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.

JSI Center for Digital Health Intern

JSI’s Center for Digital Health (CDH) works to enable JSI to identify, adapt, and apply appropriate, innovative, and effective technology to improve public health programs across the globe. We help projects ensure success by promoting best practices in Digital Health through technical assistance, supporting new business development, and providing learning opportunities and guidance to build capacity.

The CDH Intern will support day-to-day center activities, as well as assisting on project communications, field accounting, and will support other CDH projects/programs as needed.

Applications CLOSED

JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc. Intern

JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc. (JSI) provides high-quality technical and managerial assistance to public health programs worldwide. JSI is deeply committed to improving the health of individuals and communities. We work in partnership with governments, organizations, and host-country experts to improve quality, access and equity of health systems. We collaborate with government agencies, the private sector, and local nonprofit and civil society organizations to achieve change in communities and health systems.

The JSI Center for Health Information, Monitoring and Evaluation (CHIME) is a technical assistance, research, and knowledge group within JSI dedicated to improving the quality of health information and increasing evidence-based decision making in the health sector.

CHIME is seeking a graduate-level summer intern to support new business development and monitoring and evaluation activities. Through these activities, the intern will engage with staff from various technical areas of expertise in the center and across the organization, learn about center processes and strategies, and develop subject matter knowledge.

Applications CLOSED

UNC Gillings-Male Contraceptive Initiative Summer Fellows

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.

Applications CLOSED

FHI 360-UNC Gillings Graduate Public Health Research Fellowship

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 2023), 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.

Application Closed

UNC-IntraHealth 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.

Applications Closed

UNC Gillings Zambia Hub

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 2022, we are pleased to partner with UNC Global Projects Zambia, UNC School of Medicine’s Office of Global Health Education and the Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases to offer up to five placement opportunities for UNC Gillings residential MPH students and UNC School of Medicine first year students.
Funding: We expect to award up to $4,000 per student (final amount TBD)
Will not be offered for Summer 2023

Advance Access & Delivery (AA&D)

Advance Access & Delivery was founded in 2015 to address barriers to high quality healthcare in solidarity with economically and socially marginalized groups. AA&D serves the Secretariat of the Zero TB Initiative (ZTBI), a global coalition of public and private stakeholders, health care providers, civil society groups, and policy makers to implement comprehensive strategies to eliminate tuberculosis (TB), the world’s deadliest infectious killer of adults that killed 1.4 million people in 2019. AA&D has active projects in six countries globally and has offices in the United States and South Africa.
AA&D has two remote opportunities for Gillings graduate students for Summer 2021.
Will not be offered for Summer 2023

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.


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.

Carolina Internal Funding Database

This is a small database (about 200 records).


Want to post an internship, fellowship, funding opportunity or resource? Please send information to

Global Health Team

135 Dauer Drive
104 Rosenau Hall, CB #7415
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7415
(919) 843-3945