Health Policy Fellows

October 14, 2021

Registration Due Date: 11/12/21
Provider Organization: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

About the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) is the nation’s largest philanthropy dedicated solely to health. Since 1972, they’ve supported research and programs targeting some of America’s most pressing health issues—from substance abuse to improving access to quality health care. And they have witnessed great progress. But they have also noticed that the nation has worked to improve health by focusing primarily on the health care system—when in fact, people’s health is influenced significantly by where they live, learn, work, and play. And time and time again, they have come to recognize that no matter the issue, no single organization or sector can change the trajectory of America’s health alone. By working alongside many others, they can bring about meaningful change, now and for generations to come.

About the Opportunity 

The RWJF Health Policy Fellows program provides the nation’s most comprehensive learning experience at the nexus of health, science, and policy in Washington, D.C. It is an outstanding opportunity for exceptional midcareer health professionals and behavioral/social scientists with an interest in health and health care policy. Fellows 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 12-month residence in Washington, D.C., which prepares individuals to influence the future of health and health care in the nation.

The fellowship begins in September with an intensive three-and-a-half-month orientation arranged by the NAM, during which time the fellows meet with national leaders well-versed in health, health care 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.

Applications are due November 12, 2o21.