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Dr. R. M. Varma, Dr. K. S. Mani and Dr. Setti S. Rengachary (VMR) Resident Scholarship Program

This scholarship program provides up to $5,000 to neuroscience residents who want to complete a month-long International Educational Experience.


This scholarship program was established in honor of three outstanding physicians, Dr. R. M. Varma, Dr. K.S. Mani and Dr. Setti S. Rengachary, and their immense contributions to the field of Neuroscience.

Dr Raja Martanda Varma was one of India's first neurosurgeons and for decades worked on holistic approaches to improving the lives of his patients. An accomplished surgeon, researcher and teacher, Dr. Varma founded and directed the Neurosurgery Department at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS) in Bangalore in 1958.

Dr. K. S. Mani was a noted neurologist with a broad range of interests, foremost among them his dedication to improving the lives of epilepsy patients. Dr. Mani started the Department of Neurology at the All India Institute of Mental Health and Sciences (later reorganized as the NIMHANS) in Bangalore in 1957 and was active throughout his life as a member of the Indian Epilepsy Association.

Dr. Setti S. Rengachary was a neurosurgeon specializing in spinal reconstruction and the treatment of spinal trauma. After completing his residency in neurosurgery at KU Medical Center (KUMC), Dr. Rengachary worked for the VA Medical Center in Kansas City and was also part of the academic staff at KUMC. An accomplished academic, his neurosurgical textbooks are referenced worldwide.


Awarded annually, this scholarship provides up to $5,000 to neuroscience residents who want to complete a month-long International Educational Experience. The funds can be used to pay for living and travel expenses associated with the experience as well as to cover any international tuition, medical travel insurance and other fees as approved.


Candidacy is open to all KU Medical Center neurology and neurosurgery residents who are not in their final year of training. The country of study must be different than the country of residence and applicants should not have had prior formal medical training experience in the proposed country.

*Exceptions will be made for candidates from psychiatry and the basic neurosciences.

The proposed experience must also meet the Office of Graduate Medical Education (GME) and the Office of International Programs policies regarding international experiences. Scholarship recipients will be required to complete the GME International Resident Elective application packet.

The application deadline is the first Friday in May.

List of Award Winners

Britton Zuccarelli - Mexico - Dec. 2015
Matthew Markert - Nepal - April 2017
Anai Masaki - London - March 2018
Emmanuel Mantilla Jr - Philippines - May 2018
Matthew Varon - London - March 2019
Benjamin Chapin - Norwich - May/June 2019


Questions may be directed to Kimberly Connelly in the Office of International Programs.

"In 2015, I spent two weeks in Mexico City at the Hospital Infantil de Federico Gomez and two weeks in Pachuca at the Hospital del Nino. I performed an interview-based study of provider practices regarding the neurodiagnostic evaluation of common neurological conditions to compare evidence-basis, cost, etc. This allowed me to see how subspecialists tackle the same problems I do in the U.S. and how they often do more or the same, or more with less."
Academic and Student Affairs

University of Kansas Medical Center
Office of International Programs
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Academic Affairs
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