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GHC Application Process Video Tutorials
To watch this video tutorial on GHC’s Youtube channel, click here.
@1:19 – Creating your Account, Logging In
@2:18 – Starting your Application
@3:30 – Background Information and Essays
@5:14 – Fellowship Role Selection
@9:05 – How to Request your Reference
@12:12 – Skills and Experiences Survey
@12:54 – Submitting your Application
GHC Fellowship Application Process
The application will open on December 5, 2018 and close on January 16, 2019 at 12:00PM (noon) EST. Note: 12:00PM EST is 7:00PM CAT and 8:00PM EAT. During that time, you’ll be able to complete the application on our Start an Application page. Before then, you can start drafting your responses using our Application Preview page. We encourage you to complete and submit your application as soon as possible.
There are four components of the Global Health Corps fellowship application:
- [REQUIRED] Background Information and Essays: This is where you will fill out your general information, including professional and educational background, as well as four personal essays.
- [REQUIRED] Fellowship Role Selection form: You must apply for at least one fellowship role and may apply for up to three. For each role, you must complete a Role Selection form, including a brief essay about your interest and qualifications for the role.
- [REQUIRED] Reference Information form: You must select one current or former supervisor who will complete the GHC Recommendation Form on your behalf. Once you submit your reference’s information through the Reference Information form, s/he will 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 GHC Recommendation Form by the deadline of January 23, 2019.
- Skills and Experiences Survey: The Skills and Experiences Survey collects information regarding your professional background and will only be used if we are unable to advance you in the role(s) you selected in your application. In that case, the GHC team may consider you for other roles if an opportunity arises that matches your qualifications.
GHC staff, fellows, and alumni read applications in January and February to select semi-finalists, and conduct interviews in March to select finalists. Partner organizations review all finalists and decide which candidates to interview, then make the final decision.
GHC sends regular status updates. Please add our email address (firstname.lastname@example.org) to your contacts so you don’t miss them!
Applicants will receive status updates:
- Between March 9 – 22, 2019 whether they’ve been invited to a semi-finalist interview. Semi-finalists are interviewed by a GHC fellow, alumni, or staff member for alignment with GHC’s leadership practices.
- Between March 29 – April 12, 2019 whether they’ve been selected as a finalist. Finalist applications are reviewed by placement organizations, who then choose which finalists to interview. Most finalists are interviewed, but not all.
- In late April through early June 2019 on a rolling basis whether they’ve received an offer.
The timeline for finalist interviews differs across roles because of variations at each of our partner organizations. If the review process for any roles extends past early June, we will be in touch with the affected individuals regarding the alternative timeline.
To make your application as competitive as possible, we recommend:
- Reading through our website about the GHC program so that you can speak specifically about why you’re interested and how you plan to participate, as a fellow and an alum.
- Applying for roles that align with your skills and experiences, and making those qualifications clear in your application and resume.
- Considering how you align with our Leadership Practices and highlighting how you’ve grown since you last applied, if you’ve applied in the past.
- Writing compelling essays that show your authentic voice and perspective, similar to the pieces we post on our Medium blog, AMPLIFY.
- Starting early so that you can reflect and revise! You can see the questions on our application preview before the application is even open.
The GHC staff and community conduct the initial rounds of fellow 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. You may apply for up to three fellowship roles. You will be evaluated for each role you select independently of your other role selections.
Yes. GHC currently partners with organizations in Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda, the United States, and Zambia. Applicants may choose to apply for up to three fellowship roles, which can be located in the same country or different countries. The role descriptions for GHC’s 2019-2020 fellowships available in each country will be posted here on December 5, 2018.
Yes. GHC requires each applicant have one recommendation form submitted directly by a currently or past supervisor by January 23, 2019. 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. 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.
The GHC Recommendation Form is due by January 23, 2019, and must be submitted directly by your reference to our online system. It is your responsibility to ensure your reference submits his/her recommendation form by the deadline. Each applicant will receive a confirmation email from email@example.com when his/her reference submits the form.
No. Every year, we work with our placement organizations to create new roles that meet their needs and the needs of the communities they serve. Because of this, roles can vary greatly from year to year, making it impossible for an accepted candidate to defer an acceptance until the next fellowship year.
I’m interested in applying to Global Health Corps, but I will be abroad during the application process. If I get an interview, would I be able to do it via Skype or a phone call?
Yes, Skype or phone interviews can be arranged.
The application process is very competitive, and each year we receive thousands of applications for ~140 roles. We seek to fill each role with a fellow who will be successful not only in that role, but also in the broader GHC community. Unfortunately, every year, we have to make tough decisions and decline applicants who would make great fellows – not always because they are lacking something, but often because someone else is a better fit. For the application process, equity means ensuring every applicant is given equal consideration against a clear set of criteria. We apply our eligibility criteria consistently. If someone is over 30 years old, does not submit a complete application (including required documents), or submits after the deadline, s/he will not be considered. In addition, we support applicants throughout the process through our customer service email account: firstname.lastname@example.org. And every year, we analyze our applicant pool and survey our applicants to be sure that we’re living up to our commitment.
GHC Fellowship Eligibility
I am not a citizen of GHC’s five placement countries (Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda, the U.S., or Zambia). Am I eligible to apply?
Yes. You are eligible for international fellowship roles in the U.S. Every year, we get applications from around the world. Our community includes citizens of over 35 countries. We would love to have your country represented, if it isn’t already!
For U.S.-based international roles, legal visitor status in the U.S. is required for the fellow to legally fulfill the fellowship. For any international fellows who do not already have a visa, GHC partners with Atlas Corps to sponsor and support them to submit a J-1 visa application. Note: restrictions from the U.S. government make the J-1 visa application process unavailable to or too lengthy for applicants from North Korea, Syria, or the Gaza Strip to start the GHC fellowship on time. Applicants from these countries/territories would either need to apply through a secondary citizenship or obtain their own visa.
We are actively monitoring any U.S. Federal policy change implications that might affect our work in our placement countries, including any concerns with the ability to obtain a visa. We will update any affected applicants directly if there is a change in their eligibility; in the meantime, we encourage you to apply.
Definitely not! There is no specific background or skillset required to be a GHC fellow other than a bachelor’s/undergraduate degree and English fluency. Global Health Corps aims to engage young professionals from diverse backgrounds, sectors, and skillsets in the movement for global health equity. We believe this leads to innovative thinking and holistic solutions to global health challenges.
However, specific experiences and skills are required for each fellowship role as determined by each placement organization. You should carefully review the requirements of each fellowship role and apply for the opportunities for which you are best suited.
Yes! We always encourage past applicants to reapply. Each year we select numerous applicants who were not selected in past years – typically at least a third of each fellowship class has applied before.
A valid form of identification is required to show proof of citizenship. Please upload a copy of your passport to your application to verify your citizenship. If you do not have a passport, please upload another document that proves your citizenship (for example, a birth certificate or national identity card). We cannot accept expired IDs.
This means 30 is the age limit to apply for and join the fellowship. Global Health Corps only accepts applications from individuals who will be 30 years old or younger on June 30, 2019.
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.
While GHC places young leaders who are aged 30 or younger, there are many ways for people of all ages to be health equity champions. Everyone has a role to play. Please check out open positions on our staff team or find out how you can join the movement today!
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 can complete any necessary forms.
I am currently employed full-time at a Global Health Corps placement organization. Am I eligible to apply for a fellowship role at this same organization?
No. Interns, short-term or temporary employees, and consultants are eligible to apply for fellowship roles at their current organization, as are former employees of that organization, but current full-time employees are not eligible to apply for roles at that organization. However, employees of a GHC placement organization may apply for fellowship roles at different placement organizations.
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?
Yes, you are still eligible to apply. As long as your educational studies are completed by the start of the fellowship year on June 30, 2019, the date of your graduation ceremony is inconsequential. In the meantime, please upload a document issued by your university to show proof of your studies and anticipated degree as part of your application.
About the Fellowship / Joining the Movement for Health Equity
All GHC placement organizations must apply for fellows each year, even if they have had fellows in the past. This allows us to make sure each of our placements is rewarding and impactful for fellows. Placement organizations are evaluated on a number of factors including: location, financial health, impact of the organization on the health of the community it serves, ability to manage two full-time fellows, creation of two meaningful role descriptions, and identification of a supervisor for each fellow. We strive to have diversity in our placement organizations, both in terms of organizational size and in terms of health issues addressed and fellowship roles available.
GHC tracks impact in a number of ways. Fellows are surveyed throughout and at the end of the fellowship in order to assess the impact the program has had on them. Fellows also take part in facilitated feedback sessions throughout the year. GHC alumni are also surveyed once a year and included in facilitated feedback sessions. GHC placement organizations are surveyed each year in order to assess the impact fellows have had on the organization. Additionally, fellows are required to submit two reports during the year summarizing their accomplishments and impact – one at the 6-month mark and one at the end of the year. GHC compiles and aggregates these reports in order to measure our impact.
The GHC fellowship is a 13 month commitment, from June 30, 2019 to July 31, 2019.
I am very interested in being placed abroad with Global Health Corps. Is it possible to be placed with an organization for only a few months and not an entire year?
Global Health Corps only offers 13-month fellowships.
However, many of our placement organizations frequently have exciting opportunities to volunteer or serve outside of the GHC fellowship. You can find our list of placement organizations here and a list of other opportunities in the global health field here.
GHC is a leadership development organization that envisions a world where we achieve health equity for all. We believe that everyone has a role to play and working across lines of difference is integral to achieving that vision. The GHC community is highly diverse, comprised of fellows and alumni from a wide range of geographies, backgrounds, beliefs, and experiences. We are united in the belief that health is a human right and our commitment to social justice. We believe the diversity of our community is our strength, and requires that each one of us show up thoughtfully and intentionally to our community. Being part of the GHC community means living, serving, and collaborating with people who may be very different from you. It means staying open and empathetic to others’ beliefs and perspectives, while asking hard questions of oneself and others.
Fellows serve in teams of two at the same placement organization. Co-fellow pairs are cross-cultural, with one national fellow from the placement country and one international fellow. Some pairs collaborate on all their projects and others perform completely different functions.
Fellows in the same city may also live together or seek each other out for support. Global Health Corps believes in a hub model, so we have vibrant and close knit regional groups of fellows and alumni. You will be part of a highly networked community. Additionally, fellows will participate in GHC’s quarterly leadership development trainings together on a country, regional, or full-cohort basis.
Fellows also have access to an online community portal that allows fellows to connect and engage with current fellows and alumni across the globe.
Fellows come together for trainings and professional development five times per year. More information can be found here. Fellows attend:
- A two-week Training Institute at Yale University in the U.S. starting in late June, 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 Workshop, where fellows gather at the country level to evaluate progress towards their goals, build leadership skills, and engage in reflective activities around values, leadership, and collaboration;
- A four-day Mid-Year Retreat, where fellows gather at the regional level to reflect on the fellowship experience, and re-energize for the second half of the year;
- A two-day Quarter 3 Workshop, where fellows gather at the country level to plan for their future after the fellowship year ends;
- A five-day End of Year Retreat in July 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.
What other opportunities for support and professional development does Global Health Corps provide to fellows during their fellowship year?
Support comes in all shapes and forms, throughout the fellowship year and beyond. The wider GHC community serves as important support for fellows during the year. We have a strong mentorship program that pairs each fellow with an alumni, and fellows also have access to a network of mid- to senior-level advisors in a variety of fields and industries. 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.
The Global Health Corps staff is also deeply committed to fostering fellows’ personal and professional development during their fellowship year and beyond. We have staff located in each placement country who work collaboratively with fellows and placement organizations throughout the year. Through a series of phone check-ins and site visits, GHC staff support fellows with their transition into their placement, adjusting to their new placement organization, supervisor, co-fellow, and surroundings, and provide a wide range of ongoing support as needed throughout the year. This includes coordinating opportunities to represent GHC through public speaking and writing on our Medium blog, AMPLIFY, as well as a $600 fund that fellows can use to pursue additional professional development opportunities. Fellows are encouraged to take ownership over their professional growth as part of their fellowship experience.
Finally, for all self-care and personal support issues, which we believe are critical to understand and prioritize, GHC contracts with Rootwise Leadership. Rootwise’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, as well as to recommend resources for mental health care as needed. Your personal and professional development as a leader is of utmost importance to us. Our vast, supportive community takes care of one another in every way possible 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 placed at a different organization?
Every fellow has a supervisor at their placement organization who oversees their day-to-day activities. While Global Health Corps staff do not supervise fellows, GHC works to foster productive relationships between fellows and their supervisors by conducting site visits to placement organizations throughout the year, providing materials to facilitate fellow-supervisor check-ins, 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 may arise.
The GHC Alumni program currently supports a community of over 1000 highly connected, accomplished alumni who remain actively engaged and committed to health equity long after their fellowship year ends. We organize regular in-country, regional, and global alumni opportunities such as leadership summits, speaking engagements, professional networking opportunities, and career advising. Alumni also stay engaged in fellow recruitment, application review, and even provide mentorship to fellows.
Additionally, our online Community Portal provides alumni opportunities to stay connected and engaged even as they live and work around the world.
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 roles of leadership within global health, though many are doing excellent work in other sectors. About half are offered roles with their placement organizations after their fellowship year ends, and many now hold leadership roles within those same placement organizations. Some are completing graduate degrees, 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 here for open roles on our staff team, 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!
What if I can’t attend Training Institute or need to leave the Global Health Corps fellowship early?
Applicants must be able to commit to the entire fellowship period, from the Training Institute beginning June 30, 2019 to the End of Year retreat ending July 31, 2020. If you are unable to commit to this full time range, we encourage you to apply in future fellowship years.
The GHC fellowship is a 13-month paid role with extensive training, leadership formation, and networking opportunities. Fellows bring skills that support capacity gaps at their organizations, allowing them to contribute at higher levels than interns. 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.
GHC Fellowship: Health, Security, and Logistics
GHC shares the cost of fellows with our placement organizations, which are expected to contribute a specific proportion to covering the cost of fellows. GHC is a privately funded organization with about 70% of our funding coming from foundations and corporations, 10% from government, and 20% from individual donors. More information is included in our Annual Report.
I have concerns about my security traveling in a new country/area. How will Global Health Corps help?
Fellow safety is GHC’s top priority. We recommend you think of GHC as a resource coordinator; however, you are the captain of your own security. During your fellowship year, we give you extra tools to help you do this.
We work hard to mitigate the security risks inherent in all of our placement countries. GHC works with a risk management firm to closely monitor local events in all our placement locations and have systems in place should we need to engage in crisis response management. If we feel that your safety is threatened in any way, we are poised to respond as we remain cognizant of your needs.
Throughout the year GHC will equip you with the knowledge and resources you’ll need to manage your safety, alert you to any security issues ongoing in your placement country, and coordinate safety planning with placement organizations to ensure your safety while at your placement organization and in the field. In turn, it is our expectation that fellows exercise situational awareness and sensitivity to cultural norms, inform GHC of travel, stay informed of current events, alert GHC and other fellows to relevant local news, and adhere to GHC security directives.
The level of risk that you are comfortable taking is a personal decision. You should consult your national security or travel advisory resources for up-to-date information as you decide whether to apply for Global Health Corps.
I have concerns about my health traveling abroad. What resources does Global Health Corps provide to help fellows manage their health during the fellowship year?
Traveling to and living in new environments may present challenges to a person’s immune system or the management of a chronic condition. GHC provides the following resources to support fellows as they manage their health during the fellowship year:
- Travel-related medications, vaccines, and malaria prophylaxis for fellows in advance of travel to their placement locations.
- Health insurance for international fellows provides comprehensive benefits including preventative and emergency care, prescriptions, medical evaluation, mental health, dental, and coverage of pre-existing conditions.
- Procurement of health insurance or a stipend for national fellows to offset the costs for health insurance premiums.
- . Access to accompaniment services, including confidential, one-on-one listening and support to fellows, many of whom are living and serving in difficult contexts. Please note that this is not meant to be a substitute for mental health care.
Only you know what’s best for your health, and we encourage you to critically assess your health needs within this context. GHC is a community, and when possible, country managers can help you find and facilitate solutions to the various challenges that may arise during the fellowship year.
GHC fellows receive a living stipend that varies based on location and placement organization. Stipends are determined based on the cost of living, peer organization and fellowship salaries, salaries of full-time employees at the placement organizations, and other benefits provided.
In addition, fellows are provided with:
- Housing or a housing stipend;
- Health insurance, depending on citizenship and placement; and,
- Payment for travel to/from the placement site as well as GHC training and retreats for the duration of the fellowship.
See the Fellowship Benefits and Logistics page for specific information relevant to each role type.
All fellows may also apply during their fellowship year for professional development funds of up to $600. Upon successful completion of the fellowship year, all fellows receive a completion award of $1,500.
In most cases, Global Health Corps makes your travel arrangements for you. Otherwise, you will be notified that you are responsible for your travel arrangements and granted an equitable travel stipend.
You are responsible for obtaining any necessary visas and work permits. You will receive support from GHC and your placement organization in this process, as outlined below.
For Africa-based international roles, a valid visa and work permit are required to legally fulfill the fellowship in the placement country. GHC will provide instructions for you to follow on how to obtain an entry visa to your placement country. Your placement organization will guide you in completing and submitting a work permit application to the country government, which will review and grant permits.
For U.S.-based international roles, legal visitor status in the U.S. is required for the fellow to legally fulfill the fellowship. For any international fellows who do not already have a visa, GHC partners with Atlas Corps to sponsor and support them to submit a J-1 visa application. Applications will be reviewed by the U.S. government, which grants visas. Fellows will need to show that they will fulfill the visa’s purpose: to bring valuable skills to their placement organization, share their perspectives and gain new insight, build new skills during the placement, and then leave the U.S. after the placement ends.
For Africa-based national roles, GHC will provide instructions and coaching for fellows to obtain visas to the U.S. for Training Institute.
For all fellows attending the End of Year Retreat who need to obtain visas, GHC will provide instructions
Will I need to pass a background check to become a Global Health Corps fellow? If so, what will the check be looking for?
It depends. Global Health Corps runs an international background check on all semi-finalists, searching each applicant in the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control database for Specially Designated Nationals. Some roles or placement organizations may require a background check either before or after an offer has been made; it’s best to ask the placement organization whether this applies to your role(s) during the finalist interview. Additionally, some governments require a background check as part of a visa or work permit application. We’ll be sharing more information about visa and work permit application processes at the semi-finalist and finalist stages, but we also encourage you to do your own research on the requirements for your potential placement country(ies), especially since these checks would come after the offer has already been made.
In addition to the requirements for the specific fellowship role, fellows applying for J-1 visas need to have two years of relevant employment, internship, and/or volunteering experience. J-1 visa holders also sign an agreement with Atlas Corps, our partner who sponsors the visa, and need to remain in compliance with that. Provisions of that agreement include alerting Atlas Corps 30 days prior to any international travel, filing tax returns in the U.S. for each calendar year of your fellowship (i.e., 2018 and 2019), and leaving the U.S. after the fellowship ends. Ideally, fellows will return to their home country or region with their new skills/experiences from the fellowship year.
GHC and our partner Atlas Corps are unable to support non-fellows (i.e., family members) in applying for the J-1 visa. Applicants with a past history of multiple denials for the J-1 or other visas, or who have applied for immigration to the U.S. in the past, are unlikely to be approved. See here for more information about the J-1 visa.
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 or forbearance during the fellowship period. However, others do not. We recommend consulting your specific lender to find out more details, and we will work with you and your placement organization to properly complete any necessary forms.
Yes, many fellows travel during the fellowship year. Global Health Corps does not cover the cost of these flights, and the logistics surrounding all personal travel would have to be worked out directly with your placement organization. GHC fellows must adhere to the vacation policy laid out by their placement organization.
We do not prevent spouses from accompanying fellows during the fellowship year. However, the spouse will be responsible for all of their own costs associated with housing, travel, visas and so forth, and note that the living stipend is intended to support only the fellow.
If you have a spouse/partner whom you would like to invite to stay in GHC housing for an extended period of time, you must notify GHC as soon as you receive your offer. If your housing is provided by the placement organization, you’ll need to discuss the matter with your supervisor.
If your housing is provided by GHC, then your spouse/partner is allowed to live with you if all the following conditions are satisfied: (a) your housemates approve, (b) you and your housemates agree on the division of house responsibilities and expenses, (c) the occupancy limit set forth by the landlord is not exceeded, and (d) you agree to pay for any additional costs assessed by the landlord. Additional terms and conditions will be discussed and agreed upon prior to GHC approval being granted.
If you choose to find your own alternative housing, you will need to coordinate that immediately following your acceptance to the fellowship, including determining whether you will be eligible to receive a housing stipend.