What is the difference between a GHC fellowship and a job or internship?

What is the difference between a GHC fellowship and a job or internship?

  • Nov, 01, 2017

The GHC fellowship is a 13-month paid role with extensive training, leadership development, and networking opportunities. Fellows bring skills that support capacity gaps at their organizations. However, they are not employees, and their professional growth is a key purpose of the fellowship year. This emphasis on their training is reflected by the time-bound nature of the role and by the fact that fellows receive a living stipend, not a salary.

Are references required? When is the recommendation form due?

  • Nov, 01, 2017

GHC requires each applicant have one recommendation form submitted directly by a current or past supervisor by January 22, 2020. If you have never had a supervisor for any paid or volunteer work, please ue a professor or other contact who can speak to your work. To submit your reference’s contact information, complete the Reference Information form found on the application’s main menu. Your reference will then receive an email directly from GHC with instructions on how to complete and submit the recommendation form. It is your responsibility to ensure your reference submits the recommendation form by the deadline.

Fellowship Benefits and Logistics

  • Oct, 18, 2017

In addition to the intensive leadership development and professional growth that the fellowship offers, the Global Health Corps fellowship includes the following benefits. GHC arranges several logistical details on fellows’ behalf with the expectation that fellows will take ownership of their overall experience. Read on below to learn more about how these items apply to specific placements:

Living Stipend

GHC fellows receive a living stipend that varies based on location and placement organization. The annual review of stipends takes into consideration the cost of living, comparable fellowship stipends, and local compensation for full-time employees.

The living stipend may be paid out in USD or local currency, as determined by the placement organization. Stipend amounts are post-tax in your placement country. For international fellows, please check your home country’s tax regulation as it may require you to report on total funds received during the fellowship. The monthly stipend in each country is:

  • Malawi: $650
  • Rwanda: $650
  • Uganda: $550
  • Zambia: $700

Professional Development

Fellows are eligible to apply for up to $600 during the fellowship year from the GHC Professional Development Fund in order to pursue study or activities that contribute to their professional development.

Completion Award

Fellows who complete the entire fellowship year in good standing and participate in the End of Year Retreat are eligible for the $1500 completion award.


Either GHC or the placement organization arranges housing for fellows that meets our minimum housing standards. Housing varies depending on location and the placement organization. Possible housing scenarios include living with other GHC fellows, living with a co-fellow, living with employees of the placement organization, or living alone. Additionally, some fellows may live directly on the premises of the placement organization while others may be live in villages, towns or cities. If the partner is not arranging housing, national fellows may live in GHC-arranged housing or receive a housing allowance. Applicants will be informed of specific housing details, including whether or not they are eligible to receive a housing allowance, at the time a fellowship offer is made.


Either GHC or the placement organization arranges health insurance for fellows that meets our minimum standards: 

  • Preventive care, including wellness visits 
  • Coverage of pre-existing conditions
  • Emergency medical care
  • Prescriptions
  • Dental care
  • Mental health care
  • Medical evacuation whenever GHC facilitates fellows to leave their home country (e.g., during GHC trainings and retreats for national fellows, and throughout the full placement year for international fellows) 

Health insurance plans may vary depending on location and the placement organization. Plan documents will be provided to finalists. Note that premiums paid for personal property, auto, and other types of insurance will not be reimbursed.


Global Health Corps handles all travel logistics or provides an equitable travel stipend to fellows for all GHC retreats.

Visa/Work Permit

For international positions
A valid work permit is required for the fellow to legally fulfill the fellowship in the placement country. Your placement organization will guide you in completing and submitting an application. Applications will be reviewed by the government of the placement country, which grant work permits.

Application Preview

  • Nov, 20, 2015

Global Health Corps 2020-2021 Application  

The 2020-2021 fellowship application will open on December 4, 2019. Please use the preview below to prepare your application in the meantime. For more information about the fellowship, check out our FAQs page. 

Thank you for your interest in becoming a Global Health Corps fellow! This application preview is for the 2020-2021 fellowship year which begins in June 2020. Please refer to our website for detailed information about the fellowship program, including fellowship benefits and logistics. If you have any questions that are not addressed on the Frequently Asked Questions page, please email applyinfo@ghcorps.org.

Your full application will be visible to both the GHC reviewers and the placement organization(s) to which you apply. All responses must be written in English.

Your application must be submitted by 12:00PM (noon) EST / 7:00PM CAT / 8:00PM EAT on January 15, 2020.

You should be prepared to verify upon request that all information you provide in your application is true and  your original work.

Personal Information

  • First Name / Given Name
  • Last Name / Surname
  • Preferred Name
  • Email Address (GHC will send all communications during the application process and fellowship year to this address, so please use a permanent email address that you will monitor regularly and have access to through at least July 2020 – i.e., not a school or work email)
  • Phone Number (including country code)
  • Skype Name
  • Birth Year (note: you must be age 30 years or younger by the start of the fellowship in order to be eligible)
  • Birth Month
  • Birth Day
  • Current Location:
    • Country
    • State (if based in the U.S.)
    • City
  • Please select the country(-ies) in which you are a citizen or legal permanent resident (note: you must be a citizen or legal permanent resident of Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda, the United States, or Zambia in order to be eligible for the 2020-2021 fellowship)
    • Malawi
    • Rwanda
    • Uganda
    • United States
    • Zambia
    • Other – please specify
  • [Document Upload] – Please upload a copy of your passport verifying your citizenship.
    If you are a citizen of more than one country or are a legal permanent resident, please combine each passport copy or legal permanent residency document into one document to upload. If you do not have a passport, please upload another document that proves your citizenship (for example, a birth certificate or national identity card). Please make sure your document is not expired.

Demographic Information

GHC is committed to having an inclusive community of fellows and alumni. Please answer the questions below to help us better understand the diversity and motivations of our applicant pool overall. The information gathered will be used purely for statistical analysis of the Global Health Corps applicant pool. It will bear no weight on your application and will not be sent to GHC reviewers, placement organizations, or any other outside institutions, governments, or stakeholders.


Please select the category below that applies to you:

  • Female
  • Male
  • Other – optional: please specify
  • Prefer not to respond

Global Health Corps is committed to having a diverse community of fellows and alumni. Please select the category(-ies) below applies(-y) to you. Check all that apply

  • American Indian / Alaskan Native
  • Asian
  • Black
  • Hispanic / Latinx
  • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander
  • White
  • Multi-racial/Multi-ethnic
  • Other race or origin – optional: please specify
  • Prefer not to respond
Geographic Region

How would you describe the area in which you currently live?

  • Rural / countryside
  • Peri-urban / suburban
  • Urban / city
Global Health Experience

Global Health Corps is looking for fellows from all backgrounds, including a mix of individuals who have worked in or studied global health before and those who are new to the field. Global Health Corps defines global health as any area of study, research, or practice that places a priority on improving health and/or achieving health equity.

Have you ever worked in global health? Select only one

  • Yes, more than 3 years
  • Yes, 1-3 years
  • Yes, less than 1 year
  • No, I have never held a job or internship in global health

Have you ever studied global health? Select only one

  • Yes, it was my major/minor/focus area
  • Yes, I took at least one global health class
  • No, I have never studied global health
Applying to GHC

Global Health Corps’ mission is to build the next generation of leaders for health equity, and a key part of that mission is the ability to reach as many people as possible. We evolve our recruiting and outreach efforts based on the information that you provide here.

Were you in contact with a member of the GHC community (fellow, alumni, staff, intern) before or during your decision to apply for the GHC fellowship? Select only one

  • Yes – please specify the name of the GHC community member you were in contact with.
  • No

Have you previously applied to GHC? Your answer will NOT affect your candidacy; many of our current fellows applied in previous years before being selected.

  • Yes – please specify for which fellowship class(es)
  • No


  • Select language(s) you know: Check up to 3 
    • Bemba
    • Chichewa
    • Chiyao
    • English
    • French
    • German
    • Kinyarwanda
    • Luganda
    • Nyanja
    • Spanish
    • Swahili
    • Tumbuka
    • Other
  • For each language, select your proficiency level:
    • Basic proficiency – Able to satisfy routine survival needs and minimum courtesy requirements
    • Limited working proficiency – Can handle confidently, but not easily, most social situations and casual conversations, but would need help handling complications or difficulties
    • Professional working proficiency – Able to participate effectively in formal and informal conversations on practical, social, and professional topics
    • Advanced/Full professional proficiency – Able to use the language fluently and accurately for all professional needs. Can understand and participate in conversations with fluency and precision of vocabulary
    • Fluent/Native speaker


  • Select the educational degree type(s) you will have attained by June 2020
    • Bachelor’s/Undergraduate Degree (required)
    • Master’s Degree/Graduate Degree
    • Additional Degree
  • For each degree, specify:
    • School Name
    • Graduation Year
    • Degree Type
    • Focus of Study or Major
  • [Document Upload] Please upload proof of Bachelor’s degree.
    This can be any document from an accredited undergraduate or graduate university that states your name, graduation date, and degree completed or expected by the start of the fellowship in June 2020. Acceptable documents can include: a scan of your completed degree, a letter from your university, academic transcript (as long as it states your name, graduation date, and date degree completed or expected).


Please list your three most relevant professional positions below. Note: This can include internship or volunteer experience. If you do not have any professional experience, list your school or university name in the “Organization / Company” field and list “Student” as your job title.

For each position, specify:

  • Is this your current position?
  • Start Date
  • Organization / Company Name
  • Job Title
  • Sector of work:
    • Private or for-profit company
    • Government or public organization
    • Non-profit or non-governmental organization
    • Research or academic institution
    • Other – please specify
  • Brief Description of your Responsibilities (100 words max)
    Please think about why this position is relevant to the fellowship and provide any information that may be helpful in our evaluation.
  • [Document Upload] Please upload your CV or resume here (2 pages max)

Please check the box below to confirm you understand that the GHC fellowship is a full-time, 13-month commitment. All prior academic/professional commitments that would interfere with the workday must be completed by the start of the fellowship.

  • Yes, I confirm my availability

Personal Essays

Please write a brief essay in response to each of the following questions. We read your essays to get to know you as a person and to learn about the ideas and interests that motivate you. We want to hear your genuine voice throughout the essays; this is the time to think carefully about the values, passions, and experiences that have shaped you as an individual and why you would be a good fit in the Global Health Corps community. (Note: these essays will be visible to the placement organization(s) to which you apply).

  1. Why do you want to be a GHC fellow? (200 words max)
  2. Think of a time when you did not reach a project or assignment goal in a job, internship, or volunteering role. What was the goal, why did you fail to achieve it, and what did you learn from that experience? (300 words max)
  3. Describe a time when you identified a social problem and took action to make a change. What did you do, and what did you learn? (250 words max)
  4. Describe a time when you experienced, witnessed, or learned about an injustice related to a factor like race, culture, nationality, socioeconomic status, gender, or sexual orientation. Please give an example of how this has impacted your actions. (350 words max)

Role Selection and Essays

You may apply for up to three fellowship roles but must apply for at least one.  Descriptions of each open role can be found here.  Please review the role descriptions to ensure you meet the desired experience, qualifications, and eligibility for the roles(s) you select.

You will be evaluated for each role you select independently of your other role selections. Each essay will be reviewed by both the GHC team and the placement organization. As such, each essay should be tailored specifically to the role to which you are applying, like a cover letter; do NOT copy and paste an identical essay for each role.

Make sure to select the correct roles(s) based on the role codes noted on the website.

For each role, write a short essay (200 words max) that explains why you are applying for this particular role and what skills or experiences qualify you for it.

Skills & Experiences Survey

If you do not advance in the roles(s) you selected above, GHC may consider you for other roles if an opportunity arises that matches your qualifications. If you would like to opt out of this opportunity, please select “No” below. You will be able to review any new position to confirm your interest.

  • Yes, consider me if other opportunities arise
  • No, I am ONLY interested in the position(s) I selected above

If yes, remember to complete the Skills & Experiences Survey.

Recommendation Form

As part of your application, you are required to have one reference complete a GHC Recommendation Form on your behalf. Please submit the name and email address of a current or former supervisor who will act as your reference. If you have never had a supervisor for any paid or volunteer work, you may choose a professor who can speak to your work.

To add a reference, please complete the Reference Information section of the online application.

You are responsible for making sure your reference submits the Recommendation Form by the recommendation form deadline. Applications without a Recommendation Form will not be considered.

Submitting your Application

Click “Save Draft” to save your application as a draft and return to it later. Click “Submit” if you have completed your application. You cannot edit your application once it has been submitted.

By clicking submit, you verify that all information provided in this application is accurate and is your original work. Any misinformation or plagiarism will result in the disqualification of your application. You will receive a confirmation message on this screen and a confirmation email once your application has been submitted.

Other Opportunities

  • Oct, 01, 2015

We encourage you to check out these other opportunities to get involved in the global health movement!

Fellowships and Internships:

  • Acumen Fund’s Global & East Africa Fellowships: For international candidates with 3-7 years of experience.
  • Albert Schweitzer Fellowship: Graduate students are partnered with community-based health organizations for a yearlong service project designed to identify and address an unmet health need.
  • APHA Database:  American Public Health Association’s Fellowship, Internship and Awards database.
  • Applied Community & Economic Development (ACED) Fellows Program at Illinois State University:  Two-year fellowship leading to a master in applied economics, Political Science, or Sociology
  • Ashoka Fellows:  An international nonprofit program that supports social entrepreneurs in Asia, Latin America, Africa, East Central Europe, the United States, and Canada. Ashoka Fellows focus their talents on serving the public good by creating projects with a broad social impact on issues such as health, environment, education, legal rights, women, children, and development.
  • Atlas Corps:  Offers a 12-18 month fellowship for international applicants to work abroad in nonprofits.
  • Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellows Program: A 12-month fellowship in which participants work six-months with a community-based organizations involved in fighting hunger at the local level and the remaining six-months at national organizations involved in the anti-hunger and poverty movement.
  • Boston Network for International Development: BNID offers internships, fellowships, and jobs available in the Boston area for groups and individuals who want to work with issues of international development and global justice.
  • Catholic Relief Services’ International Development Fellows Program:  Catholic Relief Services’ International Development IDFP gives people who are interested in a career in international relief and development an opportunity to increase their overseas experience and gain exposure to our programs. Assignments are for one year, typically starting at the end of July
  • Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) Career Training Fellowships: Public health-related fellowships for Master and post-Master candidates.
  • Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia (CIDRZ)’s HIVCorps:  Healthcare professionals who want to gain experience in issues related to HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention programs.
  • Concern Worldwide Trainee Programs:  Two-year entry-level traineeship scheme aimed at two graduates in the fields of maternal, newborn and child health and/or nutrition and/ or environmental health.
  • Coro Fellows:  Nine-month full time leadership training program in public affairs for domestic applicants. Coro leaders develop skills; master tools needed to engage and empower communities; gain experience in government, business, labor and not-for-profit community organizations; and participate in special community and political problem solving processes.
  • Families USA’s Villers Fellowship for Health Care Justice: Year long fellowship in health care justice and advocacy.
  • Feldman Graduate Fellowship-Brandeis University:  The Feldman Fellowship is awarded to an early– to mid-career development professional interested in integrated conservation and development. The ideal candidate will be an international MA or MS student.
  • Greenlining Institute Fellowship Program:  A yearlong paid training program for participants with bachelors who want experience working on low-income and minority economic development.
  • Global Citizenship Fellowship at UNICEF: A highly-competitive, two year program for Americas who want to inspire their communities to take action for the world’s children through engaging local groups and cultivating awareness.
  • Harkness Fellowships in Health Care Practice and Policy:  A program that seeks to build a network of policy-oriented health care researchers in the United States and other industrialized countries. The Fellowships provide an opportunity for fellows from the United Kingdom, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Canada to spend four to twelve months in the United States conducting research relevant to health care policy and practice in both the United States and the fellow’s home country.
  • Hubert Humphrey Fellowship:  The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program provides a year of professional enrichment in the United States for experienced professionals from designated countries throughout the world. Fellows are selected based on their potential for leadership and their commitment to public service in either the public or private sector.
  • IDEX Fellowship in Social Enterprise:  Offers professional, cultural, and social immersion into the field of social enterprise for college graduates interested in launching a career in the sector through a six-month program.
  • Institute for Women’s Policy Research’s Mariam K. Chamberlain Fellowship:  The fellow works as a general research assistant on a variety of research projects and reports regarding gender issues based in Washington, D.C.
  • International Affairs Fellowship with the Council of Foreign Relations:  A one year long program that aims to strengthen career development by helping outstanding individuals acquire and apply foreign policy skills beyond the scope of their professional and scholarly achievements. Must be between the ages of 27-35, PhD preferred.
  • Kaiser Media Internships and Fellowship:  This database summarizes and links to fellowships and internships in health policy and related fields. The database includes fellowships located across the United States that are available to undergraduates, graduate students, and professionals.
  • Kiva Fellows: Offers individuals a rare opportunity to travel abroad and witness firsthand the impact and realities of microfinance, by working directly with a host microfinance institution (MFI). The Kiva Fellow is an unpaid, six-month volunteer based position designed to increase Kiva’s impact and to offer participants a unique insider experience.
  • Mickey Leland International Hunger Fellows Program:  Fellows travel to Africa, Asia, or Latin America to help alleviate hunger and poverty. This is a two-year program that combines field and policy work.
  • Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education Fellowships, Scholarships, & Internships:  Programs for science and engineering students/graduates and educators.
  • Orbis Fellowship:  A year long residency program in Denver, Colorado for early career professionals and graduate students to engage the community about global issues.  
  • Pedro Zamora Fellowship Program:  Public policy and HIV/AIDS advocacy fellowship for U.S. citizens and international students with an eligible work visa.
  • Population Reference Bureau International Training Fellowship Programs:  Four fellowships in the health policy, population, family planning and reproductive health fields for sub-Saharan graduate students.
  • Post-Bachelor and Post-Graduate Fellowship Programs at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation: Structured health research programs in the fields of health metrics and global health.
  • ProInspire Fellowship: Fellowship that recruits outstanding business professionals with 2-5 years of business experience who want to use their skills for social impact and invest in a growing community of Fellows.  Fellows spend one year working in an analytical or strategic role at a nonprofit organization.
  • Social Science Research Council Fellowships:  Provides international pre-dissertation and dissertation fellowships, postdoctoral fellowships, and advanced research grants in both the social sciences and humanities.
  • The Fellowship for Emerging Leaders in Public Service:  One-year fellowship for individuals  interested in pursuing a public service career.
  • Timmy Global Health: US-based nonprofit that coordinates medical trips for volunteer nurses, doctors, and pharmacists who help provide year-round health access to communities around the world. Timmy Global Health teams return to partner sites every 2–3 months, maintain detailed records, and provide patients with quality care in partnership with local health organizations and agencies.
  • Trinity Fellows Program at Marquette University:  A 21-month study/work program for individuals committed to social and economic justices and pursuing a master’s degree. .
  • USAID Fellowship:  USAID’s Global Health Fellows Program is a two-year (option to extend for two more years) domestic or international fellowship that seeks to improve the effectiveness of USAID population, health and nutrition programs.

Scholarships and Academic Opportunities:

  • African Women Public Service Fellowship at NYU’s Wagner School:  African women who are committed to public service in their country can study in one of two graduate programs: the two-year Master of Public Administration or the one-year Executive MPA: Concentration on International Public Service Organizations.
  • Fulbright Scholarships:  The Fulbright Program offers grants to study, teach and conduct research for U.S. citizens to go abroad and non-U.S. citizens to come to the United States.
  • Government of Canada’s Scholarships for Non-Canadians:  Awards available to foreign students for study/research in Canada.
  • P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship:  Scholarships for international women students to pursue graduate study in the United States and Canada. Applicants must first be admitted to graduate school.
  • Australia Awards Africa:  A cornerstone of the Australian Government’s development assistance program for Africa–provides access to postgraduate education, training and professional development opportunities for suitably qualified Africans from eligible countries.
  • Master of Science in Global Health Delivery | UGHE:  Modeled after a similar program at Harvard Medical School, the MGHD provides a one-of-a-kind learning experience fundamentally rooted in the principles of global health, One Health, epidemiology, global health policy, management, health finance, and leadership.

Other Fellowship Opportunities:

  • Africa Volunteer Corps:  Africa Volunteer Corps (AVC) is a six-months to one-year program that unites passionate, qualified African volunteers with African NGOs to deepen their impact and empower Africans to play a vital role in shaping Africa’s future. One-year.
  • AmeriCorps:  One year renewable year of service for domestic applicants with placements across the United States.
  • Peace Corps:  Sends Americans abroad for two-year immersion and volunteer experience.
  • Princeton in Africa:  Princeton in Africa seeks to develop young leaders committed to Africa’s advancement. To accomplish this, they offer opportunities for service through year-long fellowships with a variety of organizations that work across the African continent.
  • Unite for Sight:  Unite For Sight’s Global Impact Corps is an immersive global health education program that is designed for students and professionals with various interests and diverse backgrounds.  Unite For Sight Global Impact Fellows support and assist local doctors and are transported to the villages, where each clinic provides 100-300 patients with care on a daily basis.   Program participation options are flexible, ranging from 1 week to multiple months, or a full year.

Job Search Sites:

  • Careers in NonProfits:  Connects the best people with the best causes, serving Washington, D.C, Maryland, Chicago, Virginia, and Atlanta.   
  • Common Good Careers:  Provides opportunities to join nonprofit organizations in various locations in the U.S. Additionally, they enable innovative nonprofits to build strong organizations through the recruitment, retention, and development of outstanding talent.
  • Idealist:  Gives people and organizations a place online to exchange resources and ideas, locate opportunities and supporters, and take steps toward building a world where all people can lead free and dignified lives.
  • Net Impact’s Career Center:  Mobilizes students and professionals to build skills and find their paths to make a difference in their careers.
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Be a Placement Organization

  • Oct, 01, 2015


Interested in being a GHC Placement Organization for the 2020-2021 cohort? 

Fill out the Partnership Expression of Interest and the Partner Financial Assessment by September 27, 2019!

Global Health Corps establishes paid competitive yearlong roles with high impact health equity organizations in East and Southern Africa. The fellows that fill these roles are selected out of thousands of applicants for their ability to bring new skills, perspectives, and technical expertise to our placement organizations. The GHC fellowship offers organizations an opportunity to infuse new talent from diverse backgrounds into their leadership pipelines.

What can GHC fellows do for your organization?

Fellows work in teams of two – one national fellow and one international fellow – filling critical capacity gaps that allow organizations to further the impact of their work. GHC fellows are a multidisciplinary group of young professionals who offer a wide range of technical skills, professional experience, educational backgrounds, and diverse perspectives. Their contributions are enhanced by their participation in the GHC community, which serves as a place of learning, support, and discernment.

GHC advertises the fellowship opportunities and candidates apply to up to three specific fellowship roles, for which they have relevant skills and experience. GHC reviews applications, interviews a select group, and recommends finalists to placement organizations, who then are encouraged to use their own interviewing protocols to make the final selection.

The 13-month fellowship begins in early July with GHC’s Training Institute. Fellows begin at their placement organization in mid-July and the fellowship wraps up in late July of the following year.

How does the partnership work?

Placement Organization Selection:

GHC partners with organizations that are doing excellent work in improving healthcare access and outcomes in Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda and Zambia. Our placement organizations range in size, scope of work, and geographic focus; we work with small grassroots organizations, large global institutions, and a spectrum of organizations in between. For a current list, please click here.

Potential placement organizations must:
  • Be aligned with GHC’s mission
  • Demonstrate the ability to successfully absorb two new fellows
  • Demonstrate an existing capacity gap that fellows can fill
  • Identify a supervisor(s) for the fellows
  • Maintain strong financial and operational health

Organizations begin by completing our Expression of Interest and Financial Information Form. GHC staff lead a rigorous screening process which includes in-person meetings and follow-up phone calls. As part of the selection process, GHC works with partner organizations to craft compelling roles for fellows and establish a cost-sharing plan.


Global Health Corps works with organizations of all sizes. We have different financial models to accommodate the range of organizations with which we work. Cost considerations include housing, monthly living stipend for fellows, health insurance, vaccinations and prophylaxis, professional development funds, completion award, and fellow leadership programming.

For more detailed information on our partnership structure and application process, please review the following:

For questions about partnerships please email partners@ghcorps.org.

How to Apply

  1. Fill out the GHC Partnership Expression of Interest Form by September 27.
  2. Complete the required Partner Financial Assessment by September 27. Check out this video for a quick tutorial on completing the assessment.
  3. Review the Role Description Template as you begin thinking about the roles you might want fellows to fill. Organizations that are invited to continue in the application process will be asked to submit two role descriptions – one for a national fellow and one for an international fellow.

Key Dates and Deadlines

  • August 13: Partnership Expression of Interest period opens
  • September 27: Deadline for partnership Expression of Interest Form and Financial Information Form
  • October 18: Role descriptions due to GHC, GHC team reviews and makes revisions to all role descriptions
  • October 29: Cost-sharing agreement due to GHC
  • November 6: Role descriptions finalized; subsequently sent back to partners for sign-off
  • November 29: Placement organizations finalized for 2020-2021 cohort
  • December 4: Role descriptions posted on GHC website, fellowship application opens
  • Early June 2020: Fellows finalized for 2020–2021 cohort
  • Mid-July 2020: Fellows arrive at placement organizations and begin their fellowship

Questions? Please email partners@ghcorps.org.

Apply to be a Fellow

  • Sep, 30, 2015

High-impact and demand-driven roles in global health

Global Health Corps is building the next generation of diverse health leaders. We offer a range of paid fellowship roles with health organizations in Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda, and Zambia and the opportunity to develop as a transformative leader in the health equity movement. Everyone has a role to play in the health equity movement!

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Program Overview

  • Sep, 30, 2015



We believe the most powerful lever of change in global health is great leadership. GHC is a leadership development organization devoted to recruiting and training the next generation of leaders in global health equity. All of our work is grounded in our core leadership practices.

Our Approach

Place fellows at high-impact health organizations

Global Health Corps recruits and selects highly qualified applicants with diverse skill sets to work with high-impact organizations in year-long paid positions. During their fellowship year, fellows make a significant and measurable contribution to the placement organization and the target population.

Our Fellows
Fellows work in teams of two at each placement organization – one national fellow and one international fellow. Our fellows and alumni represent 40+ nationalities and have diverse backgrounds, experiences, skillsets, and passions. They are architects, designers, web developers, business analysts, teachers, communications specialists, supply chain managers, and more. Learn more about our fellows.

Our Partners
GHC recruits high-impact placement organizations in East Africa, Southern Africa, and the United States that are strengthening health systems and improving health outcomes in impoverished communities. Placement organizations range from local grassroots organizations to government agencies to global institutions. Our partners identify areas of demand within the organization where our fellows can further develop their diverse skill set and inevitably add significant value. Learn more about our partners.

Train them to be great leaders

GHC supports and challenges fellows throughout their fellowship. Our training curriculum integrates leadership and professional development with self-reflection and personal learning. We focus on building skills that are essential for effective and ethical leadership, such as human-centered design thinking, storytelling, systems thinking and strategic planning for social change. We foster attitudes like empathy, resilience and cultural humility. Importantly, we engage our fellows as collaborative partners in designing and facilitating our training program. Learn more about our leadership training and fellowship benefits and logistics.

Build a global community of changemakers

We cannot do this work alone. Fellows build a set of shared values, commitment and skills that they carry well beyond the fellowship year. The GHC community serves as a source of opportunity and strength throughout fellows’ lives and careers, and our alumni continue to pursue global health and social justice impact through diverse paths after their fellowship year. Alumni have a heightened impact throughout their lives, strengthened by both their fellowship experience and, most importantly, the community they have formed with other fellows and alumni.

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  • Sep, 23, 2015

Opening the door for young professionals to serve on the frontlines of health equity

Global Health Corps provides a yearlong paid fellowship for young professionals from diverse backgrounds to work on the frontlines of the fight for global health equity at existing health organizations and government agencies. Fellows are currently working in Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda, Malawi, Zambia and the United States.

Increasing the impact of great organizations

How-GHC-Works-Step-1 92% of partner orgs reported that fellows had a very positive or positive impact on their organization.

GHC recruits placement organizations that are doing excellent work in improving healthcare access and health outcomes in impoverished communities. Placement organizations range from small grassroots organizations to large global institutions. Global Health Corps recruits and selects highly qualified applicants with diverse skill sets for specific fellowship positions at these organizations. Fellows have built financial management systems for grassroots HIV organizations in Uganda, counseled homeless teenagers in New Jersey, supported district pharmacies in Rwanda in rolling our new supply chain management tools and conducted policy research in Washington DC.

Fostering cross-cultural and cross-sector partnership

How-GHC-Works-Step-3 85% of fellows reported that having a partner fellow had a positive impact on the success of their work.

Fellows work in teams of two – one international fellow, one in-country fellow to support our placement organizations in improving healthcare access and health outcomes for the poor.

Investing in training and professional development

How-GHC-Works-Step-5 98% of fellows felt more prepared for the fellowship after the 2013 Training Institute.

GHC supports and challenges fellows throughout their fellowship. The year begins with a 2-week Training Institute at Yale University for all fellows, followed by retreats and workshops throughout the year. In addition, fellows have access to distance learning and collaboration opportunities, an advising program, professional development funds and networking opportunities, and GHC staff site visits and check-ins.

Building a global movement

How-GHC-Works-Step-6 82% of fellows reported that they are more likely to be involved in the movement for health equity and social justice because of the fellowship.

GHC alumni continue to pursue global health impact through diverse paths after their fellowship year. Alumni have gone on to pursue graduate degrees, continue working for our placement organizations, or work for other outstanding organizations and government institutions in the global health and development space. Alumni have a heightened impact throughout their lives, strengthened by both their fellowship experience and, most importantly, the community they have formed with other fellows and alumni.

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Who We Are

  • Sep, 23, 2015


Our Mission:

Our mission is to mobilize a global community of emerging leaders to build the movement for health equity. We are building a community of changemakers who share a common belief:

Health is a human right.

Global Health Corps pairs intelligent and passionate fellows with organizations that require new thinking and innovative solutions. We provide these young leaders with the tools to remain connected after their fellowship year finishes, deepening their ability to enact change through heightened skills and strong partnerships. We currently place fellows in Burundi, Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda, the United States, and Zambia.

Here’s a breakdown of the problem:

The extreme disparity in health outcomes and access to healthcare that exists today between the world’s rich and the world’s poor is unjust and unsustainable. This inequity is embedded in a diverse set of social, political and economic contexts that require strong leadership and innovative approaches. The complexity and scope of the challenges involved necessitate participation from a wide range of fields beyond medicine, from supply chain management to computer programming, monitoring and evaluation to human resource management.

Yet opportunities are scarce for individuals with backgrounds outside of healthcare to use their unique skills in global health. At the same time, for those who work in traditional health fields, a lack of community with other leaders limits collaboration, knowledge sharing and support. This scarcity of opportunities and community means that too many skilled and ambitious young professionals are unaware of or unable to achieve their potential impact in the health field, prolonging the creation and implementation of innovative solutions.

Our vision:

GHC believes that a global movement of individuals and organizations fighting for improved health outcomes and access to healthcare for the poor is necessary in order to change the unacceptable status quo of extreme inequity.

GHC provides opportunities for young professionals from diverse backgrounds to work on the frontlines of the fight for global health equity. Our fellows have a measurable impact on the health of the communities in which they work, and draw upon that experience and the GHC alumni network to deepen their impact throughout their careers.

  • Increasing the impact of great organizations today: Fellows work with high-impact organizations in year-long paid positions. During their fellowship year, fellows make a significant and measurable contribution to the placement organization and the target population.
  • Training and supporting the leaders of tomorrow: Global Health Corps will create a pipeline of young leaders for the global health equity movement. Fellows participate in a wide range of activities aimed at increasing their effectiveness as practitioners and their development as leaders, both during and after their fellowship year.
  • Building a global community of changemakers: Fellows build a set of shared values, commitment and skills that they carry well beyond the fellowship year. The GHC community serves as a source of opportunity and strength throughout fellows’ lives and careers.

We are Global Health Corps.