Leadership for Better Health: National Program Center

Funding Agency:
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Health Policy Research Scholars Program (HPRS) is a four-year national leadership development program for full-time doctoral students from nonclinical, academic disciplines with a policy focus—students who are committed to ensuring their research is aligned with the health needs of communities. The program is focused on researchers who want to improve health, well-being, and equity; challenge long-standing, entrenched systems; exhibit new ways of working; collaborate across disciplines and sectors; and engage others outside of the research community. By providing leadership development training, supporting opportunities to practice new behaviors, and learning to work in teams, HPRS will develop a new cadre of research leaders who will build a Culture of Health in their disciplines and communities.

The national program center (NPC) will oversee all aspects of Health Policy Research Scholars, and the program director will provide oversight for the program center. The roles and responsibilities of the HPRS national program center include:

  • Recruiting Applicants and Reviewing Applications
  • Developing and Overseeing Program Curriculum
  • Transferring and Integrating the Existing Cohorts
  • Fostering Interdisciplinary Exchange, Network-Building, and Collaboration
  • Developing, Engaging and Managing and External Advisory Committee (NAC)
  • Collaborating With Other NPCs to Maximize Impact of RWJF's Signature Leadership Programs
  • Supporting the Culture of Health Vision

Deadline for Brief Proposals: Dec. 13, 2018

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

  • Organizations must have experience developing and/or mentoring doctoral students from diverse backgrounds.
  • The national program director must be aligned with the goals of HPRS and willing to work in a collaborative capacity to foster the leadership development of doctoral students from a range of disciplines. 
  • Applicants must be either public entities or nonprofit organizations that are tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and are not private foundations or nonfunctionally integrated Type III supporting organizations. The Foundation may require additional documentation.
  • Applicant organizations must be based in the United States or its territories.



Amount Description

The total anticipated annual funding level for HPRS at full implementation and full enrollment will be up to $8 million, which includes the annual program center funding of up to $3.2 million and scholar stipends. The stipend for the current program participants is $30,000 per scholar, per year, for up to four years. The applicant is expected to propose a stipend amount that adequately supports the participant and, coupled with other program costs, does not exceed the up-to-$8 million budget for the program at full enrollment. 

Funding Type





Curriculum Development
Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational
Social Sciences

External Deadline

December 13, 2018