2016 European Young Leaders in Global Health Fellowship

Dear EMSAï,

Hereby I would like to point you to the following opportunity for the 2016 European Young Leaders in Global Health Fellowship.

With the summer months fast approaching, many medical students around the world are planning how they will spend their free time or how they can complete their electives in another, perhaps warmer or more exotic environment. International electives are hardly a new trend, with more and more medical students completing their electives in abroad each year [Drain, P K. et al.]. These international experiences can be exceptionally rewarding and eye-opening, changing career paths and reinvigorating a student’s passion for their field. With this increased mobility, institutions and organizations have started to design competencies and stronger ethical standards that guide students and fully appreciate the complexities that global health offer.

A long-term provider of global health immersion placement programmes, the San Francisco-based Child Family Health International (CFHI) is proud to announce the first European Young Leaders in Global Health Fellowship, a full-ride scholarship opportunity for a European student or new graduate to engage with a local healthcare system unlike their own. This unique fellowship will be awarded to an individual who best demonstrates CFHI’s motto ‘Let the World Change You’.

The successful candidate will receive a full one-month scholarship to one of CFHI’s 30 global health education internships, which will place them in the ‘trenches of global health’ alongside local health care workers, patients and community leaders. The fellow will also be given a Unite for Sight Global Health Certificate course as well as have their registration fee waived to the 3rd Next Generation Global Health Forum conference in Barcelona, Spain (September 30 – October 1), where they will get the opportunity to network with other young professionals and present about their global health experience. Applicants can choose from over 30 programs in 10 countries that focus on a variety of important global health topics, including tropical medicine, HIV/AIDS, end-of-life care, maternal/child health and more.

Last year saw the San Francisco-based Child Family Health International (CFHI) name its inaugural Director of European Engagement, increasing its presence and engagement in the European region. CFHI is a non-governmental organization (NGO) operating at the grassroots level to provide transformative global health education experiences and community empowerment in underserved communities around the world. CFHI offers 30+ Global Health Education Programs designed to broaden students’ perspectives about global health – as well as a variety of community health initiatives and projects – in developing countries including Bolivia, Ecuador, India, Argentina, Mexico, Uganda, South Africa, Ghana, Tanzania, and the Philippines. More than 8,000 students from around the world have participated in CFHI programs to date. CFHI has been granted Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC) and is excited to bring its expertise and long-standing reputation to the European region.

Deadline for registering is April 17th, 2016. For more information and registration go to: https://www.cfhi.org/scholarships

Drain, P. K., Primack, A., Hunt, D., Fawzi, W. W., Holmes, K. K., Gardner, P. Global Health in Medical Education: A Call for More Training and Opportunities. 2007. Academic Medicine, 82 (3)

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