The WHO Fellowships Programme is one mechanism used by WHO to help national health administrations progress towards Universal Health Coverage, to raise the level of health, and to reduce health inequity in their countries.

The WHO Fellowships Programme contributes to the acquisition of specific technical knowledge and skills, including balanced skill-mix, required of the health workforce for the protection, maintenance and promotion of population health and improved service delivery; promote cooperation among scientific and professional groups that contribute to the advancement of health; the international exchange of medical and scientific knowledge and transfer of technology; and promote improved teaching and training standards in health, medical and related professionals.

Fellowships provide individuals and groups with opportunities for:

  • training and study in health areas that are not available in the candidate’s own country (training can be provided abroad or through distance learning)
  • international exchange of scientific knowledge and transfer of technology
  • specialist training in the candidate’s own country where suitable facilities exist

Award of a WHO Fellowship constitutes a joint undertaking by WHO, fellows, national health administrations of sending and receiving countries, and training institutions.