Thursday, February 10, 2011

ASPH/CDC Allan Rosenfield Global Health Fellowship Program

ASPH/CDC Allan Rosenfield Global Health Fellowship Program

ASPH/CDC Allan Rosenfield Global Health Fellowship Program
In recognition of a career dedicated to improving the health of the world’s most vulnerable populations, ASPH, with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), established a fellowship in honor of Dr. Allan Rosenfield, former Dean of the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. The Allan Rosenfield Global Health Fellowship Program provides international training opportunities for recent graduates of ASPH member accredited schools of public health (MPH and Doctoral level).

What does the ASPH Fellowship offer you
The fellowship is an outstanding training opportunity to learn from leading global health experts in CDC headquarters in Atlanta as well as various international posts. The students selected as Allan Rosenfield Global Health Fellows are expected to involve themselves, as Dr. Rosenfield did throughout his career, in all aspects of global health. Dr. Rosenfield touched many corners of public health as a leader addressing issues from women’s health to HIV/AIDS to advocating healthcare for the poor and disadvantaged. His commitment to improving lives in neighborhoods not only close to us, but in places such as rural sub-Saharan Africa and Asia, leaves behind a strong and powerful footprint that we hope to motivate our fellows to follow during the period of their fellowship and throughout their public health career.

The purpose of the fellowship program is to enhance training of graduates of the schools of public health with an interest in global health and HIV/AIDS. The training offered through this program will expand the global health prevention workforce and provide fellows an opportunity to gain practical, first-hand experience on the front lines of international public health. Fellows will benefit from an opportunity to apply and translate academic knowledge of public health to real world situations.

When and where are the Fellowships offered?
International fellowships may be placed within a global health program at CDC headquarters in Atlanta, or in one of the 50 foreign countries where CDC is working with the Ministry of Health and other Public Health partners, depending on the needs of the program. Additional travel during the fellowship period may be required depending on program activities and priorities. Exact geographical locations will not be determined until the final placement process. At that time, successful applicants will be offered positions and notified of the geographic location for that particular position. The selected fellows will be required to relocate to the fellowship assignment locations.

Once a candidate has accepted a fellowship position, he/she will receive detailed information on the logistics for the fellowship program and the fellowship position. Prior to leaving for the fellowship assignment locations, fellows will be required to travel to CDC in Atlanta, GA for a 10-day orientation in mid-September 2010. Fellowship assignments will begin following Orientation.

To be eligible for this program, applicants must have received their Masters or Doctorate degree prior to the beginning of the fellowship (no later than August 2010) or within the last five years (no earlier than May 2005). Graduate degrees must come from an ASPH member graduate school of public health accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). All applicants must be U.S. citizens or hold a visa permitting permanent residence (“Green Card”) in the U.S. to be eligible for the fellowship program.

Fellowship Stipend
An annual training stipend of $40,949 is provided and is intended to cover all personal living expenses. The stipend will be paid in semi-monthly installments during the course of the fellowship. In addition to the fellowship stipend, fellows will have various expense allowances available to them to cover additional expenses (including health insurance and travel costs). Allowances will vary depending on the location of the fellowship and anticipated travel needs.

How are Fellows selected?
A review committee composed of faculty members from ASPH member schools of public health with expertise in global health issues will complete the objective review of the applications on the following criteria: quality of essay, strength of credentials, previous professional experience; and letters of recommendation. Applicants may be contacted by the committee for additional information and/or clarification of information relevant to the application. Following this review, all applications receiving a qualifying score will be sent to CDC for final review and technical selection. At CDC, technical advisors review the applications along with the faculty review comments to assess which of the candidates applying for the individual projects are most suited for the fellowship.

How do I apply to the program?
There are two components to the application process, the completion of the online application system and mailing of ONE set of hard copy documents to ASPH in ONE package. The following lists all documents required to apply:

1.An essay (1500 word max) for each training area to which you are applying explaining your interests, strengths and qualifications for that position and how it will benefit your long-term career plans in the field of public health.
3.Two references - Name, email and phone number.
Hard copy documents:
1.Two Generic Letters of Recommendation (from the references provided in the online application). Must be on a letter head with contact information and original signature. Does not need to be in a sealed envelope. Please request your recommenders to not fold or staple recommendation letters.
2.Signature Page available upon submitting the online application. You will need to print, and sign. Please do not fold or staple pages.
3.Official Graduate Transcripts (School of Public Health only). This will need to be in a sealed envelope issued by your school.
4.A copy of your Green card, if you are not a US Citizen.

1 comment:

  1. Hi,
    I just received notice that I have been advanced to the next phase of selection for the Allan Rosenfield fellowship for this year. Does anyone in your group happen to know what the phone interviews are like and/or what the rest of the selection process entails? If so, please email me at