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Our Giving

MSD Fellowship
for Global Health

MSD Fellowship
for Global Health
Our Giving

Our mission to improve and save lives underpins the idea behind the MSD Fellowship for Global Health.

The MSD Fellowship for Global Health is a three-month, field-based corporate pro bono program designed to leverage the skills and talents of our employees worldwide. Selected employees are referred to as Richard T. Clark (RTC) Fellows, in recognition of retired Chairman and CEO Dick Clark. The program pairs the best minds from our company with nonprofit partner organizations around the world to provide meaningful and systematic improvements in health service delivery for people in the greatest need.

Between 2012 and 2016, 130 RTC Fellows from 22 countries worked for 33 nonprofit organizations.

The 2015 RTC Fellows gathered for a reintegration workshop and award ceremony after completing their three-month assignments working with global nonprofit organizations.

The program aims to:

  • Strengthen the capacity and reach of nonprofit organizations with technical and human capital support
  • Provide rich professional development experiences for our employees
  • Apply key learning across our broader organization

The Fellowship program connects employees with nonprofit organizations to utilize their business acumen in building organizational capacity, helping the institutions to provide increased access to health services, products and education in the communities they serve. The Fellows bring back experiences integral to our company’s ability to deliver innovative health solutions to patients and customers around the world.

Between 2012 and 2016, 130 RTC Fellows from 22 countries worked for 33 nonprofit organizations.

Program Impact

A survey of 2016 Fellows and nonprofit hosts demonstrates the program’s excellence in operational performance, as it generated significant gains in each of our targeted impact areas: processes, social impact, employee development and business benefit.

  • 96 percent of Fellows reported Fellowship learnings will significantly impact job engagement
  • 100 percent of nonprofit hosts reported extraordinary or substantial capacity gains
  • 100 percent of nonprofit hosts reported substantially improved impressions about our company

“It was amazing to have been part of something that impacts directly on improving lives and made me proud to be part of a company that supports such an important initiative.”

James Stackhouse, MSD in Australia

2015 RTC Fellow

Become a 2017 Fellowship Partner

The 2017 Fellowship Partner application period has ended. Please visit this page in November 2017 to apply for the 2018 MSD Fellowship cycle


Current Partners

Africare works to improve the quality of life of people in Africa. Africare is a leading nongovernmental organization (NGO) committed to addressing African development and policy issues by working in partnership with African people to build sustainable, healthy and productive communities. Learn more.

Peruvian women have one of the highest rates of cervical cancer in the world. This is disproportionately true for impoverished, indigenous women who live in the isolated mountainous regions of the country. CerviCusco’s mission is to reduce morbidity and mortality among all women in the region of Cusco through medical treatment and outreach with a culturally sensitive high quality of care. Learn more.

The International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) is a global not-for-profit organization whose mission is to ensure the development of safe, effective, accessible, and preventive HIV vaccines for use throughout the world. Learn more.

As a nonprofit global health organization, IDRI (Infectious Disease Research Institute) takes a comprehensive approach to combating infectious diseases, combining the high-quality science of a research organization with the product development capabilities of a biotech company to create new diagnostics, drugs and vaccines. Founded in 1993, IDRI has 125 employees headquartered in Seattle and nearly 100 partners/collaborators around the world. For more information, visit

Jhpiego is an international nonprofit health organization affiliated with The Johns Hopkins University. Jhpiego works with health experts, governments and community leaders to provide high-quality health care for their people. Jhpiego develops strategies to help countries care for themselves by training competent health care workers, strengthening health systems and improving delivery of care. Jhpiego designs innovative, effective and low-cost health care solutions to ensure a level of care for women and their families. These practical, evidence-based interventions are breaking down barriers to high-quality health care for the world’s most vulnerable populations. Learn more.

Project HOPE delivers essential medicines and supplies, health expertise, and medical training to respond to disaster, prevent disease, promote wellness and save lives around the globe. Learn more.

RTC Fellows will be working on a project that is a joint effort between Purdue University and the Kilimanjaro School of Pharmacy (KSP). Purdue University, the U.S. partner in this program, is a top 70 international university located in West Lafayette, Indiana. KSP is a part of the Good Samaritan Foundation, a large nonprofit organization in Northern Tanzania. Learn More.

Sightsavers is an international organization that aims to eliminate avoidable blindness and to support and empower people with visual impairments and other disabilities. It works in more than 30 countries to prevent blindness and restore sight, and campaigns for disability-inclusive global development. Learn more.