Health Research/Pre-Health Fellowships

The following list includes a sample of post-graduate fellowships in Health Research / Pre-Health. This is not intended to be a complete list but instead should help one get started in their research of gap year opportunities.

Concern America
Help in refugee aid, public health, nutrition, health education sanitation, and communication organization, need fluency in Spanish

Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratory Fellowship Program
Practical application of technologies, methodologies and practices related to emerging infectious diseases; conduct high priority infectious disease research in public health laboratories

Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation: Post-Bachelor Fellowship
The Post-Bachelor Fellowship is an advanced, structured, and focused didactic program where talented scholars can apply their knowledge and passion to help advance the field of health metrics and accelerate global health progress. The fellowship provides a unique opportunity for recent college graduates with strong quantitative skills to train with faculty and senior researchers on a variety of global health projects. At the intersection of academic research, education, and professional work, the Post-Bachelor Fellowship combines on-the-job mentoring from an illustrious group of professors and researchers with course work and field experience in developing countries.

International Zoological Expeditions
Tropical rainforest and marine biological field stations. Broad-based overview of tropical ecosystems in Belize and Guatemala.

Medical Missionaries Global Health Fellows
The Medical Missionaries Post-Baccalaureate Fellowship in Global Health offers two recent college graduates planning on entering the health professions the opportunity to gain experience in health care delivery in a developing country. Fellows spend one year in Thomassique, Haiti, working at St. Joseph’s Clinic, where they act as liaisons between Medical Missionaries—the US-based organization that built and funds the clinic—and the clinic’s all-Haitian staff. The fellowship begins in the summer and ends in the summer of the following year.

New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Health Research Training Program
Training the next generation of public-health leaders is at the heart of our mission. Through our health and research training programs, undergraduate, graduate, and professional students can work with experienced mentors confronting real-life challenges in the field. The Health Department’s training programs include a 10–12-week, full-time summer course, and a part-time course during the academic year. Participants gain experience in planning, research, administration, and evaluation.

NIH Academy
NIH Academy is a postbaccalaureate program that provides opportunities for recent college graduates to spend a year engaged in biomedical investigation at NIH. Recent college graduates with a research interest in domestic health disparities

NIH Postbaccalaureate Intramural Research Training Award Program
Provides opportunities for recent college graduates to spend a year engaged in biomedical research at the NIH.

Patient-Oriented and Translational Research Option
This program offers a “hands-on” application of medical research and is open to undergraduates, recent graduates, medical students, PhD and MD/PhD students, and postdoctoral research associates

Project Horseshoe Farm Health Fellowship
Students preparing for careers in healthcare or education, as well as other students with strong leadership potential, are invited to commit one year (13 months) to the Greensboro community and to the Horseshoe Farm Fellowship. Fellows are challenged to learn about and become engaged in the community as they are immersed in almost all phases and aspects of the development, management, and leadership of, and service in the programs of Project Horseshoe Farm. To further help prepare Fellows for leadership roles amid the complex systems they will likely face, Fellows are introduced through readings and discussions to topics including community involvement and engagement, management and leadership of non-profit organizations, an introduction to systems of care, healthcare law and ethics, healthcare economics, the structure and financing of the healthcare system, the history of American medicine, and health policy. Application Deadline typically mid-February.

Rockefeller University Research Assistant
The Rockefeller University is an oasis of science in an exciting city and is recruiting aspiring scientists to work in their labs and learn from world-class researchers. It’s a great way to explore what being a scientist is like—and a steppingstone to a rewarding career, no matter where you decide to go next.

Sight for All-Ophthalmology Rotation in New Delhi, India 
Rotations offer clinical and public health experience relevant to your level of education (6 months).

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
The Smithsonian Institution offers fellowships for advanced study at SERC at the senior postdoctoral, postdoctoral, predoctoral, and graduate student levels. SERC hosts about 18 fellows annually.

Technical Intramural Research Training Award
Aims to produce highly trained research support personnel.

Unite For Sight
All volunteers participating in Unite For Sight’s international programs are Global Impact Fellows. They participate daily with local ophthalmologists, local optometrists, and local ophthalmic nurses to eliminate patient barriers to care and to facilitate comprehensive year-round eye care for patients living in extreme poverty. Through hands-on, structured training, volunteers gain a comprehensive understanding about best practice principles in volunteerism, global health, and international development.

Volunteering India
Volunteering India provides safe, affordable and meaningful volunteer programs in India, offering a variety of programs, internships, and gap year programs in India, where volunteers can choose to work in New Delhi, Palampur/Dharamshala and South India including Bangalore, Mysore and more.

Volunteering Solutions
Volunteering Solutions is an organization that provides safe, professional and affordable international volunteering opportunities. Our projects are in the fields of medical internships, childcare, teaching, women empowerment, community development and wildlife conservation programs.  We also offer international internships for nursing students and professionals in hospitals, as well as dental elective placements for dental students.