Suzanne and Ward Chambers global health fellowship

The UNMC College of Public Health Suzanne and Ward Chambers Summer Global Health Fellowship Award was established in 2014 by the generous support of UNMC COPH faculty member and physician Dr. Ward Chambers and his wife Suzanne Chambers and Dr. Gail Yanney. Dr. Chambers was a long-serving Director for Global Health at UNMC and this funded fellowship is dedicated to continuing his passion to introduce students to global health experiences, with opportunities to support advances and innovations in global public health.

Every year, the COPH awards four Fellowships to COPH students who want to conduct health engagement projects or population health research overseas in qualified countries.  The Fellowship includes 4-6 weeks of global site work, with an additional 4-6 weeks dedicated to preparation for the research project, post-data collection analysis, and manuscript preparation.  This experience provides an opportunity to co-create research capacity internationally with diverse population health-partners in-country and across the Nebraska University system. 

A maximum of $4,000 is given to awardees to cover all fellowship related expenses including personal travel, room, board, insurance, and for various project-related expenses. An additional $500 is given to the awardee after presenting the work.  Another $500 is awarded after publishing the fellowship project manuscript (preferably in a peer-reviewed journal).

The Fellowship is one of the largest awards in the COPH with total annual grants of about $25,000.  The core concepts of the Suzanne and Ward Chambers Fellowship award are to expose COPH students to new cultures and international public health systems, build transnational understanding, and strengthen the relationships and collaborations between students and professionals in the US and other countries. Fifteen students were awarded the fellowship over the past 5 years with projects conducted in 9 countries; Chile, China, India, Indonesia, Oman, Syria, Tanzania, Taiwan, and Ethiopia.

Please contact Dr. Wael ElRayes at to learn more about how to apply.


WHO student fund for GOARN internship

The Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN) is a global technical partnership established in 2000 by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a key mechanism to engage the resources of technical agencies beyond the United Nations for rapid identification, confirmation, risk assessment and response to major international public health emergencies. The main objective of the network is to provide technical support to the WHO Member States experiencing a human health emergency due to the threat of an infectious disease outbreak, including those resulting from natural and manmade disasters. GOARN contributes towards global health security by:

Furthermore, GOARN directly strengthens coordination and collaboration for alert and response to infectious disease outbreak and public health emergencies via the deployment of experts, materials, and provision of technical guidance when requested by WHO.

This GOARN internship consists of a 12-week (3 months) assignment working with the GOARN Operational Support Team at the WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. Financial support will be provided by the Dr. Philip Smith World Health Organization Student Fund to cover internship travel, room, board, and other job-related in-country expenses. Duties will include (but not limited to) support of response activities to public health emergencies and activities related to the 5 GOARN areas of work:

Please contact Dr. Sharon Medcalf at to learn more about how to apply.