Foundation / Corporation
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)
02/06/19 3:00 PM ET Receipt
Fellowships to USA mid-career professionals working at nonprofits, government agencies, and academic institutions to engage with the federal health policy process in Washington, DC. The fellowship provides exemplary health professionals and social and behavioral scientists the opportunity to learn more about health and health care policy. Fellows participate in the policy process at the federal level and use that leadership experience to improve health, health care, and health policy.
The fellowship requires, at a minimum, a 12-month residential experience in Washington, D.C., with additional support for health policy leadership development activities.
The Washington experience prepares individuals to influence the future of public health and health care and accelerate their own career development. Beginning in September with an intensive three-and-a-half- month orientation arranged by the NAM, fellows meet with leaders of health and health care policy think tanks and interest groups, key executive branch officials responsible for health policy and programs, and members of Congress and their staffs. Fellows also participate in seminars on health economics, major federal health and health research programs, the congressional budget process, current priority issues in federal health policy, and the process of federal decision-making. The concentrated orientation is designed to prepare fellows for immediate success in federal legislative and administrative positions.
In November, fellows join the American Political Science Association Congressional Fellowship Program to expand their knowledge and awareness about Congress and the political process. Fellowship placements begin in January. During these assignments, fellows are full-time, contributing participants in the policy process with members of Congress or in the executive branch. Solely under the supervision of the office in which they are placed, 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
-Staff House-Senate conferences.
Fellowship assignments are supplemented throughout the year by seminars and group discussions on contemporary federal policy topics, as well as media training, and leadership development. Fellows are asked to prepare a formal presentation on a health policy issue with which they have been engaged. Fellows also take part in meetings of the NAM and other health policy organizations, as well as cultural and social functions.
Fellows may request approval from the national program office (NPO) to extend the Washington stay past the 12-month fellowship period of September to August through the legislative session, or until December 31, 2019. A fellow may carry out additional activities with the support of any remaining funds until August 31, 2020, subject to review and approval of those activities by the NPO and RWJF.
After the Washington fellowship assignment, fellows return to their respective institutions or take another position in which they further develop their health policy leadership skills. Fellows also become part of a nationwide alumni network and typically return to Washington each year to attend the program’s annual meeting, and be briefed on issues and trends in health and health care policy.
Consistent with RWJF values, this program embraces diversity and inclusion across multiple dimensions, such as race, ethnicity, gender, disability, age and socioeconomic status. The Foundation strongly encourages applications in support of individual candidates who will help expand the perspectives and experiences brought to the field.
The Ideal Candidate:
While the program highly values diversity in many areas, including professional, geographic, racial and ethnic, gender and political views, there are certain characteristics that tend to be associated with a more successful fellowship experience. Because of the unique nature of working on Capitol Hill or in the executive branch and the uncertainty that often accompanies the legislative process, individuals who are flexible, team players, quick studies, with raw processing power as well as a sense of humor tend to be more easily assimilated into the process. Also highly regarded are a positive attitude, confidence, humility, listening skills, discretion and patience. Those who are adept at networking, including the use of social media, will be able to maximize the value of this experience in their subsequent roles as leaders in promoting the health of the nation.
Members of the RWJF Health Policy Fellows advisory board will assess each applicant, based on the following criteria:
-Potential for leadership in health policy
-Potential for future growth and career advancement
-Potential for significant contributions to building a Culture of Health
-Interpersonal and communications skills
-Individual plans for incorporating the fellowship experience into specific career goals
GrantWatch ID#: 162334
Up to six awards will be made.
Fellowships will provide up to $165,000 each.
Fellowship funds of up to $104,000 may be used for the residential stay (not to exceed the fellow’s salary prior to entering the program). The continuation of fringe benefits at levels corresponding to the level of stipend support being requested may be covered with the award, and sponsoring institutions may supplement fellowship funds.
Fellowship funds may be used for the residential stay from September 1, 2019, through August 31, 2020.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
RWJF Health Policy Fellows
National Academy of Medicine
National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
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Washington, D.C. 20001
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