Program overview

The Global Health Equity Scholars (GHES) fellowship is a one-year research training program for post-doctoral fellows, upper-level PhD students and professional school (MD, DVM, DrPH, DDS, PharmD) students, and junior faculty. It is part of the Global Health Program for Fellows and Scholars sponsored by the Fogarty International Center (FIC) and several collaborating institutes and centers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The GHES program brings together a consortium that includes the University of California, Berkeley, Florida International University, Stanford University, and Yale University; and 20 affiliated international sites across 16 countries (Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Colombia, Ethiopia, India, Kenya, Malaysia, Nicaragua, Peru, Russia, South Africa, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, Ukraine, and Zimbabwe).

The GHES program supports a one-year mentored research fellowship for investigators who are interested in studying diseases and conditions in developing countries. The program will provide trainees with outstanding, interdisciplinary education and training in innovative global health research designed to promote health equity for populations around the world. Trainees will be matched with top-tier global health research faculty from one of the four participating U.S. institutions and an international site, thus enabling them to engage in rich and enduring, mentored research experiences that will foster scientific and career development in global health research.

The main objective of the program is to generate a new and young cadre of global health researchers, educators, and professionals who will be prepared to address the new challenges in global health. These may include health challenges that arise from the world's burgeoning human settlements known as slums that have developed in urban and rural communities of many low and middle-income countries. Factors associated with chronic, non-communicable, as well as infectious diseases, environmental health hazards, risks specific to women and children, intentional and unintentional injuries, and mental disorders are potential areas of research that will be supported under this program. Additionally, the program will support research on the challenges of providing accessible and high quality health care services at all levels in resource-limited settings. Interventions that seek to address the management of scarce resources and identify innovative solutions to improving health services, and the evaluation of these interventions, will be supported under this program.

The GHES Fellowship is designed for: US doctoral students (PhD, DrPH, etc.), professional students (MD, DDS, DVM, PharmD, etc.), post-doctoral fellows, junior faculty, and foreign post-doctoral fellows and junior investigators (within 5 years of their terminal degree) from participating international sites in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).

U.S. trainees accepted into this program will spend 8-10 months at one of the international training sites available through the GHES consortium (see list of Fellowship Affiliated International Sites). U.S.-based Junior Faculty are not required to spend 8-10 months at the site but their GHES funding must only be allocated to their awarded project(s) at the international site. Accepted foreign fellows will spend their fellowship at their current international training site. Trainees must also attend a mandatory five-day orientation session at the NIH campus, Bethesda, MD. U.S.-based Junior Faculty do not have to go to the NIH orientation but are encouraged to attend at least a couple of days as the meeting is a great opportunity for networking.

Support Provided
Fellowships will provide support for 11 consecutive months of stipend, health insurance, modest research supply costs, travel costs to and from the international field site, and a five-day orientation on the campus of the National Institutes of Health. Junior faculty will receive funding for research supplies and travel costs.