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Fellowship Benefits and Logistics

In addition to the intensive leadership development and professional growth that the fellowship offers, the Global Health Corps fellowship includes the following benefits. GHC arranges several logistical details on fellows’ behalf with the expectation that fellows will take ownership of their overall experience. Read on below to learn more about how these items apply to specific placements:

Living Stipend

GHC fellows receive a living stipend that varies based on location and placement organization. The annual review of stipends takes into consideration the cost of living, peer organization and fellowship salaries, and the compensation package for full-time employees at placement organizations.

The living stipend may be paid out in USD or local currency, as determined by the placement organization. Stipend amounts are post-tax in your placement country. For international fellows, please check your home country’s tax regulation as it may require you to report on total funds received during the fellowship. The monthly stipend in each country is:

  • Malawi: $650
  • Rwanda: $650
  • Uganda: $550
  • Zambia: $700

Completion Award

Fellows who complete the entire fellowship year in good standing and participate in the End of Year Retreat are eligible for the $1500 completion award.

Housing

Either GHC or the placement organization arranges housing for fellows that meets our minimum housing standards. Housing varies depending on location and the placement organization. Possible housing scenarios include living with other GHC fellows, living with a co-fellow, living with other members of the placement organization, or living alone. Additionally, some fellows may live directly on the premises of the placement organization while others may be live in villages, towns or cities. If the partner is not arranging housing, national fellows may live in GHC-arranged housing or receive a housing allowance. Applicants will be informed of specific housing details at the time a fellowship offer is made.

Insurance

For Africa-based national positions
Fellows will be placed on their placement organization’s employee health insurance. In the event that a placement organization does not have employee health insurance plan, the fellow will be enrolled in a national health insurance scheme by GHC.

For Africa-based international positions
Fellows receive medical insurance from Blue Cross Blue Shield which provides comprehensive global benefits with medical assistance services.  Benefits coverage includes but is not limited to the following: 

    • Preventive and emergency medical care, including wellness visits
    • Dental care
    • Medical evacuation
    • Prescriptions
    • Coverage of pre-existing conditions
    • Mental health
  • Direct pay from the insurer to select providers

Plan documents will be provided to finalists.

For All positions
Any premiums paid for personal property, auto, and other types of insurance will not be reimbursed.

Visa/Work Permit

For Africa-based international positions
A valid work permit is required for the fellow to legally fulfill the fellowship in the placement country. Your placement organization will guide you in completing and submitting an application. Applications will be reviewed by the government of the placement country, which grant work permits.

Travel

Global Health Corps handles all travel logistics or provides an equitable travel stipend to fellows for all GHC retreats.

Professional Development

Fellows are eligible to apply for up to $600 USD during the fellowship year from the GHC Professional Development Fund in order to pursue study or activities that contribute to their professional development.