Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellows -- Call for Applications

Funding Agency:
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (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, health care, and health policy.

Deadline for Preliminary Applications: Nov. 6, 2019

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Eligibility Requirements

  • 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 health 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.
  • Applicants whose official job description or responsibilities are primarily government relations or advocacy are not eligible to apply.
  • Applicants must be U.S. Citizens, or permanent residents at the time of application. Because the RWJF Health Policy Fellows are placed in assignments in the federal government, changes in federal policy or law may necessitate that RWJF consider adjustments in eligibility and grant terms, as well as placements in the program.
  • Additionally, individual candidates for receipt of award funds cannot be related by blood or marriage to any Officer** or Trustee of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, or be a descendant of its founder, Robert Wood Johnson.



Amount Description

  • Up to six awards of up to $165,000 each will be made in 2020. 
  • During the first 12 months of the fellowship, a stipend of up to $104,000 (not to exceed the fellow’s salary prior  to entering the program) in fellowship funds may be requested. 
  • For more details, refer to “Use of Foundation Funds” on page six. 
  • Fellows will be directly reimbursed for relocation expenses through separate funds within limits specified by the NAM.

Funding Type



Women and minorities encouraged


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

External Deadline

November 6, 2019