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 arranges housing for all fellows which meets our minimum housing standards. Fellows in the US will be housed together in apartments or houses, depending on the location. Fellows will also receive a predetermined allowance to offset the monthly cost of utilities. Fellows may opt out of GHC-arranged housing and provide their own housing, however they will not be eligible for a housing or utilities allowance.

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 a reimbursement-based travel medical insurance that provides accident, illness, and emergency benefits in addition to partial coverage for travel-related incidents such as theft and travel disruption in your placement country. This insurance should not be considered a replacement for comprehensive health insurance. We encourage fellows to maintain their existing insurance arrangements throughout the fellowship year.

For US-based national positions
Fellows are provided with up to $450 per month to reimburse them for the cost of their individual private or public health insurance premiums.

For US-based international positions
Fellows receive a reimbursement-based travel medical insurance that provides accident, illness, and emergency benefits in addition to coverage for theft, lost luggage, and other potential travel-related incidents. This insurance should not be considered a replacement for comprehensive health insurance. We encourage fellows to maintain their existing insurance arrangements throughout the fellowship year.

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.