The Augustine Fellowship for Non-Medical Personnel Serving in Low- and Middle-Income Countries
Watch the video below to hear about the origin of the program and the experience of the first Augustine Fellow, Steven Mukawa, at his post at the SIM ELWA Hospital in Liberia.
Program requirements and Background
In honor of Augustine Aiyadurai, American Leprosy Missions and CCIH have established the Augustine Fellowship. Each year at least one experienced, service-minded Christian from the developing world will be awarded a fellowship grant. The fellow, who works in a non-medical capacity at a health institution or hospital, NGO, mission or FBO, university or similar level post-secondary institute, will serve in a similar role in another country for a temporary period (up to six months). Applicants may apply for service in their own country of service provided compelling reasons are cited and all other criteria are met.
Identification of Applicant/Recipient
The applicant may identify and contact an appropriate recipient or a recipient organization may identify an appropriate candidate. The goal is that the recipient organization would gain encouragement, knowledge, skills and practices from the fellow, and be enabled to serve their clients better.
The Augustine Fellowship is open to men and women of any ethnic background. Selected candidates will be expected to:
- Have already identified an organization in another developing country and contacted that organization to arrange placement.
- Come from a non-medical professional background, ranging from chaplains to accountants; from footwear specialists to lab technicians; and, from IT experts to facility managers.
- Have solid scientific and/or academic and/or technical credentials and the endorsement of three references.
- Show a commitment to service.
- Exhibit good communication skills, both verbally and in writing.
- Demonstrate integrity, problem-solving ability, good judgment, flexibility, and leadership qualities.
- Desire to work cooperatively with the host organization.
- Endorse American Leprosy Missions’ Statement of Faith and CCIH’s Mission & Vision.
To be eligible, the applicant must:
- Work in a health institution or hospital, NGO, mission or FBO, university or similar level post-secondary institute in a low- or middle-income country (LMIC).
- Have at least ten years’ full-time experience in her/his field.
- Possess relevant professional qualifications such as a university diploma or degree. (A combination of relevant academic background and relevant professional experience in a related area may be accepted in lieu of a university diploma or degree.)
- Secure temporary release by the health institution or hospital, NGO, mission or FBO, university or similar level post-secondary institute where she/he is currently serving.
- Have experience and skills relevant to and requested by the host organization.
- Be physically and emotionally able to endure conditions associated with living in a cross-cultural setting for an extended period of time.
- Commit to 90–180 days with the recipient organization.
NOTE: The Augustine Fellowship does not sponsor employment-based visas
Fellowship Grant – Budget & Stipend
American Leprosy Missions will underwrite, via the fellowship grant, costs not to exceed USD 9,000. These calculations include round-trip economy-class airfare, insurance, and estimated costs for lodging and daily incidentals. Recipient organizations will arrange local travel and accommodations for a safe life/work experience.
CCIH will manage the application process and in cooperation with American Leprosy Missions select the each year’s fellowship recipient(s).
Part A – From the Applicant
- Up-to-date CV with relevant education and experience.
- Cover letter describing your interest in a specific fellowship posting and ability to undertake the work.
- Three letters of recommendation from sources who have served as your supervisor in a workplace, professor, or have a similar professional relationship with you. (These references should not be from your current employer nor the recipient organization).
Part B – From the Recipient Organization
A signed statement (on official letterhead) detailing:
- Its interest in receiving and hosting you
- Terms of reference for your work, including capacity-building needs and expected outcomes / deliverables
- Provision of the necessary oversight, accommodation and safe life/work experience
Part C – From the Releasing Organization
Letter of release (on official letterhead) granting you time away for the fellowship and confirming your position will await your return upon completion.
How to Apply: Application Instructions
Electronic versions of all application materials should be sent directly (Part A by the applicant, Part B by the releasing organization and Part C the receiving organization) to augustinefellowship [at] ccih.org
NOTE: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
Award Terms and Conditions
Fellows are expected to agree to the terms and conditions of the Augustine Fellowship and sign an award letter. Some of the conditions stipulated in the letter include:
- Fellows are expected to share lessons learnt and experiences gained with a wider audience through platforms provided by American Leprosy Missions, CCIH, the recipient organization and/or the releasing organization.
- Fellows are expected to capture their experiences in a narrative report within 30 days after their placement ends.
- Fellows will be invited to CCIH’s annual conference in the United States.
Augustine P. Aiyadurai was the senior administrator and chief financial officer for a large Christian hospital in India. In that role he supervised a number of projects funded by or through American Leprosy Missions, demonstrating a strong commitment to the people being served and a high level of integrity in financial management.
Augustine also served as the honorary treasurer of the Christian Medical Association of India. He took a period of sabbatical leave in 2014 to serve at the Curran Lutheran Hospital (Zorzor, Lofa County, Liberia) during the 2014- 2015 Ebola crisis. Tragically, he passed away while serving in Liberia. This program is dedicated to his memory and strengthening the skills of non-medical professionals serving in developing nations.