Afya Bora Consortium Fellowship in Global Health Leadership 2015-16

Afya Bora Consortium Fellowship in Global Health Leadership 2015-16

Deadline: December 1, 2014

Afya Bora Consortium Fellowships in Global Health Leadership is now accepting applications for the 2015-2016 Fellowship year. The Fellowship aims to contribute to health systems strengthening in Africa by developing a leadership training program targeting primarily African health professionals. The Afya Bora (“better health” in Swahili) fellowship model trains leaders for HIV/AIDS prevention, care and research programs, using a combination of didactic and experiential approaches.

The one-year fellowship will impart skills and knowledge in several key areas, including leadership and management; health policy; delivery of preventive and curative health services; research in support of health programs; and education and training.

There are 20 positions available for health professionals. There will be slots for 16 African trainees and 4 US Trainees. New Trainee participants will be brought together for a 3-day orientation from June 28 – July 1,  2015 in Gaborone, Botswana.

About

The Afya Bora Consortium is a partnership of eight academic health centers, four in Africa and four in the United States. The four pairs are:

  • University of Nairobi and the University of Washington
  • University of Botswana and the University of Pennsylvania
  • Makerere University and Johns Hopkins University
  • Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences and the University of California, San Francisco

The Afya Bora Fellowship will provide trainees with a set of practical skills that will prepare them for leadership positions in government, non-government, and academic health institutions in developing countries.

The 12 month training program has 2 components:

  • A eight-week Core Curriculum, plus four distance learning modules
  • Two four-and-a-half month assignments to sites, such as Ministries of Health, NGOs, etc. in partner African countries.

Fellowship Provisions

African Trainees

  • airfare (home-Botswana- attachment sites – Kenya –  attachment site- Uganda – home)
  • monthly stipend equivalent to $1500 per month
  • evacuation insurance if stationed outside home country
  • accommodations and per diem up if attending didactic sessions and meetings outside of home country
  • reimbursement for other selected fellowship-specific activities in Africa (i.e. travel to rural sites, visa, etc)

US Trainees

  • existing fellowship stipend
  • roundtrip airfare from home city- Africa
  • airfare within Africa to attachment site placement and modules
  • support request for an NIH loan repayment up to $35,000 for one year (eligible applicants are limited to postdocs)
  • reimbursement for other selected fellowship-specific activities in Africa (i.e. travel to rural sites, visa, etc)

OR

  • monthly stipend based on NRSA 2012 stipend levels
    • stipend cap is at 2 years post-doctoral level
  • roundtrip airfare from home city-Africa
  • airfare within Africa to attachment site placement and modules
  • per diem when attending didactic sessions and meetings
  • housing allowance of up to $750 per month
  • support request for an NIH loan repayment up to $35,000 for one year (only postdoctoral applicants are eligible to apply)
  • reimbursement for other selected fellowship-specific activities in Africa (i.e. travel to rural sites, visa, etc)

Fellows are however, responsible for their health insurance.  If they are not covered by their government, institution, or fellowship programs, then they are responsible for purchasing private insurance.

Eligibility

In order to be eligible to apply all applicants MUST meet the following criteria

  1. Be a citizen of US, Kenya, Botswana, Uganda, or Tanzania 
  2. Meet ONE of the following education requirements
    • Medical applicants need to have a M.D. or MBChB with a MMed, MPH or Masters degree in related field.
    • Nursing applicants need to have a Masters degree in Nursing, Public Health or a related field (PhD preferred), or substantial work experience.
    • Other Public Health professionals (those without a clinical degree) must have an advanced degree in Public Health or a related field

Application

Download the Application Packet here.

For more information, visit Afya Bora Consortium Fellowship.

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