FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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Applying

When can I apply?

Applications are available August 15 and due December 1.


How many fellowship positions are available?

We hope to fund 20 trainees for each fellowship year contingent upon NIH funding.


Can I apply to more than one consortium?

No, you should apply to the consortium that has the best program for your research interests.


Do I need to have a mentor selected when I apply to the fellowship?

Yes, the application will request information about your current mentorship and your plan for mentoring while you are in the training program. Applicants who have a mentor within the consortium (UW, UH, MI, MN or our international partner universities) will have preference during the review process. To obtain a mentor within the consortium, send a concise email regarding your academic interests to our Program Manager (hobbsn@uw.edu) and attach a copy of your bio-sketch.


What is an NIH Bio-Sketch? Do you have a template?

The NIH bio-sketch is required for official grant applications. A template is available on the NIH website.


What information does the online application ask for?

-Personal Statement
-Mentorship Team
-Research Support
-Research Experience
-Research Related Publications
-Research Plan (Include specific aims, background, and research design.
1000 words plus up to 500 for references)

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Eligibility

Am I eligible to apply?

In order to apply you must:

  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States or one of our seven collaborating countries.
  • Have completed an advanced degree or training program* (Medical Residency; fellowship) within the last three years


I am not from an institution within the consortium; can I still apply?

Our consortium accepts applications from individuals affiliated with U.S. institutions from outside the consortium, however, preference will be given to applicants from institutions within the consortium. We do not accept applications from LMIC individuals outside consortium institutions


I am not a U.S. citizen or a citizen of one of the collaborating countries; can I still apply?

Only if you are from a low income country and have an appointment with one of our international collaborators.


I am still in med school; can I apply for the fellowship?

Yes, you may apply to start a Fogarty Scholarship after you've finished your third year of medical school. However, we receive limited funding for Scholars; to be a competitive applicant as a student you should have previous experience in a research setting, demonstrate fluency in the language of the country you are applying to, and have a clear research interest.


If I am currently in another training program (T32, D43, etc.) can I apply to this fellowship?

Yes, trainees who are currently enrolled in or who have completed a different training program are eligible to apply.

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General

What is the difference between a Fellow and a Scholar?

A Scholar is someone who has not received a doctoral degree (Pre-Doctoral trainee) and a Fellow is an individual who has received a doctoral degree (Post-Doctoral trainee).

    • If you have received a PhD or MD you are considered a Fellow.
    • If you have received a Bachelors or Masters degree but not a PhD or equivalent, you are a Scholar.
    • Fellow and Scholar determinations are made at the time the fellowship begins; for example an individual may be in a PhD program at the time of application (November) but complete their degree in June. They would be considered a Fellow when they start their fellowship in July.


How many years after graduation am I eligible to apply for this program?

Within 1-3 years is preferable as our program is aimed towards early career development.

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Insurance

Will trainees be covered under their current health insurance while on assignment abroad during the fellowship?

Trainees will receive funds for emergency insurance + health insurance during their fellowship.


If I am accepted into the program, will my spouse and child(ren) receive health insurance as well?

The Support Center can only provide insurance for the trainee.

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Monetary Assistance

What do I receive if I am selected as a trainee in this program?

Trainees receive a stipend for 12 month that funds insurance, travel to orientation, and $7,500-$10,000 for research project expenses,


Is there any monetary compensation for Scholars and Fellows?

Stipend amounts for international trainees are based on corresponding salaries for researchers within their home country. Stipends for US trainees are based on degree level + post graduate training.


Do I receive tuition assistance?

No, this Fellowship does not cover tuition.


If I am awarded a fellowship, will my student loans go into repayment?

Students who have medical education loans should be sure to contact their Financial Aid Officer in order to understand how taking time off from their medical education program may affect their status during the fellowship year regarding the repayment of their student loans. Many Fogarty trainees have received loan repayment assistance.

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Research

I am an international applicant; does this training program allow me to conduct my research within the United States?

International applicants will conduct research within their home country and not the United States. However, funds are available for short-term training in the U.S.


Can I create my own research project or do I need to work on one that is already established at the international site?

Trainees are expected to design their own research project but the project can be incorporated into research that is already taking place. For a list of available projects within each country, please review the country pages found on the sidebar to the right.


Can I work on a project that is already established?

Yes, trainees should discuss the opportunities available with the Program Manager (Nicole Hobbs; hobbsn@uw.edu) and review the list of available opportunities that are listed on the country pages in the sidebar to the right.


What are the research funds for Scholars and Fellows?

Up to $7,500 for Scholars and up to $10,000 for Fellows.


How many hours will I be required to work?

36 hours per week for 12 months.

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Travel

What other activities do fellows do during the year?

Each fellow completes our core competency curriculum, which includes preparing manuscripts and grant applications, examining major themes of global health, and investigating career trajectories.


Will Scholars/Fellows be able to return to the United States during their fellowship for holidays, family functions, or to visit?

Yes, however, to fulfill the program requirements, multiple trips to the U.S. are not advised, though medical and personal emergencies may require you to take leave from site. In such cases, a written request to the Support Center must be made prior to travel. Whenever leaving the site for any reason (including weekends and holidays), trainees must inform their U.S. mentor, international mentor, and the Support Center of their plans. The safety of trainees is our utmost concern and we need to know your location should any threat arise (weather, natural disasters, civil unrest, etc.). Leaving the training site without notifying your mentorship team is considered unacceptable behavior and could be grounds for dismissal.


Do I need to spend 12 consecutive months at my site? Example: I would like to be at my site for 6 months, return for one semester in the United States, and then return for 5 months to my site.

We require trainees to spend 12 consecutive months at their site, unless they have special circumstances that prevent that from being a possibility (e.g. residency requirements or other fellowship obligations). If trainees have unique situations that would prevent them from spending 12 consecutive months in country, they should discuss this with the Program Manager prior to applying to the program.


Do I need to be fluent in the language of the country I would like to work in?

Although we do not have a language requirement, we expect trainees to be able to communicate with the staff and research subjects that they will interact with.

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