Global Health Internships and Funding

Emma Kelly (right) examines a well in Kpendua, Ghana. Photo courtesy of Emma Kelly.

Emma Kelly (right) examines a well in Kpendua, Ghana. Photo courtesy of Emma Kelly.

Information on global health internships, fellowships, funding opportunities and resources to help find funding is provided below. The Funded Internships For Gillings Students tab provides information on funded global health internships that are open only to UNC Gillings students. Internships found in the Other Internships tab are open and available to the public. The Funding Resource tab provides information on funding available only to UNC-Chapel Hill students and different funding resources available on-campus and off-campus.


Open ONLY to UNC Gillings students

Applications Available!FHI 360-UNC Public Health Fellowship

FHI 360, in partnership with Global Health Solutions, offers a fellowship program for current or prospective UNC public health doctoral students and rising second-year master’s students (first-years entering fall 2017). FHI 360’s mission is to improve lives worldwide by addressing complex public health issues through research, education and services. See who were selected as previous fellows and projects they worked on.

More info and application

Program Description (2018-2019)

Application Process and Materials

  • Complete online application, including

    • Upload these documents in the appropriate location in the online application:
      • Resume or CV
      • Current unofficial transcript
        • If an incoming doctoral student, official transcript from previous graduate work
        • If a master’s student, only include your master’s-level coursework (do not include any undergraduate coursework)
        • If a current doctoral student, only include your doctoral-level coursework (do not include your master’s transcripts or coursework)
  • Letters of Recommendation (2)
    • Recommendations should come from (1) a former employer and (2) a faculty member with whom you have an established relationship (current or past).
    • Please have your two recommenders send their Letters of Recommendation on letterhead to globalsolutions@unc.edu, as an attachment and with the subject line: “FHI 360-UNC Fellows LoR”

Application and LoR due January 19, 2018

Applications Available! IntraHealth International Summer Fellows

IntraHealth International offers a summer fellowship program for current public health master’s and doctoral students enrolled at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. IntraHealth, a North Carolina-based nonprofit organization, fosters local solutions to healthcare challenges by improving health worker performance, strengthening health systems, harnessing technology and leveraging partnerships.

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Program Description (2018)

Application Process and Materials

A complete application package will include:

  • Online application, which includes uploading documents below in the online application:
    • Resume or CV
    • Current unofficial transcript
      • If a master’s student, only include your master’s-level coursework (do not include any undergraduate coursework)
      • If a current doctoral student, only include your doctoral-level coursework (do not include your master’s transcripts or coursework)
  • Letters of Recommendation (2)
    • Recommendations should come from (1) a former employer and (2) a faculty member with whom you have an established relationship (current or past).
    • Please have your two recommenders send their Letter of Recommendation on letterhead to globalsolutions@unc.edu, as an attachment and with the subject line: “IntraHealth Summer Fellows LoR”

Application and LoR due January 22, 2018

CLOSED IntraHealth International Tajikistan Summer Fellows

IntraHealth International is offering a three-month fellowship opportunity in Tajikistan for current public health masters and doctoral students enrolled at UNC Gillings. IntraHealth, a North Carolina-based nonprofit organization, fosters local solutions to healthcare challenges by improving health worker performance, strengthening health systems, harnessing technology and leveraging partnerships.

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Program Description

Application Process and Materials

A complete application package will include:

  • Application 2017: PDF | Word
  • Resume/CV
  • Two letters of recommendation: one academic adviser/faculty member and one professional recommendation
  • Current unofficial transcript emailed or dropped off directly to Program Coordinator, Naya Villarreal:
Global Health Solutions
104 Rosenau Hall

Submit completed application materials electronically to Global Health Solutions at globalsolutions@unc.edu.

Applications CLOSED

CLOSED Carolina for Kibera James and Florence Peacock Fellowship

Carolina for Kibera (CFK) is an NGO based in the Kibera informal settlement of Nairobi, Kenya. Every year, CFK selects two James and Florence Peacock Fellows to design short-term projects in collaboration with CFK staff that seek to strengthen our programs and provide mutual benefit to the student and CFK. Up to $2500 are available to cover the cost of airfare, living expenses, and incidentals in Kenya for 8-10 weeks. In 2017, the fellowship will focus on projects that support CFK’s array of health services and outreach. These projects are open to graduate students at UNC-Chapel Hill and may also be used to satisfy requirements for fieldwork, practicum, thesis, or dissertation research requirements.

More info and application

Program Description and Application: PDF

Application CLOSED

CLOSED Bender Curry Family Undergraduate Public Health Global Internship Award

The Bender Curry Family Award is designed to support a summer internship experience in a Spanish-speaking Latin American country for an undergraduate student at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. The internship will fund up to $1,000 of a student’s summer internship costs.

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Program Description & Application: PDF | Word

Application Due Monday, April 3, 2017

Global Quality Internship

The goal of this internship is to support one or more of multiple projects focused on assessing and improving quality of care globally. The intern will work directly with Sheila Leatherman, Research Professor in Health Policy and Management, through Ms. Leatherman’s role as part of the leadership team for the WHO-ISQua project for National Quality Policy and Strategies in LMICs.

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Program Description & Application: Word | PDF

Rolling Application

Microfinance-Health Internship

Pro Mujer is a development organization offering women across Argentina, Bolivia, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Peru an integrated package of microfinance services, primary healthcare, and business and health education. Pro Mujer is currently piloting or rolling out a number of new initiatives in its health services delivery and health education programming across its five countries of operation. The internship will support its health team in the implementation and the evaluation of these initiatives.

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Program Description & Application: Word | PDF

Application Closed

These internships are open to all students

You can sort by organization name, deadline, and graduate versus undergraduate opportunity.

OrganizationDeadlineGraduate or Undergraduate
UJMT Fogarty Global Health FellowsNovember 1, 2017Graduate
The Organization for the Development of the Indigenous MayaRolling admissionGraduate
Institute for Philanthropy and Humanitarian DevelopmentRolling admissionsUndergraduate and Graduate
ORISE Research Participation Programs at CDCVarious DeadlinesGraduate
Global Health Fellows Program (Fellowships)Various DeadlinesGraduate
Global Health Fellows Program II (Internships)Various DeadlinesGraduate
Fulbright-Fogarty Fellows in Public HealthCurrently openGraduate
The Duke Program on Global Policy and Governance - Global Health Fellows. Geneva, SwitzerlandNovember 30, 2017Graduate
Autry Fellowship with MDC, Inc. January 8, 2018Graduate
CSTE/CDC/ASPPH Applied Epidemiology Fellowship ProgramJanuary 12, 2018Graduate
FLAS Fellowships, Center for Global Initiatives, UNCJanuary 31, 2018Graduate
International Food Information Council Foundation
2017 Sylvia Rowe Fellowship Award:
Internship in Nutrition, Food Safety, Risk Communication
February 7, 2018Graduate
Summer Internships, World Health OrganizationFebruary 28, 2018Graduate
Global Health Corps FellowshipOpens on December 6, 2017, and close on January 17, 2018Graduate; Undergraduate
Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellows ProgramNovember 15, 2017Graduate
Graduate Phillips Asia Ambassador Summer Program, UNCmid-February, 2018 (check website)Graduate
Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation Post-Bachelor FellowshipJanuary 10, 2018Undergraduate
Undergraduate Student Funding, Center for Global Initiatives , UNCVarious deadlinesUndergraduate
Tropical Diseases in the Caribbean Region: The Caste of the Dominican RepublicContact Program Undergraduate
Unite For Sight,Young Leader of Social Change FellowshipRolling AdmissionsUndergraduate
Burch Fellows Program, UNCJanuary 30, 2018Undergraduate
Connect-123 Internships in South Africa and ArgentinaRolling AdmissionsUndergraduate
Management Sciences for HealthVarious DeadlinesGraduate
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (based in Research Triangle Park, NC)Various DeadlinesGraduate
Social Science Research Council(International Dissertation Fellowship)November 7, 2017Graduate
World Health Organization (WHO)Check websiteUndergraduate and Graduate
Post-baccalaureate Intramural Research Training AwardCheck websiteUndergraduate and Graduate
William J. Clinton Fellowship for Service in IndiaJanuary 15, 2018Graduate
Princeton in Asia FellowshipNovember 9, 2017Graduates and Seniors

Funding opportunities and resources for travel and research are listed below. Please check resources for exact due dates.

Funding TitleBrief DescriptionOpportunity or Resource
Raluca Iosif Intimate Partner Violence Research AwardThe aim of the award is to advance academic research to enhance our understanding of IPV as a global health problem and human rights violation.UNC Gillings funding
Community Engagement Fellowship (Carolina Center for Public Service)The Community Engagement Fellowship program awards a maximum of five fellowships of up to $2,000 each year to develop and implement engagement or engaged scholarship projects that (1) employ innovative, sustainable approaches to complex social needs and (2) have an academic connection.UNC funding opportunity
Matching Funds (CGI)As a catalyst for the innovative work of faculty and students at UNC, the Center for Global Initiatives welcomes proposals seeking support for globally-themed projects and events that deepen knowledge and understanding of our complex world.UNC funding opportunity
Carolina Global Initiative AwardThe Carolina Global Initiative provides funding to students to complete a global opportunity during the summer, in the U.S. or abroad.  UNC funding opportunity
Carolina for Kibera James and Florence Peacock FellowshipThe Carolina for Kibera (CFK) Fellowship offers graduate and undergraduate students at UNC-CH the opportunity to apply their skills and talents while engaging in grassroots participatory development in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya. UNC funding opportunity
Critical Language Program (CGI)With the goal of broadening the base of Americans studying and mastering critical languages and to build relationships between the people of the United States and other countries, this Scholarship provides  fully-funded intensive language study for during the summer  to a diverse group of students from across the United States at every level of language learning.UNC funding opportunity
Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Disseration Research Abroad Fellowship (CGI)This U.S. Department of Education program provides grants to colleges and universities to fund individual doctoral students who conduct research in other countries, in modern foreign languages and area studies for periods of six to 12 months.UNC funding opportunity
Pre-Disseration Travel AwardThese awards help students early in their doctoral studies do preliminary explorations of potential research materials/sites/methods in preparation for writing their dissertation proposal. These awards therefore not fund dissertation field research . The ideal time to hold this award is after passing comprehensive exams and before defending the proposal. UNC funding opportunity
Institute for the Study of the Americas (ISA) Tinker Pre-Disseration Field Research Grants ProgramFor specific information about the ISA competitions visit the website. Unless otherwise indicated, only UNC-CH students are eligible to apply.UNC funding opportunity
Institute of African American Research: Summer Graduate Research GrantGraduate Student Summer Research Grant (GSSRG) provides funding to masters, predoctoral and professional graduate students in any discipline who are conducting research as part of their degree requirements. Students’ research projects must concern African Americans or the broader African diaspora and have clear relevance to IAAR’s mission. Students must also be in good standing and have completed four semesters of graduate coursework toward a doctoral or two semesters of coursework toward a masters degree at UNC-Chapel Hill. Research must be carried out between the summer months of May-August.UNC funding opportunity
FLAS Summer Language FellowshipForeign Language & Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships support students taking less-commonly taught language and area studies coursework. This program provides both academic year and summer fellowships to graduate  and undergraduate students at the intermediate level and above.UNC funding opportunity
Vimy Global Team AwardThe Vimy award is given annually to one interdisciplinary team of students (Vimy scholars) working collaboratively to pursue research or service projects outside the United States. Made possible by the Global Education Fund, up to $15,000 is provided to fund a summer team project abroad. This award is intended to support UNC undergraduate and master’s-level students in completing self-directed or self-designed group projects internationally during the summer.UNC funding
This Week in Global Health newsletterFunding and internship opportunities posted on this e-weekly newsletter.UNC funding resources
Funding Information PortalUNC-Chapel Hill faculty and staff members, postdoctoral scholars and graduate students seeking funding for research, collaborative projects, fellowships and other scholarly activities.UNC funding resources
FLAS Summer Language FellowshipOpportunities may include fellowships, graduate assistantships, and funding workshops.UNC funding resources
Carolina Internal Funding DatabaseThis is a small database (about 200 records)UNC funding resources
UNC GlobalSearchable database for funding opportunities that support research and scholarly activities conducted by Carolina faculty, staff, postdoctoral scholars, students and prospective students.UNC funding resources
COS PivotSearch the world’s most comprehensive funding resource, with more than 22,000 records representing nearly 400,000 opportunities, worth over $33 billion.UNC funding resources
Carolina Office of Distinguished ScholarshipsUNC funding resources
Association of Schools and Programs of Public HealthLists funding, internships and fellowship opportunitiesNon-UNC funding resources
American Public Health AssociationInternship opportunities are listed the Student AssemblyNon-UNC funding resources
Institute for International EducationManages a funding database for interantional students that includes scholarships, fellowships and grants for international students seeking funding to study in the U.S.Non-UNC funding resources
Fogarty International CenterPublishes the Directory of Grants and Fellowships in Global Health Sciences, a comprehensive compilation of international funding opportunities in biomedical and behavioral research.Non-UNC funding resources
ASPPH/CDC Allan Rosenfield Global Health Fellowship ProgramNon-UNC funding resources
NIH/Fogarty International Clinical Research Scholars ProgramThe Fogarty International Center's programs provide funding to perform research and to train researchers in a variety of global health areas. Through these programs, Fogarty and its partners throughout the National Institutes of Health (NIH) are working to build sustainable research capacity in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).Non-UNC funding resources
2017 Centennial Travel Award in Basic Science Tropical Disease ResearchASTMH accepts applications from physicians and scientists for this international career opportunity focused on benefiting underserved populations in locations in the world where the burden of disease is high.The recipient received $25,000 in support for a short-term research experience in the tropicsNon-UNC funding resources