Through a generous gift from the Faucett Catalyst Fund, we have been able to set up the Faucett Fellowship
to provide financial assistance to UCLA doctoral students who are interested in gaining practical field epidemiology
experience and training in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
Our first two Faucett Fellows describe their experience in the program below.
From the Fellows: What the Faucett Fellowship means to my future as a leader in public health
Nicole A. Hoff, M.P.H., Ph.D. Candidate, Faucett Fellow, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health
The Faucett Fellowship has been a prestigious award which has allowed me to live, study and participate on multiple projects
based in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and gain invaluable field experience for an extended period of time. Before
starting my Doctoral degree at UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, I had limited opportunities for long term international
experiences which included hands on work in a collaborative environment. I have now had the opportunity under the Faucett
Fellowship and the guidance of my Doctoral advisor, Dr. Anne Rimoin, to gain hands-on experience with immense benefits, which
includes living abroad in a low income country with limited resources, networking with experienced public health leaders
(both national and international persons), participation in consultancies with large organizations including WHO and UNCIEF,
and experience working with data and applying epidemiologic methods learned during course work. It provided me with the time
and flexibility necessary to develop a dynamic dissertation topic, not only important for completing my own degree objectives,
but also a project which could have a major impact on disease surveillance methods and data compilation and analysis within
the country. I have had the time to foster meaningful relationships with others in the public health field, including those
within the country’s Ministry of Health, which allowed me unparalleled access to data and information at a country level
with the support of those in the programs to succeed. The support and generosity from the Faucett Fellowship have been and will
continue to play a central role in the completion of my doctoral dissertation and experiences in the field necessary for future
employment. With this fellowship, I have the gained confidence, knowledge, skills and soon a completed degree which will make
me a sought after candidate in the field of international public health with a focus on epidemiology of emerging infectious diseases.
Reena H. Doshi, M.P.H., Ph.D. Candidate, Faucett Fellow, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health
Through the generous support of the Faucet Family Foundation fellowship, I have had the opportunity to obtain hands on
epidemiologic field experience in a resource-low setting. Through my doctoral studies, I have gained a superior methodological
foundation of epidemiological skills, and in DRC, I have had the opportunity to apply these skills in my own dissertation
research. Being a Faucett fellow in DRC, has given me the opportunity to work closely with world-renowned infectious diseases
experts and other global health professionals, while providing technical assistance to the Ministry of Health, UNICEF, and
the World Health Organization. Unlike other short-term fellowships, my long-term experience in DRC has afforded me the ability
to see a project from start to finish, from the grant-writing phase to the data analyses. This fellowship has enabled me to
develop the knowledge and skills to work as a successful field epidemiologist in resource-limited countries and will be
invaluable in my future career as a global public health practitioner.
About the Faucett Fellowship
The purpose of the Faucett Fellowship is to promote global health by providing financial assistance to public health doctoral
students who would like to gain practical field epidemiology experience in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Eligible students must be enrolled at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and must submit a project proposal that addresses
a specific public health issue and outline a work plan to address it. Projects should be approximately 6 months in length.
Each Fellowship of up to $25,000 can be used to support student travel costs, including airfare, room and board, travel health
preparation, travel insurance and/or supplies for a particular global health project. The Fellowship cannot be used to cover
tuition costs, school supplies, conference attendance or other non-project related expenses. Under certain circumstances,
fellowships may be renewed for an additional 6-month period.
Applications will be scored based on the strength of the proposal, the relevance to public health and the applicant’s academic
and career goals, the significance to the host organization and the commitment by the host organization supervisor and/or UCLA
faculty mentor. Preference will be given to candidates who have at least some foreign language capability in French and who
will have advanced to candidacy prior to departure.