Consider taking time off to gain practical experience

We encourage trainees with a strong interest in global health research to consider taking time off to gain experience in the communities most affected by health disparities. We are happy to meet with individuals to discuss opportunities that might be best, based on the level of training and career interests.

DGSOM trainees have been successful in pursuing multiple opportunities, including the following: 

  • American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH): ASTMH offers funding and fellowships for medical students, postgraduates, and faculty for both short- and long-term clinical and research experiences.

  • CDC Public Health Training Fellowships: The CDC offers undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral fellowship opportunities in a variety of areas related to global health.

  • Fulbright-Fogarty Fellowship: Fulbright-Fogarty Awards have been established to promote the expansion of research in public health and clinical research in resource-limited settings. This fellowship is open to U.S. citizens in medical or graduate school.

  • Heal Fellowship: An equity-based global health fellowship that includes three separate immersive experiences and empowers health professionals to provide quality care for communities worldwide.

  • GloCal Health Fellowship: This University of California career development fellowship is funded by the NIH Fogarty International Center and offers U.S. postdocs, doctoral and professional students, as well as international postdocs, the opportunity to conduct a one-year mentored research fellowship in a low- or middle-income country.

  • Non-NIH Funding Opportunities - Grants and FellowshipsThis directory of non-NIH funding opportunities includes a variety of international grants and fellowships in biomedical and behavioral research. The database is maintained by the Fogarty International Center.

  • UCLA South American Program in HIV Prevention Research (SAPHIR): SAPHIR is an NIH-funded, year-long training program in comprehensive HIV prevention research for pre-doctoral and post-doctoral (MD-level) physician trainees from U.S. institutions. All fellows participate in a structured program of didactic education and practical research in one of the major fields of HIV prevention (behavioral prevention, biomedical prevention, antiretroviral therapy, epidemiology, or basic/translational science). Each SAPHIR Fellow is matched with a pair of mentors from UCLA and one of our collaborating international sites in Peru, Brazil, or Colombia.

  • Weill Cornell Global Health Research Fellowship: This three-year fellowship is designed to train generalist clinician-scientists for academic careers in global health research.

To discuss these opportunities, please reach out to Dr. Traci Wells at