Global Health Corps is a U.S. non-profit organization that offers a competitive fellowship to support emerging global health leaders.
Global Health Corps selects young professionals for paid, year-long fellowships with organizations promoting health equity in East Africa, Southern Africa, and the United States. For each Global Health Corps site, one local fellow and one international fellow are selected to promote cross-cultural awareness and understanding. Global Health Corps provides financial support, professional development, and mentorship to hundreds of fellows each year.
In the most recent fellow class of 2015-2016, Global Health Corps accepted 2.68% of its 5000 applicants, producing a class of 134 fellows working with 62 partner organizations Since its founding in 2009, GHC has deployed 900 fellows to work in 7 countries.
In 2009, Global Health Corps sent its first class of fellows to year-long assignments in Rwanda, Malawi, Tanzania, Newark, and Boston.The 22 fellows were selected from 1,300 applicants. After a two-week Training Institute at Stanford University, the fellows began assignments with one of five partner nonprofits: the Clinton HIV/AIDS Initiative, Partners In Health, the Southern African Center for Infectious Disease Surveillance, Covenant House in Newark, New Jersey, and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. The Training Institute has been held at Yale University in New Haven, CT since July 2010.
The Global Health Corps concept arose from brainstorming at the aids2031 conference hosted by Google.org in March 2008.Global Health Corps was founded in 2009 and has received support from Google.org and a number of other private organizations. The CEO and Co-Founder of Global Health Corps, Barbara Pierce Bush was awarded an Echoing Green Fellowship and a Draper Richards Fellowship in 2009 to support the development of the Global Health Corps.