Okanlami Family Fellowship

Okanlami Application Checklist

The Okanlami Family Fellowship, first granted in the Class of 2018, is awarded annually to a physician seeking to attend the ESTEEM Graduate Program at the University of Notre Dame. The generosity of ESTEEM Alumnus Feranmi Okanlami, M.D., ESTEEM ‘15 and his mother, Bunmi Okanlami, M.D., EMBA ‘08, allows one physician per year to attend the University of Notre Dame’s ESTEEM Graduate Program with a substantial tuition scholarship. Physicians will be chosen from a pool of applicants who have shown outstanding performance, with consideration being given to academic achievement, financial need, character, and qualities of leadership.

The hope of this gift is to catalyze outstanding physicians, who also show great promise as entrepreneurs, to be innovators in the healthcare field. With their experience over the course of 11 months in ESTEEM, we hope, each and every year, to unleash a change agent into the healthcare field who is equipped with all the tools and skillsets necessary to make a meaningful impact. All of this stems from the University’s founding mission, which aligns with the mission of this gift’s benefactors, to be a “...powerful force for good in the world.” The ESTEEM Graduate Program and the University of Notre Dame are humbled and inspired by the commitment of Feranmi and Bunmi and are excited to be able to offer this outstanding opportunity to a physician every year.

Past Okanlami Family Fellowship recipients include:

Justen Lewis

University of Michigan 2011 and 2013
Public Policy (BA) and Public Health Services Administration (MHSA)

Tsion Sadore

St. Paul's Hospital Millennium Medical College 2017

Rania Nour

Addis Ababa University, Faculty of Medicine 2010
General Practitioner (Medical Doctor)


First preference for this Fellowship will be given to physicians accepted to the ESTEEM Graduate Program from under-resourced areas. If there are no physicians from under-resourced areas, preference will be given to physicians accepted to the ESTEEM Graduate Program who will go on to work in under-resourced areas. Finally, if there are no physicians who are either from or are planning to work in under-resourced areas, any medical professional accepted into the ESTEEM Graduate Program will be considered for the award.


Interested students may apply for acceptance into ESTEEM at any time; requirements and process are detailed here, with the following differences noted:

  • The application fee is waived for students applying from Africa.  After beginning the application, email ESTEEM to obtain your waiver code.
  • Standardized tests are not required for Okanlami applicants.
  • International applicants must provide official TOEFL Scores (Code 1841).

Additional Resources

Please visit International Student and Scholar Affairs for visa and other information.