The Alan J. Magill Fellowship in Tropical Medicine 2017, USA

Publish Date: Jan 23, 2017

Deadline: Feb 01, 2017

About the Alan J. Magill Fellowship

The Alan J. Magill Fellowship was created by the ASTMH Council in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to honor the life, example and legacy of Alan J. Magill, MD, FASTMH, a widely recognized and respected leader in the global tropical medicine community.

The Magill Fellowship will provide funding of $50,000 for a period of up to two years to one recipient to support mentorship, career and/or leadership development projects for early- to mid-career ASTMH members in low/low-middle income countries focusing on leadership development in tropical medicine. Magill Fellows will work closely with a mentor (ideally an ASTMH member) who will play a prominent role in the development and execution of the Fellow’s two-year plan of activities.

Through a competitive process, the Fellowship will recognize outstanding work in tropical medicine research, clinical care or advocacy—all prominent roles in Alan Magill’s life— conducted by a Society member who lives in and is a citizen of a low/low-middle income country. While the award will recognize achievement in tropical medicine, it is not intended to extend current research or clinical activities; instead, it is designed to support career-broadening experiences to enhance professional development and leadership opportunities beyond those traditionally available from within the applicant’s home organization—and in so doing, equip awardees to later assume leadership and mentoring roles in various aspects of tropical medicine.

Career-Broadening and Leadership-Building Experiences

In addition to the career-broadening and leadership- building experiences the applicant organizes, the Fellowship will include required participation with ASTMH. Applicants are encouraged to think beyond their current sphere and be open to growth opportunities. Examples could include but are not limited to:

  • Expanded participation at ASTMH meetings, including ASTMH Council meetings and ASTMH scienti c committees (required; will be provided by ASTMH).
  • De ned “internship(s)” at key global health institutions* focused on important aspects of tropical medicine research and/or policy.
  • Tropical medicine leadership, management or advocacy coursework.
  • Participation in relevant international conferences and meetings and/or other suitable learning activities that would be proposed as part of the Fellowship application.
  • Courses in public policy, bio-ethics, economics and health nance, principles of system design, biostatistics, epidemiology, advocacy, business/management/ leadership, etc.


  • Open only to ASTMH members who are citizens and legal residents of a low/low-middle income country as determined by the World Bank and WHO/Hinari. Not a member?
  • Early- to mid-career.
  • A Master’s degree or higher is desired for applicants whose education has focused on advocacy and policy rather than scienti c research or clinical care.
  • MD, MBBS, DDS, DVM or PhD-level degree.
  • Mentor required (member of ASTMH encouraged but not required). The mentor will help the applicant plan and carry out the proposed Fellowship activities.
    The mentor is not required to work at the same organization/institution as the applicant or to directly supervise the proposed Fellowship activity.
  • Applicant and mentor are responsible for planning the proposed Fellowship activity and securing agreement from participating/hosting institutions.

Application Process

1. Submission of a Concept Paper
2. Letter of Support from Applicant’s Mentor and Mentor’s CV 3. Biographical Information

1. Submission of a Concept Paper

The application process requires an initial submission of a concept paper.
All submitted concept papers will be reviewed by the committee according to the published criteria. Upon review, submissions determined by the committee to meet the criteria and best align with the life of example set by Alan Magill will be invited to submit a full proposal.
Concept paper must be a maximum of 3,500 characters (including spaces) and include:

  • Brief summary of activities with approximate timelines.
  • An overview of how the anticipated experiences gained through the Fellowship, as well as the working relationship with the mentor, will enhance career development in tropical medicine and facilitate transition to a career focused on the areas of research, clinical care or advocacy.
  • How the applicant will interact on a regular basis with the mentor.
  • High-level overview of the expected costs to be incurred during the Fellowship period. Note: Up to 5% of the Fellowship can be used for indirect funds of the primary institution/organization associated with the applicant.

2. Letter of Support and Curriculum Vitae from Applicant’s Mentor (ideally an ASTMH member, however non-membership will not negatively impact the potential for selection) Applicant’s mentor must be a constant in uence throughout the duration of the Fellowship period.

The mentor’s letter should include:

  • Detailed information regarding plans for regular mentoring and overall institutional/organizational commitment if appropriate.
  • Details of the applicant’s quali cations.
  • Description of the promise of the proposed candidate, his/her leadership potential and his/her work. In addition, post-fellowship, could there be an expectation of hosting the applicant in a leadership position?
  • The career trajectory of the applicant and an explanation how the funding will support his/her career development.
  • A maximum length of two pages.

3. Applicant’s Biographical Information required:

  • Date/place of birth/citizenship/visa status.
  • Education: schools, dates and degrees earned (e.g., NIH biosketch).
  • Medical residency, if applicable.
  • Post-doctoral Fellowships, if applicable.
  • Other training, if applicable.
  • Chronological listing of employment experience and honors.
  • Titles, authors and complete references to all publications, if applicable.

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