Program Overview

The University of California Global Health Institute (UCGHI) GloCal Health Fellowship 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); 27 affiliated international sites across 16 countries (Bangladesh, Brazil, Chile, China, Ethiopia, Guatemala, India, Kenya, Mexico, Mozambique, Panama, Peru, Tanzania, Uganda, Ukraine, Zimbabwe); and institutes and centers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

The purpose of the program is to support an 11-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 11 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), and junior faculty with a current NIH Career Development Award (K series or similar award) whose interests focus on interdisciplinary research in areas such as: social and behavioral science, nutrition, environment, medicine, public health, nursing, veterinary and basic sciences.

Post-doctoral fellows and junior faculty accepted into this program will be at their international research site for the full 11 consecutive months of their fellowship. Accepted doctoral/professional student trainees will spend their first four-week period at UCSF participating in the Designing Clinical Research course online, followed by 10 months at the international research site. All trainees must also attend a mandatory weeklong NIH training in Washington, DC at the beginning of their fellowship.