MSD Fellowship for Global Health

MSD Fellowship for Global Health

Our mission to save and improve 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 2017, 159 RTC Fellows from 29 countries worked with 36 nonprofit organizations.


To apply for the 2018 Fellowship for Global Health, please carefully review the documents below and submit application(s) by January 3, 2018.

The 2017 RTC Fellows gathered for a reintegration workshop and recognition ceremony after completing their three-month assignments working with nonprofit organizations around the world to improve global health.

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 experience that contributes to our company’s ability to deliver innovative health solutions to patients and customers around the world.


A survey of 2016 Fellows and nonprofit hosts demonstrates the program’s significant benefit and improvements for our Fellows and nonprofit partners, and measurable benefits for our company’s business and reputation.

  • 100 percent of nonprofit hosts reported extraordinary or substantial capacity gains
  • 96 percent of Fellows reported learnings that will significantly impact job engagement
  • 100 percent of nonprofit hosts have an improved understanding of our mission

Download the 2016 Impact Report for additional information.

2016 RTC Fellows attend a village meeting in Tambacunda, Senegal, to listen and learn from stakeholders about the current state of healthcare in the village.

Twenty-nine Fellows from 12 countries around the world supported 8 nonprofit organizations working in Africa, Latin America and North America from August through October of 2016. Specific examples of program impact include:

Africare (Senegal)
The goal of the RTC Fellows who were based in Senegal was to contribute to child and maternal health care through improving the effectiveness of the Community Healthcare Worker volunteers. The Fellows assessed the strengths and weaknesses of the community health care system, and then made recommendations for bolstering and sustaining local health care. They created volunteer roles, developed tools to help make diagnoses, and implemented plans for improvement. This team made an enduring impact on the 250,000 people living in Tambacunda, the remote region in Senegal where they worked, and also proposed a three-year plan for the Senegal Ministry of Health to replicate this system more broadly.

CerviCusco (Peru)
CerviCusco is committed to improving the health and quality of life of Peruvian women through primary and secondary prevention of cervical cancer in Cusco, Peru, one of the most remote areas of the country. This team of RTC Fellows worked to build and strengthen CerviCusco’s sustainability by improving its business development model, notably through hiring and training a new corporate relationship manager/fundraiser, developing a business plan and recommending a portfolio of clinical laboratory tests that differs and complements current offerings in Cusco. These recommendations are already being put into place, with the hope that they will help generate funds to sustain clinic activities—one of the major challenges the organization faces.

RTC Fellow Gökhan Batur works with teammates to pilot their business model, helping dispel negative feelings about eyeglasses in Tanzania.

Sightsavers (Tanzania)
These RTC Fellows were tasked with developing an overarching strategy to create demand for services to help with uncorrected refractive error (URE) in rural Singida, Tanzania. They proposed a “Business in a Bag” model that trains individuals on URE services and has them travel to villages where they in turn educate local citizens about eye care, screen their vision, and sell them reading glasses if appropriate. The money they earn funds additional employees and indirect costs, making the model sustainable. During the pilot, 96 percent of government workers and 84 percent of remote villagers changed their perceptions about eye health and wearing glasses, proving the program’s potential to resolve URE issues in Africa. The RTC Fellows also presented their results to other country offices and nonprofit organizations at a major eye-care congress in South Africa so other areas could replicate the system.

“It was an amazing experience due to being able to provide immediate, short- and long-term impact to the NGO…. The leadership, teamwork and project management skills which I enhanced during the course of my assignment will continue over to my career and personal life.”

– Keven Patten, 2016 RTC Fellow

Current-Year Partners

The vision of the African Resource Centre (ARC) is to build a supply-chain think tank that can provide independent strategic advice to help countries meet their public health goals. ARC West Africa is partnering with Africa Consulting and Trading (ACT), a consulting company, to work with entities across sectors and throughout the value chain, to broker, match and structure partnerships across the private sector, civil society, academia and donors to support ministries of health in Africa.

Africare works to improve the quality of life of the 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.

BIO Ventures for Global Health (BVGH) develops programs and initiatives that engage the biopharmaceutical industry in global health. Through this core mandate, BVGH establishes partnerships between pharmaceutical companies and nonprofit researchers, builds biomedical R&D capacity at developing-world research centers, places gently used laboratory equipment at African research centers through the Equipment Donation program, and helps neglected-infectious-disease researchers identify relevant research funding through the FundFinder program.

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.

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

Jhpiego, whose mission is to prevent the needless death of women, children and families worldwide, is an expert in implementing competency-based training for health workers. The organization works to strengthen in-service and pre-service education for frontline health workers, improve infection prevention practices at health facilities, improve the performance of health workers, and implement its Standards-Based Management and Recognition approach to improve the quality of healthcare.

Mission Rabies strives to preserve and protect human health for the public benefit by participating in the global elimination of rabies; assisting with education projects around the world relating to rabies and its prevention, treatment and elimination; assisting with the implementation and operation of rabies vaccination programs; and providing a global resource and support structure to charities and organizations that are involved with the elimination of rabies.

The Pacific Northwest Research Institute (PNRI) was founded with the vision of creating an independent facility where practicing physicians and surgeons would enjoy “complete freedom to pursue research” in an effort to “correct man’s infirmities.” PNRI has become a basic research institute with a commitment to applying laboratory discoveries to improve human health. Its current focus on using state-of-the-art genetics and bioinformatics research helps to make meaningful contributions in various biomedical fields and to achieve its mission of improving human health.

The Program for Accessible Health Communication and Education (PACE) implements a range of public health interventions designed to alleviate disease burden and promote healthy living for the people of Uganda. The vision of PACE is to be an innovative, efficient, results-oriented organization that works toward realizing a community of Ugandans empowered to sustain healthy behavior, and toward contributing significantly to the health ministry’s priority health areas, including (but not limited to) HIV/AIDS, malaria, child health and reproductive health.

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.