Global Women’s Health Fellowship

This unique opportunity provides early career training for obstetrician-gynecologists (OB-GYNs) aspiring to an academic career in global women’s health. The fellowship leverages the strengths of the University of North Carolina (UNC) School of Medicine, the Gillings School of Global Public Health, and UNC-affiliated institutions in Zambia and Malawi to provide world-class training in clinical research and service delivery.

Trainees will receive mentorship from seasoned UNC faculty members and will be based at either the Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia (Lusaka, Zambia) or the UNC Project – Malawi (Lilongwe, Malawi). Both sites are academically vibrant, with three-part missions of clinical research, service delivery, and training. Each have multiple faculty members living full-time in country, with ongoing projects in HIV prevention and treatment, maternal-child health, cervical cancer prevention and treatment, family planning, obstetrical fistula, quality improvement, and outcomes and effectiveness research.


The applicant may choose a concentration in one of many ongoing emphasis areas. Fellows will receive intensive mentorship from established expatriate and African scientists based on their chosen area of concentration, including several on-site UNC OB-GYN faculty members. Fellow responsibilities include:

  • Participation in ongoing research and service programs
  • Development of new research ideas and protocols
  • Teaching of students and other trainees at collaborating institutions in-country
  • Clinical care at affiliated sites
  • Publication of peer-reviewed manuscripts
  • Development and submission of applications for independent funding

Eligible fellows will also be able to collect cases for the ABOG oral board exam, through clinical attachments at established clinics and hospitals. The minimum fellowship commitment is two years, though an optional third year is available for those wishing to pursue Masters training in clinical research.

Qualifications, Salary, and Benefits

Applicants must have completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology and be board-eligible by start of the fellowship. Candidates must be willing to relocate to either Lusaka, Zambia or Lilongwe, Malawi. Although international experience is preferred, it is not a requirement. Stipends will be based on NIH system for post-graduate resident and fellow physicians.

Application Information

To apply, interested individuals should submit a one-page statement of interest, updated curriculum vitae, and three letters of reference, including one from their residency program director. The statement of interest should address how the fellowship fits with the candidate’s academic interests and long-term career goals. 

Application Deadline

We are no longer accepting applications for positions in 2015.   Please send any queries about the program to