Global 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.

Part of the mission of the Gillings Global Gateway™ is to harmonize and promote student global health opportunities throughout UNC Gillings. Information on 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

FHI 360-UNC Public Health Fellowship

FHI 360, in partnership with the Gillings Global Gateway, offers a fellowship program for current or prospective UNC public health doctoral students and second-year master’s students (by fall 2016). FHI 360’s mission is to improve lives worldwide by addressing complex public health issues through research, education and services.

More info and application

Program Description

Application Process and Materials

A complete application package will include:

  • Completed application form:Word | PDF
  • Resume or CV
  • Recommendations from academic adviser/faculty member and former employer or professional colleague
  • Current unofficial transcript (if new doctoral student, official transcript from previous graduate work) mailed to or dropped off directly to Program Coordinator, Naya Villarreal:
    • Gillings Global Gateway
      UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health
      104 Rosenau Hall, CB#7400
      Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7400
      Or email to globalgateway@unc.edu

Submit completed application materials electronically to the Gillings Global Gateway at globalgateway@unc.edu.

Application Closed

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.

More info and application


Program Description

Application Process and Materials

A complete application package will include:

  • Application 2016: PDF | Word
  • Resume/CV
  • Three letters of recommendation: at least one academic adviser/faculty member and one professional recommendation
  • Current unofficial transcript (hard copy, no emails) mailed to or dropped off directly to Program Coordinator, Naya Villarreal:
Gillings Global Gateway
UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health
104 Rosenau Hall, CB #7400
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7400

Submit completed application materials electronically to the Gillings Global Gateway at globalgateway@unc.edu.

Application Closed

Global Quality Internship

The goal of this internship is to support the project leadership of a WHO-ISQua combine initiative focused on guiding and informing the efforts of low and middle income countries in developing national policies and strategy for health care quality. This project is working within the context of health systems strengthening and the pursuit of universal health coverage within constraint of resources. 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.

More info and application

Program Description & Application: Word | PDF

Application Closed

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.

More info and application

Program Description & Application: Word | PDF

Application 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.

More info and application

Program Description & Application: PDF | Word

Application Closed

These internships are open to all students

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

OrganizationDeadlineGraduate or Undergraduate
American Society of Tropical Medicine Fellowships and FundingVarious DeadlinesGraduate
Internships and fellowships available for spring, summer and fall, Population Action InternationalVarious DeadlinesGraduate
ORISE Research Participation Programs at CDCVarious DeadlinesGraduate
Global Health Fellows Program (Fellowships)Various DeadlinesGraduate
Global Health Fellows Program II (Internships)Various DeadlinesGraduate
ASPPH/CDC Public Health Fellowship ProgramJuly 31, 2015Graduate
Graduate Dean's Distinguished Dissertation Award October 2015Graduate
Fulbright-Fogarty Fellows in Public HealthNovember 1, 2015Graduate
J. William Fulbright - Hillary Rodham Clinton FellowshipsOctober 13, 2015Graduate
The Duke Program on Global Policy and Governance - Global Health Fellows. Geneva, SwitzerlandNovember 16, 2015Graduate
White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Internship ProgramNovember 30, 2015Graduate
Catholic Relief Services International Development Fellows ProgramDecember 1, 2015Graduate
USAID Summer Internship- Africa BureauDecember 21, 2015Graduate
Perkins Burke MD/MPH Global Health FellowshipDecember 21, 2015Graduate
Sister Communities of San Ramon, NicaraguaTour scheduled for January 2-6, 2016Graduate
Autry Fellowship with MDC, Inc. January 11, 2016Graduate
CSTE/CDC/ASPPH Applied Epidemiology Fellowship ProgramJanuary 13, 2016Graduate
Carolina for Kibera FellowshipTBD (not available for 2015-2016)Graduate
ASPPH/CDC Public Health Fellowship ProgramJanuary 21, 2016Graduate
ASPPH/CDC Allan Rosenfield Global Health FellowshipJanuary 28, 2016Graduate
FLAS Fellowships, Center for Global Initiatives, UNCJanuary 29, 2016Graduate
Summer Internships, World Health OrganizationJanuary 31, 2016Graduate
Global Health Corps FellowshipFebruary 2, 2016Graduate
ASPPH/EPA Environmental Health Fellowship ProgramFebruary 5, 2016Graduate
Clinton Foundation InternshipsFebruary 28, 2016Graduate
Katie Evans Memorial ScholarshipMarch 1, 2016Graduate
Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellows ProgramCycle closedGraduate
Graduate Phillips Asia Ambassador Summer Program, UNCTBDGraduate
White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Internship ProgramNovember 30, 2015Undergraduate
USAID Summer Internship- Africa BureauDecember 21, 2015Undergraduate
Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation Post-Bachelor FellowshipJanuary 10, 2016Undergraduate
Global Health Corps FellowshipFebruary 2, 2016Undergraduate
Bender Curry Undergraduate Global Internship AwardFebruary 12, 2016Undergraduate
Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) - Engaged Research, UNCFebruary 25, 2016Undergraduate
Clinton Foundation InternshipsFebruary 28, 2016Undergraduate
Undergraduate Student Funding, Center for Global Initiatives , UNCVarious DeadlinesUndergraduate
AIESEC Professional Internships AbroadRolling AdmissionsUndergraduate
Tropical Diseases in the Caribbean Region: The Caste of the Dominican RepublicContact Program Undergraduate
Unite For Sight,Young Leader of Social Change FellowshipRolling AdmissionsUndergraduate
ONE Campaign Internships for Summer and SpringVarious DeadlinesUndergraduate
Burch Fellows Program, UNCVarious DeadlinesUndergraduate
Connect-123 Internships in South Africa and ArgentinaRolling AdmissionsUndergraduate
John Snow, Inc.Various DeadlinesUndergraduate and Graduate
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)Check websiteGraduate
World Health Organization (WHO)Check websiteUndergraduate and Graduate

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

Funding TitleBrief DescriptionOpportunity or Resource
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
C.V. Starr Scholarship (CGI)These awards are intended to support UNC students who demonstrate financial need to undertake an independent internationally-oriented experience.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
Peacock REACH FellowshipThis two year Fellowship allows a Ph.D. candidate to conduct field research in one year and then teach a course that is directly related to that research in the second year.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
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