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PAHO/WHO

Fellowships

 

 

 


Description:

A PAHO/WHO Fellowship is a specially tailored training activity for an individual or a group with the purpose of fulfilling specific learning objectives. It may be of short or long duration, and takes place in a training institution or in the field inside or outside of the Fellow's country. It is awarded in response to nationally approved health or health-related priorities in the context of Health for All and is consistent with national human resources policies and plans.

The Fellowship program is largely decentralized. Each of the six regional WHO offices share responsibility for management and administration of the Fellowship program within its region and in direct consultation with the "sending" or "receiving" country.

Following is a list of the six WHO Regional Offices:

  • Regional Office for Africa (AFRO) in Harare, Zimbabwe
  • Regional Office for the Americas (AMRO) in Washington, D.C., USA
  • Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean (EMRO) in Alexandria, Egypt
  • Regional Office for Europe (EURO) in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Regional Office for South-East Asia (SEARO) in New Delhi, India
  • Regional Office for the Western Pacific (WPRO) in Manila, the Philippines

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How to apply for a fellowship:

  1. Citizens of the Americas—excluding the USA and Canada
  2. Citizens of the USA and Canada
  3. Citizens of a WHO member state from outside the Americas

1. Fellowships for CITIZENS OF THE AMERICAS—excluding the USA and Canada

Fellowships are available to citizens of member states of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). Refer to PAHO Field Offices for a complete listing of member states. Fellowships provide opportunities for advanced study in public health fields that are not customarily available in the Fellow's home country. They are intended to promote the international exchange of scientific knowledge and techniques related to health.

  • Candidates must be currently engaged in medical or health work in their national health organization or at a research or educational institution.
  • Candidates must have completed their training and have at least two years of professional experience in the subject they wish to pursue.
  • Candidates must be in good health and normally no older than 50 years of age.
  • Candidates must be able to understand, speak and write the proposed language of training sufficiently well to pursue their studies successfully. They may be asked to sit for a language proficiency examination.
  • Candidates must state in writing that they intend to return to their country of origin and apply their newly acquired skills and services for a specified minimum period in relation to the duration of the fellowship granted, as follows:
    • one year of service for fellowships of less than six months;
    • two years of service for fellowships of six months to two years;
    • three years of service for fellowships of more than two years.
    This service obligation starts immediately after the completion of studies. In the case of short-term fellowships (less than three months), the service rule may be waived. For basic professional training, in addition to the three years mentioned above, fellows must provide one further year of service for each year of study over three years.
  • Candidates' proposed field of study must be directly related to the public health strategy and programs of the candidate's home country. For this reason, PAHO Fellowship applications can only be obtained from the Ministry of Health in the candidate's home country and the completed application can only be submitted to PAHO with the written endorsement of that Ministry of Health.

Stipend: The Fellowship Award covers the cost of travel directly related to the purposes of the Fellowship including international travel and travel within the country of study; a daily living allowance; health insurance coverage if required by the country of study; and tuition fees if applicable.

Duration: Fellowships are normally awarded for periods ranging from three weeks up to a maximum of one year. Fellowships may be renewed if training is progressing satisfactorily, funds are available, and approval is obtained from the Ministry of Health in the Fellow's country of origin. If awarded a Fellowship, the PAHO Office will develop a training program, arrange placement, and confirm all arrangements in coordination with our overseas offices and the fellowship recipient.

How to Apply: For more information and to obtain application forms, Fellowship candidates should contact their national health administration (usually the Ministry of Health). In order to locate the correct office and responsible officer within the Ministry, Fellowship candidates should contact the PAHO Country Representative in their nation's capital.

PAHO/WHO Fellowship Offices are not permitted to dispense or accept applications from individuals. Candidates must be nominated by their government, their applications must have the written endorsement of their government, and the applications must be forwarded to the PAHO Country Representative by the government's Ministry of Health.

2. Citizens of the USA and Canada

The US and Canadian governments do not participate in the PAHO Fellowship Program and their citizens are, therefore, not eligible for PAHO/WHO Fellowship awards.

3. Fellowships for CITIZENS OF A WHO MEMBER STATE from outside the Americas

Fellowships are available to citizens of member states of the World Health Organization (WHO). The Fellowships provide opportunities for advanced study in public health fields that are not customarily available in the Fellow's home country. They are intended to promote the international exchange of scientific knowledge and techniques related to health.

  • Candidates must be currently engaged in medical or health work in their national health organization or at a research or educational institution.
  • Candidates must have completed their training and have at least two years of professional experience in the subject they wish to pursue.
  • Candidates must be in good health and normally no older than 50 years of age.
  • Candidates must be able to understand, speak and write the proposed language of training sufficiently well to pursue their studies successfully. They may be asked to sit for a language proficiency examination.
  • Candidates must state in writing that they intend to return to their country of origin and apply their newly acquired skills and services for a specified minimum period in relation to the duration of the fellowship granted, as follows:
    • one year of service for fellowships of less than six months;
    • two years of service for fellowships of six months to two years;
    • three years of service for fellowships of more than two years.
    This service obligation starts immediately after the completion of studies. In the case of short-term fellowships (less than three months), the service rule may be waived. For basic professional training, in addition to the three years mentioned above, fellows must provide one further year of service for each year of study over three years.
  • Candidates' proposed field of study must be directly related to the public health strategy and programs of the candidate's home country. For this reason, WHO Fellowship applications can only be obtained from the Ministry of Health in the candidate's home country and the completed application can only be submitted to WHO with the written endorsement of that Ministry of Health.

Stipend: The Fellowship Award covers the cost of travel directly related to the purposes of the Fellowship including international travel and travel within the country of study; a daily living allowance; health insurance coverage if required by the country of study; and tuition fees if applicable.

Duration: Fellowships are normally awarded for periods ranging from three weeks up to a maximum of one year. Fellowships may be renewed if training is progressing satisfactorily, funds are available, and approval is obtained from the Ministry of Health in the Fellow's country of origin. If awarded a Fellowship, the WHO Office will develop a training program, arrange placement, and confirm all arrangements in coordination with our overseas offices and the fellowship recipient.

How to Apply: For more information and application forms, Fellowship candidates should contact their national health administration (usually the Ministry of Health). In order to locate the correct office and responsible officer within the Ministry, Fellowship candidates should contact the WHO Country Representative in their nation's capital. If they are not able to locate either the appropriate office at the Ministry or the WHO office in their capital, they should contact the WHO Regional Office for more information. Inquiries should be addressed to the Regional Office that has administrative responsibility for the candidate's home country.

WHO Fellowship Offices are not permitted to dispense or accept applications from individuals. Candidates must be nominated by their government, their applications must have the written endorsement of their government, and the applications must be forwarded to the WHO Country Representative by their government's national health administration.

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