The RWJF Health Policy Fellows program offers a thorough educational experience in Washington, D.C., at the nexus of health, science, and policy. Outstanding mid-career health professionals and behavioral/social scientists with an interest in health and healthcare policy have a fantastic opportunity. Fellows take part in federal policymaking and apply their leadership skills to advance healthcare, health policy, and health equity.
The fellowship equips participants to have an impact on the nation’s future of healthcare and health, and it involves a full-time commitment with a minimum 12-month stay in Washington, D.C.
The fellowship begins in September with a rigorous three-and-a-half-month orientation program planned by the National Academy of Medicine (NAM), during which the fellows meet with key executive branch officials, members of Congress, think tanks, and interest groups, as well as national leaders knowledgeable about health and healthcare. Additionally, fellows take part in lectures on the federal decision-making process, the congressional budget process, current top-priority topics in federal health policy, and health economics. The intensive orientation is meant to get the fellows ready for jobs in the legislative and executive branches of government.
The Health Policy Research Scholars program is a leadership opportunity for second or third-year full-time Ph.D. students from communities underrepresented in particular doctoral disciplines and/or marginalized backgrounds. It is sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). First-generation college graduates, those from lower socioeconomic origins, people from communities of color, and people with disabilities are a few examples of eligible people.
David E. Rogers served as the foundation’s first president from 1972 to 1987. From 1986 to February 1990, Leighton E. Cluff presided over the foundation before Steven A. Schroeder took over as president. Schroeder was chosen to run the foundation by the board of trustees because they knew he wanted to move it “in the direction of focusing on substance abuse problems.”
The foundation’s first female and African American CEO was Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, who served in that capacity from 2002 until 2017. Richard E. Besser, who was appointed president and CEO in April 2017, succeeded her. In the past, Besser held the positions of acting director of the Centers for Disease Control and medical editor for ABC News.
RWJF Health Policy Fellows Program Benefits
- In 2023, there might be up to six awards of up to $165,000 each.
- A stipend of up to $104,000 in fellowship money may be requested for the first 12 months of the fellowship (but not more than the fellow’s salary at the time of entry into the program).
RWJF Health Policy Fellows Program Qualification
- Open to exceptional midcareer professionals from academic faculties; government (including the military; federal departments and agencies, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs; U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps; and state offices who are not considered government officials under Section 4946 of the Internal Revenue Code);
- Applicants must hold a master’s degree in one of the following fields: medicine, nursing, public health, allied health professions, biomedical sciences, dentistry, economics or other social sciences, health services organization and administration, social and behavioral health, or the law.
- Applicants whose official job description or responsibilities are largely focused on government relations or advocacy are ineligible to apply.
- Individual candidates for award funding must be US citizens or permanent residents at the time of application. Because RWJF Health Policy Fellows are assigned to federal government positions, changes in federal policy or law addressing U.S. immigration may compel RWJF to reconsider eligibility and grant terms, as well as program placements.
- Individual candidates for award funding must also be connected by blood or marriage to any Officer or Trustee of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, or a descendant of its founder, Robert Wood Johnson.
How to Apply
Are you interested in and qualified for the RWJF Health Policy Fellows program? Go to Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) on my.rwjf.org to apply.
Visit the RWJF website for additional information
November 7, 2022