SCOPE partners with medical and faith communities to improve health in Ethiopia through outreach, education, and training.

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The purpose of the fellowship is to examine areas where religious and medical systems overlap and can be supported to improve access to and delivery of HIV/AIDS care. SCOPE funds 2-4 graduate students annually, divided between the University of Washington and the University of Gondar.


  • To describe and assess areas of overlap and potential collaboration between religious and medical paradigms.
  • To design an intervention or interventions that take advantage of and build upon the common ground between these communities.
  • To implement the proposed intervention(s).
  • To evaluate and quantify the impact of the intervention(s) on improved access to and delivery of HIV/AIDS care as measured by both objective and subjective criteria.

How it works:

SCOPE fellows spend 3-6 months in Ethiopia, working with Ethiopian partners to design, implement and evaluate a program that leverages collaboration between medical and religious institutions and communities.

SCOPE intends that fellows’ projects will ultimately demonstrate measurable improvement in the areas of prevention, care and treatment of HIV/AIDS.

Ultimately, SCOPE will prove to be an effective model for strengthening collaboration and understanding between indigenous faith-based and medical communities throughout Africa to address this global pandemic.

SCOPE fellow graduates are currently working for:

o   Assistant Professor/CICORN Coordinator at Center for International Collaborative Research, Nagasaki University

o   CDC in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

o   University of Washington Department of Global Health

o   Doctors without Borders

o   University of Gondar Chronic Illness Program

o   Emergency medicine residency

o   Registered Nurse, Organ Transplant Department, Seattle, Washington

o   Assistant Professor, Department of Global Health, UCLA

Become a SCOPE fellow:

SCOPE fellowships are open to graduate students at the University of Washington, and are selected in partnership with UW’s Global WACh. Opportunities will be posted here when they become available.