The Fellowship


The Fellowship

The CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute fellowship is a two-year program. It consists of two residential sessions, which take place at Christian Medical College, Ludhiana, and two 11-month distance learning sessions, one following the first residential session and one following the second residential session. The first and second residential sessions consist, 5-7 days of highly interactive educational activities. Curriculum topics include student assessment, good teaching practices, program evaluation, distance learning, change management, project planning, conflict management, educational research and scholarship, and qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis.

The distance learning sessions focus on the mentoring of Fellows, network building, and the exchange of ideas through participation in an internet discussion group. During the distance learning sessions, Fellows also implement an education innovation project at their home institution. A summary of the project and results are presented during the second residential session.

Limited funding is available to support the Fellows’  course materials and course fee . However, Fellows (or their institutions) are responsible for the travel expenses and accommodation. Similarly the costs involved in carrying out the project are also not covered. It is highly recommended that Fellows have access to a Wi-Fi capable laptop computer for use during residential sessions.

Education Innovation Project

A major goal of the fellowship program is the completion of an education innovation project, proposed by Fellows in their initial application to the Institute, and then implemented at their home institution. Projects with the potential to improve the health of the community, region, or country of the applicant’s institution are given higher priority in the fellowship selection process.

To encourage the development of knowledge and skills in health professions education scholarship (research, evaluation, and publishing), Fellows prepare a poster and an abstract based on their project after one year of project implementation. Ongoing support from faculty and Fellows throughout the program also fosters scholarship based on project activities.

Project proposals typically involve, but are not limited to, one or more of the following areas: student assessment, educational application of information technology, health systems integration, community-based health professions education, problem-based learning, clinical skills development, professionalism and ethics, critical thinking, program evaluation, faculty development, curriculum revision and/or integration, student affairs, interactive teaching methods, development of medical education units, and distance learning.


Building regional communities of practice of health professions educators is another major goal of the CMCL-FRI fellowship. Throughout the two-year program, each Fellow interacts closely with up to 60 other Fellows. Community building is fostered by a period of overlap in the residential sessions for first- and second-year participants, providing opportunities for interaction among Fellows who are beginning their education innovation projects and those who have worked on their projects for a year. On-line discussion during the distance learning sessions provides an additional forum for group work on research and projects, and for the sharing of resources and experience among current Fellows and Institute graduates. Fellows are encouraged to continue their participation in the larger FAIMER community after completion of the fellowship.

CMCL-FRI selected its first class of Fellows in 2006. To date, 245 individuals from more than 45 health professions education schools in 10 countries have participated in the fellowship.

The global FAIMER community includes more than 1000 Fellows from more than 200 schools in more than 40 countries. To see a sortable list of FAIMER Fellows, their institutions, countries, fellowship year, and project, please visit the FAIMER website Fellows page.

Program Faculty

The CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute is supported by regional FAIMER faculty, who are past FAIMER Institute Fellows, as well as international experts in health professions education. To see the faculty, please visit the Faculty page.


The CMCL-FRI program is organized and administered by its director, Dr Dinesh Badyal, with the support of a core team of Christian Medical College, Ludhiana, faculty who are former FAIMER Fellows.


The schedule for the  fellowship cycle is:

January Application opens
Feb Application deadline
Feb Review of applications
March Announcement of awards
April-May Session 1 (residential session)
One year Session 2 (distance learning session)
April-May Session 3 (residential session)
One year Session 4 (distance learning session)

The CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute is sponsored by the Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER), which is a nonprofit foundation of the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG).

To apply to CMCL-FRI, please click here.

To request more information on the program via e-mail, please click here.