Mable Arole Fellowship

Deadline: January
Website: Link
Disciplines: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Years: Senior, Alumni

The Fellowship

In 2001, JSI Research & Training Institute, Incfounded 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. Dr. Raj Arole, assisted by his daughter, Dr. Shobha Arole, continues to run 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 2-month course on community-based primary health care, with about 20 participants from India and other countries, most of whom are working in health and development programs. Course topics include principles and practice of CBPHC, common diseases, leadership, personal development. The training is participatory, with a lot of interaction with participants and resource persons; much of the training is facilitated by staff and village people. There is a good reference library on health and development.

The 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 (his/her own plans and expenses). 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 Mabelle Arole International 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, and integrated rural development.
  • Work on a project, depending on current CRHP activities and your interest.

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 ($13), are available through Jamkhed International Foundation, PO Box 291, Carrboro, NC 27510 (tel: 919-929-0650; email:

Specific Eligibility Criteria

Are you eligible to be the Mabelle Arole International Fellow?

  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • Have completed your undergraduate degree by June.
  • Have been accepted to a U.S. medical school by June.
  • 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 in March.