US fellowships in global health: What you need to know

Senior Nurse Veronica Douglas screens patients for the Basic Nutrition Program, a project in Georgetown, Guyana that is funded by the Inter-American Development Bank. Many fellowships in global health get recent graduates involved in managing projects like this one in the field. Photo by: Willie Heinz/IDB

School is never a replacement for hands-on work experience. Thankfully, a number of fellowship programs can help students transition from the classroom to a career in global health.

Although many of these fellowships require students to be situated abroad, all of them are sponsored by U.S.-based organizations. Non-U.S. citizens may apply to most of these programs if they are attending a graduate or postgraduate school or have work authorization in the United States. An exception is the Global Health Corps Fellows Program, which allows nationals of Burundi, Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania or the U.S. to apply.

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    Oliver Subasinghe

    Oliver joined Devex in late 2008 as an international development correspondent and researcher. He previously served as a microfinance fellow for Kiva in Kenya and Uganda. During his tenure, he worked with Kiva’s field partners to improve their operations and governance. Oliver holds a master's in business from the College of William & Mary.