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Leadership in Global Health Fellowship

The Program

Emerging pandemic infections, the dramatic rise in non-communicable diseases, planetary health, and other issues will be at the forefront of complex global health challenges in the next decade. To meet these challenges, YIGH aims to contribute to the development of future global health leadership by training aspiring young professionals who have a wide-ranging passion for and understanding of the critical importance of good health for a just and equitable society. 

The Leadership in Global Health Fellowship will prepare the next generation of global health professionals through a comprehensive, multi-faceted program that includes: participation in an advanced leadership and ethics training seminar; service learning opportunities with YIGH programs; and placement in a high-impact internship with ministries of health, multilateral global health organizations, or large-scale global health non-profits.  

2020 Host Organizations and Summer Internships

Uganda Ministry of Health

TITLE: Non-Communicable Disease Fellow


Fellows in Uganda will support the Ministry of Health by working to aid national efforts to prevent and control non-communicable diseases.  Fellow responsibilities include designing technical policies, aiding in capacity building efforts, supporting resource mobilization through proposal writing, partner coordination activities, and taking part in field activities as required. 

Language Requirement: English

Eligible Students: Graduate Students

Save the Children

TITLE: Newborn Health Fellow

LOCATION: Washington, DC

Save the Children’s global health programs are dedicated to ensuring that the world’s most vulnerable mothers and children have a healthy start.  The Newborn Health Fellow will support this mission by developing materials to document the Newborn Legacy Arc, putting together communication products, auditing the Healthy Newborn Network digital channels content, supporting analysis and write-up of blog posts for HNN platforms, tracking the dissemination of implementation research evidence, and completing other knowledge management tasks.  

Language Requirement: English

Eligible Students: Graduate Students

Time Commitment: Flexible, Minimum 24 Hours Per Week

Save the Children

TITLE: Global Health & Climate Change Fellow

LOCATION: Washington, DC

The Global Health and Climate Change Fellow will work with staff from Save the Children’s Department of Global Health to document Save the Children’s current efforts with regard to climate change.  Responsibilities will include conducting and analyzing data from interviews with SC staff on the subject of climate change and global health, carrying out a scan of external agencies working in climate change related to global health, and presenting findings to a sounding board of relevant staff.   

Language Requirement: None

Eligible Students: Undergraduate, Graduate Or Post-Graduate Students

Time Commitment: Flexible, Minimum 24 Hours Per Week

Ethiopia Ministry of Health

TITLE: Primary Care Transformation Initiative (PTI) Fellow

LOCATION: Addis Ababa

The Primary Healthcare Transformation Initiative (PTI) is a three-year program with a focus to transform the management and leadership capacity at the woreda level to build a culture of performance management.  Fellows will support this program by collaborating with partners to help build a quality culture, as performance management and accountability are foundational to efforts to promote quality delivery of healthcare services. PTI aims to directly improve primary care services and health outcomes for the community across the four regions in Amhara, Oromia, SNNP and Tigray.

Language Requirement: English, Amhraic/Oromifa Beneficial

Eligible Students: Graduate students with some travel experience


TITLE: UNICEF - Yale Global Health Fellow

LOCATION: New York City

UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do.  The YIGH-UNICEF Global Health Fellow will further this mission by supporting the Health Programme Division at UNICEF’s New York headquarters.  Responsibilities will include quantitative and qualitative analysis, development of knowledge products, advocacy and policy briefs and review of annual and period reports in the relevant areas. The fellow will also help facilitate direct and internet-based conversations with internal and external stakeholders supporting UNICEF’s health division.   

Language Requirement: English is required, other UN languages are an asset

Eligible Students: Graduate Students

Time Commitment: Full Time

The Global Fund

TITLE: Global Fund - Yale Global Health Fellow


The Global Fund is a partnership designed to accelerate the end of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria as epidemics. As an international organization, the Global Fund mobilizes and invests more than US$4 billion a year to support programs run by local experts in more than 100 countries. In partnership with governments, civil society, technical agencies, the private sector and people affected by the diseases, we are challenging barriers and embracing innovation.    

Language Requirement: Excellent knowledge of English is required, and preferably a good working knowledge of French.  Knowledge of other UN languages would be an asset.

Eligible Students: Undergraduate, graduate, or post-graduate students

Time Commitment: Full Time

The Application

Our application process consists of an application packet submission and a brief interview.  The deadline for all application submissions is Monday, February 17, 2020.  The deadline for fellowship interviews is Friday, February 21st, 2020.

Any other questions should be emailed to with the subject heading YIGH Leadership in Global Health Fellowship