Health Policy Fellows Program – Nov 12

Posted by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation on October 12, 2021

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Invites Applications for Health Policy Fellows Program

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is inviting applications for its Health Policy Fellows program.

The RWJF Health Policy Fellows program, which provides the nation’s most comprehensive learning experience at the nexus of health, science, and policy in Washington, D.C., is an opportunity for exceptional midcareer health professionals and behavioral/social scientists with an interest in health and healthcare policy to participate in the policy process at the federal level and use that leadership experience to improve health equity, health care, and health policy.

The fellowship requires a full-time commitment with a minimum twelve-month residence in Washington, D.C. It begins in September with an intensive three-and-a-half-month orientation arranged by the National Academy of Medicine, during which the fellows meet with national leaders well-versed in health, healthcare policy, health equity, social determinants of health, and structural racism; think tanks and interest groups; key executive branch officials; and members of Congress and their staffs. Fellows also participate in seminars on health economics; the congressional budget process; current priority issues in federal health policy; and the process for federal decision making. The concentrated orientation is designed to prepare the fellows for immediate success in federal legislative and executive branch positions. Up to six awards of up to $165,000 will be made in 2022.

Fellowship placements generally begin no later than January 31. During these assignments, fellows are full-time, contributing participants in the policy process with members of Congress, a congressional committee, or in the executive branch. Fellows typically will help develop legislative or regulatory proposals; organize hearings, briefings, and stakeholder meetings; meet with constituents; brief legislators or senior administration officials on a range of health issues; and provide staff support for House-Senate conferences.

After the Washington residential experience, fellows become part of a nationwide alumni network and typically return to Washington each year to attend an Alumni Retreat and the NAM Annual Meeting and are briefed on issues and trends in health and healthcare policy.

Exceptional midcareer professionals from academic faculties; government (including military; U.S. Dept. 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); and nonprofit organizations, who are interested in experiencing the health policy process at the federal level, are encouraged to apply.

Applicants must have earned an advanced degree in one of the following disciplines: 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 health law. Individual candidates for receipt of award funds must be U.S. citizens, or permanent residents at the time of application.

For complete program guidelines and application instructions, see the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation website.

Deadline: November 12, 2021

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