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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!

COVID-19 fellowship programming update

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we have made the difficult decision to limit 2020-2021 fellowship roles to national fellows only, and we will not be able to place international fellows in the 2020-2021 fellowship class. We have made this decision in response to increasingly restrictive government and travel regulations that will likely delay, if not entirely prevent, international fellows from traveling to our placement countries. All semi-finalists have received an email directly from our selection team and can contact applyinfo@ghcorps.org at any time with questions about next steps. We are hopeful that the global health and travel landscape will allow us to host international fellows at placement organizations across borders again in the future. 

In addition, we supported the majority of our 2019-2020 international fellows in executing their decisions to relocate from their placement sites to their homes for the duration of their fellowship year. Most will continue to do mission-critical work remotely, including COVID-19 preparedness and response initiatives. 

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We are sincerely grateful to all of our fellows and alumni, applicants to our 2020-2021 fellowship cohort, our partners, our supporters, and our entire community for their relentless commitment to health equity. We hope you are all staying safe, healthy, and well during this challenging time. It is clearer now, more than ever before, that our world needs effective leadership and strong health systems in order to weather unprecedented challenges.

Read more from our CEO, Heather Anderson, on GHC’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Important Dates

(2020-2021 Fellows):

Applications Open:

December 4, 2019

Applications Due:

January 15, 2020

  • Welcome to your leadership journey.

    A GHC fellowship is an exciting opportunity to build skills and gain experience with a high-impact health organization, but it’s also much more than that. It’s a year that will catalyze your personal and professional growth as a leader, placing you within a global and diverse network of bright, young, and committed health equity champions. It is – we hope – the beginning of the rest of your career working to transform health systems to deliver for all.

    • Training

      The fellowship starts with one week of inspiring sessions with thought leaders, bonding with your cohort, and reflections on your role as a next gen global health leader. Trainings, coaching, and mentorship continue year-round!

    • Learn as you Go

      You will adapt and innovate as you learn the needs of your placement organization, and work to add value and advance health equity. There will be highs and lows, and new learnings every day.

    • Build your resilience.

      Transforming health systems is complex, difficult, and long-term work and you have to bring your whole self. So cultivating resilience, self-care, and empathy as an emerging leader is a core component of our curriculum.

    • Global community of support.

      GHC fellows and alumni span borders and boundaries of all kinds, but form a tight knit network united in the belief that health is a human right. Fellows are placed in pairs so there is always someone to turn to.

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  • We are looking for high-potential young leaders.

    We are looking for a diverse group of emerging leaders from every sector and professional background who bring the skills necessary to address critical health systems gaps and who embody our key leadership practices:

    • Collaborative.

      You value inclusion and collaboration across sectors, cultures, and borders of all kinds. You are ready to listen to and embrace others’ perspectives, even when they are different from your own.

    • Committed to Learning.

      You are willing to push yourself outside your comfort zone often (while practicing self-care). You are ready to approach a personally transformative year with integrity, humility, and self-reflection.

    • Inspiring and Mobilizing.

      You are ready to strengthen and use your voice — the most powerful tool for change that you have — in order to engage others, create space for critical conversation, and effect meaningful social change in global health.

    • Committed to Social Justice.

      You are passionate about social justice in health and have both the patience and the motivation to engage in the hard, complex work of building just health systems.

    • Adaptive and Innovative.

      You are excited by a design-thinking approach to building a better world, creatively embracing problems and ready to embrace failure as learning.

    • Results-driven.

      You bring your best self and are motivated to do the day-to-day work needed to bring about positive change in the global health equity movement.

  • Eligibility Requirements

    By the start of the fellowship, fellows must:

    • Be 30 years or younger.
    • Hold a bachelor’s or undergraduate university degree.
    • Be proficient in English.
    • Be a citizen or legal permanent resident of Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda, the United
      States, or Zambia.
    More about eligibility in our FAQs
  • Key Dates

    Our application and review process are designed to assess your leadership fit for the GHC community as well as your skills fit for your fellowship role. Applicants may apply to up to three fellowship roles. Every year, we receive a high volume of amazing and inspiring applicants to join our fellowship class and can only accept a small percentage. However, about one-third of our fellows have applied more than once!

    • Applications open Dec 4, 2019

      Before then, you can view our application preview if you want more time to prepare your materials and begin drafting essays.

    • Applications close Jan 15, 2020

      Applications close at 12:00PM (noon) EST / 7:00PM CAT / 8:00PM EAT. We encourage you to submit your application as soon as you can!

    • Rec forms due Jan 22, 2020

      We require one recommendation form submitted directly by your reference by January 23, 2019 at 12:00PM (noon) EST / 7:00PM CAT / 8:00PM EAT. We can’t consider your application without it!

    • Selecting our new crew!

      We read applications in January and February, conduct interviews in March and April, and make offers on a rolling basis in April and May. The fellowship starts at our Training Institute.

    More about timeline in our FAQs