Program Overview

The Fulbright-Fogarty Fellowship in Public Health is a partnership program between the US Fulbright Program and the Fogarty International Center (FIC) of the U.S. National Institute of Health (NIH). The Fulbright-Fogarty partnership began in 2011 as a way to expand public health and clinical research opportunities in resource-limited settings around the world. This program is a special opportunity for medical and graduate students interested in conducting global health research.

This program is an opportunity for fellows to receive the same benefits of a traditional Fulbright Fellowship, but also additional training, support, mentorship, and professional development opportunities through the Fogarty-funded NPGH LEADERs program.

NPGH Fulbright-Fogarty Fellowship placements for the 2025-2026 academic year will be available in the following countries:

  • Ghana
  • Nepal
  • Peru
  • Thailand
  • Uganda

Applicants are strongly encouraged to communicate their interest in the program with the site contacts listed on the individual country pages and the NPGH LEADERs program contacts well in advance of the application deadline.

Requirements and Eligibility

By the start of the program year (July 2025), fellows must be an MD (and other professional degrees) student who has completed their 3rd year or a Ph.D. candidate who has completed their Master’s level requirements (i.e., post-qualifying exam). The basic requirements and process for applying for the Fulbright-Fogarty Program are the same as for any Fulbright U.S. Student Study/Research Grant. Applicants must apply through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program website.

Eligibility criteria include:

  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens.
  • Applications are open to advanced medical and Ph.D. (or equivalent research doctoral degree program) students interested in global health research.
  • Degree requirements, research focus, and U.S. partner vary by country, as indicated on the Fulbright US Student Program website.
  • Applicants can apply to only one country.

The Fulbright-Fogarty application deadline for the 2025-2026 academic year is Tuesday, October 8, 2024, at 5 pm Eastern Time.

For more information on the Fulbright-Fogarty application process and recommendations, please visit the Fulbright website.

NPGH Fulbright-Fogarty Fellow Testimonials

Neha Balapal

Ms. Balapal spent her fellowship year at Kathmandu University School of Medical Sciences in Dhulikhel, Nepal under the mentorship of Dr. Archana Shrestha, MPH, PhD and Dr. Annette Fitzpatrick, PhD. Her research project evaluated perceptions of Ayurveda and allopathy in Nepal, and integration of Ayurveda for cardiovascular disease prevention. Ms. Balapal is a medical student at CUNY School of Medicine where she has had unique educational experiences focused on health disparities. Therefore, she hopes to become a family medicine physician and is passionate about providing compassionate, culturally competent healthcare to medically underserved communities.

Fulbright-Fogarty Experience:

“The Fulbright-Fogarty program is uniquely special as it is designed for the needs of predoctoral students; it provides the camaraderie and rigorous in-country support of a traditional Fulbright program with the added benefit of mentorship and educational support of being a part of a Fogarty consortium. While a traditional Fulbright may not always seem feasible while in the middle of a doctoral degree, and a Fogarty fellowship may feel overwhelming as a student still building independent research experience, this program offered an ideal combination that tailored to my needs. I was able to get the best of both worlds and be surrounded by other predoctoral students with similar career stages and life goals, something that helped me personally develop new lifelong friendships! I have had an immensely positive experience as a Fulbright-Fogarty fellow and gained unique exposure to global health by very welcoming leaders and mentors. This experience has inspired me to consider pursuing a career in global health.”

Morgan Yapundich

Ms. Morgan Yapundich spent her fellowship year at Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra, Ghana working under the mentorship of Professor Samuel A. Oppong in the Obstetrics and Gynaecology Department. Her research focused on exploring the scope of patient health literacy concerning their condition of sickle cell disease in pregnancy, with hopes of informing the development of novel educational tools to implement in the antenatal clinic. Morgan is currently a fourth-year medical student at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. After completing the Fulbright-Fogarty fellowship, she plans to finish medical school and apply for OB-GYN residency. Ms. Yapundich plans to devote her career to improving the access and quality of reproductive health care across the globe. She previously decided to pursue a career in medicine during her post-baccalaureate fellowship at the National Institutes of Health studying sickle cell disease under her mentor, Dr. John Tisdale. She further found a passion for reproductive health and global health during her first three years of medical school, which led her to merge all her interests into the project she chose to carry out during her Fulbright-Fogarty fellowship.

Fulbright-Fogarty Experience:

“The Fulbright-Fogarty Fellowship Program was the perfect fit for a young professional at my level of training. In addition to providing opportunities to engage in rigorous academic research, the combined program emphasized the importance of cultural immersion and exchange outside of research. Furthermore, the program’s length of time (9-months long) was just the right amount for doctoral students who were taking time out of the typical academic curriculum to complete such a fellowship. Most importantly, through the combined program, I was able to further expand my network through the people I met with the Fulbright Commission and Fogarty International. The connections I made in both programs were invaluable, and I am so grateful for them.”

Lindy Reynolds

Ms. Reynolds spent her fellowship year at Kathmandu University School of Medical Sciences in Dhulikhel, Nepal under the mentorship of Archana Shrestha, MPH, PhD. Her research focused on Geospatial analysis of cardiovascular disease & pre-hospital care trends in central Nepal. Ms. Reynolds is a Graduate Research Assistant at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Her goal is to work at the intersection of research & policy to advance progress towards reducing the burden of injury in LMIC by conducting research that aids in the development of emergency medical systems. Improving post-injury care will lead to better patient outcomes & reduced morbidity and mortality. Ms. Reynolds’ interest in global health began in undergrad where she had the opportunity to study social determinants of health in the context of the HIV epidemic in Botswana. Following the completion of her master’s degree, she had the opportunity to work at the World Health Organization where she learned the importance of collaboration between people with research expertise & people with policy & implementation expertise which influenced her current career path.

Fulbright-Fogarty Experience:

“I came across the opportunity because I had seen an email flyer from the global health center at my university and attended their information session about the Fulbright-Fogarty Fellowship. The opportunity piqued my interest because I wanted to become more involved in global health work than what I was currently doing. It aligned well with where I was in my PhD program and would provide me with invaluable hands-on experience in project management that cannot be obtained elsewhere. Specifically, I was interested in the research mentorship and support from Fogarty, but I was also excited about the emphasis Fulbright places on cultural exchange. My experience as Fulbright-Fogarty Fellow has been an overall amazing experience. I enjoyed networking with fellows from other consortia at the orientation at NIH prior to the start of the fellowship, have formed many relationships with my peers over the course of my fellowship within the NPGH consortium that have developed into collaborations on additional projects, and have learned so much from my Nepali mentors as well as the PIs in NPGH. Outside of work-related things, the community in Nepal welcomed us with open arms and everyone was so friendly to us. People were quick to invite us over for home cooked meals, help us get settled into life in Nepal and just overall looked out for us. This is one of the main reasons I had such a great fellowship experience!”

Additional Resources

If you have further questions regarding the Fogarty-Fulbright Fellowship, here are some additional resources:

Additionally, feel free to reach out to the NPGH support team or Fulbright-Fogarty Alumni with any questions:

Roopa Sriram, Program Manager
Phone: 1-206-685-2853
Email: ghfprgm@uw.edu

Bridget DeMouy, Program Coordinator
Phone: 1-206-897-6005
Email: ghfpc@uw.edu

Neha Balapal- Alumn
Email: nbalapa000@csom.cuny.edu

Dinasha Dahanayake- Alumn
Email: dinasha.d@berkeley.edu

Lindy Reynolds- Alumn
Email: lmreynolds@uabmc.edu

Christina Park- Alumn
Email: cpark5@uw.edu