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Global Health Corps 2017-2018 Application  

Below is the text from last year’s GHC application. We’ll post the questions for the 2018-2019 fellowship application by September 2017. 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 is for the 2017-2018 fellowship year which begins in late June 2017 and ends in July 2018. There are two parts to the application – the General Application (Part 1), and the Position Selection and Essays (Part 2). Your application will be reviewed by both the GHC team and the partner organization(s) to which you are applying.

Please refer to our website for detailed information about the fellowship program. If you have any problems with this application, or have questions that are not addressed on the Frequently Asked Questions page, please email

Applications will close at 11:59PM EST on January 18, 2017. Parts 1 and 2 of the application must be completed by that date. Recommendation forms are due by 11:59PM EST on February 1, 2017. Note: 11:59PM EST is 6:59AM the following day in CAT and 7:59AM the following day in EAT. 

Part 1: General Application

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

Personal Information

  • First Name / Given Name
  • Last Name / Surname
  • Email Address
  • Phone Number (please include country code) 
  • Skype Name
  • Mailing Address
      • Street
      • City
      • State/Region
      • ZIP/Postal Code
      • Country
  • Birth Date
Citizenship Status

Please select the country(-ies) in which you are a citizen or legal permanent resident.

  • Malawi
  • Rwanda
  • Uganda
  • United States
  • Zambia
  • Other


Demographic Information

Please answer the questions below to better help us 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 to inform our recruitment process. It will bear no weight on your application and will not be sent to any outside institutions, governments, or stakeholders.

  • Sex
Applicant Background

Global Health Corps is looking for fellows from all backgrounds, including a mix of individuals who have worked in or studied public health before and those who are new to the field. Global Health Corps defines public health broadly as any work that protects and improves the health of individuals, families, communities, and populations, locally and globally.

Have you ever worked in public 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 public health

Have you ever studied public health? Select only one

  • Yes, it was my major/minor/focus area
  • Yes, I took at least one public health class
  • No, I have never studied public health
Race / Ethnicity

The question below is optional. Global Health Corps is committed to having a diverse community of fellows and alumni.

What category(-ies) below applies(-y) to you? Check all that apply. Each option opens up another optional text box to specify further. 

  • American Indian / Alaskan Native
  • Asian
  • Black
  • Hispanic / Latino / Spanish origin
  • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander
  • White
  • Other race or origin
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. Our recruiting and outreach efforts rely heavily on the information that you provide here.

How did you learn about the 2017 – 2018 GHC application?

  • I received an email announcement or notification
  • I heard about it through word of mouth
  • I saw it on social media
  • I heard about it through a GHC Partner Organization
  • I saw a GHC fellowship position on a job board
  • I learned about it through social media coverage of GHC
  • I heard someone from GHC present or speak
  • Other

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

Why did you decide to apply to GHC? (Check all that apply)

  • I have been trying to obtain a position in public health, but because I haven’t worked in public health before, I wasn’t able to be hired for the positions that interest me
  • I want to make a career change and am interested in learning more about the public health field
  • GHC fellowships pay well
  • I want to be part of a network of young professionals who care about social justice
  • I want a chance to work outside of my country
  • I was interested in applying to work in a specific organization that is offering GHC fellowships
  • A GHC fellowship will help me get a job afterwards
  • Other


List the language(s) you speak, and corresponding level(s) of proficiency:

Proficiency levels:

  • 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


  • Bemba
  • Chichewa
  • Chiyao
  • English
  • French
  • Kinyarwanda
  • Kirundi
  • Luganda
  • Nyanja
  • Spanish
  • Swahili
  • Other


Educational degree(s) attained/expected by June 25, 2017 (check all that apply):

  • Bachelor’s/Undergraduate Degree (BA, BS) Note – Minimum education level required
  • MPH (Master of Public Health)
  • MPA (Masters of Public Administration)
  • MBA (Master of Bussiness Administration)
  • MD (Doctor of Medicine)
  • JD (Juris Doctor)
  • Other Professional Degree
  • Other Master’s Degree
  • Doctoral Degree

Are you currently enrolled as a student?

Undergraduate Education:

  • School Name
  • Graduation Year
  • Degree Type
  • Focus of Study or Major

Graduate Education (If Applicable):

  • School Name
  • Graduation Year
  • Degree Type
  • Focus of Study or Major

Additional Graduate Education (If Applicable):

  • School Name
  • Graduation Year
  • Degree Type
  • Focus of Study or Major


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 title.


  • Start Date
  • End Date
  • Organization / Company Name
  • Job Title
  • Sector of work
  • Did your work in this role address public health?
  • Brief Description of your responsibilities (100 words)

Please upload a CV or résumé (max 2 pages long):

GHC Community 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 shape you as an individual and why you would be a good fit in the Global Health Corps community.

  1. Why do you want to be a GHC fellow? (200 words)
  2. Tell us about a time when you were part of a group that faced an obstacle and you came up with a creative solution. What was creative about this solution? Please focus on your role and the outcome. (300 words)
  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)
  4. Describe a time when you experienced, witnessed, or learned about an injustice related to race, culture, nationality, socioeconomic status, gender, or sexual orientation. Please give an example of how this has impacted your actions. (350 words)


As part of your application, please submit the name and email address of a current or former supervisor who will act as your reference by completing a GHC recommendation form on your behalf. If you have never had a supervisor for any paid or volunteer work, please use a professor or other contact who can speak to your work.

You are responsible for making sure your reference submits his/her form by 11:59pm EST on February 1, 2017. This time is equivalent to 6:59AM CAT and 7:59AM EAT on February 2, 2017. 

The last step of Part 1 is to upload your proof of academic degree and your identity document below. 

Part 2 of this application – Position Selections and Essays – will open on December 7, 2016.

When Part 2 of the application opens, position descriptions for the 2017-2018 fellowship year will be posted on the GHC website, and you will be able to return to this application and select the position(s) to which you would like to apply.

Part 2: Position Selection

You may apply for up to three different positions, but  must apply for at least one. Descriptions of each open position are available at Please review position descriptions to ensure you meet the desired experience, qualifications, and eligibility for the position(s) you select.

Please make sure to select the correct position(s) based on the position codes noted on the website. The order in which you list the positions below does not matter. You will be evaluated for each position you select independently of your other position selections. Each essay will be reviewed by both the GHC team and the partner organization. As such, each essay should be tailored specifically to the position you are applying for; do NOT copy and paste an identical essay for each position.

Position Choices and Essays

Why are you applying for this particular position, and what skills or experiences qualify you for this position?  (Maximum 200 words each)

  • Fellowship Position selection 1
  • Placement essay response
  • Fellowship Position selection 2
  • Placement essay response
  • Fellowship Position selection 3
  • Placement essay response

Additional Documents

Please upload the following two documents:

  • Proof of Academic Degree: If you have completed your undergraduate/bachelor’s degree, please upload a copy of your academic transcript or document verifying your graduation date and degree completed. If you are in the process of completing your undergraduate/bachelor’s degree, please upload a document which indicates that you will complete your studies by June 25, 2017:
  • Identity Document: Please upload a scan of your identity document (e.g., National ID card, passport, driver’s license). If you are a citizen or legal resident of more than one country, please combine the scan from each identity document into one document to upload. Please make sure your document is not expired.

Thank you for your interest in becoming a GHC Fellow!