Educational and Career Opportunities

Opportunities Available at The Mongan Commonwealth Fund Fellowship in Minority Health Policy

The Mongan Commonwealth Fund Fellowship in Minority Health Policy is designed to prepare physicians for leadership roles in formulating and promoting health policies and practices that improve the access to high quality care at the national, state and/or local levels for the minority, disadvantaged and most vulnerable populations. Up to five one-year, degree-granting fellowships will be awarded per year.

The Mongan Commonwealth Fund Fellowship in Minority Health Policy is a one-year, full-time, academic degree-granting program designed to prepare physicians for leadership roles in transforming health care delivery systems and promoting health policies and practices that improve access to high performance health care for racial and ethnic minorities, economically disadvantaged groups and other vulnerable populations. Program offers intensive study in health policy, public health and management for physicians committed to transforming delivery systems for vulnerable populations. Fellows complete academic work leading to a Master of Public Health degree at the Harvard School of Public Health, or a Master of Public Administration degree at the Harvard Kennedy School with prior MPH. Fellows also participate in leadership forums and seminars with nationally recognized leaders in health care delivery systems, minority health and health policy.  An optional second year of practicum experience to supplement the fellows’ academic and leadership development training at Harvard with practical experience creating high performance health care for vulnerable populations is also available.

Each fellowship provides: $60,000 stipend, full tuition, health insurance, books, travel and related program expenses, including financial assistance for a practicum project.

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Federal Postdoc Award Opportunity for Solar Energy Researchers
2015 Call for Applications

In order to spur innovation in solar energy, the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) is now accepting applications for postdoctoral researchers in solar energy to participate in the EERE Postdoctoral Research Awards. The EERE Postdoctoral Research Awards support research on energy efficiency and renewable energy to help solve our nation’s energy challenges. This year, this exciting program will offer up to five recent Ph.D. recipients the opportunity to conduct applied research projects to advance breakthrough solar energy technologies at universities, national laboratories and other research facilities. Former recipients of the EERE Postdoctoral Research Awards are now faculty and staff scientists at major research institutions and national laboratories.

This research will contribute to the SunShot Initiative goal to make solar energy technologies cost-competitive with traditional energy sources by 2020. Reducing the total installed cost for utility‐scale solar electricity by approximately 75%, from the 2010 baseline, to roughly $0.06 per kWh without subsidies will enable rapid, large‐scale adoption of solar electricity across the United States.

Potential research topics for these awards include behavioral and data science to lower solar electricity cost, systems integration, concentrating solar power, and photovoltaic cells, modules, and materials. The awards will provide a highly competitive two-year stipend with health insurance as well as allowance for travel, relocation, and research expenses. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, complete all requirements for their Ph.D. by May 31, 2015, and have a Ph.D. for no more than five years.

The application period for the EERE Postdoctoral Research Awards closes on May 7, 2015. The awards will be announced in July 2015 for the projects to start in September 2015.

Apply today and learn more about former awardees.

Contact person: 

Martha Payne, EERE Postdoctoral Research Awards



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

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