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.

For Africa-based positions
The living stipend may be paid out in USD or local currency, as determined by the placement organization. Stipend amounts are post-tax. The monthly stipend in each country is:

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

For US-based positions
The living stipend amount is pre-tax for US-based fellows. The monthly stipend in the US is $1140.

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

For Africa-based positions
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.

For US-based positions

GHC will secure temporary housing for fellows in their placement city for a period of three weeks during the month of July 2019 following the GHC Training Institute. This temporary housing allows fellows time to find their own permanent housing. Each fellow will also receive a one-time $500 allowance with the July living stipend payment to support any initial costs associated with identifying, securing and/or furnishing their permanent housing.

For the period beginning August 1, 2019, fellows are provided housing stipends to defray monthly housing and utilities costs. Fellows are expected to secure their own housing in their placement location. Depending on the fellow’s choice of housing, the monthly housing stipend may not fully cover all costs incurred.

The total cost of housing for each fellow including the start-up allowance and housing stipend by city is listed below.

One-time Allowance (July):
  • All cities: $500
Monthly Housing Stipend (monthly for 12 months):
  • Boston, MA: $1150
  • New York, NY: $1050
  • Newark, NJ: $800
  • Washington, DC: $1000

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 US-based national positions
Fellows are reimbursed up to $450 per month for the cost of their individual health insurance premiums or the incremental cost for the fellow’s addition to a family insurance plan.

For US-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.

For US-based international positions
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. See our FAQs for more information, including the home residency requirement.

Note: Applicants who do not have legal visitor status in the U.S. and will need to be sponsored for a J-1 visa are required to have about two years of cumulative work, volunteering, or internship experience.

Travel

Global Health Corps handles all travel logistics or provides an equitable travel stipend to all fellows for Training Institute, quarterly workshops, and the End of Year Retreat.

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.