Chambers Fellowship Application Process

2024 Applications Now Open!

Watch a presentation video on the program and application.

Read the full application details (PDF).  

The UNMC College of Public Health Suzanne and Ward Chambers Summer Global Health Fellowship Award was established in 2014 with the generous support of UNMC College of public health faculty member and physician Dr. Ward Chambers and his wife Suzanne Chambers. 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 college awards up to five Fellowships to public health 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 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 College, with total annual grants of about $25,000.  The core concepts of the Suzanne and Ward Chambers Fellowship award are to expose public health students to new cultures and international public health systems, build transnational understanding, and strengthen the relationships and collaborations between students and professionals in the United States and other countries. Seventeen students were awarded the fellowship over the past five years with projects conducted in 11 countries; Bangladesh, Cameroon, Chile, China, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Oman, Syria, Tanzania, and Taiwan. 

Please email Dr. Wael ElRayes with any questions. 

2023 Fellowship Awardees




UNMC Mentor

Kathleen Angell Zoonotic Spillover Project in Cambodia Cambodia David Brett-Major
Mamello Makhele Association of Child Marriage and Low-Birth Weight Neonates among Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh Bangladesh Wael ElRayes
Taylor Clarkson Epidemiology and Risk Factors for Hookworm Infection, Reinfection, and Response to Treatment: A Field Study in Beposo, Ghana Ghana Joseph Fauver
Natalia Santos Impact of food environment on health outcomes of older adults in Florianopolis, Brazil Brazil  Fabiana Brito