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The One Health Fellowship program is a bilateral, global exchange initiative, designed to promote mutual understanding, enhance One Health leadership and professional skills, and build lasting and sustainable partnerships between the fellows, Rwandan institutions, and partners in the United States (US). The One Health Fellowship program creates a network of One Health leaders who can use their professional knowledge to minimize public health threats in their countries and communities through targeted One Health leadership training, deliberately crafted fellowship placements, and creation of strategic and sustainable partnerships.

The six-week Fellowship begins with active participation in the One Health Leadership and Advocacy workshop at Cummings School. Cummings Host International will welcome fellows into the Tufts community and will facilitate meaningful cross-cultural experiences.

The One Health Fellowship program will launch recent graduates and young One Health leaders on career paths by giving them a broader set of working experience and skills. Recent graduates, as well as junior faculty from University of Global Health Equity and University of Rwanda, will be selected to participate in the One Health Fellowship program. Young leaders, who play vital roles in strengthening their communities by building resiliency in the face of public health threats, are encouraged to apply. One Health fellows will be selected from a range of disciplines including medicine, veterinary medicine, social and environmental sciences, nursing, policy, customs, gender and women’s empowerment, media, psychosocial health, and community organization.

The fellowship will take place from mid-May 2020 to the end of June 2021. The eight One Health fellows selected to participate will spend a period of six weeks in the US, which includes a four-week individually tailored placement at a US-based organization.

Program Benefits

  • Gain first-hand knowledge about US public health organizations and institutions, while building networks and relationships with US counterparts
  • Be placed at a US-based, One Health organization that is unique to each fellow’s public health interests
  • Collaborate with their US counterparts by sharing ideas, approaches, and strategies for One Health challenges
  • Participate in a fully-funded program with comprehensive on-site Travel and living arrangements will be covered, and emergency health insurance and visa fees will be provided
  • Become part of a prestigious One Health Network accessible through Alumni will gain access to resources, including an international network of like-minded professionals spanning the globe
  • Gain competencies in One Health leadership and advocacy, management, civic engagement, networking and participation provides the opportunity to become a transformative agent in the community. Fellows will leave the program with the necessary tools for resiliency in the face of public health threats.
  • Have an opportunity to develop a follow-up project to be implemented in Rwanda

If you are interested in applying for the One Health Fellowship, review the eligibility and application guidelines and download the application form from the attachments below. The deadline for submitting your application is February 7th, 2020. Applicants will be notified about acceptance by early March, 2020.

This One Health Fellowship program is sponsored by the Tufts-UGHE-UR One Health Collaborative with financial support from the Cummings Foundation.