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NIH funds UCGHI GloCal Health Fellowship to train next generation of global health researchers

The University of California Global Health Institute (UCGHI) announces the UCGHI GloCal Health Fellowship funded by the Fogarty International Center (FIC) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to provide global health research training opportunities for 9-12 fellows annually for the next five years. Co-led by Drs. Steffanie Strathdee (UC San Diego) and Craig Cohen (UCSF), this program will contribute to the development of future global health researchers at the University of California and international partner institutions. Indicative of UCGHI’s long-standing and interdisciplinary commitment to global health and collaboration across the UC, the UCGHI GloCal Health Fellowship program links faculty and trainees from across the 10-campus system with collaborating international institutions to provide significant mentored research opportunities in diverse low-resource settings. This program is 1 of 5 supported by the $20 million in new funding for the Fogarty Global Health Program for Fellows and Scholars.

The UCGHI GloCal Health Fellowship brings together:

  • 230 faculty members from UC (UCSF, UC San Diego, UCLA and UC Davis) and international collaborating institutions who have committed themselves as mentors, representing Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Public Health, Veterinary Medicine, and Social, Behavioral and Basic Sciences, and Agricultural and Nutritional Sciences, including the 4 campus Clinical and Translational Science Awards and 3 Centers for AIDS Research;
  • 24 international collaborating institutions across 5 continents and 14 countries who have agreed to be training sites;
  • 57 NIH-funded T32 (doctoral and post-doctoral) research training programs along with 8 D43 international training programs who have agreed to serve as the primary pipeline for recruitment of candidates; and
  • 9-12 fellowship trainees each year in Years 1-5 participating in an 11-month intensive, hands-on, mentored research program at one of the 24 international collaborating institutions.

Ideal candidates for the UCGHI GloCal Health Fellowship include:

  • Junior faculty with K-awards who desire an intensive 11-month long international research experience to supplement their current career development awards;
  • UC post-doctoral fellows planning to complete a T32 grant-supported (or similar) fellowship during the current academic year;
  • Low- and middle-income country fellows completing D43 grant-supported (or similar) training programs; and
  • UC doctoral/professional student scholars.

The first group of trainees is anticipated to be enrolled in September 2012.

Applications must be completed and submitted online.