Thinkwell Samya Stumo Memorial Fellowship

Launching the Samya Rose Stumo Memorial Fellowship for Global Health

22 March 2021

Two years ago, we tragically lost ThinkWell analyst Samya Rose Stumo at age 24 in the crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302. Samya was an emerging leader in global health who cared most about treating all people and patients as human beings, particularly in the context of their culture, family, and individuality. She was infectiously vibrant, intensely curious, and lived her life to the fullest. Shortly after her death, Samya’s family and ThinkWell Institute (ThinkWell) colleagues began raising funds for the Samya Rose Stumo Memorial Fellowship for Global Health in her honor.

Today we are launching the Samya Rose Stumo Memorial Fellowship for Global Health. The fellowship is for extraordinary young women change-makers who have inventive ideas that look to revolutionize global health. The fellowship will support the entrepreneurial ideas of young women who may otherwise have never had the opportunity. We are honored to offer a platform to inspire fellows, incubate their ideas, and launch their careers.

Fellows, initially from Kenya, Indonesia, Bangladesh, and the Philippines, will be part of an inaugural 12-month cohort where they will be mentored by leading ThinkWell global health experts, experience health systems challenges first-hand, and have support to build their own professional networks. These women will exhibit a burning desire to pursue an idea in global health, have demonstrated leadership in their communities, and exhibit a commitment to reform existing systems of health—all qualities that Samya embodied.

To learn more about the fellowship, please visit here. The deadline for the 2021 fellowship is April 26.