Global Women’s Health Fellowship

This unique opportunity provides early career training for obstetrician-gynecologists 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, Gillings School of Global Public Health, and affiliated institutions in Zambia and Malawi to provide world-class training in clinical and epidemiologic research, implementation science, and program evaluation

Trainees will receive mentorship from seasoned UNC faculty members and will be based at either the University of Zambia Teaching Hospital (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 has multiple UNC faculty and fellows living full-time in country, providing administrative support and mentorship.

In 2017-2018, we will offer a two-year fellowship opportunity. In the first year, trainees will be based in Chapel Hill, where they will solidify their independent clinical skills and develop a global health project. Successful candidates may also take individual graduate courses at the Gillings School of Global Public Health. In their second year, fellows will relocate to either Lusaka or Lilongwe full-time to carry out their planned project, gaining first-hand experience living and working abroad.


Fellow responsibilities include:

• Participation in ongoing research and service evaluation projects
• Development of new research ideas and protocols
• Teaching of students and other trainees in the U.S. and affiliated institutions abroad
• Clinical care at affiliated sites
• Publication of peer-reviewed manuscripts

Eligible fellows will also be able to collect cases for the ABOG oral board exam, through clinical attachments at established clinics and hospitals.

Applicants may choose a concentration in one of many ongoing emphasis areas: HIV prevention in women and children, improving birth outcomes, prevention and treatment of cervical cancer and other gynecologic malignancies, family planning, and implementation research.

Qualifications, Salary, and Benefits

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


We are currently accepting applications for the UNC Global Women's Health Fellowship. Interested candidates are asked to submit the following information to be considered:

• A current biosketch in NIH format
• Three letters of recommendation (including one from your current program director or department chair)
• A one-page personal statement describing your research interests and how they relate to global women's health. Personal statements should summarize: prior experience in public health and research, desired training, and long-term career goals (including how this fellowship will help you to fulfill them).

Our deadline for applications for the 2017-2018 academic year is November 15, 2016.

Interested in applying to the program? Please send any queries to