Program Overview

The University of California Global Health Institute (UCGHI) is a career development fellowship sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Fogarty International Center (FIC), as well as a consortium at the UCGHI. This consortium is comprised of the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF); University of California, San Diego (UCSD); University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA); University of California, Davis (UCD); 20 affiliated international sites across 17 countries (Bangladesh, Botswana, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ghana, Guatemala, India, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Peru, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Vietnam, and Zimbabwe); and institutes and centers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

The purpose of the program is to support a 12-month, mentored research fellowship for existing and aspiring investigators who are interested in studying diseases and conditions in developing countries (please note all trainees must spend 12 consecutive months in-country in order to be eligible for the program). Several training sites are available through the UCGHI / international institution consortium. (Please see the UCGHI GloCal Health Fellowship Affiliated International Sites list.)

The program will provide trainees with outstanding, interdisciplinary education and training in innovative global health research designed to improve health for populations around the world. Trainees will be matched with top-tier global health faculty from one of the four participating UCs and an international site, thus engaging in rich and enduring, mentored research experiences that will foster scientific and career development in global health research.

The UCGHI GloCal Health Fellowship is designed for: doctoral students (PhD, DrPH, etc.), professional students (MD, DDS, DVM, PharmD, etc.), post-doctoral fellows, foreign post-doctoral fellows from participating international sites in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), whose interests focus on interdisciplinary research in areas such as: social and behavioral science, nutrition, environment, medicine, public health, nursing, veterinary and basic sciences.

Generally, fellows accepted into this program will be at their international research site for the full 12 consecutive months of their fellowship. All fellows will take the UCSF online Responsible Conduct of Research course at the beginning of their fellowship, and doctoral/professional student trainees will participate in the UCSF Designing Clinical Research course online. All trainees must also attend a mandatory weeklong NIH training in Washington, DC at the beginning of their fellowship.