Stanford Global Health & Media Fellowship

About the Fellowship 

In 2011, Stanford University’s Center for Innovation in Global Health (CIGH) launched the first U.S. Fellowship in Media and Global Health to demonstrate how multiple media platforms can have significant impact on global health work. Fellows are competitively chosen from a national pool of physicians-in-training and physicians committed to a career in global health. The Fellow learns how multiple media modalities can play a significant role in health and human rights efforts, foundation and government health assistance, and individual health choices.

This opportunity is targeted to provide medical students, residents or fellows with 12-months of practical training in global health reporting using a variety of media platforms including print, online, broadcast, social and digital media while learning the fundamentals of journalism and communications.

One fellow is selected each year to complete a 12-month fellowship with leading media organizations.

  • The Fellow will begin his/her year of training in July at the World Health Organization as a communications intern based in a WHO country or regional office (to be determined upon final candidate selection).
  • The Fellow spends the fall quarter (mid-September through December) receiving training and mentorship through the Stanford University Graduate Program in Journalism in Stanford, CA.
  • Following the fall quarter of study at Stanford, the Fellow will spend six months embedded at ABC News in New York City working under the direction of Richard Besser, MD, Chief Health and Medical Editor of ABC News.**

**Notice for candidates applying for the 2017-2018 program cycle: The fellowship is currently in transition as Dr. Richard Besser will be departing ABC News in April 2017 for a new position as President and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The fellowship is exploring partners for the Spring fellowship placement and intends to proceed with the 2017-2018 program year. We are currently accepting applications. Please reach out to program manager Rachel Leslie ( with questions. 



Throughout the fellowship, the Fellow will be mentored by: Michele Barry, MD, Senior Associate Dean for Global Health at the Stanford School of Medicine and Director of the Stanford Center for Innovation in Global Health; Nancy Snyderman, MD, FACP, former chief medical editor for NBC News and Consulting Professor of Global Health at the Stanford School of Medicine; James T. Hamilton, Hearst Professor of Communication and Director of the Stanford Journalism Program; Paul Costello, Chief of Communication and Public Affairs for Stanford Medicine. 


The Fellowship aims to teach the chosen fellow: 

  • How journalists and TV medical correspondents select topics, stories, and issues in the field of global health;
  • Techniques to persuasively present and write about science;
  • How to access new channels and technologies for persuasive communication, including best practices of social networking.


Upon completion of the fellowship, the Fellow will be required to produce a publication on an in-depth topic of choice in global health.

The Fellow will return to medical training with the expectation that in addition to treating patients, conducting research or teaching, s/he will also become an advocate and spokesperson for global health issues.

Application Information

One fellow is selected each year for the 12-month fellowship, which begins in July and ends the following June. Applications will open in December 2017 for the 2018-2019 fellowship that begins in July 2018. Check back for the application in December.

Questions about the fellowship may be directed to Rachel Leslie, Stanford Global Health Communications Officer, at

2016-2017 Fellow

Priya Raja is a medical student at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and the current Stanford-ABC News Global Health and Media Fellow. Priya brings a multidimensional skillset to the fellowship spanning social science, health policy, advocacy, medicine, mobile health and design. She first realized the "power of the pen" while documenting stories of women undergoing cervical cancer treatment in Cape Town, South Africa, which led to policy reform to improve access to cancer screening and care in the province. She aims to combine her medical training with her passion for writing and storytelling to amplify global health challenges and advocate for change. Priya holds a B.A. in Public Policy Studies, with a focus on Health and Human Rights, from the University of Chicago.