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3 Fulbright-Fogarty Public Health Fellowship Awards

Accepted Degree Levels
Grant Period
9 Months
Award Profile

The Fulbright-Fogarty fellowship in Ghana offers U.S. graduate and post-graduate students in the health sciences practical experience designing and conducting clinical research in Ghana.


Affiliation: Suntreso Government Hospital, Ghana Health Service; Kumasi, Ghana

This long-standing collaboration takes place at a medium-sized government hospital that refers to Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) in Kumasi.

Background: While child mortality (deaths under age 5) have dropped significantly in recent years, neonatal mortality (deaths within the first 28 days after birth) remains a challenge in much of sub-Saharan Africa. Neonatal deaths make up nearly half of all under 5 childhood mortality, and deaths within the first 7 days of life make up half of all neonatal deaths. Thus, the first few days after delivery are critical to improving neonatal outcomes. Project proposals that align with this goal are welcome. 

Previous Project Descriptions:

  • Understanding late identification of neonatal jaundice
  • Epidemiology and surveillance of neonatal birth asphyxia
  • Identifying maternal and neonatal near-misses
  • Community-based knowledge and attitudes toward newborn mortality

Future Potential Project Topics:

  • The role of continuity of care in improving outcomes for premature infants
  • Screening and monitoring of G6PD deficiency among neonates
  • Expanding the role of neonatal near-miss assessments


U.S. Partner:

  • Northern Pacific Global Health Research Fellows Training Consortium (NPGH)

Site Contacts:

  • Dr. Cheryl Moyer:
  • Dr. Ashura Bakari:
  • Lynsey Tafreshi, Program Manager (UW):  


Affiliation: Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, Accra, Ghana

Background: Maternal mortality and morbidity remain enormous challenges in much of sub-Saharan Africa. As maternal mortality slowly declines, measuring maternal morbidity is becoming an increasingly important metric for not only overall maternal health but also healthcare quality. This long-term collaboration involves partners at the University of Michigan and at the Korle Bu Teaching 

Hospital in Accra, Ghana, and has addressed many facets of pregnancy, labor and delivery, and the early post-partum period. 

Projects under the Northern Pacific Global Health Research Fellows Training Consortium

Project Descriptions:

  • Maternal and child health
  • Assessment of maternal near-misses
  • Attitudes toward abortion and family planning
  • Provider understanding of near-misses

Future Potential Project Topics:

  • Non-communicable diseases during pregnancy
  • Sickle-cell in pregnancy
  • Gestational diabetes

U.S. Partner:

Northern Pacific Global Health Research Fellows Training Consortium (NPGH)

Site contact

Projects under the Vanderbilt, Emory, Cornell, Duke Consortium

Site Specialties:

  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Pathology
  • Radiology
  • Anesthesia
  • Surgery

Possible Projects

  • Non-communicable diseases during pregnancy
  • Sickle-cell in pregnancy
  • Gestational diabetes

Point of Contact:

  • Donna Ingles:
  • Dr. Muktar Aliyu: 


Affiliation: University of Ghana, Global Heath Equity Scholars Fellowship (GHES)

Fellows will participate in one or more of the following projects:

  • MRSA in livestock: Molecular epidemiology of methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus among livestock and farm attendants. The project seeks to determine the molecular diversity and antimicrobial resistance of S. aureus and MRSA isolates from livestock and farm attendant.
  • Emerging infectious diseases preparedness: Conduct symptomatic, serological, and molecular surveillances in detecting emerging infections in humans and animals. 
  • School-based nutritional studies: The project evaluates food security and diversity among school children and the impact on their health and school performance.
  • Hookworm infestation: Fully characterize the epidemiology of and molecular basis of benzimidazole treatment failure in Ghana.
  • Filariasis vector control project: The project aims at assessing the effectiveness of various vector control methods to accelerate elimination of Lymphatic filariasis (LF).
  • HIV: 1) Innovative strategies to reach hidden populations; 2) monitoring HIV drug resistant mutations; 3) assessing the effect of antiretroviral therapy on clinical and immunological outcomes in HIV patients; 4) surveillance of HIV- associated cancers; 5) surveillance of antiretroviral therapy toxicity
  • Malaria: 1) vaccine development; 2) co-infection - prevalence of Plasmodium spp, Babesia spp and Toxoplasma gondii infections in patients presenting with febrile illnesses; 3) evolution of drug resistant malaria.

Additional Resources:

Site/Project Contacts:


Affiliation: Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, Korle Bu Teaching Hospital

Background: 28 million people die annually from medical emergencies, representing half of the world’s mortality. In Africa, emergencies annually contribute to 262 years of life lost per 1,000 persons, compared to 129 years globally. Few patients have access to the life-saving treatments for time-sensitive medical conditions that emergency departments (EDs) and emergency medical systems (EMS) effectively provide in developed countries. Over the past 10 years we have introduced the specialty of Emergency Medicine into Ghana through training programs for nurses, physicians and exposure for medical students.  Our long-term outcomes are to improve patient emergency care in Africa through: (1) a growing specialty-trained emergency care workforce; (2) access to low cost, high quality emergency care in financially sustainable EDs and EMS

Previous Project Descriptions:

  • The preventability of Trauma Related deaths at a tertiary urban hospital
  • Diagnostic accuracy of the Kampala Trauma Score using estimated Abbreviated Injury Scale scores and physician opinion.
  • Pediatric injuries at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital

Future Potential Project Topics:

  • Characterization and Outcomes of Traumatic Brain Injury in the Ashanti Region of Ghana.
  • The effectiveness of a regional patient transfer system: A study of the Ashanti Region

U.S. Partner: Northern Pacific Global Health Research Fellows

Site Contacts:

Dr. Rockefeller Oteng:

Dr. Daniel Osei-Kwame:


Affiliation: West African Centre for Cell Biology of Infectious Pathogens, University of Ghana

The mission of the West African Centre for Cell Biology of Infectious Pathogens, University of Ghana (WACCBIP) is to conduct cutting-edge research and spearhead innovation to guide development of new approaches to disease diagnosis, prevention, and control. The priority diseases include malaria, trypanosomiasis, tuberculosis, Buruli ulcer, HIV, rotaviruses, influenza, and dengue, as well as non-communicable diseases such as cancers, chronic kidney disease, sickle cell disease, and diabetes. For each of the priority diseases/pathogens, research is organized into five themes:

  • disease pathogenesis and immunity,
  • pathogen genomics/bioinformatics,
  • host genetics/genomics, host/pathogen interactions,
  • molecular diagnosis, molecular epidemiology for surveillance,
  • target discovery for drug and vaccine development.

There are also emerging themes in etiology of febrile illnesses in children, maternal health, and human genetics (infectious and non-communicable).

Continuously improving research environment, WACCBIP has developed a Core facility to serve as a hub for collaboration among scientists in the sub-region with access to modern research equipment for analysis of samples and other services at reasonable cost.

Services provided by the Core include high-throughput multi-color flow cytometry and cell-sorting, mass spectrometry, gene expression assays, primer synthesis, and expression and purification of proteins. In addition, the WACCBIP Core operates a laboratory supplies store, and is building capacity and expertise for servicing and repair of equipment.

The WACCBIP Core facility also include a biomedical high-performance computing unit (BHPCU) to provide access to cluster computing services, and scientific software for data analyses, modeling/simulation, and information dissemination. Site Website:

Examples of ongoing projects:

WACCBIP receives significant funding from the World Bank and Wellcome Trust for capacity building and these funds provide extensive resources and facilities which will be available for fellows.  

Educational resources and scientific strengths of the host institution and other facilities in the community that would enhance the experience of the trainee researchers:

  • The Centre has a dedicated bioinformatics laboratory with high specification desktop computers loaded with the necessary software for analysis of genome sequence data.
  • The Centre has a High-Performance Computing (HPC) unit for handling and storage of large data.
  • The Centre has modern research laboratories with major equipment including a Confocal Microscope for high resolution cellular imaging and a Flow cytometer for cell analysis.

Site Collaborators:

The main U.S. partner for this site is Harvard University and University of New Mexico.

Site Director:

Prof. Gordon Awandare (Associate Professor/Director):; / Mobile: +233 54 371 7697 

Site Mentors:

Gordon Awandare (Area of expertise: Malaria parasite biology, immunology and pathogenesis):; / Mobile: +233 54 371 7697

Osbourne Quaye (Area of expertise: Molecular virology): / Mobile : +233 (0) 303 933 223 

Elvis K Tiburu (Area of expertise: Structural Biology): / Mobile: +233 (0) 55 958 5194 

Yaw Asare Afrane (Area of expertise: Epidemiology): / Mobile: +233 (0) 54 228 6113 

Project Contacts:

Wafaie Fawzi (Professor of Global Health, Nutrition, and Epidemiology; Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard Chan School):

Patricie Niyitegeka:


Fulbright Fogarty Fellows at WACCBIP will work closely with the HBNU consortium. For more information about the consortium please visit this website:

Grant Period

9 Months

Grants are for 9-10 months during the period of August 1 - June 30.

Pre-Departure Orientation


Grantees will be required to participate in a Pre-Departure Orientation with NIH in July.

Candidate Profile

Candidates must fall under one of the following categories: Post-third year medical school; ; Ph.D. students in health sciences (post-Master’s-level), and must be enrolled in an accredited doctoral level program (MD, PhD or equivalent).

Accepted Degree Levels


Foreign Language Proficiency

Not Required

Additional Information: No Ghanaian local language skills are required. However, some study of local languages (e.g., Twi, Fanti, Ga) prior to arrival is encouraged to promote deeper engagement with the host community. Field researchers may need to coordinate with Ghanaian partner institutions for assistance in specific communities. Language training institutes are located in Accra, Abetifi, and Tamale. Intensive private tutoring can also be explored by the grantee.

Fulbright Proposal Types

Independent Study/Research: Yes

Graduate Degree Enrollment: No


Applicants are required to obtain a letter of support from the site contact.

When emailing project contacts, please include both contacts and attach a current CV and a concise statement (less than 500 words) about your interest in the program (especially your primary research interest).

Special Application Instructions

Select "Fulbright-Fogarty" for the Award Type from the drop-down menu in the application.

All Fulbright-Fogarty applicants pursuing a placement in Ghana should select “Public Health” as the Field of Study in the Fulbright application.


Dependent support is available.

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website