Global Women's Health Fellowship

Chicago, Illinois
Sep 08, 2021
Sep 08, 2022
Full Time
Position Type

Global Women’s Health Fellowship

Program Description 


The UIC Global Women’s Health Fellowship is a two-year program that provides a unique educational opportunity for an obstetrician/gynecologist (OB/GYN) seeking a relevant, influential and transformational career in global health. Fellows dedicate 50% of time specifically to global women’s health projects with 50% of their time dedicated to Clinical Instructor faculty appointment at University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). 

The Global Women’s Health fellowship provides training, opportunities and resources for the fellow to develop sustainable educational initiatives, improve clinical services, and lead clinical research in global women’s reproductive and gynecologic health.  The fellowship provides international field experience and mentorship in lower and middle income countries.   Fellows will be encouraged to utilize our outstanding resources and initiate collaborations within the UIC community, such as Center for Global Health, School of Public Health, School of Nursing, Department of Anthropology.

Our global women’s health projects are primarily based in Ethiopia and Uganda. Our fellows will have opportunity to develop relationships with international governmental and non-governmental organizations, such as the Ethiopian Society of Obstetrics and Gynecologists (ESOG) and the Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Uganda (AOGU), in order to perform effective global women’s health work. The program will be a platform to build strong relationships at Mekelle and Jimma Universities in Ethiopia and Makerere University in Uganda. Given the growing need for physician leadership in the international women’s health community, this program will provide experience, leadership, and opportunities in sustainable global women’s health research.


The goal of UIC’s Global Women’s Health Fellowship is to identify and mentor obstetrician-gynecologists who will become future leaders in global women’s health. These future leaders will contribute to sustainable development of women’s health through humanitarian, clinical, educational and research efforts.  


The objectives of the UIC Global Women’s Health Fellowship are:

1. Build a solid foundation of knowledge about global women’s health issues, a fundamental understanding of health care systems, social, cultural contexts and political environments.

2. Acquire ability to understand and identify women’s reproductive and gynecologic health needs, and design, implement and evaluate interventions.

3. Develop leadership skills to lead global women’s health projects 

4. Understand and apply the concepts of sustainability and capacity building in global women’s health.

5. Develop an education project and/or clinical research project which addresses a women’s reproductive or gynecologic health issue for a specific population.

6. Establish network and skills for educational exchange, research, and funding.

Fellowship Expectations

Fellows will receive intensive mentorship from UIC core faculty as well as Ethiopian and Ugandan health care leaders who are recognized for their expertise in women’s reproductive and/or gynecologic health in their country, but also across the World. Fellow responsibilities include:


1. Provide excellent clinical care in Obstetrics and Gynecology as a junior faculty member at UIC (50% time), with associated in-house obstetrical call as assigned.

2. Teach residents and medical students at the University of Illinois at Chicago and at hospitals associated with Mekelle University.


1. Participate in ongoing global health research projects 

2. Develop at least one new research project

3. Publish at least one manuscript in global women’s health in a peer-reviewed journal.

4. Provide mentorship to OBGYN residents interested in global women’s health.


Complete at least one course in community health practice, public health management, and/or clinical research methodology or statistics, to be determined based on the fellow’s experience, career plans and courses availability of courses.

Field Experience 

Fellows will participate in strengthening existing OB/GYN residency programs at Mekelle University, Ayder Referral Hospital, College of Health Sciences; Jimma University, Institute of Health Sciences, and Makerere University, School of Medicine. Our Global Health fellow will provide support for medical students’ education and faculty development and conduct ethical research the prospective regions.   Other field opportunities will also be available through the UIC Center for Global Health.


Candidates must complete an OB/GYN residency training program and be Board-eligible or certified in OBGYN prior to starting the fellowship. In addition, the candidate must have or be eligible for an Illinois State Medical License prior to starting the fellowship.

Salary, and Benefits

Salary and benefits will be at the PGY 5 and PGY6 level. A stipend will be provided for in-house OBGYN coverage. Funding for field experience and project costs will be provided. Overseas benefits, such as evacuation insurance, will be provided.

For more information, please visit the Global Women’s Health program webpage, Interested applicants can email CV to

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