Fogarty Global Health Fellows

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These 12-month research fellowships provide outstanding opportunities for highly motivated doctoral students and postdocs to experience research training at research sites in Kenya, Cameroon, Uganda, Ghana, Liberia, Peru, Thailand, Nepal and India.

Each year the fellowships begin with an intensive orientation program at the NIH campus in July, followed by mentored research training at international partner institutions. Postdoctoral trainees and doctoral students from the US and from partner countries in the health professions are eligible to apply.

Meet the 2020-2021 Fogarty Fellows from the University of Minnesota

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Kriangkrai Chanwansuntati, MSc, PhD
Research Site: Chiang Mai University, Thailand

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Eva Laker, B.Pharm, MSc
Research Site: Infectious Disease Institute, Uganda

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Jonathan Mayito, MBChB, MMed
Research Site: Infectious Disease Institute, Uganda

Portrait of Martha Namusobya

Martha Namusobya, MBChB
Research Site: Infectious Disease Institute, Uganda

Discover How to Apply

The complete application instructions and online application are available on the Northern Pacific Global Health Fellowship Consortium website. They review all applications between November-December, conduct interviews in late 2020 and notify the status of applications by March, 2021. Fellowships begin July 1, 2021.

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Research Sites

Research Sites

Eligible training sites exist in KenyaCameroonUgandaGhanaLiberiaPeruThailandNepal, and India

The following are eligible sites with UMN Mentors:



Below are current and former mentors for U of M Fellows.  If you are interested in exploring the possibility of mentoring a fellow through your research project, contact Molly McCoy.

University of Minnesota

Applications are not restricted to the mentors named below.

David Boulware | Paul Bohjanen | Sarah Cusick | Anne Parker-Frosch | Kirsten Nielsen | Katey Pelican | Timothy Schacker | Dominic Travis | Bruce Alexander | Radha Rajasingham | Josh Rhein | Cheryl Robertson | Claudia Munoz-Zanzi | Ken Kunisaki | Barbara McMorris | Chas Salman | Jennifer Rickard | Jose Debes



To apply for the program you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States, or a citizen of one of our collaborating countries (Kenya, Peru, India, Thailand, Ghana, Cameroon, Uganda, Nepal, Liberia).
  • Currently enrolled in a doctoral program or post-doctoral fellowship (e.g. T32 fellowship or medical residency program) or have completed an advanced degree within five academic years.
    • Master’s degree students are not eligible unless they have already received an advanced degree (MD/PhD or international equivalent).
  • Have a mentor at a US institution within our consortium (Universities of Hawai’i, Michigan, Minnesota, Washington, and Indiana University) who is familiar with your work and who is aware of your Fogarty application.
  • Have a mentor at one of our approved international partner sites who is aware of your Fogarty application.
  • Available to dedicate 40 hours per week to research for 12-months at the international fellowship site. Outside clinical duties are now allowed during this period.
  • Available to begin the fellowship in July 2021.
  • Available to spend the 12-months at the fellowship site with limited travel away from the site.
  • Applicants can only have one application reviewed by a Fogarty Global Health Program for Fellows and Scholars consortium at a time. For a list of other consortia, please visit:

Please note:

    • They accept applications from individuals from any US institution. However, they can only accept applications from LMIC individuals affiliated with their approved sites.
    • Applicants can only apply to one Fogarty Global Health Program for Fellows and Scholars Consortium at a time. For a list of other consortia, please visit:


Application Process

  • Choose a research site. Review our approved site list in the research site section.
  • Choose a research area. Review our research priorities or propose your own area of research based on your interests/training.
  • Choose a mentor. You can utilize our mentor database or propose mentors you have already worked with. For assistance identifying mentors: contact program staff at [email protected]
  • Write your application!
    • You can build upon previous trainee projects or build your own project through the assistance of mentors. To learn about previous trainee projects, please review the trainee section of our website.
    • You will need to submit a tentative budget for your study. Please note that funding for research studies is limited to $7,500 for Scholars and $10,000 for Fellows.
  • Have 2 letters of recommendation emailed to [email protected] by November 2. A 3rd letter of recommendation is optional
    • One letter should be from an in-country mentor from one of our approval international research sites and one from a collaborator within our consortium (University of Minnesota).

They will review all applications between November-December, conduct interviews in late 2020 and notify the status of applications by March. Fellowships begin July 1.

If you would like to discuss your ideas and background with someone prior to applying, please email program staff at [email protected] for assistance!

Completing an Application

Applications can only be submitted online. They have PDF’s available to help you see what information will be requested: Online Application Form and Application Essays

A complete application includes the online application form and the submission of letters of recommendation, 2 are required and a 3rd letter is optional.

The online application form will require you to submit: unofficial transcripts (predoctoral applicants only)research proposaltentative budget for your study, personal statements, a list of mentors, and personal background information.

For the research proposal, you are welcome to design your own research study through the guidance of your mentors or to integrate into a study currently being conducted.

Letters of recommendation should be uploaded to your application or emailed to [email protected] by November 2nd.


About the Consortium

The Northern/Pacific Global Health Research Fellows Training Consortium is a partnership between the Universities of Washington, Hawaii, Indiana, Michigan and Minnesota; with international partnerships in Kenya, Cameroon, Uganda, Ghana, Liberia, Peru, Thailand, Nepal and India. The Global Health Fellowship Program is a 12-month clinical research training program for post-doctorate trainees and doctoral students in the health professions, sponsored by the National Institutes of Health’s  Fogarty International Center (FIC) in partnership with several NIH Institutes and Offices.

Principal Investigator for the University of Minnesota is Shailey Prasad.