Frequently Asked Questions
Can I apply to more than 1 Fellowship site?
You can to apply for multiple available fellowship locations at UNC Health. You only need to apply once, however, Applicants applying to more than one of the UNC Health fellowship programs must submit a separate personal statement for each of the fellowships sites they are applying to.
Who should write the recommendations?
UNC requires three letters of recommendation, at least one professional and one academic. These letters should address the applicant’s administrative and/or management experience as well as academic qualifications. All letters of recommendation must be on original letterhead, and signed by the person providing the recommendation. The letters can be addressed to the Fellowship Selection Committee.
My MHA program requires a one-year residency that will fulfill my graduation requirements. Can the fellowship be used to complete my master’s degree?
Yes, students who have completed the didactic portion of their master’s program are eligible to apply.
What is the timeline for the application process? Do all applicants have the opportunity to interview?
All completed applications received by the deadline found under Application Checklist [FT1] are reviewed. A selected group of candidates will be invited to participate in telephone interviews. Regardless of a candidate’s place of residence, this first round is exclusively conducted via telephone. Local candidates will not be invited on-site during this phase in the process. Candidates invited for the final round of interviews will travel to UNC. Each candidate will spend a full day meeting with the Executive Team.
The Fellowship is designed to be flexible to meet the needs and interests of both the selected Fellow and the organization. The Fellowship is intended to be an educational experience for the Fellow while also giving him or her the opportunity to impact the organization with practical and meaningful project deliverables.
Are international applicants eligible for consideration?
UNC will consider complete applications from all qualified applicants. It will be the responsibility of the selected fellow to complete all required documentation for an international visa; UNC Hospitals does not sponsor international visa applications.
Must the selected fellow come from a CAHME-accredited graduate program?
It is not required that a candidate graduate from a CAHME-accredited program. The program is targeted to and designed to best serve individuals working towards or have completed a master’s degree in health administration, business administration, public health and/or related master’s level management programs. Individuals with medical degrees have been accepted in the past, however these individuals had completed a master’s degree in administration or management and were making a career change from clinical to administration.
Can the current fellow review an applicant’s resume?
Current fellows are available to answer questions about their experiences in the fellowship, but they cannot review application materials prior to submission. This ensures fairness in the application process by making sure all applicants have access to the same information.
How is the fellowship structured?
The fellowship is project-based. Throughout the year, the fellow has the opportunity to work with various hospitals and departments, which allows exposure to different areas across UNC Health.
Is the fellowship a paid position?
The fellow is paid a salary and is considered a full-time employee of the hospital during his/her one-year appointment. As such, the fellow is eligible for employee benefits including health insurance coverage, retirement savings and paid time off.
Are the dates of the fellowship flexible?
The fellowship is a one-year appointment beginning on or around July 1 and continuing through the following June. Candidates must be available for the entire one-year appointment, have completed their course work prior to starting the fellowship and be available to begin in early July.
Are other employees aware of the administrative fellow? Are they willing to work with and teach the fellow?
The Administrative Fellowship has been a fixture within the UNC Health System for over three decades. As a result, the Executive teams, hospital directors, clinical leadership, and employees throughout the system are aware of the Fellow’s role, and are proactive in facilitating opportunities for Fellows to make meaningful contributions to the organization.