Gillings School Global Internships and Fellowships

In this section we provide information on funded (and some unfunded) global health internships that are open only to UNC Gillings students. We have partnered with global health organizations (e.g., FHI 360, IntraHealth International and DAI Global) to offer these funded experiences for students.

Casa Alitas (CLOSED)

The Casa Alitas Program offers support to migrant families fleeing violence, poverty, and discrimination. Upon arrival in Arizona, most migrants are directed to Casa Alitas by immigration authorities. Here, staff and volunteers assist them in contacting family members in the U.S., provide temporary shelter, basic necessities, and medical care. Families also receive COVID testing and vaccination if needed. Before departure, they are given travel bags with essential items. Those unable to depart immediately stay overnight at shelters staffed by volunteers and Catholic Community Services.

The proposed practicum experience entails active engagement with an organization dedicated to serving refugees and asylum seekers in the southern border region. This population faces unique health challenges, necessitating a multifaceted approach to address their needs effectively. Our organization, as one of the largest groups currently operating in this space, plays a pivotal role in providing essential medical support and collecting data to inform evidence-based interventions.

Application closed

Roots of Health (CLOSED)

Roots of Health has been operating in Palawan as the only reproductive health organization for 14 years. Given the lack of support for our issue areas, ROH is providing the majority of reproductive health services on the island. These are the realities that have fueled our work and programming. Roots of Health is seeking enthusiastic and motivated interns to support our HIV Work and Teaching initiatives. This MPH practicum offers the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in developing training designs, modules, and educational materials aimed at combating stigma and harm reduction in gender care, as well as reviewing and updating educational modules used in schools and communities.

Application closed

UNC Gillings-Male Contraceptive Initiative Summer Fellows (CLOSED)

The Male Contraceptive Initiative (MCI) was founded in 2014 to facilitate research and development of male contraceptives and to build awareness about the need for and status of male contraceptive options. In partnership with the Solutions office, the UNC Gillings - MCI Summer Fellowship Program is intended for UNC Gillings residential master’s students to gain experience contraceptive development and research by offering support for 8-10 weeks. This program will support graduate students to contribute to the development of promising new reversible non-hormonal male contraceptives.

Application closed

UNC Gillings Durham County Department of Public Health Hub (CLOSED)
FHI 360-UNC Gillings Graduate Public Health Research Fellowship (CLOSED)

FHI 360, in partnership with Global Health Solutions, offers a research fellowship program for UNC Gillings first-year master's students (will be second-year master's student in Fall 2024), current (1st and 2nd year) doctoral students, and prospective UNC Gillings doctoral students. 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.

Gillings Humanitarian Health Initiative


Humanitarian Health Initiative Internship

We are pleased to announce the Gillings Humanitarian Health Initiative offers several paid Gillings graduate student internships. Each internship works on projects focused on different humanitarian health areas our faculty members are engaged in.

Funding: $3,000

No Current Openings

CDC - Dengue Branch Internships

Students get the opportunity to observe the work that CDC does, including national and international outbreak responses, developing public health guidelines, and collaborating with groups internal and external to CDC in Puerto Rico and elsewhere. These are UNPAID opportunities.


UNC Gillings Zambia Hub (CLOSED)

To give more focus to the School's global work, we are establishing a small number of geographic hubs to increase students' skills. For summer 2024, we are pleased to partner with UNC Project Zambia, the Division of Global Women's Health at UNC School of Medicine, and the Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia (CIDRZ) to offer placement opportunities for UNC Gillings residential MPH students.

Funding: We expect to award up to $4,000 per student (final amount TBD)


UNC Gillings Vietnam Hub (CLOSED)

Vietnam Hub: Gillings Global Health at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health is the organizing unit for global health activities at the School. To give more focus to the School's global work, we are establishing a small number of geographic hubs to increase students' skills. A consistent presence at particular sites, working with a select group of partners, will allow us to provide quality experiences and deliver on strategic themes to improve public health. For summer 2024, we are hoping to fill up to 2 positions as part of the Vietnam Hub. We are pleased to partner with Hanoi University of Public Health and Hanoi Medical University to offer placement opportunities for UNC Gillings residential MPH students.

Funding: We expect to award up to $4,000 per student (final amount TBD)

Application now closed

All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Bathinda (OPEN)

AIIMS, Bathinda, is one of the apex healthcare institutes being established by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India, under the Prime Minister Health benefit scheme. The institute offers state-of-the-art facilities for medical research, education, and patient care with a focus on training healthcare professionals and conducting cutting-edge research in various fields of medicine. The practicum offers hands-on experience in both field and hospital settings, focusing on chronic diseases such as anemia and cancer, allow development of graduate-level public health skills, practices, and applied research and/or policy-focused activities.

Funding: $3,000


Gillings School Travel Funding

In this section we provide information on all the Gillings School schoolwide travel awards. These awards are only open to Gilling School students.

Please note: Information on the Gillings awards website will not be visible until the award applications are open in mid/late-February.

Gillings Global Practice Award

First-year residential MPH students who have secured a global practicum placement or 2nd year residential MPH-RD students who have secured a global Advanced Placement for Summer 2021. We expect to grant between 5-10 awards to students. Global is defined as an (in-person or remote due to COVID-19 restrictions) international placement or placement in the U.S. with a global health focus (global NGO or immigrant, refugee or migrant population).

The Michol Anne Dawson Student Acceleration Fund

This fund shall support public health students apply what they've learned in class to a real environment with respect to their practica placement. Funding can assist with costs associated with research, national or global travel, projects, practica, dissertation, stipends, and other key needs.

The Bender Curry Family Undergraduate Global Public Health Internship Award

To support a summer internship experience with community-focused agencies in either Africa, Asia or Latin America. This award is for an in-state undergraduate student at the Gillings School of Global Public Health who demonstrates a strong commitment to global health. A successful applicant will be able to describe how their global internship experience will build on previous service learning, volunteer work or experiences and foster their career goals in global health.

Ann Cynthia Price Endowed Fund for Student Travel

The fund shall be used to support annual travel awards for student(s) at the School of Public Health.

Donald N. and Mildred K. Smith Public Health Travel Fund

This fund shall be used to support undergraduate, masters, DrPH or PhD student from any department or program within the School of Public Health for travel in conjunction with practica, research, service or presentations at scholarly conferences. The funds may also be used by recent graduates to cover expenses associated with the presentation of papers at scholarly conferences, provided the research was conducted and papers written while the individual was a student at the School of Public Health.

SPH Student Travel Expendable Travel Award

Travel must be directly related to the student’s course of study, research, or practice.

Public Health Student Travel Endowment Award

To support a current student’s public health related practicum/internship, conference or research travel.

Previous Practicum Organizations

In this section we provide the organizations Gillings School students have interned with in the past. For any organization that is designated as a UNC Gillings Fellowship or Internship Program, please do not contact that organization, as we have an application process for opportunities with that organization.

Sierra Leone

UNC-Chapel Hill Funding

We have compiled lists of other funding opportunities at UNC-CH.

Graduate Funding Information Center

The Graduate Funding Information Center (GFIC) supports current and prospective graduate students who seek sources of funding for independent research, collaborative projects, fellowships, program development, and other scholarly activities.

UNC Global funding Finder

The Funding Finder allows you to filter a robust database of awards, programs and fellowships offered by UNC, government agencies and other organizations.

Graduate Student Transportation Grant

Assists graduate students with travel costs to a regional, national, or international academic conference or professional society meeting for the purpose of presenting their research.
Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

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.
Deadline Nov. 18, 2019 - Feb. 3, 2020

UNC Graduate and Professional Student Federation

GPSF can provide funding for your conference or research travel through Individual and Group Travel Awards. This is a very competitive award, receiving many applications each cycle. Applications are received on a rolling basis.

University Career Services

There are a variety of funding resources for students who are pursuing internships and other forms of experiential education. This list, while not comprehensive, gives a good starting point for exploring funding from both UNC and non-UNC sources.

Institute for the Study of the Americas

Tinker Pre-Disseration Field Research Grants Program. For specific information about the ISA competitions visit the website. Unless otherwise indicated, only UNC-CH students are eligible to apply.

Institute of African American Research: Summer Graduate Research Grant

Graduate 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.

FLAS Summer Language Fellowship

Foreign 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 Information Portal

The Funding Information Portal is a collection of databases and other resources selected to help UNC graduate students apply for funding opportunities.


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Global Health Team

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Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7415
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