International Hemophilia Training Centre (IHTC) Frequently Asked Questions

Q1: Do all supporting documents (i.e. CV, letters of recommendation) need to be sent before the deadline?

A: Yes, the application form needs to be submitted with all the required documents by October 31. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Q2: Who selects the top 35 candidates?

A: The IHTC committee reviews all complete applications and ranks them according to certain criteria. The IHTC committee is comprised of WFH medical volunteers from around the world, who specialize in hemophilia and other inherent bleeding disorders. The committee awards points based on the following criteria: the candidate’s professional experience and their country’s need for specialized training of health professionals to develop hemophilia treatment centres. The top 35 candidates that meet these criteria and have the highest scores are awarded a fellowship.

Q3: How do I contact my national member organization (NMO) in order to receive a letter of recommendation?

A: The WFH keeps a directory of all 127 national member organizations around the world. To view the contact information of the NMO in your country, please click here.

Q4: There is no NMO in my country. Am I eligible to apply?

A: Yes, in the absence of a national member organization, you still need to send two letters of recommendation. One letter must come from your employer/supervisor. The other could come from a person who can attest to your professional skills, and/or desire to improve treatment for patients with hemophilia, as well as other bleeding disorders.

Q5: I have been volunteering at my local chapter and have received a letter of recommendation from them. Do I still need to submit a letter from the NMO?

A: Yes, a letter of recommendation from the national office of the NMO is mandatory. Since there are a limited number of fellowships available, each country is asked to nominate a maximum of three applicants. When there are multiple applications, the NMO is requested to rank all the applications by order of priority, based on the country’s needs. If you have received a letter from a local chapter of the NMO, you could send it to support the letter of recommendation from your NMO.

Q6: Can I submit my application in Russian?

A: Yes. While our application forms are only available in English, Spanish and French, we do accept responses in Russian. However, if you wish to be assigned to an English-speaking IHTC, we strongly encourage you to apply in English so we could assess your level of proficiency. When an applicant is selected but their linguistic level is in question, we sometimes conduct an informal interview through Skype to assess their knowledge.

Q7: Where can I find a list of IHTCs and a description of the type of training they offer?

A: The IHTC Directory contains information on the facilities and training program for each of the 29 designated centres. It also includes the languages in which the centre is able to train. However, the descriptions only exist in English at the moment.

Q8: I would like to study in the UK. Could I pick the country where I want to undertake my training?

A: The IHTC committee assigns all fellows to the centre where they will be trained. You could indicate in the application form which centres you would like to be assigned to and why (for i.e. an ongoing collaboration with the IHTC director, or an existing WFH Twinning partnership). If you have a valid and reasonable justification, the IHTC committee will consider your request but they will base their decision on various factors.

Q9: Are there certain qualifications that need to be met in order to qualify?

A: Since we receive many applications every year, the IHTC Fellowship Program is very competitive. Candidates require a university degree and must be certified health care professionals licensed to practice in their field and work in hemophilia or other related bleeding disorders.

Q10: I received an IHTC Fellowship Award in 1999 and wish to receive more training. Am I still eligible to apply?

A: No, a health professional is only allowed to receive a fellowship award once. However, a person could re-apply if they have not been selected. This is also relevant to situations where a person’s fellowship has been cancelled because they did not undertake their training within the timeframe allotted. Once selected for an IHTC Fellowship, whether the training was fulfilled or not, a re-application for training will not be accepted.

Q11: When and how will I know if I have been selected for a fellowship?

A: All applicants are informed of their application results by email around the end of March or beginning of April. The NMO of the country is also informed of the decision.

Q12: If I have further questions on the IHTC Fellowship Program, who should I contact to get more information?

A: All inquiries regarding the IHTC Fellowship Program should be addressed to Stephanie Pineda at

Updated August 2015

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