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GHC Fellowship Application Process
There are three components to the Global Health Corps fellowship application:
- Part 1 of the application will open on November 8, 2016, at which time you may begin to fill out your general information and essays through the GHC website.
- Part 2 of the application will open on December 7, 2016, at which time fellowship position descriptions are posted on our website and you may select up to three positions to which you are applying. Once you’ve completed both Part 1 and Part 2, you can submit your application! Applications close January 18, 2017, and we encourage you to apply as soon as possible.
- One recommendation form must be submitted by a current or former supervisor. The GHC Recommendation Form is due by February 1, 2017 – it is your responsibility to ensure your reference submits his/her recommendation form by the deadline.
Applications open on November 8, 2016 and close on January 18, 2017. The fellowship year begins on June 25, 2017. You can find the full admissions timeline on our website, including when applicants will receive updates from Global Health Corps on the status of their application.
The GHC staff and community conduct the first three rounds of selection, including application review and interviews. Then, the partner organization makes the final decision, reviewing each finalist’s full application and previous reviewers’ notes.
Yes. You may apply for up to three fellowship positions in your application. In Part 2 of the application, you will submit one essay for each position for which you apply. Your application will be considered independently for each position and will not be scored any differently based on the number of positions selected.
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 positions, which can be located in the same country or different countries. The complete list of 2017-2018 fellowship positions will be posted on December 7, 2016.
Yes. As a part of your application, you will need to submit contact information for one current or past supervisor who will act as your reference by filling out the GHC recommendation form on your behalf. S/he 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 February 1, 2017, and must be uploaded 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 when his/her reference submits the form.
I’m interested in applying to Global Health Corps, but I will be abroad during the application process. If I were to get an interview, would I be able to do it via Skype or a phone call?
Yes, Skype or phone interviews can be arranged.
You can find the admissions timeline on our website. Please note that all applicants will receive regular updates from Global Health Corps on the status of their application. Interviews with semi-finalists take place in March and April. If you are selected as a finalist, you will be invited to interview with placement organizations. Finalists will be notified whether they have been chosen for the fellowship on a rolling basis between May and June.
GHC Fellowship Eligibility
I am a citizen of one of the countries included in the US President’s Executive Order issued on March 6, 2017 [Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Libya, Syria and Yemen]. How is my eligibility affected?
We are actively monitoring any policy change implications that might affect our work in our placement countries. We will update any affected applicants directly if there is a change in their eligibility; if you’re from one of the six countries, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
In the meantime, we remain committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of our program, including accepting and reviewing applications from all countries. Everyone has a role to play in the health equity movement and a diversity of perspectives and backgrounds in great leadership will be critical to moving the needle on global health.
A valid form of identification is required to show proof of citizenship. Any government issued document verifying your citizenship or legal permanent residency is acceptable, such as a driver’s license, passport, birth certificate, national or village ID. However, we cannot accept expired IDs.
Definitely not! Our fellowship eligibility requirements include fluency in English, an undergraduate/bachelor’s degree, and that applicants are age 30 or under by the start of the fellowship year on June 25, 2017. We believe everyone has a role to play in the health equity movement. We welcome applicants with diverse experiences and skill sets from many sectors, including business and finance, research methods, technology, design, and engineering. It is important to note that specific experiences and skills are required for each fellowship position as determined by each placement organization. You should carefully review the requirements of each fellowship position and apply for the opportunities for which you are best suited.
Positions for the 2017-2018 fellowship will be posted December 7, 2016. To see which positions might best fit your background, follow this link and choose the issue or functional areas you are interested in: www.ghcorps.org/positions. We encourage you to use the “Search Criteria” feature to find positions that most appeal to your background and skills.
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 25, 2017, the date of your graduation ceremony is inconsequential. In the meantime, please upload a document an official or unofficial transcript issued by your university to show proof of your studies and anticipated degree.
This means 30 is the age limit to apply for and join the fellowship. We only accept applications from those who are not beyond 30 years old and who have not yet celebrated their 31st birthday by June 25, 2017.
I am interested in applying to be a Global Health Corps fellow but am currently 30 (or over the age of 30). Can I still apply?
Unfortunately we only accept applications from those who are 30-years-old or younger at the time the fellowship begins on June 26, 2016. However, many of our placement organizations offer other opportunities for people to get involved. We encourage you to explore volunteer or employment opportunities with other organizations in the Global Health Corps community!
Why does your fellowship have an age limit? Why do you limit eligibility to people who are 30 years old or under?
We believe the most powerful lever of change in global health is a generation of diverse, creative, and resilient young leaders. We work to fill the leadership gap in global health by focusing specifically on developing young professionals who will develop innovative solutions to our most persistent global health challenges and create a future in which health equity is a reality for all.
Yes, we are happy to participate in any program your school has which might allow your Global Health Corps fellowship to fulfill credit requirements, and are happy to fill out forms accordingly.
Applicants must be able to commit to the entire fellowship year ,including the mandatory two-week Training Institute, beginning June 25, 2017. If you are unable to commit to these, we encourage you to apply for the next fellowship year.
No. We work to make sure our positions meet the needs of each placement organization and the communities they serve. Because of this, positions can vary greatly from year to year, making it impossible for an accepted candidate to defer an acceptance until the next fellowship year.
About the Fellowship / Joining the Movement for Health Equity
The period of commitment is 13 months, from June 25, 2017 to late July 2018.
GHC is a leadership development organization that places a social justice lens on the world and on efforts to build the health equity movement. The GHC community is hugely 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, working, 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.
All fellows are paired with one other co-fellow in their placement organization. All teams are cross-cultural, with one fellow from the host country (the “national fellow”), and one fellow from outside the host country (the “international fellow”). There are several pairs of co-fellows at placement organizations in each country, and many fellows live and work closely with each other throughout the fellowship year. Global Health Corps works in a hub model, so we have vibrant and close knit country cohorts as well as regional groups of fellows. You will be part of a highly networked community.
What trainings and professional development opportunities does Global Health Corps provide during the fellowship year?
Fellows come together for trainings and professional development five times per year. More information can be found on our website here, but fellows attend:
- A two-week Training Institute at Yale University in the US in late-June and early-July, which launches the fellowship year and engages fellows in critical thinking about their role as the next generation of global health leaders;
- A two-day Quarter 1 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 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.
Support comes in all shapes and forms, throughout the fellowship year and beyond. The Global Health Corps staff is deeply committed to fostering fellows’ personal and professional development during their fellowship year and beyond. 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 workplace, supervisor, co-fellow, and surroundings, and provides a wide range of ongoing support as needed throughout the year.
The wider GHC community also serves as important support for fellows during the year. We have a strong GHC mentorship program that pairs each fellow with an alumni, and fellows also have access to a network of mid- to senior-level advisors in their field of work. We also host networking and professional development events throughout the year, including ongoing and additional opportunities to meet GHC alumni and other professionals and experts in the field of global health. Finally, for all self-care and personal support issues, which we believe are critical to understand and prioritize in our field of work, GHC partners closely with a Boston-based organization called Still Harbor. Still Harbor’s team of trained professionals are on call for fellows’ regarding issues related to self-care and reflection, values and ethics, and spirituality throughout the year. Your personal and professional development as a leader is of utmost importance to us. Our vast, supportive community takes care of each other in every way that we can as we build the movement for health equity.
Who do I report to during the year? What will my relationship be with Global Health Corps throughout the year since I will be working at a different organization?
Every fellow has a mentor supervisor at their placement organization who oversees their day-to-day work. While Global Health Corps staff do not supervise fellows, GHC works hard to foster productive relationships between fellows and their supervisors by conducting site visits to placement organizations throughout the year, supporting the creation of fellow-supervisor performance and development plans and goals, and helping the fellow overcome any obstacles s/he might face at his/her placement. In addition, GHC provides quarterly trainings and on-going support to help fellows overcome any challenges that might arise.
The GHC Alumni program currently supports a community of over 600 highly-connected, highly-accomplished alumni who remain actively engaged and committed to health equity long after their fellowship year ends. We regularly organize 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.
The majority of Global Health Corps alumni continue in the field of global health and work across health systems in various roles, health issue areas and geographies. Some are also completing MBAs, MDs or PhDs, while others are leading country offices on the ground, working in government, or working to affect global policy changes. Year after year, alumni also stay on at their placement organization after the fellowship year ends. We are tremendously proud and inspired by the work of our alumni, who continue to motivate us every day in the important work we are doing as a movement.
Please check out the job opportunities on our website for open positions, including internships, which we offer throughout the year at our various country offices. Also, check out other ways to join the movement and stay in touch with us for more news and opportunities!
The GHC fellowship is a one year paid position with extensive training, leadership formation and networking opportunities.
The GHC fellowship is not an internship opportunity. Though the fellowship attracts fresh graduates among other young professionals, it is a one year paid position with extensive training, leadership formation and networking opportunities.
I am very interested in working abroad with Global Health Corps. Is it possible to work with an organization for only a few months and not the whole year?
Global Health Corps fellowships are a full one-year commitment. However, many of our placement organizations do offer volunteer or internship work throughout the year. Also check out other ways to join the movement and stay in touch with us for more news and opportunities!
GHC Fellowship: Health, Security, and Logistics
While it feels as if the world is becoming more uncertain, violent and risky, we understand that there are security risks inherent to all countries. Global Health Corps takes the safety and security of its fellows in each of our placement countries seriously. We work with a risk management firm to closely monitor local events in all our placement locations, and we 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 immediately.
The level of risk that you are comfortable taking is a personal decision, and working abroad is not for everyone. You should consult your national security or travel advisory resources for up-to-date information in your decision-making.
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. To address this, GHC provides the following resources to support fellows as they manage their health during the fellowship year:
1. Travel-related medications, vaccines, and malaria prophylaxis for fellows in advance of travel to their placement locations.
2. Travel health insurance for international fellows, which provides accident and illness benefits. Please note that, at this time, pre-existing conditions and prescriptions are not covered, but GHC is investigating options to amend that prior to the start of the 2017–2018 fellowship year.
3. Procurement of health insurance or a stipend for national fellows to offset the costs for comprehensive health insurance premiums.
4. Access to chaplaincy 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.
Though GHC provides insurance for its fellows, it is not intended to be a substitute for comprehensive health insurance and may not cover all of your needs. As such, fellows are encouraged to retain or obtain personal health insurance coverage to offset any costs related to treatment of those conditions, including doctor visits and prescriptions.
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 wherever possible, your country managers can help you find and facilitate solutions to the various challenges that may arise during the fellowship year. Again, GHC is reviewing options to improve its offerings. Please check our FAQs often, or email email@example.com, to learn of any updates.
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 have 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.
In addition to a monthly living stipend, GHC fellows are provided with housing, utilities allowance, health insurance, and travel costs to/from Training Institute and retreats for the duration of the fellowship. The basis for fellow stipends includes the cost of living, peer organization and fellowship salaries, salaries of full-time employees at the placement organizations, and other benefits provided. Stipends are identical across all fellows within a country cohort but may vary from stipends paid in other countries.
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.
Will I need to deal with the logistics of booking flights and getting a visa if I am traveling internationally?
Global Health Corps handles all travel logistics or provides an equitable travel stipend to all fellows. GHC will help to facilitate the visa application and acceptance process when needed.
Yes, many fellows travel home during the fellowship year. Global Health Corps does not cover the cost of these flights, and the logistics surrounding vacation time would have to be approved directly by your placement organization.
If you have a spouse/partner whom you would like to invite to stay in GHC housing for an extended period of time, it is required that you inform GHC as soon as possible. If your housing is provided by the placement organization, then it may allow such an arrangement, and you should discuss the matter with your supervisor directly as this will be allowed in its sole discretion. 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.