Mabelle Arole Fellowship 2018-2019

JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc

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  • Are you currently a Pre-Med?
  • Are you interested in international health?
  • Do you want to learn about community-based health programming in a developing country?
  • Can you “rough it” for one year in rural India?

If you meet the eligibility requirements, consider applying to be a Mabelle Arole Fellow for 2018-2019. The Mabelle Arole Fellows:

  • Learn about community-driven programming, how it works, and how it contributes to a community’s well-being.
  • Live and work at the Comprehensive Rural Health Project, Jamkhed, India, for almost one year.
  • Work with one of the best primary health projects in the world.
  • Learn about the priority health care areas addressed: community-based primary care, women’s health, under-fives care, family planning, control of chronic illnesses, prevention of infectious diseases, increased attention to non-infectious diseases and integrated rural development.
  • Work on a project, depending on current CRHP activities and your interest.
  • Visit and work at an Jamkhed-inspired project in rural Nepal.

One U.S. citizen or permanent resident who has been accepted to medical school but has not begun yet will be accepted to this year-long program based in Jamkhed, India. Read about the history of the CRHP Project in Jamkhed. Informative materials, including the book, Jamkhed, written by the Aroles ($15), are available through Alex Kaysin (tel: 347-254-2524, e-mail:

The Fellow should be prepared to travel to India in mid-June 2018 so that s/he can join the Summer Course. The Fellowship will extend until March or April 2019.

The Fellowship

MAF_1In 2001, JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc founded the Mabelle Arole Fellowship in honor of Dr. Mabelle Arole who died in 1999. The fellowship is named in memory of her dedication to the community and her wisdom to work with its members to determine what must be done and how to achieve improved child and maternal health status. Ravi Arole, Raj and Mabelle’s son, assisted by his sister, Dr. Shobha Arole, manage the CRHP.

The Mabelle Arole Fellow will live, work, and learn in Jamkhed, India for one year. During that time, s/he will have experience in the hospital (in-patient and out-patient and in the field) and work on a project, depending on current CRHP activities and needs and your interest.

The year begins with a 1-month course on community-based primary health care that starts in mid-June, with about 20 participants from around the world in the fields of public health, medicine and social sciences who want to experience CRHP’s community-based approach to health and development in practice. The interactive curriculum includes focused discussions, field visits, group work and presentations on topics in the field of community-based health and development. More information can be found on the CRHP/Jamkhed website. There is a good reference library on health and development.

MAF_2The fellow will live and work on the CRHP compound, which includes the hospital, administration offices, training institute, and staff housing. Lodging is simple and basic (single or double room with a private or shared bathroom with Western-style toilet). There is a mess hall, which provides typical Indian meals. The fellow will stay in India for almost one year, at Jamkhed for 10 months and the opportunity to travel for one month (with the approval of Ravi Arole). The fellow will be paid a stipend of $8000 in quarterly payments. This covers housing, living expenses, and travel, including airfare to and from India.

In order to adapt to living at CRHP, you should be flexible, open, able to adapt appropriately to other cultures (including food), and interested in learning from others, especially village people. The Fellowship lasts until approximately early March or April 2018; the exact date is at the discretion of the Fellow.


Are you eligible to be the Mabelle Arole International Fellow?

To be eligible for the 2018-2019 fellowship year, you must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • Have completed your undergraduate degree by June 2018.
  • Have been accepted to a U.S. medical school by April 2018.
  • Be willing to defer your acceptance to medical school for one year.
  • Complete the application and other paperwork below.
  • Provide a medical certificate of health (if and when selected as fellow).
  • Be available for and have the resources to travel to Washington, DC for an interview on March 3, 2018.

Note: Current medical students are not eligible for this fellowship.

Selection Criteria

A committee will select finalists who will be notified by mid-February. Applicants must be available to attend an interview on Saturday, March 3, 2018. The fellow will be selected and notified within a few days of the final interview.

The committee will choose a fellow based on the following:

  • Fulfillment of the above eligibility requirements
  • Completion of the Application Form
  • Essays
  • Interview(s)
  • References

Current Fellow

Jenna Armstrong
Jenna graduated from Bates College in 2015 with a major in Biological Chemistry and mathematics. She spent two years in Teach for America in Grandview, Washington before heading to Jamkhed. She is interested in rural medicine and will attend Duke Medical School.

Previous Fellows

  • 2016-2017: Itisha Jefferson
    Itisha graduated in 2011 with a BS in Chemistry from Spelman College. After graduation she spent two years in Korea as a Fulbright Fellow and worked at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. She is attending Loyola (Chicago) medical school.
  • 2015-2016: Lauren Sutherland and Sandi Wijayaratne
    Lauren majored in Biochemistry at Elon University and attends medical school at Duke. Sandhi has an undergraduate degree in Public Health Studies and Sociology from Johns Hopkins University and is doing his medical studies at Harvard. They focused their attention at Jamkhed developing and testing a method to identify persons with a high risk of diabetes.
    Year End Report – Lauren Sutherland
    Year End Report – Sandi Wijayaratne
  • 2014-2015: Emily Foltz
    Emily graduated from Duke University with a BS in Biology with a Pharmacology Concentration. She chose to do her medical studies at the University of Chicago.
    Year End Report
  • 2013-2014: Anirudh Kumar
    Ani completed his undergraduate studies at Columbia University, majoring in Sustainable Development and Anthropology. He did his medical studies at Mount Sinai School of Medicine.Year End Report
    Year End Report 
  • 2012-2013: Aparna Krishnan
    Aparna studied at Johns Hopkins University, concentrating in Molecular and Cellular Biology. Her work at Jamkhed focused on a study of chronic diseases. She attended Johns Hopkins Medical School.
    Year End Report
  • 2011-2012: Conor McWade
    Conor studied religion and neuroscience at Vanderbilt University. While at Jamkhed he devoted considerable time to the development of an adolescent boys program. Based on the findings of Knowledge, Attitude and Practice survey, he put together a curriculum and a way to evaluate the program’s effectiveness. He attended Vanderbilt Medical School.
    Year End Report
  • 2010-2011: Saba Zariv
    Saba is a graduate of University of California, Berkeley where she majored in Development Studies. She also received an MPH from the School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University. At the CRHP Saba worked on scaling-up the Jamkhed model and conducted formative evaluations to determine community needs for a reproductive health program for adolescent males.
    Third Quarterly Report
  • 2009-2010: Edgar Woznica
    Edgar graduated from Brown University with a degree in Development Studies. At Jamkhed, he carried out research on mental health and trained the Village Health Workers on how to diagnose and deal with mental health issues. In addition, Edgar explored the prevalence of hypertension and diabetes among the project population. Edgar attended Brown University Medical School after spending a year in Antarctica conducting research at Palmer Station.
    Year End Report
  • 2008-2009: Jeff Holzberg
    Jeff, originally from Atlanta, GA, graduated cum laude from Tufts University. He attended Emory Medical School. While an undergraduate, Jeff worked in clinics and hospitals in Ghana as well as Mexico and was a research assistant at CDC in Atlanta. After college, he was site coordinator for the National Student Partnership in the Bronx where he managed an office with college students who worked with low-income community members on housing, employment and health care.
    Year End Report
  • 2007-2008: Bernadine Han
    Bernie concentrated in Social Anthropology at Harvard College. During college she worked at a MCH center in Ghana and with Project HEALTH (Helping Empower, Advocate and Lead Through Health) to improve the health of pediatric patients from low-income families. After graduation she taught and completed her post-baccalaureate pre-medical program in California. After returning from Jamkhed in the fall of 2008, she attended the joint University of California, Berkeley-University of California, San Francisco Medical School.
    Year End Report