Application Process


The GloCal Health Fellowship is open to:

  • Postdoctoral fellows from the US or one of the 17 affiliated low- and middle-income countries (LMICs);
  • Senior professional students (MD, DDS, DVM, PharmD, etc.) in health-related disciplines (human or animal) such as medicine, nursing (PhD level only), dentistry, optometry, etc. at one of the ten UC campuses; and
  • Advanced doctoral students (PhD, DrPH, etc.) in fields such as health sciences, social and behavioral sciences, nutrition, environment, etc. at one of the ten UC campuses
    • Students enrolled in joint doctoral or professional programs between a UC and another university (i.e. San Diego State University/UC San Diego, Drew/UCLA) are eligible.
    • PhD students should have completed their Master's-level coursework
    • Professional degree candidates should have completed their basic science courses and one year of clinical training before they begin the 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. 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 one of the four UC GloCal Consortium campuses (UC Davis, UCLA, UC San Diego, and UCSF) as well as an affiliated international site, through committed faculty mentors from both the UC and the international site.

Types of support

Fellowships, which begin annually in July, provide:

  • 12 consecutive months of stipend support
  • Health insurance
  • Modest research training costs (approximately $15,000)
  • Travel costs to and from the international field site
  • Support for online courses
  • A weeklong orientation on the National Institutes of Health campus in Washington, D.C.


The application cycle begins in August each year, with applications due November 1 for fellowships beginning the following July.

To apply, please complete the online application and provide the required supporting documents. 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: PDF version of the application


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), your mentor can be added to the list after being approved as a mentor. Please contact Assistant Director Kimberly Bale.

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?

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.

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