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GHC Fellowship Application Process
There are two parts to the Global Health Corps fellowship application process. You can begin working on Part 1 of your application through the GHC website as soon as applications open on November 4, 2015. You can complete Part 2 of your application – which is your opportunity to apply to specific fellowship posts – as soon as job descriptions are posted on December 9, 2015. Once you’ve finished Parts 1 and 2, you can submit your application! Applications close February 2, 2016, and we encourage you to apply as soon as possible.
Applications open on November 4, 2015 and close on February 2, 2016. The fellowship year begins on June 26, 2016. You can find the full admissions timeline on our website and please note that all applicants will receive regular updates from Global Health Corps on the status of their application.
The GHC staff and community conduct the first three rounds of selection, including application review and interviews. Then, the placement organization makes the final decision, reviewing each finalist’s full application and previous reviewers’ notes.
Yes. On Part 2 of your application, you are required to apply to at least one fellowship position, and may apply to a maximum of three fellowship positions. You will submit one essay question for each fellowship position to which you apply, and should tailor each essay to each individual fellowship position.
Yes. Applicants apply to up to three fellowship positions, and each position is based in one of our placement countries. They can be the same country or different countries. GHC placements are currently located in Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda, the United States, and Zambia. The complete list of 2016-2017 fellowship positions will be posted on December 9, 2015.
Yes. To complete your application you will need to share the names and contact information of two references. Your references will receive a recommendation form that should be completed and submitted directly to Global Health Corps. GHC will send instructions directly to your references. We prefer that at least one of the forms be completed by someone who has supervised or managed you in a professional capacity. The second may be from a professional or academic reference.
References must submit their recommendation forms through our online system no later than February 15, 2016 at 11:59PM EST. You can find the admissions timeline on our website. Please note that all applicants will receive regular updates from Global Health Corps on the status of their application.
I’m interested in applying to Global Health Corps, but I will be abroad during the application process. If I were to get an interview, would I be able to do it via Skype or a phone call?
Yes, Skype or phone interviews can be arranged. In fact, for US-based fellowship positions, all applicants will be interview by phone or Skype regardless of their country of residence. National applicants in East or Southern Africa who are not in the country during scheduled in-person interview days may arrange to interview via Skype.
You can find the admissions timeline on our website. Please note that all applicants will receive regular updates from Global Health Corps on the status of their application. Interviews with semi-finalists take place in March. If you are selected as a finalist, you will be invited to interview with placement organizations. Finalists will be notified whether they have been chosen for the fellowship on a rolling basis between April and June.
GHC Fellowship Eligibility
Definitely not! Our eligibility requirements include fluency in English, an undergraduate degree, and that applicants are aged 30 or under by the start of the fellowship year on June 26, 2016. Everyone has a role to play in the health equity movement. We welcome applicants with diverse experiences and skill sets from many sectors, including business and finance, research methods, technology, design, and engineering. It is important to note that specific experiences and skills are required for each fellowship position as determined by each placement organization. You should carefully review the requirements of each fellowship position and apply for the opportunities for which you are best suited.
I will be completing my undergraduate studies in May and my graduation ceremony is not until after the deadline for application materials. Am I still eligible to apply, and if so what documentation is required?
Yes, you are still eligible to apply. As long as your educational studies are completed by the start of the fellowship year on June 26, 2016, the date of your graduation ceremony is inconsequential. If requested, the school must be able to provide confirmation that you will have completed your degree by that date.
A 4 or 4+ years Bachelor Degree or License.
This means 30 is the age limit to apply for and join the fellowship. We are looking for applicants who are not beyond 30 years old and who have not yet celebrated their 31st birthday by June 26, 2016.
I am interested in applying to be a Global Health Corps fellow but am currently 30 (or over the age of 30). Can I still apply?
Unfortunately we only accept applications from those who are 30-years-old or younger at the time the fellowship begins on June 26, 2016. However, many of our placement organizations offer other opportunities for people to get involved. We encourage you to explore volunteer or employment opportunities with other organizations in the Global Health Corps community!
Why does your fellowship have an age limit? Why do you limit eligibility to people who are 30 years old or under?
We believe the most powerful lever of change in global health is a generation of diverse, creative, and resilient young leaders. We work to fill the leadership gap in global health by focusing specifically on developing young professionals who will develop innovative solutions to our most persistent global health challenges and create a future in which health equity is a reality for all.
Yes, we are happy to participate in any program your school has which might allow your Global Health Corps fellowship to fulfill credit requirements, and are happy to fill out forms accordingly.
Our two-week Yale Training Institute, beginning June 26, 2016, is a mandatory part of the fellowship, as is the ability to commit to the entire fellowship year. If you are unable to commit to these, your candidacy may be negatively affected.
No. Because the fellowship positions change from year to year, we are unable to allow deferments of the fellowship.
About the Fellowship / Joining the Movement for Health Equity
The period of commitment is 13 months, from June 26, 2016 to July 29, 2017.
All fellows are paired with one other co-fellow in their placement organization. All teams are cross-cultural, with one fellow from the host country (the “national fellow”), and one fellow from outside the host country (the “international fellow”). There are several pairs of co-fellows at placement organizations in each country, and many fellows live and work closely with each other throughout the fellowship year. Global Health Corps works in a hub model, so we have vibrant and close knit country cohorts as well as regional groups of fellows. You will be part of a highly networked community.
What trainings and professional development opportunities does Global Health Corps provide during the fellowship year?
Fellows come together for trainings and professional development five times per year. More information can be found on our website here, but fellows attend:
- A two-week Training Institute at Yale University in the US in July, which launches the fellowship year and engages fellows in critical thinking about their role as the next generation of global health leaders;
- A two-day Quarter 1 Country Workshop, where fellows gather to evaluate progress towards their goals, build leadership skills, and engage in reflective activities around values, leadership, and collaboration
- A four-day Mid-Year Regional Retreat, where fellows reflect on the fellowship experience, and re-energize for the second half of the year;
- A two-day Quarter 3 Country Workshop, where fellows plan for their future after the fellowship year ends;
- A five-day End of Year Retreat during which the entire fellowship class comes together to reflect on successes and challenges from the year, reconnect with the broader GHC community, and set goals and commitments for the future.
- Additional issue area trainings and development opportunities may be offered throughout the fellowship year.
GHC is a close knit community of nearly 600. We are diverse but united in our belief in health as a human right and deeply committed to the power and health of our community, as well as to the effectiveness of our work as leaders. Support comes in all shapes and forms, throughout the fellowship year and beyond. The Global Health Corps staff is deeply committed to fostering fellows’ personal and professional development during their fellowship year and beyond. There is a Program Team located in each placement country, which works collaboratively with fellows and placement organizations throughout the year. GHC staff support fellows with their transition into their placement, adjusting to their new workplace, supervisor, co-fellow, and surroundings, and provides a wide range of ongoing support as needed throughout the year.
The wider GHC community also serves as important support for fellows during the year. We have a strong GHC mentorship program, whereby each fellow is paired with an alumni, and fellows also have access to a network of advisors in their field of work. We also host networking and professional development events throughout the year, including ongoing and additional opportunities to meet GHC alumni and other professionals and experts in the field of global health. Finally, for all self-care and personal support issues, which we believe are critical to understand and prioritize in our field of work, GHC partners closely with a Boston-based organization called Still Harbor. Still Harbor’s team of trained professionals are on call for fellows’ regarding issues related to self-care and reflection, values and ethics, and spirituality throughout the year. Your personal and professional development as a leader is of utmost importance to us. Our vast, supportive community takes care of each other in every way that we can as we build the movement for health equity.
Who do I report to during the year? What will my relationship be with Global Health Corps throughout the year since I will be working at a different organization?
Every fellow has a supervisor at their placement organization who oversees their day-to-day work. While Global Health Corps staff do not supervise fellows, GHC works hard to foster productive relationships between fellows and their supervisors by conducting on-site visits to placement organizations throughout the year, developing fellow-supervisor work plans and goals, and helping the fellow overcome any obstacles s/he might face at his/her placement. In addition, GHC provides quarterly trainings and on-going support to help fellows overcome any challenges that might arise.
We are at an exciting time in our growth as an organization, and we are working to expand the level and depth of support that we provide to our community members after they complete their fellowship year. We currently have a community of nearly 600 highly-connected, highly-accomplished alumni who stay engaged and committed to health equity long after their fellowship year ends. We regularly organize alumni engagement opportunities such as speaking engagements, panel talks with other global health experts, professional networking opportunities, and resume and cover letter review. Alumni also stay engaged in fellow recruitment, application review, and mentorship. Our community is growing stronger and more vibrant every day.
Global Health Corps alumni are leaders in various fields, and in various levels of the health system, across issue areas, and across continents. Most of our alumni rise into positions of leadership within global health, though many are doing excellent work in other sectors. About half are offered permanent positions with their placement organizations after their fellowship year ends. Some are completing MDs or PhDs, while others are leading country offices on the ground, working in government, or working to affect global policy changes. We are tremendously proud and inspired by the work of our alumni, who continue to motivate us every day in the important work we are doing as a movement.
Please check out the job opportunities on our website for open positions, including internships,which we offer throughout the year at our various country offices. Also, check out other ways to join the movement and stay in touch with us for more news and opportunities!
The GHC fellowship is a one year paid position with extensive training, leadership formation and networking opportunities.
The GHC fellowship is not an internship opportunity. Though the fellowship attracts fresh graduates among other young professionals, it is a one year paid position with extensive training, leadership formation and networking opportunities.
GHC Fellowship: Health, Security, and Logistics
Working outside of familiar surroundings can always be challenging and may involve some risks. The Global Health Corps security and operations team closely monitors local events in all our placement locations around the clock, and we have well-developed emergency response plans in place in each country. If we feel that fellows’ safety is threatened in any way, we respond accordingly and immediately. The level of risk that you are comfortable taking is a personal decision, and working abroad is not for everyone. You should consult your national security or travel advisory resources for up-to-date information in your decision-making.
Traveling to and living in new environments may present new challenges to a person’s immune system or provide challenges in managing a chronic condition. Only you know what’s best for your health and body, but you will have access to health care and medicines at all times. We work with placement organizations to provide health insurance and travel-related medications such as vaccines and prophylaxis in advance and during the fellowship year as needed. While most of our fellows have not had health problems traveling abroad, this is an area of risk and worth thinking carefully about as only you know the health concerns and risks you are comfortable navigating.
Will I qualify for loan deferment or forbearance while I am doing the Global Health Corps fellowship?
It depends on your lender. In our experience, some lenders consider the Global Health Corps fellowship to be a “graduate fellowship” and do permit loan deferment during the fellowship period. However, others have not. We recommend consulting your specific lender to find out more.
All fellows receive a living stipend, housing, and medical insurance, which is commensurate with a local entry-level salary in the location you work. Fellow stipends are calculated based on an equitable consideration of cost of living, peer organization and fellowship salaries, and other benefits. Stipends are identical among all fellows within one country cohort, but may vary among countries due to several factors. Global Health Corps also covers all travel to and from the placement site, as well as a USD $1500 completion award at the end of the fellowship year. Fellows can also apply for up to USD $600 to support their professional development during the fellowship. Additional specific information about living stipends can be found in individual job descriptions.
Will I need to deal with the logistics of booking flights and getting a visa if I am traveling internationally?
Global Health Corps handles logistics or provides an equitable travel stipend to all fellows.
Yes, many fellows who are placed internationally travel home during the holidays. Global Health Corps does not cover the cost of these flights, and the logistics surrounding vacation time would have to be worked out directly with your placement organization.
Unfortunately, Global Health Corps cannot offer additional financial support or visa sponsorship for spouses. You will need to determine with the placement organization and GHC if your spouse can be accommodated in the placement site housing. If the placement site housing will not accommodate your spouse, you will be responsible for any additional housing/living costs.