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Fogarty Global Health Equity Scholars Fellowship

The Stanford Center for Innovation in Global Health (CIGH) is pleased to announce its participation in the Global Health Equity Scholars Fellowship awarded by the Fogarty International Center at the National Institutes of Health to train approximately 40 fellows over the next five years to conduct global health research. As part of a consortium with the University of California – Berkeley, Florida International University and Yale University, Stanford has assembled mentors, partnered with training sites, and identified research opportunities focused on preparing researchers to address the new challenges in health that have emerged in the slum areas of urban and rural low- and middle-income countries.

The GHES Fellowship, sponsored by Fogarty International Center/NIH and the Center for Innovation in Global Health at Stanford, is designed for: U.S. doctoral students (PhD, DrPH, etc.), professional students (MD, DDS, DVM, PharmD, etc.), postdoctoral fellows, as well as foreign scholars from participating international sites in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Early career junior faculty (assistant professors with PI eligibility) are also eligible to apply. The purpose of the program is to support an 11-month mentored research fellowship for investigators who are interested in studying diseases and conditions in developing countries.

Global Health Equity Scholars (GHES) Fellowship - Application for 2014-2015 Academic Year

Deadline: Monday, December 2, 2013, via online application.

Application
Click here

Types of support:

  • Junior faculty (assistant professors)-with required NIH K award or other career development award**:  The GHES award will provide support for, modest research support costs, any costs for required immunizations, travel costs to and from the international field site, and a five-day orientation on the campus of the National Institutes of Health for successful candidates with existing career development awards. Fellowships begin in ~July, 2014. (See below**)
  • Postdoctoral Fellows with existing NIH K awards or other career development award**:  The GHES award will provide support for 11 consecutive months of  health insurance, modest research training costs (approximately $15,000), travel costs to and from the international field site, and a five-day orientation on the campus of the National Institutes of Health for successful candidates with  existing career development awards. Fellowships begin in ~July, 2014.  (See below**)
    • **Note: Any candidate with an NIH K or other career development award should consult with his/her program officer to confirm that the overseas work would be allowable under the scope of work of their career award and that it would be appropriate to continue charging salary expense to the career award while on the overseas project.  Under the application guidelines, "g", applicants will need to confirm that he/she has consulted with the program officer on this matter.  Then, at award time, the successful candidate should provide confirmation that the program officer has approved the expanded scope. 
  • Postdoctoral Fellows, Professional Students, Pre-doctoral fellows: Fellowships will provide support for 11 months of stipend, modest research support costs, any costs for required immunizations, travel costs to and from the international field site, and a five-day orientation on the campus of the National Institutes of Health. Fellowships begin in ~July, 2014.  

Eligibility:
This fellowship is open to: 

  • U.S.-based junior faculty with a current NIH K award or other career development/independence award;
  • U.S.-based post-doctoral fellows (PhD, MD, or DVM). Post-doctoral applicants do not necessarily need to be affiliated with one of the four GHES institutions prior to applying; post-docs who are offered a new position by at least one program-affiliated faculty mentor (at UC Berkeley, FIU, Stanford or Yale) are welcome to apply and are eligible to receive the fellowship in the first year to go abroad. The fellow’s mentor or institution must also guarantee support of at least one year after the fellow returns from abroad;
  • PhD candidates enrolled in health-related doctoral programs, supported by a mentor (PI) at one of the four consortium institutions, who have passed their qualifying examination, whose dissertation project can be conducted at one of the program’s field sites abroad. 
  • Professional students (MD, DDS, DVM, PharmD, etc.) who have completed 3 years of professional school, who have a mentor (PI) at one of the 4 consortium institutions.
  • Foreign scholars from participating international sites, who have completed their doctoral studies, professional studies (MD, DDS, DVM, PharmD, etc.) or are currently on a post-doctoral fellowship.

Other eligibility criteria:

  • A US-based applicant must be a citizen of the United States or its territories or possessions, or persons lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence. Resident aliens must include their green card number in their application.
  • Foreign scholars must be citizens of any nation exclusive of high-income countries as defined by the World Bank.
  • All applicants must have demonstrated interest in, and statement of commitment to, a career in global health research.
  • All applicants must have the support of a participating U.S. campus and/or an affiliated international site.
  • For US-based post-doctoral applicants, preference is given to those who have received support from their institution’s NIH T32 or other research training grants, or from their institution’s research-oriented global health residency and fellowship training programs. 

Program: 
The Global Health Equity Scholars (GHES) fellowship is a one-year research training program for post-doctoral fellows, upper-level PhD students and professional school (MD, DVM, DrPH, DDS, PharmD) students. It is part of the Global Health Program for Fellows and Scholars sponsored by the Fogarty International Center (FIC) and several collaborating institutes and centers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The GHES program brings together a consortium that includes the University of California, Berkeley, Florida International University, Stanford University, and Yale University; and 19 affiliated international sites across 16 countries (Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Ethiopia, India, Kenya, Nicaragua, Russia, Uganda, Ukraine, and Zimbabwe). 

Purpose:
The purpose of the program is to support a one-year mentored research fellowship for investigators who are interested in studying diseases and conditions in developing countries. The program will provide trainees with outstanding, interdisciplinary education and training in innovative global health research designed to promote health equity for populations around the world. Trainees will be matched with top-tier global health research faculty from one of the four participating U.S. institutions and an international site, thus enabling them to engage in rich and enduring, mentored research experiences that will foster scientific and career development in global health research.

The GHES Fellowship is designed for: US doctoral students (PhD, DrPH, etc.), professional students (MD, DDS, DVM, PharmD, etc.), post-doctoral fellows, as well as foreign scholars from participating international sites in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).

U.S. trainees accepted into this program will spend 8-10 months at one of the international training sites available through the GHES consortium. (Please see the GHES Fellowship Affiliated International Sites list.) Accepted foreign fellows will spend their fellowship at their current international training site. All trainees must also attend a mandatory five-day orientation session in Washington, DC at the beginning of their fellowship, which is anticipated to be held in July 2014.   

Research Topics
Funding is available in the 2014-15 academic year for research related, but not limited to, the following topics: Agriculture, Anthropology, Biology, Biostatistics/Bioinformatics, Chemistry, Environmental Health, Epidemiology, Engineering, Geography, Infectious Diseases, Law, Medicine, Molecular Biology, Nursing, Nutrition, Oceanography, Pharmacy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Public Health, Sociology, Urban Planning, Veterinary Medicine.

Objective
The main objective of the program is to generate a new and young cadre of global health researchers, educators, and professionals who will be prepared to address the new challenges in global health that arise from our constantly changing planet, in particular, those challenges that emerge from the world's burgeoning human settlements known as slums that have developed in urban and rural communities of many low and middle-income countries. Factors associated with chronic, non-communicable, as well as infectious diseases, environmental health hazards, risks specific to women and children, intentional and unintentional injuries, and mental disorders are potential areas of research that will be supported under this program.

Application Guidelines:
Due Date: December 2, 2013. Complete the online GHES application as follows:

You can save your partially completed application online at any time, and return to it later. Please do not submit your application until all required components and attachments have been completed and uploaded. Letters of support will be emailed separately by the referees but must also arrive by December 2, 2013. 

1.  Complete the GHES on-line application form;

2.  Upload the following requested attachments: 

a. Personal Statements:  Prior research experience; Career goals and plans; Additional funding; Fellowship site preference (Please see the GHES Fellowship Affiliated International Sites list); Research topic preference. Complete and upload GHES Applicant Essays -Required Attachments Section 

b. NIH-style Biosketch:  For instructions on how to format your biosketch please refer to NIH guidelines

c. Transcript:  Doctoral and professional student applicants must provide a copy of their most recent transcript.  Non-official transcripts are allowed.  Post-doctoral applicants and junior faculty do not need to include a transcript

d. Two Letters of Support:  All applicants must submit two letters of support. Letters can be addressed to: Global Health Equity Scholars Fellowship Selection Committee, 530E Li Ka Shing, Berkeley CA 94720-3370, and should be scanned as a pdf file and emailed directly by the referee, Melaine Delcroix

  • The first letter should come from the applicant’s current mentor. For post-doctoral fellows, the mentor should describe the following items: 1) plan for the fellowship; 2) previous track record in mentoring postdoctoral fellows; 3) research support available for the fellow when the fellow returns from foreign site.
  • The second letter should come from someone who knows the applicant well and can address research accomplishments, research potential, and likelihood of a successful research career in global health  

e. NIH-style Biosketch of the applicant’s mentor: For instructions on how to format  an NIH-style biosketch please refer to NIH guidelines

f. Optional: A brief description of the applicant’s research project that will be conducted at the foreign site.  

g.  Any candidate with an NIH K or other career award should consult with his/her program officer to confirm that the overseas work would be allowable under the scope of their career award and that it would be appropriate to continue charging salary expense to the career award while on the overseas project.  With your application, the candidate must confirm that he/she has consulted with the program officer on this matter.  (Then, at award time, the successful candidate should provide confirmation that the program officer has approved the expanded scope.)

Selection Process
A  panel of external reviewers will read application materials for all eligible candidates, and will assign a score to each application. The consortium PIs will then conduct brief phone or skype interviews with the top applicants. Final selection of fellows will be made by the consortium executive committee, based on candidates’ application materials, external reviews and phone interviews.  

Award decisions should be made by the end of March 2014. A formal letter of award will be sent to each fellowship recipient, and candidates who were not selected will be informed by email.

The selection criteria are as follows:

  • Candidate background (education, research, publications, foreign work experience, language); career statement (evidence of commitment to global health research)
  • Mentoring plan; mentor commitment for support before and after returning from foreign site; mentor background (research training experience, publications, current funding availability)
  • Letters of support

The GHES consortium supports on-going research and training at these 13 international sites. Click here for more information on each specific site. GHES fellows can choose to work at any of the 12 sites, not just those sponsored by their home institution.

Stanford

  • Bangladesh: International Center for Diarrheal Disease Research, Bangladesh (ICDDR, B)
  • Kenya: University of Nairobi and KEMRI
  • Mexico: The National Insitute of Pscyhiatry Ramón de la Fuente Muñíz
  • Zimbabwe: University of Zimbawe

Yale

  • Brazil: Urban slum health (Albert Ko, YSPH/YSM)
  • Ethiopia: Health systems research and implementation in Ethiopia (Elizabeth Bradley, YSPH)
  • China (Beijing): Cancer and environmental health in China (Tongzhang Zheng, YSPH)
  • Russia: HIV, Hepatitis C, drug addiction and harm reduction (Robert Heimer, YSPH)
  • Uganda: Tsetse transmitted African trypanosomiasis (Serap Aksoy, YSPH)
  • Ukraine: HIV prevention and treatment in prison populations (Frederick Altice, YSM/YSPH)

UC Berkeley

  • Brazil: Urban slum health (Lee Riley, UC Berkeley)
  • India: Sri Ramachandra University, Department of Environmental Health Engineering
  • Nicaragua: Ministry of Health
  • China (Chengdu): Sichuan Institute of Parastic Diseases and Chinese CDC

For further information on this program and requirements, contact Nancy Federspiel or to be directed to the application, click here.

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