The Fogarty International Clinical Research Scholars Program (FICRS) was initiated in 2003 as the Fogarty International Center/Ellison Program. The FICRS program was a one-year, mentored training experience which provides opportunities for U.S. graduate students in the health professions to participate in clinical research and have hands-on experience at top-ranked, NIH-funded research centers across the globe from Bangladesh to Zambia. The purpose of the program was to foster the next generation of clinical investigators with an eye toward building international health research collaborations in the developing world.
In 2008 the program expanded to include a post-doctoral fellowship for medical residents and fellows, as well as scientists with PhDs engaged in health-related post-doctoral programs, called the International Clinical Research Fellows (FICRF).
As of 2012, the FICRS-F Support Center is no longer accepting applications for new trainees. However, there are many other opportunities for pre-doctoral and post-doctoral global programs focused on providing mentored clinical research training.
The Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health provided programmatic leadership and support for the Fogarty International Clinical Research Scholars & Fellows Programs from 2007 through an R24 grant from the Fogarty International Center. We have been honored to to work with amazing colleagues and institutions to deliver these opportunities to hundreds of future global health leaders across the globe, and hope that this website is useful in exploring the history of these programs, highlighting our wonderful alumni, and providing information and resources for other global health programs.