Principal Components of the Training Program
There are four principal components of the GloCal Health Fellowship Training Program including (please see details about each below):
- Research Project Design - A 12-month, hands-on research project on-site with one of our 20 well-established, international collaborative partners;
- Mentorship - A strong, interdisciplinary mentored research experience;
- Global Health Education - Instruction in global health and related topics provided through on-site, and online courses; and
- Career Development - Career development to help ensure that trainees attain their short-term career goals and transition to the next career stage.
Before beginning their 12-month international internship, trainees must attend a weeklong workshop at the NIH with other trainees.
Component 1: Research Project Design
Each trainee will design, develop and conduct a mentored, hands-on research project on-site at an international location. Mentees must meet with their potential mentors to design and develop a specific research project prior to submitting their application (a research concept is required as part of the applications process).
Generally fellows will be at the international research site for 12 consecutive months (less the five-day orientation at NIH.
Component 2: Mentorship
The GloCal Program provides an innovative mentoring initiative designed to facilitate the successful career development of fellows and scholars who are enrolled in the program. Prior to applying, each trainee is required to identify a mentor with relevant research interests who will provide guidance throughout the program. This primary mentor will be required to complete a mentoring development plan that tracks mentees over the course of the program.
Each trainee will also have at least two other faculty mentors apart from his/her primary mentor. One of these will be a mentor at the international site. Additionally, the program utilizes a "Trans Model" of mentoring that facilitates interdisciplinary research by pairing the trainee with a third mentor who is a senior investigator from a different field of expertise and geographic location than the mentee. This approach recognizes that it is practically impossible for a single individual to provide a trainee with complete career guidance, and addresses the interdisciplinary nature of global health research.
Component 3: Global Health Education
A variety of online instructional programs in global health, including both synchronous and asynchronous learning environments, will be available through the four participating UC campuses for trainees residing abroad. Online course topics include: clinical epidemiology, classical epidemiology, experimental design, drug/device development, cost-effectiveness analysis, qualitative research, implementation and dissemination sciences and the ethical conduct of research. At the beginning of their fellowship, all fellows will be required to take the six-week CTSI Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) online course, unless they demonstrate that they have taken a comparable course within the previous 24 months. Trainees can subsequently take additional courses for academic credit or non-credit during the year to fill in gaps in their methodological training.
Component 4: Career Development
The GloCal Program provides career development to ensure that each trainee reaches the next stage of her / his career.
During the fellowship, doctoral students will be expected to generate one abstract and at least one dissertation manuscript; professional students will likewise be expected to generate one abstract and one manuscript in preparation. Postdoctoral fellows will be expected to generate one abstract and one or two manuscripts, while junior faculty will be expected to generate two conference abstracts and two manuscripts.
Post-doctoral fellow trainees will be encouraged to submit an NIH Career Development Award (K-grant), or similar grant, to fund a global health faculty position after their completion of the program. International post-doctoral fellows who are not eligible for an NIH Career Development Awards will be required to apply for eligible NIH-based research (e.g., NIH / GRIP, CFAR pilot grants, or NIH/D43 in-country developmental pilot grants).