The William H. Foege Fellowship in Global Health

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The William H. Foege Fellowship in Global Health

2009 Application

The Coordinating Office for Global Health (COGH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is now accepting nominations for the William H. Foege Fellowship in Global Health at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. Please note- all CDC supported nominations for the 2009 fellowship must be submitted to the Coordinating Office for Global Health (this is a change from previous practice).


The William H. Foege Fellowship in Global Health is a two-year program that allows mid-career professionals from countries other than the United States to earn a master’s degree in International Health from the Rollins School of Public Health. Each year four fellows from developing countries participate in coursework at the university and develop lasting partnerships with mentors at Atlanta-based public health agencies, including Emory University, the CDC, the Carter Center, CARE, the Rollins School of Public Health, and the Task Force for Child Survival and Development. Upon completing the program, the fellow will return to governmental or nongovernmental health agencies in their respective countries.

Eligibility requirements for the Foege Fellowship include:

  • Evidence of leadership in advancing public health
  • At least five years of work experience in public health
  • Strong academic background in a field or discipline relevant to public health
  • Strong English skills supported by TOEFL scores
  • Acceptable GRE scores (if the fellow does not have a doctoral degree)
  • Documented relationship to a host Atlanta-based public health organization

Each Foege Fellow will pursue an academic program and participate in professional development opportunities. All fellows are required to be enrolled as full-time students throughout the duration of the fellowship. The length of the fellowship is 10-24 months, but this is contingent upon whether the Fellow is completing an academic degree.

Application Process:

CDC can submit only a few names to the Foege Fellowship office at Emory University. We have many eligible candidates around the world with who we work. Prior to sharing  the fellowship opportunity announcement with eligible staff in country, we ask that each CDC country office agree who the one nominee will be from their location so that you more effectively manage expectations of interested candidates.  Nomination packages must be received via e-mail (with all signed supporting materials scanned into the electronic submission)  by Kelly Jackson (HWP7@cdc.gov) no later than January 21, 2009. Packages received after that date will not be accepted.

Upon receipt of CDC recommended applications to Kelly Jackson by January 21, the applications will be reviewed by a selection committee from the Coordinating Office for Global Health, CDC. Each application will be ranked and the nominating supervisor will be notified of the applicant’s CDC ranking status. Upon completion of review, the nomination packages for the top several CDC recommended candidates will be forwarded to the Rollins School of Public Health for the final selection.

Following the full Foege Fellowship selection committee meeting in February, all nominees will be notified of their acceptance into the program as a fellow or alternate, or their non-selection, via e-mail by the end of February 2009. Those selected for the fellowship must accept the position no later than March 27, 2009. Alternates will also be notified at that time of any change in their status.

Individuals selected for the fellowship will be required to submit an official application to Emory University. This application will be completed online and will require official transcripts from previous degrees (foreign transcript evaluations by WES or IERF preferred) and official test scores for GRE and TOEFL or IELTS.  Students will also be asked to select a program of study and specify to which department they wish to apply.

The Foege Fellowship Program is scheduled to begin at Emory University in mid-August 2009.

The Application Forms:
Interested applicants must receive a nomination from their supporting agency and submit a nomination package. The nomination packages must follow a standard template (please see attachment below) and must include the items listed in the application process.

Nomination packages must be submitted via e-mail with all supporting materials to Kelly Jackson (HWP7@cdc.gov) by January 21, 2009. Attached are the required documents to assist in completing the application.

<<Standard Template.zip>>

A nomination letter

    Maximum 2 pages in length from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that describes the individual’s qualifications– leadership qualities, evidence of academic excellence, specific education and training goals, and potential to maintain  partnerships and collaboration with the organization. The letter should describe the relationship between the nominee and CDC, plans for future collaboration, the individual’s background, and the reasons why additional training and education are needed.

A current curriculum vitae (CV)

A personal statement

    Written by the nominee, describing his/her plans for the Fellowship and future career. This component of the nomination package should contain sufficient detail for the selection committee to understand the motivation and future direction of the nominee and how the Fellowship will contribute specifically to future career plans. The personal statement should be 2-3 pages in length.

TOEFL or IELTS scores

    Individuals selected for the Fellowship must have a TOEFL score of 80 or more on the Internet-based exam, 215 or more on the computer-based exam, or a score of 550 or more on the paper exam. Candidates who submit IELTS scores must have received a band score of at least 6.5. Official scores must be received before Fellows can be officially admitted to the RSPH. If TOEFL scores are not available at the time of nomination, the nomination letter should include a description of the candidate’s abilities in oral and written English as well as a plan for when the nominee will take the exam and when scores will be received.

Thank you for nominating qualified professionals from the global partners with whom we work for the fellowship program. If you have questions about the CDC’s nominating process, please contact Kelly Jackson at HWP7@cdc.gov. For additional information on the fellowship please visit http://www.whsc.emory.edu/_pubs/ph/fall03/foegefellows.html

Application Checklist:

Nomination Letter               ______

Curriculum Vitae                ______

Personal Statement              ______

TOEFL or IELTS scores   ______

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