Overview of Medium-term Fellowship

1. Overview of the Medium-term Fellowship Program

The Medium-term Fellowship is offered for a period of eight months to in-service professionals working in health-related institutions. The purpose of these Fellowships is to build institutional capacity through training individuals in identified areas of need. As such, the Fellowships are offered to mid- and senior-level managers, coordinators and supervisors who can influence systems and improve management and leadership within their respective institutions.

The training approach is modular and work-based (trainees engage in selected activities at their place of work as part of the training) in nature, allowing trainees to participate in the Fellowship while continuing with their employment. The overall goal is to enhance institutional capacity in identified areas of need through hands-on training.

2. Fellowship Tracks

Currently we have fellowships in two technical areas:

  • Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI), and  
  • Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E)

3. How the training is arranged

During the Fellowship, participants undertake courses meant to enhance their knowledge, skills and competencies. The courses are arranged in modules (three modules in total), and Fellows participate in three inter-related courses over the course of eight months (details below). The total face-to-face time for all modules is five weeks (2 weeks for module 1, 2 weeks for module 2 and 1 week for module 3). After Module I, Fellows return to their place of work and, among other things, identify/refine their proposed project, identify a "project team" to work with, and develop a concept paper on their proposed project.

The concept paper should describe what the priority problem is, how it was identified, who should be part of the implementation team, proposed approaches to addressing the problem, and improvement targets. Module II begins exactly one month from the time Module I ended. At the beginning of Module II, Fellows present their concept papers to program staff at the School of Public Health and receive comments to improve their conceptualization of the project and how it would be implemented.

Once the concept paper is cleared, Fellows develop a full proposal for funding. Fellows have between 5-6 months of project implementation between Module II and Module III, and return to the School of Public Health for Module III at the end of this period. Enrolled Fellows receive academic support from a designated academic supervisor and from program staff, while an institutional supervisor supports them in project implementation at their place of work. Fellows receive at least one on-site supervisory support visit from the academic supervisor and program staff during the course of the training.

4. Fellows' projects

Fellows implement a project (defined as a set of selected activities implemented in response to an identified area of need) at their place of work as part of the training. The selection of the project should be guided by institutional priority needs and should respond to a problem that management considers critical.

The School of Public Health provides initial funding of up to $2500 (actual amounts vary depending on Fellows' proposals) and expects the employing institution to top up just in case the amount received is not enough to support project implementation. Fellows prepare and submit proposals that are reviewed by program staff prior to funding. It is important to note that project funds are channeled through the employing institution account and should be managed by the financial regulations obtaining at the institution at the time. Financial accountability should be submitted at the end of the project period.

5. Memorandum of Understanding

The School of Public Health and the employing institution enter into a binding commitment to support Fellows in pursuing the Fellowship through signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The MoU highlights the roles of each institution in this undertaking, and the necessary support needed to help Fellows to complete their Fellowship. Copies of MoUs are dispatched for signing immediately after the Fellows have reported for training.

6. Minimum admission requirements

Potential applicants should possess at least a Bachelor's degree in a health-related field and should be in full-time employment at an organization involved in any of the program areas of focus (HIV/AIDS, TB, maternal and child health, malaria, etc) at the time of application.

7. Completion requirements

Fellows should attend all modules in their respective tracks, and prepare and present a project progress report as part of the requirements for completion of the Fellowship. The report should pertain to the project undertaken during the course of the training and should highlight key improvements registered during the implementation period.

In addition, Fellows should present their reports at a final dissemination workshop to share their work with other stakeholders. Fellows are also expected to account for the project funds received, and present a detailed accountability signed off by the institution Finance/Accounting Officer, or any other person designated for this role. Upon completion of the Fellowship, Fellows receive a Certificate of Attendance offered by Makerere University School of Public Health.

Additional information

For additional information on the Medium-term Fellowships, please contact:

The Training Manager
MakSPH-CDC HIV/AIDS Fellowship Program
School of Public Health
Makerere University College of Health Sciences
P.O. Box 7072, Kampala, Uganda
Tel. +256 41 4533 958/39 2764 328
Fax: +256 41 4533 957
Email: fp@musphcdc.ac.ug