Educational and Career Opportunities

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellows
2015-2016 Call for Applications

Release Date: September 9, 2014

Deadline: November 13, 2014, 3:00 p.m. ET


The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellows program provides the nation’s most comprehensive fellowship experience at the nexus of health science, policy and politics in Washington, D.C. It is an outstanding opportunity for exceptional midcareer health professionals and behavioral and social scientists with an interest in health and health care policy promoting the health of the nation. Fellows participate in the policy process at the federal level and use that leadership experience to improve health, health care and health policy.

Total Awards

Up to six awards of up to $165,000 each will be made in 2015. 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) from September 1, 2015 through August 31, 2016. 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.

Key Dates

October 7, 2014 (11 a.m. ET) and November 6, 2014 (2 p.m. ET)
Optional applicant Web conference calls. Registration is required. Please visit the program’s website for complete details and to register.

November 13, 2014 (3 p.m. ET)
Deadline for receipt of applications.*

January 8, 2015
Selection of finalists.

January 30, 2015 (3 p.m. ET)
Deadline for receipt of full proposals.*

February 11, 2015
Board interviews of finalists.

February 12, 2015
Selection and notification.

September 1, 2015
Start of grants.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

  • Exceptional midcareer professionals from academic faculties, government (including military, Veterans Administration, 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 care 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: allied health professions; biomedical sciences; dentistry; economics or other social sciences; health services organization and administration; medicine; nursing; public health; 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. 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.
    For these purposes, government officials are defined as any person who holds one of the following:
  1. An elective public office in the executive or legislative branch of the Government of the United States;
  2. An office in the executive or judicial branch of the Government of the United States, appointment to which was made by the President;
  3. A position in the executive, legislative, or judicial branch of the Government of the United States— (A) which is listed in schedule C of rule VI of the Civil Service Rules, or (B)the compensation for which is equal to or greater than the lowest rate of basic pay for the Senior Executive Service under section 5382 of title 5, United States Code;
  4. A position under the House of Representatives or the Senate of the United States held by an individual receiving gross compensation at an annual rate of $15,000 or more;
  5. An elective or appointive public office in the executive, legislative, or judicial branch of the government of a State, possession of the United States, or political subdivision or other area of any of the foregoing, or of the District of Columbia, held by an individual receiving gross compensation at an annual rate of $20,000 or more, and a significant part of whose activities include "the independent performance of policy-making functions.” 
  6. A position as personal or executive assistant or secretary to any of the foregoing; or
  7. A member of the Internal Revenue Service Oversight Board.Prior to selection, any finalist who is a government employee will be required to furnish a letter from the applicant’s supervisor confirming that the applicant is not a government official under this definition.

    **The Officers are the Chairman of the Board of Trustees; President and CEO; Chief of Staff; General Counsel; Secretary; Assistant Secretary; Treasurer; and Assistant Treasurer of the Foundation. Applicants may apply from an eligible sponsoring institution (Track 1—see Administration of Fellowship Funds on page 5 or as an individual (Track 2). Sponsors may be either nonprofit health care organizations that are tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or academic centers based at nonprofit, tax-exempt or public institutions of higher education.

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AUGUST 22, 2014

Call For Applications: Aetna/NMF Primary Care Fellows Program

National Medical Fellowships (NMF) is pleased to announce the Aetna/NMF Primary Care Fellows Program. This program will provide ten (10) underrepresented minority medical students with a mentored service-learning program of proactive community service, encouraging the use of technology, health policy review, and leadership training in a variety of healthcare-related settings in Metropolitan, DC. The $10,000 scholarship will be disbursed directly to the scholarship recipient over the course of the program, once certain deliverables are met. 

Scholars are responsible for their own housing during the course of the program.

Applications are currently being accepted at and will be accepted on a rolling basis until 10 Fellows have been selected.

Application Deadline: Rolling until Sept 4, 2014

Click here to access the online application.

Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted.

Contact for more information:

Dental Internship: 2014 ADEA/Sunstar Americas, Inc./Jack Bresch Student Legislative Internship

This student legislative internship provides a unique learning experience in Washington, DC. The internship is designed to encourage students to learn about and eventually to become involved–as dental professionals–in the federal legislative process and the formulation of public policy as it relates to academic dentistry,

The ADEA/Sunstar Americas, Inc./Jack Bresch Student Legislative Internship is a six-week, stipend-supported internship in the Advocacy and Governmental Relations (ADEA AGR) portfolio of the ADEA Policy Center in Washington, DC. The internship is open to any predoctoral, allied, or advanced dental student, resident or fellow who is interested in learning about and contributing to the formulation of federal public policy with regard to dental education, dental research, and the oral health of the nation. Funded through the generous support of Sunstar Americas, Inc., the student intern will be a member of the ADEA AGR staff and will participate in congressional meetings on Capitol Hill, coalition meetings, and policy discussions among the ADEA Legislative Advisory Committee (ADEA LAC) and ADEA AGR staff.

Eligibility and Requirements
An applicant must:

  • be a full-time predoctoral, allied, or advanced dental student, resident or fellow whose institution is willing to work with the student to identify and appropriate time, consisting of six weeks during the school year, to pursue the internship.

Application Process Checklist
Submit the following:

  • the completed ADEA Awards, Scholarships, and Fellowships Application form
  • a personal statement describing what the applicant anticipates from the internship, how the internship will benefit the applicant’s institution, and the applicant’s relevant experience
  • a current curriculum vitae
  • two confidential letters of recommendation mailed directly to ADEA

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Return applications to: 
Ms. Yvonne Knight 
Senior Vice President, Advocacy & Governmental Relations 
1400 K Street NW 
Suite 1100 
Washington, DC 20005 

Please contact Ms. Yvonne Knight at 202-289-7201, ext. 165, or with any questions. 




Date Posted: 9/11/2014

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Job Description
Applications are now being accepted to fill a full-time postdoctoral fellowship in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy at Meharry Medical College. The goal of the Center is to provide leadership in health policy education along with research and reform on national, state and local levels, while continually supporting Meharry Medical College's historic mission of improving the health and health care of minority and underserved communities. The Center has cultivated a thriving academic partnership with Vanderbilt University’s College of Arts & Sciences. Faculty from MMC, Vanderbilt University and the Center’s Scholars-in-Residence (Nationally recognized scholars from around the country who hold visiting professorships at MMC and visit the campus on a regular basis to provide academic and technical support to doctoral and postdoctoral fellows) will serve as mentors for postdocs in the Center. Research will be focused in the fellows’ respective academic area with a specific emphasis in health policy. This position will be a one-year appointment beginning no later than September 2014 with a one-year renewal possible pending progress and funding. Applicants should submit a CV, a letter describing suitability for the position, a writing sample and three references.

  • The postdoc’s primary responsibility will be to produce manuscripts during his/her tenure with mentorship from MMC and Vanderbilt faculty, as well as Scholars-in-Residence.
  • The postdoc will design and instruct one course per academic semester in the health policy certificate program at MMC and prepare grant proposals for MMC funding.
  • Travel will be necessary to attend academic conferences, presentations and RWJF research activities, including the annual research conference.
  • The postdoc is expected to reside in Nashville, Tennessee for the duration of position.

 Required Skills

  • Knowledge of contracts and grants preparation and management.
  • Knowledge of current technological developments/trends in area of expertise.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of scientific and/or mathematical concepts and theories in area of specialty.
  • Ability to utilize and maintain advanced scientific equipment and facilities.
  • Ability to develop scientific reports and manuscripts based on original research.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
  • Knowledge of research methodology, principles and procedures.
  • Skill in educating others in research methods and techniques in area of expertise.
  • Ability to utilize advanced analytical techniques and programs to develop scientific models.
  • Knowledge of scientific research principles, practices, and protocols.
  • Ability to develop and deliver presentations.
  • Ability to utilize advanced computer statistical and technical applications. 

Required Experience

  • Applicants with a PhD in Health Policy or Health Services from an accredited institution preferred.
  • Applicants with a PhD in Sociology, Political Science, Economics, or related field from an accredited institution will be accepted.
  • Applicants must have advanced methodological expertise in quantitative or qualitative methods.

Job Location
Nashville, Tennessee, United States

Position Type

To apply, visit the Meharry careers website: