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Application Process


The GHES fellowship is designed for U.S. doctoral students (PhD, DrPH, etc.), U.S. professional students (MD, DDS, DVM, PharmD, etc.), U.S. postdoctoral fellows, and LMIC postdoctoral fellows from GHES-affiliated LMIC research training sites. See the section on eligibility for more details.

The application is available online. You can also download the Application Process Guidelines or a PDF of the application form.


1. Complete the online application

The online application system will save your partially completed application using your computer IP address and you can return to it later.

The application includes the following sections:
  • Section 1. Type of GHES application
  • Section 2. Basic information (name, address, contact information)
  • Section 3. Academic and professional background
  • Section 4. Citizenship
  • Section 5. Foreign language experience
  • Section 6. Proposal information
    • Prior research experience
    • Previous experience in resource-limited settings
    • Publications, conferences/abstracts, awards
    • Statement of career goals and plans
    • Names and emails of mentors
    • Mentoring plan
    • Fellowship timeline
    • U.S. short-term training plan (for LMIC fellow applicants only)
    • IRB and ethical approval plan
    • Additional funding
  • Section 7. Required attachments (to be uploaded as PDF files)
2. Submit the required attachments. Additional information about the required
attachments that must be submitted for Section 7 can be found below.

a. Research proposal summary (project title, abstract,
  • Please submit a 4-page research proposal that includes the following sections:
    • Title of project
    • Project abstract
    • Proposal: background, specific aims, research design/methodology, the significance of the study
    • References (20 maximum)
  • Upload the summary to your online application form as a PDF file
b. Letters of support (minimum of 2, maximum of 3)
  • The first letter should be from a faculty member at the U.S. or LMIC institution who has agreed to serve as your primary research mentor. The mentor should describe the following items: 1) plan for the fellowship; 2) previous track record in mentoring students and/or postdoctoral fellows; 3) ongoing collaboration with the site; 4) potential matching between a U.S. and an LMIC colleague (matched research collaborators).
  • The second letter should be from the LMIC mentor for U.S. applicants or from the U.S. mentor for the LMIC applicants. It should confirm the commitment to support the candidate during the fellowship, i.e. providing technical and career advice, and support the research project.
  • The third letter can come from a secondary mentor or someone who knows the applicant well and can address research accomplishments, research potential, and likelihood of a successful research career in global health
  • Each letter should be on the mentor's institutional letterhead and include the following information for the mentor: name, institution, email address, phone number, work address, signature.
  • Letters should be addressed to the Global Health Equity Scholars Fellowship Selection Committee, should be scanned, or saved as a PDF file and emailed to
c. NIH biosketch for applicant
  • Please upload your NIH biosketch using the FELLOWSHIP format. For instructions on how to format your biosketch, please refer to NIH guidelines of a FELLOWSHIP biosketch. We strongly suggest having a mentor review your biosketch if this is your first time generating one.
d. NIH biosketch for mentors
  • Upload the NIH biosketches for your U.S. and LMIC mentors, using the NON-FELLOWSHIP format (
e. Transcript
  • Applicants who do not yet have their doctoral degree at the time of application must provide a copy of their most recent transcript (non-official transcripts are allowed).
  • Postdoctoral applicants already appointed in a research position or in a residency do not need to include a transcript.