Fellowship Training Program

Principal Components of the Training Program

The GloCal Health Fellowship Training Program has four principal components:

  • Research Project Design - A 12-month, hands-on research project on-site with one of our 21 well-established, international collaborative partners
  • Mentorship - A strong, interdisciplinary mentored research experience
  • Global Health Education - Instruction in global health and related topics provided through online or onsite courses;
  • Career Development - Career development to help ensure that fellows attain their short-term career goals and transition to the next career stage

Component 1: Research Project Design

Each fellow will design, develop and conduct a mentored, hands-on research project at his/her respective international site location. Candidates must meet with their potential mentors to design and develop a specific research project prior to submitting their application. Generally, fellows will be at their international research sites for 11-12 consecutive.

Component 2: Mentorship

Mentorship is the foundation of success for each GloCal fellow and the overall program. Each fellow works with three mentors using our innovative and successful trans-mentorship model. Trans-mentorship facilitates interdisciplinary research by pairing fellows from one discipline with senior investigators from a different discipline. This approach provides fellows with multiple sources of intellectual, practical and career guidance. Fellows will establish one UC mentor (from within the UC GloCal Consortium campuses) with expertise in the fellow's research field, one mentor from the international site, and one trans-mentor.

Mentors are expected to provide guidance for fellows during the program, as well as ongoing support for subsequent career development. To provide a solid foundation for mentoring, each fellow will complete an Individual Development Plan (IDP) with his or her mentor team, including a mentor compact, baseline goals, and a series of appraisals. The mentor compact sets expectations for both mentors and fellows, including short-term goals, planned data collection, abstracts, manuscripts and grant proposals. It also provides a basis for the mentor and fellow evaluations that occur at the program midpoint and at completion.

Component 3: Global Health Education

A variety of online instructional programs in global health are available through the UC GloCal consortium campuses for trainees residing abroad. Online course topics include:

  • Clinical epidemiology
  • Classical epidemiology
  • Experimental design
  • Drug/device development
  • Cost-effectiveness analysis
  • Qualitative research
  • Implementation and dissemination sciences
  • Ethical conduct of research

At the beginning of their fellowships, all fellows will be required to take the six-week CTSI Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) online course, unless they demonstrate that they have taken a comparable course within the previous 24 months. Fellows can subsequently take additional courses for academic credit or non-credit during the year to fill in gaps in their methodological training.

cover of Fellow Handbook for 2022-2023

GloCal Fellow Handbook 2022-2023

Component 4: Career Development

The GloCal Fellowship provides career development to ensure that each fellow reaches the next stage of his/her career. Regardless of the current stage of a fellow's career, the program provides an understanding of several key topics: pathways to a successful academic career; obtaining funding from various sources; and managing a professional life of research, clinical care, education and service — all essential to excel in academia. GloCal career development activities focus on the conduct of scientific research, the basics of career trajectories, management of a research team, and best practices in giving and receiving constructive feedback.

During the fellowship, predoctoral fellows will be expected to generate one abstract and at least one dissertation manuscript. Postdoctoral fellows will be expected to generate one abstract and one or two manuscripts, and are also encouraged to submit a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Career Development Award (K-grant), or similar grant, to fund a global health faculty position after completion of the program. International postdoctoral fellows who are not eligible for an NIH Career Development Awards will be required to apply for eligible NIH-based research (e.g. Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) pilot grants or NIH/D43 in-country developmental pilot grants).

Component 5: U.S.-based training and mentoring program (TMP) for LMIC fellows

LMIC fellows will be required to participate in a 2-3 month TMP in-residence at UC to ensure that they take full advantage of unique resources and capacities of UC that may not be available in some LMICs. LMIC fellows will also strengthen their relationship with their UC mentors and their research teams with the goal to positively impact fellows’ long-term career trajectory following GloCal. In addition to spending critical time with their primary UC mentor, this program will be tailor-made for each fellow’s specific needs, and provide structured-learning (such as UCSF’s Training in Clinical Research (TICR) 4-week Summer Clinical Research Workshop), skills development, and scientific network and community strengthening that includes LMIC fellows, other postdoctoral trainees at UC, faculty, and the GloCal Leadership Group. 

LMIC fellows are strongly encouraged to arrange their TMP immediately after Fogarty LAUNCH orientation (July-Sept) so they can to attend UCSF’s 4 week Designing Clinical Research course, and then spend the remainder of their 2-3 months on the campus of their primary UC mentor, if it is not UCSF. However, LMIC fellows who already have a well-established relationship with their UC mentor and have completed similar or equivalent training can exceptionally request to schedule the TMP at the end of their fellowship (April-June).