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CMB Global Health Leadership Development Program

Yale is pleased to launch a new global health training program sponsored by the China Medical Board, a US Foundation focused on improving health professional education and training in East Asia and Southeast Asia. This unique program, called the CMB Global Health Leadership Development Program, aims to train young Chinese health professionals in global health research and practice. The goal of this program is to bring together a network of outstanding low- and middle-income country (LMIC) training sites across different regions that have the infrastructure, leadership, and mentoring experience to provide high-quality global health training to the CMB fellows. Program administration will be carried out by two program operating institutions at Yale School of Medicine and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM).

Yale-CMB Global Health Leadership Development Program

Yale CMB Global Health fellows will be selected each year through a rigorous in-country and external selection process. Early-career candidates with backgrounds in health and public health-related professions will be eligible. Excellent credentials, strong English proficiency, and demonstrated potential as a future global health leader will be required to pass the first-round selection stage, which will include an interview. Eight finalists will proceed to the second-round selection stage, during which they will identify a potential host site and co-mentor team from the list of pre-approved collaborating LMIC sites —based upon mutual fit—and develop a project proposal which will be reviewed in the second-round selection stage. Four fellows will ultimately be selected each year to participate in the program. Trainees will undergo one year of tailored training comprising 1-3 months of training at Yale or LSHTM, and a minimum of 9 months of hands-on field work at the host LMIC site. Selected fellows will receive a living stipend and project stipend, as well as coverage for travel to Yale and the LMIC site/visa fees and health insurance fees.

Areas of Focus

Trainees will have the opportunity to work with faculty who are experts in a broad range of global health topics including, but not limited to, emerging and high-consequence infectious diseases, health policy and management, public health practice and capacity building, health systems and health services, community health, chronic diseases, women’s health, maternal, neonatal and child health, nursing, and substance abuse.

Program Faculty & LMIC Sites

Program faculty collaborate across LMIC sites in Asia Pacific, Africa, and South America. Detailed descriptions regarding each site can be found on the individual site description pages.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants for this CMB program must be of Chinese nationality and considered early-career health professionals. They should demonstrate strong suitability for this program based upon their professional interest as well as career development goals. Potential candidates include, but are not limited to, those from the following professional backgrounds:

  • Young faculty members in clinical medicine, public health, nursing and other related departments of universities in China;
  • Public health practitioners, researchers and program management professionals working in disease-control agencies and other research institutions in China;
  • Young professionals working in global health or health related international collaboration sectors in Chinese governmental organizations;
  • Clinical practitioners working in healthcare institutions in China who have strong interest and passion for a career in global health;
  • Chinese students studying at universities outside China, who are in final year of their degree programs in public health, global health or other related majors;
  • Professionals from the biopharmaceutical and other related enterprises with strong interest or needs of global health engagement.

English language proficiency is required for all applicants.

Important Dates

  • August 1, 2021: Application opens
  • October 31, 2021: Application deadline for Stage 1 In-Country Selection
  • November & December 2021: Interviews for successful Stage 1 candidates
  • January 15, 2022: 8 Yale finalists and 8 LSHTM finalists notified
  • March 15, 2022: Application deadline for Stage 2 External Selection
  • May 1, 2022: Announcement of selected fellows for Yale and LSHTM
  • Late Summer 2022: Fellowship period starts

LSHTM-CMB Global Health Leadership Development Program

Four LSHTM CMB Global Health fellows will also be selected each year through a rigorous in-country and external selection process. For details regarding the LSHTM-administered branch of the CMB GHLDP, please see the LSHTM Program Website.

How to Apply

Stage 1: First-Round Selection

  • Applicants should complete the Online Application Form to submit their basic information.
  • Applicants should also submit the following materials in a single PDF document to CMBBeijing@cmbfound.org with ‘GHLDP + Applicant’s full name + Yale/LSTHM as the applicant chooses)’ in subject line:
    • Curriculum Vitae (both Chinese version and English version)
    • Scanned copy of highest degree certificate
    • Scanned copy of most recent academic transcript (if applicable)
    • Personal Statement (in English, maximum 1,000 words)
  • In addition, the following should be directly submitted by referees to CMBBeijing@cmbfound.org with ‘Recommendation + Applicant’s full name’ in subject line:
    • 2 Letters of Recommendation (in English, maximum 1 page each)

Candidates who pass the first-round selection will be contacted by the CMB to participate in a virtual interview with the expert panel prior to proceeding to the second-round selection.

Stage 2: Second-Round Selection

After the interview, eight finalists will be advanced to the Second Round Selection Process for the Yale Program. At this stage, candidates will be contacted by the Yale Program Director and Program Manager and officially invited to review the LMIC site descriptions and reach out to the site co-mentors with questions, to share their personal background and interests, and learn more about ongoing projects at the site.

If there is mutual interest, the site mentors will arrange a virtual interview with the candidate to have an in-depth discussion regarding the site, explore potential project opportunities for the fellow, and assess the candidate’s language skills. Candidates may interview with mentors from up to two sites, however they should ultimately choose just one site and project for their Stage 2 application as they will work together with the site co-mentors to develop the project proposal and training plan.

  • The following should be submitted by finalists to ryan.borg@yale.edu:
    • Preliminary project proposal (maximum 1000 words) briefly describing the project rationale, aims, design, methodology, and analysis, evaluation plan or expected outputs.
    • Training plan (maximum 600 words) outlining key skills to be acquired during the fellowship year and planned time spent at Yale/LSHTM and planned time spent at the LMIC site.
  • The following should be submitted by co-mentors to ryan.borg@yale.edu:
    • Letters of support (maximum 1 page each) from the US and LMIC mentors confirming support of candidate, the project and training plan.
    • Two English Proficiency Evaluations will be completed for each candidate. The first during the interview as part of the first-round selection process, and the second based upon virtual interviews with the proposed co-mentors during the second-round selection process.

Please see our Frequently Asked Questions page and Program Flyer for further details regarding the program and the application process!

Contact Information

Questions regarding the In-Country Selection Process or CMB may be directed to:

China Medical Board – Beijing Representative Office

1st Floor, Old Building 12
Peking Union Medical College Hospital
No. 1 Shuaifuyuan, Dongcheng District
Beijing 100730
Phone: 010-6524-4460

Questions regarding Yale External Selection Process or Yale-Affiliated LMIC Sites may be directed to:

Yale Program Manager
Ryan Borg
Yale School of Public Health
Department of Epidemiology of Microbial Disease
60 College St. LEPH 319A
New Haven, CT 06510


Yale Program Director
Evelyn Hsieh, MD, PhD
Yale School of Medicine
Department of Internal Medicine
300 Cedar Street TAC S-525
PO Box 208061