The WHO Fellowship Programme has consistently been
accorded the highest importance by WHO Member States throughout the
world. It is one of the most
effective means whereby Member States can prepare public health personnel
for leading positions in public health research and health care delivery.
Thailand and India receive the largest
number of WHO Fellows from its member countries in the South-East Asia
Region and a few from outside the Region.
This Southeast Asia Region for WHO consists of the following countries:
Bangladesh, Bhutan, DPR Korea, India, Indonesia,
Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal,
Sri Lanka, Thailand,
Throughout recent decades, Thailand has developed various
institutions/facilities that offer professional training for WHO Fellows. These include Mahidol
Khon Kaen University,
and Prince of Songkla University.
With support from WHO, Fellows experience an
enriching practical and academic experience in Thailand and share experience
perspective, and skills obtained in their home country. The interchange and experience have made
the WHO Fellows programme an effective tool for building capacity within
countries and promoting active and sustained collaboration across the
Southeast Asia Region.
The application for a WHO Fellowship award
constitutes a joint undertaking by WHO, the host country, the Fellow and
his/her respective country.
in agreement with the fellow and his/her government establishes appropriate
plans for study, making necessary arrangements with countries and training
institutions, and providing financial assistance.
host country (in cases of study abroad) agrees to provide the course of
study prescribed for the Fellow.
of the Fellow are placed at the disposal of the national health
administration on return to his/her home country; and
Fellow’s home country government, as specified on the application form,
gives its full assurance that it will make full use of the knowledge and experience
gained by the Fellow, and that the status, seniority, salary, pension, and
similar rights of the Fellow will not be adversely affected by the Fellow’s
absence from duty in his/her home country.