Africa Fellowship
Application Preview

Potential applicants for GHC’s Africa-based fellowship program — read on to learn what you can expect in our forthcoming application opening December 1, 2022. 

This application preview is for the 2024-2025 Africa fellowship which will begin in July 2024 and end in July 2025. Note that the actual online application may differ slightly from this preview. Please refer to the Apply for the Africa Fellowship page for detailed information about the fellowship program. If you have any questions that are not addressed on the Frequently Asked Questions page, please email [email protected].

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.

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
    • If you prefer to be called a different name from your first name, please let us know here.
  • Email Address *
  • Phone Number *
  • Birth Year *
    • You must be age 30 years or younger by the start of the fellowship in order to be eligible for the fellowship.
  • Birth Month*
  • Birth Day *
  • Current Location *
  • Citizenship *
    • You must be a citizen or legal permanent resident of Burundi, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, or Zimbabwe in order to be eligible for the 2024-2025 fellowship.

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

Global Health Corps 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.

  • Sex *
  • Geographic Region: How would you describe the area in which you currently live? *
  • Have you ever worked in global health? *
  • Have you ever studied global health? *
  • How did you learn about GHC? *
  • Have you previously applied to GHC? *
    • For which fellowship class(es) did you apply? *


Select up to three languages you speak and your corresponding level of proficiency.

Language 1*, 2, and 3

  • Language
  • Proficiency


For all educational degrees attained/expected by the start of the fellowship, please indicate:

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

Please upload a 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. 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 degree completed or expected by the start of the fellowship).


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.

Position #1*, 2, and 3:

  • Is this your current position?
  • Start Date
  • Organization / Company Name
  • Job Title
  • Sector of work
  • Brief description of your responsibilities

Please upload a CV or resume. (Use this sample CV as an example!)

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 for 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) *

Role Selection Essay(s)

You may apply for up to two fellowship roles but must apply for at least one. 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.

  • Why are you applying for this particular role, and what skills or experiences qualify you for this role? (200 words max)*
  • What is the main reason you selected this fellowship role over others in the same function area or skillset (i.e. M&E, communications, finance, etc.)? [multiple choice] 
    • Your response will NOT be visible to GHC reviewers or the placement organization. Information gathered from this question will be used purely for statistical analysis of the GHC applicant pool to inform our recruitment process. It will have no impact on your application.

Reference Information

The GHC Recommendation Form is a required part of the fellowship application. It is your responsibility to select a reference and ensure that the GHC Recommendation Form is completed on your behalf by the deadline. Please provide the following information about a current or past supervisor who will act as your reference. If you have never had a supervisor for any paid or volunteer work, you may use a teacher or professor who can speak to your work.

  • Reference’s First / Given Name *
  • Reference’s Last Name / Surname *
  • Reference’s Email Address *
  • Note to Reference
    • Optional: Please write a short note that will be sent to your reference with the general instructions for completing the GHC Recommendation Form. Consider explaining why you are applying to GHC, which roles you’re applying for, and any information that may be helpful to them as they complete your recommendation form.