Promising Opportunities In Healthcare Development Research And Reporting

Propitious opportunities for healthcare researchers and journalists to upscale their projects on a global level.

Health concerns have been at the forefront of the global research agenda and health reporting since COVID-19 hit the world in 2019. Since then healthcare sector, whether in terms of journalism, the field of study, or research, has seen immense development and interest. In this week of Youth Time Magazine’s weekly opportunity digest, we round up the various encouraging fellowships and grants for health journalists and scholars in medicine. 


UJMT Fogarty Global Health Fellowship

UJMT Fogarty Global Health Fellowship
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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Johns Hopkins University, Morehouse School of Medicine, and Tulane University have offered mentored research training through the UJMT Fogarty Global Health Fellowship program, funded by the Fogarty International Center within the National Institutes of Health. Applications for the year 2022 are open. 


The program has been in action since 2012. The UJMT consortium comprises four top-ranked U.S. universities, along with academic institutions and research organizations across 16 countries. Over the past 10 years, the overarching goals have been to train the next generation of global health researchers, foster collaborations between U.S. and international institutions, and advance science across a range of topics.


  • Full award: A 12-month full-time appointment includes a monthly stipend, research funds, health insurance and emergency medical and evacuation insurance, and travel funds.
  • Travel and research award: A 12-month full-time appointment includes research funds, health insurance, emergency medical and evacuation insurance, and travel funds.


United States-based trainees:

  • Citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.
  • Candidates from any U.S. institution are eligible, though applicants from the four consortium universities may be given priority.
  • Applicants from underrepresented minorities are encouraged to apply.

International trainees:

  • Postdoctoral researchers who are citizens of one of 16 countries where there are program-affiliated research institutions. Typically, international trainees have an appointment or affiliation with the training site and local mentors.


The last day to apply is November 1, 2022. 

Find out more about the opportunity here. 


Global Health Reporting Initiative

Global Health Reporting Initiative
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The International Women’s Media Foundation is offering Global Health Reporting Initiative (GHRI), focused on vaccines and immunization for the second generation of journalists in Africa and Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) member countries.


In 2021, the IWMF previously trained 30 journalists in Africa and Latin America, and the Caribbean. The first generation of GHRI fellows was trained by Esther Nakkazi in Africa and Fabiola Torres in Latin America and the Caribbean. Established with the support of the Sabin Vaccine Institute’s Immunization Advocates program, this nine-month virtual fellowship will take place from October 2022 through June 2023.


The IWMF will select a total of 30 journalists in Africa and CARPHA member countries in the Caribbean to participate in our GHRI. At the end of the course, in February 2023, the IWMF will award competitive reporting grants to support the production of in-depth, fact-based, high-quality reporting on vaccines, especially regarding vaccine acceptance and demand issues. Journalists who are awarded a reporting grant will be mentored by a senior public health or science reporter. The GHRI will enable journalists to better inform public health influencers and communities about vaccines.


  • The GHRI is open to women, men, and nonbinary journalists.
  • African Journalists: applicants must reside and work in a low- or middle-income country in Africa (as categorized by the World Bank).
  • Caribbean Journalists: applicants must reside and work in a Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) member country in the Caribbean; preference will be given to applicants from low- and middle-income CARPHA countries (as categorized by the World Bank).
  • Applicants must be full-time, professional working journalists with at least two years of journalism experience.
  • Journalists of all backgrounds and experience levels are encouraged to apply; early and mid-career journalists will be given priority.
  • Journalists must be fluent in English to fully participate in and benefit from the initiative.
  • Journalists who are selected will be expected to complete approximately 30 hours of online, synchronous learning; a calendar will be provided in advance.


The last day to apply is September 15, 2022. 

Read more about the fellowship here. 



Digital Health Innovation Accelerator Program

Digital Health Innovation Accelerator Program

Applications are open for Digital Health Innovation Accelerator Program. The aim of the program is to find scalable digital solutions for building and supporting pandemic preparedness capabilities, speeding up demand-driven vaccine distribution, and recovering communities and health systems in Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire, Sierra Leone, and Togo.


The WFP Innovation Accelerator has a track record of organizing over 40 flagship innovation boot camps, supporting over 400 teams to rapidly refine their innovations, field testing over 100 projects, and bringing disruptive innovations to scale, reaching nine million people in 2021 alone. 


  • Selected ventures will be invited to participate in a fully virtual WFP Innovation Bootcamp in November 2022.
  • Selected ventures will be invited to apply to the WFP Sprint Programme – a six-month acceleration program with access to up to $250,000 in equity-free funding, coaching, and mentorship support from a global network of relevant partners in the public health space.   
  • Mature solutions that have proven their concept, scale, and value for social impact may qualify for further funding and support. 


  • Your organization must be an established legal entity (for-profit, non-profit, social enterprise) for at least two years.
  • Your solution should demonstrate adherence to the principles of digital development 
  • The proposed solution should be or work towards creating a digital public global good (i.e., follow open standards, open-source or open data approaches).
  • The developed or implemented solution should preferably use data and information exchange mechanisms based on global standards (e.g., open HIE). 


The deadline for applying to this program is September 11, 2022. 

Read more about the eligibility criteria and details of the program on the official website.



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