Atlantic Fellows Program at Global Brain Health Institute (GBHI) Featured

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The Atlantic Fellows Program at Global Brain Health Institute (GBHI) has been designed to train and support individuals from diverse fields, including but not limited to clinicians (psychiatrists, neurologists, geriatricians, nurses, social workers, etc.) and scientists (epidemiologists, health economists, neuroscientists, psychologists, public health, policy specialists, etc.). Fellows will typically be early-career trainees and should demonstrate the ability to ask questions that cut across disciplines, adapt to different cultural contexts, and lead change throughout their careers. Successful applicants will demonstrate excellence in past activities and have strong regional support that assures successful transition back into regional programs.

The curriculum for fellows will be customized for each individual's experience and plan. A core curriculum of neuroscience, neurobehavior, epidemiology, statistics, leadership, communications, health economics, and public policy will constitute about 15% of the experience. Opportunities to evaluate individuals with cognitive disorders will be available. Through intensive mentoring, fellows will be guided in the development of their careers, leadership, and policy change.

Fellows will have two-year appointments at either UCSF or Trinity College Dublin, and up to eight positions are expected to be filled annually. All fellows will have:

  • A customized, two-year experience with a transition back to their regional home environments in the second year
  • One-to-one mentoring with at least two mentors
  • Teaching on health economics, leadership, ethics, policy, brain health, health technology and dementia, among other topics
  • Access to competitively-awarded funds for pilot projects that could be completed in their home country upon completion of fellowship
  • Observation and participation in clinical cases
  • Access to a network of researchers, clinicians, and policy makers for career-length mentoring and communication

Become an Atlantic Fellow at GBHI

The Atlantic Fellows Program at GBHI is an opportunity to engage your commitment to brain health. Applications require letters of support to demonstrate regional commitment to an applicant's success, as well as a personal statement from the applicant. While a detailed candidate statement is not required, it is a great place to describe your passion and interest in the program, and it is heavily weighted in the selection process. We recommend taking great care in developing this document with your mentor. Applications are accepted annually and competitively reviewed by a selection committee from each partner organization. Atlantic Fellows will receive a salary for the two years.

Am I Eligible?

GBHI welcomes expressions of interest from people living anywhere in the world and working in all fields of study. Applicants should have completed their graduate or post-graduate training and demonstrate a commitment to brain health and health care policy, as well as an ability to implement their intervention and strive for change in their home community. A subset of those who submit expressions of interest will be asked to prepare a full application.

What are the Selection Criteria?

Qualities sought in the selection of Atlantic Fellows at GBHI include:

  • Successful completion of final graduate or post-graduate training (residency, fellowship, post-doctoral training, government internship, etc.)
  • A commitment from their regional institution (government, university, community) for long-term assurance to become a transformative leader around brain health during and after fellowship training
  • The ability to bring creative and relevant projects to fruition
  • Commitment to the values and mission of the program, including ideas that could transform their local or global brain health environment
  • Willing and able to complete two years of training at a foreign site
  • Long-term commitment to the goals of the program
  • Fluency in English

Fellow Expectations

  • Find housing near your training site
  • Connect with your project mentors, peers, and GBHI alumni
  • Attend the annual GBHI conference
  • Impact brain health in your home region

Key Dates

  • Application process currently closed
  • June 2017 – Expressions of interest open for 2018
  • September 2017 – Invitations for full applications
  • October 2017 – Applications due
  • November 2017 – Interviews
  • January 2018 – Fellows selected
  • August through September 2018 – Fellows begin training
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