training the next generation of global health leaders

SCOPE fellows are an integral component of SCOPE's mission to strengthen partnerships between medical and faith communities to improve health. SCOPE views training the next generation of global health leaders, both in the US and Ethiopia, as a key ingredient to the sustainability of our work. Our fellowship program provides students from graduate programs at the University of Washington and the University of Gondar with 3-6 month fieldwork experiences where they  apply skills aquired in and out of the classroom in a resource-limited setting to programs aimed at improving health for women and children in Ethiopia. 

SCOPE fellows are hosted by the University of Gondar in the Amhara region of Ethiopia and work closely with our partners at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences and the North Gondar Diocese of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church.  Fellows receive mentorship from faculty and staff at our partner universities as well as guidance from the SCOPE Board of Trustees.

I am very grateful for my SCOPE fellowship and truly believe in the power of medical and faith partnerships. Through living and working in country, I have gained a deeper understanding of the integral role religion plays in Ethiopians’ lives and how to leverage that influence to improve health outcomes.

In the future I hope to pursue a career in program implementation. Working on the FLAME study has provided me with the invaluable experience of learning how to implement global health interventions in rural settings
— Sheldon Halsted, SCOPE Fellow 2017
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SCOPE fellowships are open to all University of Washington students enrolled in a graduate degree program and to junior faculty at the University of Gondar.

Meet our former fellows >

what does a fellow do?  


Fellows work with faculty mentors to develop an action plan that leverages their skills to assist SCOPE's ongoing community service and research projects in Ethiopia. SCOPE projects seek to leverage trusted faith pathways to demonstrate measurable health improvements in the communities we serve. Past fellows have been valuable contributors to qualitative work,  program implementation, program evaluation, training, and stakeholder mapping projects .


How can i apply to be a fellow? 



SCOPE posts a call for fellowship applications each fall.  Keep an eye on this page for updates or sign up for our newsletter to receive announcements. All applicants are required to submit a CV or resume, cover letter, and two letters of recommendation. 

My work here as a SCOPE fellow is excellent preparation for the career I envision after graduation. By this time next year, I see myself working in Sub-Saharan Africa, working for an NGO implementing a program to improve the health of rural women. Here at the University of Gondar, I am working closely with a team of Ethiopian scholars and researchers, getting on-the-ground experience designing and implementing data collection tools and analyzing health care systems. This experience is building invaluable skills for my future career in global health.
— Elizabeth Karman, SCOPE Fellow 2017