NCHEALTHEQ™ Launches Endowed Fellowship for Health Equity, Supports Women and Innovators of Color

The 2021 Donnell & McDowell Distinguished Fellowship for Global Health Equity at North Carolina Health Equity Project, Inc.


The Mission and Vision of North Carolina Health Equity Project, Inc.

North Carolina Health Equity Project, Inc., NCHEALTHEQ™, is an organization that develops adaptive, intelligent, next-gen technologies to improve health outcomes for all people, especially those in marginalized communities. NCHEALTHEQ™ leverages the power of cross-disciplinary innovation and disruptive technologies including AI/ML, “accelerating research and saving lives.”


The Enduring Legacy of The Distinguished Fellowship: Supporting Women and Innovators of Color

The 2021 Donnell & McDowell Distinguished Fellowship for Global Health Equity was launched by NCHEALTHEQ™ shortly after the organization’s inception, in late 2020. The Fellowship, named after two matriarchs, credited with the success of multiple generations of their offspring spread across the USA, supports the next generation of women scientists, innovators of color, and advocates for health equity.

It is my deepest desire and commitment to invest in the lives of young innovators and advocates, as a humble acknowledgement of the grace and opportunities afforded to me by my forebears, Mrs. Donnell and Mrs. McDowell (James Burroughs, CEO)

Through the support of generous contributions from CBOs, industry, and other stakeholders, the Fellowship provides short-term assistance for early-career innovators or advocates who demonstrate remarkable character, compassion, and exceptional levels of intellectual agility. Through its multidisciplinary and integrated focus, the Fellowship provides recipients with support to potentially achieve certifications in health and patient advocacy as well as project management through accredited program partnerships. Moreover, recipients receive critical training and development in soft-skills and hard-skills through a rigorous program of volunteer commitment, enabling recipients to work directly with providers, agencies, and NGOs.

In launching the program with the Board of Directors, James Burroughs, CEO, said, “It is my deepest desire and commitment to invest in the lives of young innovators and advocates, as a humble acknowledgement of the grace and opportunities afforded to me by my forebears, Mrs. Donnell and Mrs. McDowell.”


The Fellowship operates on a rolling-application basis, providing support and opportunities for six to eight weeks, depending on the interests and skills of the recipient. Fellowship recipients will receive regular educational stipends in addition to cutting-edge resources, materials, training, and certification opportunities.


Become a Distinguished Fellow

Aspiring applicants are encouraged to contact NCHEALTHEQ™ via the contact form at https://www.nchealtheq.org/ for support and any questions. Aspiring applicants can directly access the secure application form via this link. (Applicants should review privacy and acceptable use policies before applying).


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The 2021 Donnell & McDowell Distinguished Fellowship for Global Health Equity at NCHEALTHEQ™

Important Information for Applicants

  • Aspiring applicants may learn more about North Carolina Health Equity Project, Inc. (“NCHEP”), a North Carolina corporation, at https://www.nchealtheq.org.

  • The 2021 Donnell & McDowell Distinguished Fellowship for Global Health Equity is a privately endowed fellowship, named in honor of prominent ancestors of James Burroughs, CEO at North Carolina Health Equity Project, Inc.

  • Eligibility requirements, terms, and conditions apply. The 2021 Donnell & McDowell Distinguished Fellowship for Global Health Equity is not an employment opportunity or offer of future employment.

  • Aspiring applicants should review data privacy and confidentiality terms contained in the Information Technology Resources Policy (AUP) and Privacy Policy of NCHEP, publicly available at https://www.nchealtheq.org/aup and https://www.nchealtheq.org/privacy, respectively. Accessibility accommodations are available.