Vanderbilt-Emory-Cornell-Duke (VECD) is one of six consortia that comprise the Fogarty Global Health Program for Fellows and Scholars, which replaced the Fogarty International Clinical Research Scholars & Fellows (FICRS-F) Program in 2012. The purpose of this program is to provide mentored global health research training opportunities in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) for pre- and post-doctoral candidates from the U.S. and LMICs. The program is sponsored by the Fogarty International Center (FIC) and several collaborating Institutes and Centers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Multiple training sites are available through the Vanderbilt-Emory-Cornell-Duke (VECD) Consortium.
The VECD Consortium comprises four outstanding institutions—Vanderbilt (V), Emory (E), Cornell (C), and Duke (D)—with decades-long global partnerships with premier LMIC research institutions in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Collectively, VECD’s well-funded research portfolio encompasses diverse and complementary topics in all relevant communicable and non-communicable diseases. VECD institutions and faculty have a long history of global engagement, investigative accomplishment and mentoring excellence, as demonstrated by high-impact global health discoveries by VECD trainees.
The VECD international partners are themselves outstanding research institutions based in low- and middle-income countries (including Botswana, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, Guatemala, Haiti, India, Kenya, Mozambique, Nepal, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Vietnam, and Zambia). All sites conduct NIH-supported research and training and have published extensively in major journals. The VECD Global Health Fellows Consortium represents more than 100 faculty members from our U.S. and international collaborating institutions who serve as potential mentors for fellows.