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Afya Bora Consortium Fellowship in Global Health Leadership

The Afya Bora Consortium is a partnership of five African and four US universities formed to provide future global health leaders with practical skills that are currently not part of traditional training in the health professions. There is an urgent need for training programs based in Africa that will provide local health professionals with leadership, program management and evaluation skills. Partnership between African and US academic institutions are ideally suited to provide such training because they promote resource sharing and create linkages between the universities and both governmental and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that provide health services in communities.

The Afya Bora Fellowship will provide trainees with a set of practical skills that will prepare them for leadership positions in government, non-government, and academic health institutions in developing countries. The Afya Bora Fellowship is funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).

The Afya Bora Fellowship in Global Health Leadership works to fill an identified gap in training for African and U.S. health professionals. This innovative 9-month fellowship will prepare African and U.S. health professionals to lead and manage major health programs in African countries

The 9-month training program has two components:

  • Distance learning modules
  • A mentored, project-based assignment to an attachment site at academic, local government, or non-governmental health organizations in partner African countries


In order to be eligible to apply all applicants MUST meet the following criteria:

  1. Be a citizen or permanent resident of Botswana, Cameroon, Kenya, Tanzania, or UgandaAND
  2. Meet ONE of the following education requirements:
  • Medical applicants need to have a M.D. or MBChB with a MMed or Master’s degree in related field.
  • Nursing applicants need to have a Master’s degree in nursing, public health or a related field (PhD preferred), or substantial work experience.
  • Other public health professionals (those without a clinical degree) must have a Doctoral degree in public health or a related field.

Application Timeline

  • Applications open: August 2020
  • Applications due: October 9, 2020
  • Interviews: October – November, 2020
    • Select applicants will be contacted for an interview
  • Notification of acceptance: December 2020
    • Accepted and waitlisted applicants will be notified
  • Fellowship begins: January 4, 2021

Application process and official link

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