Program Summary and Research Topics

The VECD Global Health Fellowship Consortium is one of five major Consortia sponsored by the National Institutes of Health Fogarty International Center.

The Fogarty Global Health Fellowship Program replaced the Fogarty International Clinical Research Scholars & Fellows (FICRS-F) Program, presenting new opportunities in global health research training. The Global Health Fellowship Program is a mentored research training program for pre- and postdoctoral candidates, sponsored by the Fogarty International Center (FIC) and several collaborating institutes and centers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Fellows train in a 12-month intensive, hands-on research program at one of our affiliated international training sites. VECD’s highly experienced global health mentors work together to mentor fellows at numerous U.S. and LMIC partner institutions, which include diverse, well-funded research sites in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean.

The VECD Global Health Consortium represents 115 faculty members from our four U.S. Universities and international collaborating institutions who serve as potential mentors for fellows. These faculty members represent expertise in infectious diseases, HIV/AIDS, cancer, nutrition, diabetes/metabolic diseases, cardiology, mental health, women and MCH, pediatrics, substance abuse, ophthalmology, dental/oral health, surgery, trauma, burn, anesthesiology, health systems/implementation science, behavioral/social sciences, nursing, neurology/stroke, lung diseases, and genetics.

Funding is available for clinical research related to but not limited to the following topics:

  • HIV/AIDS, including STDs, tuberculosis, opportunistic infections, opportunistic malignancies

  • Cancer, including oncology, radiation therapy, pathophysiology, and other cancer-related issues, including but not limited to HIV-related cancers.
  • Diseases of the heart, vessels, lungs, and blood, including blood resources
  • Diabetes and metabolic diseases.
  • Mental disorders, including basic, clinical, and translational research to advance understanding of causes, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention.
  • Behavioral research including substance (drug and/or alcohol) use.
  • Ophthalmology and any eye-related research.

* The term “clinical research” means patient-oriented clinical research conducted with human subjects, or research on the causes and consequences of disease in human populations involving material of human origin (such as tissue specimens and cognitive phenomena) for which an investigator or colleague directly interacts with human subjects in an outpatient or inpatient setting to clarify a problem in human physiology, pathophysiology or disease, or epidemiologic or behavioral studies, outcomes research or health services research, or development of new technologies, therapeutic interventions, or clinical trials.