Fellowship in Maternal and Newborn Health

News article 10 Jul 2017
Mother carrying her baby on her back

The Fellowship will allow a practicing UK clinician to spend up to 12 months working alongside the award-winning CMNH team at LSTM on a research project focused on maternal and newborn health.

The British Maternal and Fetal Medicine Society (BMFMS) and CMNH are collaborating to create a new Fellowship in Maternal and Newborn Health.

This initiative will enable the successful Fellow to learn about and conduct research aligned with the global agenda to end preventable maternal and newborn deaths and to improve care in low- and middle-income countries.

The Fellow will work closely with some of the world’s leading implementation researchers, dedicated to strengthening health systems, improving the availability and quality of maternal and newborn healthcare, and, building the capacity of healthcare providers in low- and middle-income settings.

The experience gained through this Fellowship is expected to have will have an impact on the individual, the community in which they will work, and, on the UK NHS. The Fellowship will facilitate the exchange of learning outcomes and a greater cultural empathy and global perspective on challenges and solutions in international health.

Research sabbaticals for medical professionals such as this are rare, so the partnership between BMFMS and CMNH represents a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ opportunity for the successful candidate.


  • The Fellowship is open to all members of the BMFMS 
  • Applications must be submitted by 31 October 2017 
  • Interviews will be held in January 2018 and the successful candidate will take up the Fellowship no later than September 2018 
  • Applications can be obtained from: www.bmfms.org.uk/GLOBAL-HEALTH-FELLOWSHIP-/c-1-75.htm


CMNH works to ‘improve the availability and quality of healthcare for mothers and babies, contributing to the global reduction in maternal and newborn mortality and morbidity and improvement in quality of life’. Over the last 10 years, CMNH has delivered a substantial portfolio of research and has become established as an internationally recognised Centre of Excellence. In creating effective links with international partners, CMNH aims to promote the health of women and children in low-income countries through high quality research, teaching and technical assistance.

CMNH is a WHO collaborating Centre for Research and Training on Maternal and Newborn Health and winner of the Women’s Health Category of the 2015 prestigious British Medical Journal (BMJ) awards, for the Centre’s work on emergency obstetric care in Africa and Asia.

Further information about CMNH’s activities is available on this site and on twitter: @CMNHLSTM

BMFMS is a membership organisation which aims to improve the standard of pregnancy care by dissemination knowledge, promoting and funding research, contributing to the development and implementation of high quality training, and providing a forum where issues relevant to pregnancy care are discussed.

The Society’s ultimate goal is to encourage improved standards of pregnancy care. Further information is available on http://www.bmfms.org.uk/

Further Information

If you wish to discuss a potential application before making a submission, please contact Emma Coyle (administrative assistant to Prof Nynke van den Broek) at emma.coyle@lstmed.ac.uk

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