UJMT Fogarty Global Health Fellow and Scholars Program
Applications due November 1, 2019
The Fogarty Global Health Fellows and Scholar program aims to foster the next generation of global health scientists in the US and in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC) by giving early scientists a mentored research training experience in global health at established biomedical and behavioral research sites in LMICs. In addition, it seeks to enhance research capacity at the foreign research sites by providing financial support and training for young researchers at those institutions. This program has provided important research training opportunities for promising young investigators over a decade. Recruiting from a pool of talented junior researchers from the US and affiliated LMIC sites, this programs supports 11-month attachments abroad to foster collaboration and to develop local research capacity.
Our consortium includes four leading institutions in global health – University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC), Johns Hopkins University, Morehouse School of Medicine, and Tulane University (UMJT) – and builds upon more than 20 years of research and training collaboration with international partners. Our program has identified talented US and LMIC trainees, linked them to qualified mentors at established international sites, and provided direct funding for cutting-edge research. Our trainees have studied a range of global health problems including HIV/AIDS, emerging communicable diseases (e.g., Ebola, Zika), cancer, non-communicable disease (e.g., pulmonary disease, sickle cell disease), environmental sciences, reproductive health, and veterinary medicine. Since its inception in 2012, the UMJT consortium has supported a total of 138 trainees to date; under the supervision of US and LMIC mentors. Our fellows and scholar have been highly productive, and have collectively published 102 papers (including 67 as first author) and 204 conference abstract presentations. Research sites are in Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi, Zambia, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Uganda, South Africa, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Nepal, Thailand, India, Nicaragua, Peru and Suriname. U.S. citizens and nationals of the 15 participating countries are eligible to apply.
John E. Fogarty (1913-1967)
Born in Providence, Rhode Island on March 23, 1913, John E. Fogarty was among the most significant champions for public health that the United States Congress ever knew. He served Rhode Island’s 2nd Congressional District in the House of Representatives from 1941 until his death in 1967, with a brief hiatus from December 1944 to February 1945 to serve in the United States Navy. Upon his return to Congress, Fogarty was assigned to the Appropriations Committee, and it was from this position that he earned his reputation as a force for medical research in the nation’s capital.
His legislative legacy includes the expansion of research and teaching for mentally retarded citizens, the establishment of an Administration of Aging in the Department of Health, the expansion of health education as an academic subject, and much more.
Fogarty’s legacy lives on in the Fogarty International Center, dedicated upon his death at the National Institutes of Health. The Center makes the most of a modest budget to sponsor doctor/scientist training, operate programs worldwide, and fight infectious and chronic disease across the globe.
Learn more about the Program's namesake here: http://www.fogartyfoundation.org/john-e-fogarty-%20centennial-celebration-and-symposium/principal-address-by-dr-patrick-t-conley.
Citizen or permanent resident of the United States
Candidates from any U.S. institution are eligible, though applicants from the four consortium universities may be given priority
Applicants from underrepresented minorities are encouraged to apply
This fellowship funds citizens of one of our 15 focus countries to train at the approved UJMT FGHF training site in that location (See Training Sites tab). Typically LMIC trainees have an ongoing affiliation with the UJMT consortium training site and one of the affiliated mentors.
Completion of a graduate degree (e.g., MD, PhD, DrPH, DVM, PharmD, or equivalent) by July of the academic year
Enrollment in a graduate degree program at a U.S. institution or an affiliated international institution
Ability to defer studies over the course of the fellowship to focus on research activities
Individuals in later stages of training (e.g., following comprehensive examinations, after clinical rotations) will be given priority
How to Apply:
Identify the research focus area(s) you are interested in for your mentored research training.
Decide if you will submit an original or nested research proposal or apply to work on an existing protocol.
Find the LMIC site that currently has a strong program in your chosen focus area.
Contact the UJMT FGHF site lead listed in the Training Sites tab. Discuss your project and potential for finding a primary mentor at the training site institution.
Involve a U.S. based mentor, someone you have worked with in the past or a new connection. You will need substantive feedback and engagement with your U.S. and LMIC based mentoring team prior to submitting an application.