Application Process


LMIC Postdoctoral fellows
You are eligible to apply, if you have an affiliation with one of the 20 GloCal international sites.

US Postdoctoral fellows affiliated with UC
You are eligible to apply. If you are from a UC campus not part of the GloCal consortium (UCD, UCSD, UCSF, UCLA), then you must also establish a mentor from one of the four consortium campuses.

US Postdoctoral fellows not affiliated with UC
You are eligible to apply, but must establish a UC mentor (from one of the four GloCal consortium campuses) who is willing to appoint you in his/her department if accepted into the fellowship.

UC Advanced doctoral students (PhD, DrPh, etc)
You are eligible to apply if you have advanced to candidacy by the time the fellowship begins. Your dissertation research is expected to be your GloCal project, with your dissertation advisor serving on your fellowship mentoring team.

UC Senior professional students (MD, DDS, DVM, etc)
You are eligible to apply if you have completed your basic science courses and one year of clinical training before you begin the fellowship.

Undergraduate or Master’s level students
You are NOT eligible to apply for this fellowship.

US postdoctoral applicants do not necessarily need to be affiliated with a UC campus prior to applying, but must establish a UC mentor who is willing to appoint the fellow in his/her department if accepted into the fellowship. International postdoctoral applicants must be affiliated with one of GloCal's 20 international sites.

Eligible fellows must:

  • Be citizens of the United States or its territories or possessions, or persons lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence,
    • OR if they are international postdocs, must be citizens from one of the 17 low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) in the GloCal Health Fellowship Program. International Postdoc fellows from LMICs must carry out their fellowships in their home countries.
  • Have demonstrated interest in, and statement of commitment to, a career in global health research.
  • Have support from two committed faculty mentors. A mentor team consists of one mentor from each of the categories below:
    • One of the four UC GloCal Consortium campuses (UC Davis, UCLA, UC San Diego, and UCSF).
    • An affiliated international site.
    • If accepted to the fellowship, you will be required to find/identify an additional “trans” mentor who is a senior investigator from a different field of expertise and/or a different geographic location than the fellow.
    • Please note: if you are applying from one of the six UC campuses not part of the Consortium, the recommendation is to have your third “trans” mentor be someone from your home institution

Types of support

Fellowships, which begin annually in July, provide:

  • 12 consecutive months of stipend support
  • Research funding ($15,000)
  • Travel costs to and from the international field site
  • Support for online courses
  • A week-long orientation on the National Institutes of Health campus in Washington, D.C.


Applications are due November 15, 2018 for fellowships beginning in July 2019.  

To apply, please complete the online application and provide the required supporting documents by November 15, 2018. You can save your work on the application at any time by scrolling to the bottom and clicking on the "Save and Return Later" button. After saving, you will be given a code to return to the application.

Please anticipate the application deadline to avoid a last-minute submission, as no exceptions will be made for applications received after the deadline. If you have any questions related to the online application process, please contact Kimberly Bale.

For reference purposes only:


I would like to enroll in GloCal, but cannot commit 12 consecutive months to living abroad. Am I still eligible?

No, one of the main requirements of the GloCal program is that fellows must train in the LMIC where they plan to carry out their research plan.

I would like to propose adding another international site to the list. How do I go about doing that?

GloCal is not currently considering additional international training sites, but may do so again sometime in the future. For more information, please contact Assistant Director, Kimberly Bale.

I have a mentor in mind from one of the four UCs / international sites, but I do not see him or her on the mentor list. Can I use this mentor?

Yes, as long as he or she is from one of the 20 international sites or from one of the represented UC sites (UCSF, UC San Diego, UCLA, UC Davis) and is willing to mentor you throughout the fellowship. Feel free to share our Mentorship Compact that outlines the expectations of GloCal mentors.

I am a master’s (or undergraduate) student from one of the four UCs, am I eligible to apply?

No, the program is not accepting master's or undergraduate students at this time.

I am affiliated with a UC other than one of the four, am I eligible to apply?

Yes, but you must identify a mentor from one of the four GloCal Consortium campuses, prior to applying. For more information on the mentorship requirements, please visit the resources page.

I am a doctoral or professional student at one of the UC schools but am not a US citizen or permanent resident; am I eligible to apply?

No, doctoral and professional students must be US citizens or permanent residents to be eligible for this fellowship. See eligibility criteria.

Selection process

The UCGHI GloCal Health Fellowship Steering Committee, which is comprised of faculty members from the four UC GloCal Consortium campuses and affiliated international sites, reviews all proposals and makes award decisions with the Leadership Group. The application review process follows guidelines of the NIH Center for Scientific Review, including potential conflicts of interest of reviewers and other key issues. Fellowship awardees are usually notified by March of each year.

Research topics

Funding is available for research related, but not limited, to the following topics:

  • Agriculture
  • Anthropology
  • Biology
  • Biostatistics/Bioinformatics
  • Chemistry
  • Geography
  • Law
  • Medicine
  • Molecular Biology
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition
  • Oceanography
  • Planetary Health
  • Pharmacy
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Public Health
  • Sociology
  • Veterinarian Medicine
  • Women's Health