NAM-HKU Fellowship in Global Health Leadership

Thanks to the generous donation from Dr Patrick Poon, the University of Hong Kong and the U.S. National Academy of Medicine have established the NAM-HKU Fellowship in Global Health Leadership which aims to provide a two-year training for early to mid-career scholars to learn and work at HKU School of Public Health and the U.S. National Academy of Medicine in areas under the umbrella of global health leadership. The fellowship programme will initially run for three years, with one Fellow to be selected each year from 2019 onwards.

About the Programme

The two-year Fellowship shall include:

  • scholarship to undertake the Master of Public Health programme, on either part-time or full-time basis, at The University of Hong Kong, Asia’s Global University and the oldest university in Hong Kong
  • a three-month stay at the U.S.National Academy of Medicine (NAM), Washington,D.C, each year for two consecutive years, during which time the Fellow will learn and collaborate with an appropriate Board/Expert Committee/Roundtable, and be supported by a faculty mentor who is a member of NAM
  • roundtrip airfare and accommodation for the two three-month stays at NAM
  • attachment at HKU School of Public Health, which has an internationally recognized track record of innovative and ground breaking research in public health, and a leader in postgraduate and professional education and training in public health in Asia


Awardee for the 2021/22 Cohort 

Among nearly 170 applications received from 39 places of origins across six continents, Dr Holly Lei HOU is named the 3rd NAM-HKU Fellow in Global Health Leadership.

Born in China and educated in her home country and Denmark, Dr Hou is currently a Health Field Officer at the Regional Delegation for East Asia, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). She has over ten years of education and training as a natural science researcher, and has been working on cross-disciplinary projects in Animal Sciences, Virology, Parasitology, Physiology and Biochemistry. Her current work at the ICRC aims at supporting global health and humanitarian aid with China’s increasing role, through research, analysis and diplomacy with key stakeholders and decision-makers. Through formal training provided by the Fellowship in HKU and at NAM, Dr Hou hopes to enrich her knowledge in public and global health, and to become a global health leader contributing to foreign health aid policy of China.

Dr Holly Hou 


Awardee for the 2020/21 Cohort

Among 120 applications received from 43 places of origins across six continents, Dr Kai Ning Cheong is named the 2nd NAM-HKU Fellow in Global Health Leadership.

Born in Singapore, Dr Cheong was educated and trained in Hong Kong and the United Kingdom in multiple medical fields with diverse work experiences in both the developing and the developed world. She has spearheaded a team to develop and run a paediatric field hospital during a five-month humanitarian mission with Médecins Sans Frontières in South Sudan; worked in gene therapy for primary immunodeficiencies at Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital (UK); and coordinated a multidisciplinary team on a novel integrated healthcare service delivery model for rheumatology patients at the new Hong Kong Children’s Hospital. Through formal training provided by this Fellowship, Dr Cheong aspires to translate her vision in building comprehensive, sustainable and inclusive ‘treat-to-target’ paediatric healthcare service models into reality and to better integrate innovative technology into existing healthcare systems.

Dr Kai Cheong 


Awardee for the 2019/20 Cohort

Among nearly 100 applications received from 31 economies across six continents, Dr Chinmoy Sarkar is named the inaugural NAM-HKU Fellow in Global Health Leadership.

Born and raised in India and educated in his home country and the United Kingdom, Dr Sarkar is the concept lead, developer and PI of the UK Biobank Urban Morphometric Platform (UKBUMP) project which involves spatial modelling and development of the world’s largest health-specific built environment data platform studying links between built environment and health. His goal is to develop more robust and causal models of associations between built environment and health and test them on some of the world’s leading epidemiological cohorts, with an objective of informing urban health policies that can accurately incentivize or constrain positive or negative urban externalities and lifestyles respectively. Through formal training provided by the Fellowship, Dr Sarkar hopes to develop the science of healthy cities, and create/retrofit spaces and places in our neighbourhoods and cities that support healthy behaviours and lifestyle. View more about Dr Chinmoy Sarkar and his work here.

Useful Links

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