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This fellowship is open to:

a. Postdoctoral trainees within three years of their last major training (i.e., degree program, residency, fellowship)
b. Advanced doctoral students currently enrolled in health-related doctoral programs.

Persons in health-related disciplines (human or animal) such as medicine, nursing, public health, dentistry, osteopathic medicine, veterinary medicine, nutrition science, pharmacy, optometry, and others are invited to apply. Ph.D. students should have completed their Master’s-level coursework, and professional doctoral degree candidates should have completed their basic science courses and one year of clinical training.

All applicants must:

  • Be citizens of the United States or its territories or possessions, or persons lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence OR citizens of lower middle-income countries as defined by the World Bank
  • Have demonstrated interest in, and statement of commitment to, a career in global health research.
  • Have the support of a VECD institution, including committed mentors at both the U.S. and the LMIC site. Potential applicants that are not originating from a VECD institution should see our Frequently Asked Questions for more information.
  • Preference is given to U.S.-based postdoctoral applicants who have received support from their institution’s NIH T32 research training grants or from VECD research-oriented global health residency and fellowship training programs.
  • Candidates from Meharry Medical College and underrepresented minority (URM) communities are especially encouraged to apply. Potential applicants from these institutions should communicate with a VECD institution to identify mentors.