhancing recruitment and retention of top talent to pediatrics
  • Increasing International visibility of pediatric programs of excellence
  • Reducing cultural, ethnic, and other barriers to quality care

The ISP consists of several programs:

Affiliated Institutions:

You can reach the Education Department’s International Scholars Program at

We welcome scholars from all over the world. We especially encourage applications from developing countries. Below is a list of countries that have participated in our programs to date. We add new countries to this list every year. View a list of all of the countries and specialists, as well as the appropriate ISP contact. 

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