Apply to be a
Placement Organization

GHC recruits and selects young professionals with technical expertise and leadership potential to fill critical roles with health organizations in East and Southern Africa. The GHC fellowship offers organizations an opportunity to infuse new talent from diverse backgrounds into their leadership pipelines. 

Applications for placement organizations for the 2023-2024 fellowship cohort have closed. Applications will open again in 2023.

We are always excited to hear from organizations who are interested in learning about partnership opportunities. Please complete this form to be in contact.

GHC establishes paid competitive yearlong roles with high impact health equity organizations in Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda, and Zambia.

The fellows that fill these roles are selected out of thousands of applicants for their ability to bring new skills, perspectives, and technical expertise to our placement organizations. The GHC fellowship offers organizations an opportunity to infuse new talent from diverse backgrounds into their leadership pipelines.

What can GHC fellows do for
your organization?

Among frontline health organizations in GHC’s countries of operation, demand is high for the diverse talent and quality training GHC provides through the fellowship. Each year, GHC receives an average of twice as many applications for fellow placement organizations as we can accept. 


of partners said fellows met or exceeded goals of work assignment during the fellowship year.


of GHC placement organization partners return year-over-year.

Fellows work in teams of two – one national fellow and one international fellow – filling critical capacity gaps that allow organizations to further the impact of their work. GHC fellows are a multidisciplinary group of young professionals who offer a wide range of technical skills, professional experience, educational backgrounds, and diverse perspectives. Their contributions are enhanced by their participation in the GHC community, which serves as a place of learning, support, and discernment.

GHC advertises the fellowship opportunities and candidates apply to up to three specific fellowship roles, for which they have relevant skills and experience. GHC reviews applications, interviews a select group, and recommends finalists to placement organizations, who interview candidates to make the final selection. 

The fellowship begins in early July with GHC’s Training Institute. Fellows begin at their placement organization in mid-July and the fellowship wraps up in late July of the following year.

GHC fellows have contributed to the lifesaving work of placement organizations since our founding and throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Where are
GHC fellows from?

Expanding recruitment across Sub-Saharan Africa

The 2023-2024 cohort will be more diverse than any cohort before! GHC will continue to recruit and place fellows in Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda, and Zambia. In addition, GHC will recruit fellows from nine other countries across Sub-Saharan Africa, which we chose primarily based on where GHC alumni already work and live: Burundi, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe. 

Placement organizations in Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda, and Zambia will select a national fellow and an international fellow. 

Why are we making this shift?

Previously, placement organizations selected one national citizen and one U.S. citizen as fellows. During the pandemic, we responded to travel-related restrictions and an effort to strengthen national talent pipelines by modifying our selection process so that every organization selected two national fellows.

We believe that recruiting and placing a more diverse cohort will amplify coordination and collaboration across Sub-Saharan Africa. We also know that bringing fellows from diverse backgrounds and contexts into partnership catalyzes learning and growth. 

How does
the partnership work?

Placement Organization Selection

GHC places fellows with organizations that are doing excellent work in improving healthcare access and outcomes in Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda, and Zambia. Our placement organizations range in size, scope of work, and geographic focus; we work with small grassroots organizations, large global institutions, and a spectrum of organizations in between.

Potential placement organizations must:

  • Be aligned with GHC’s mission
  • Demonstrate the ability to successfully absorb two new fellows — one national and one international fellow 
  • Demonstrate an existing capacity gap that fellows can fill
  • Identify a supervisor(s) for the fellows
  • Maintain strong financial and operational health

Organizations begin by completing our Expression of Interest and Financial Information Form. GHC staff then lead a rigorous screening process. As part of the selection process, GHC works with partner organizations to craft compelling roles for fellows and establish a cost-sharing plan.


GHC works with organizations of all sizes. We have different financial models to accommodate the range of organizations with which we work. Cost considerations include housing, monthly living stipend for fellows, health insurance, vaccinations and prophylaxis, professional development funds, completion award, and fellow leadership programming.

How can an organization apply?

Express Your Interest

Fill out the GHC Partnership Expression of Interest Form by September 30! As part of the Expression of Interest, you’ll also be prompted to download and complete the Partner Financial Assessment and draft Role Descriptions. 

Key Dates and Deadlines:

  • August 8: Partnership Expression of Interest period opens 
  • September 30: All partner selection materials (expression of interest, financial assessment, and role descriptions) must be submitted
  • October 28: Cost-sharing agreements finalized
  • December 1: Role descriptions posted on GHC website, fellowship application opens
  • Early June 2023: Fellows finalized
  • Mid-July 2023: Fellows arrive at placement organizations and begin their fellowship

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