Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholars in Health Policy Research
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholars in Health Policy Research program is a two-year fellowship targeted to outstanding new PhDs in economics, political science and sociology. The program aims to advance these individuals’ involvement in health policy research so that, while pursuing careers within their disciplines, they will also make important research contributions to future health policy in the United States.
Fellows receive stipends from their universities of $89,000 for each of their two years in the program. During this time, fellows will be free of teaching, consulting and administrative responsibilities. Up to nine fellows are based at three nationally prominent universities: Harvard University, the University of California at Berkeley (in collaboration with the University of California at San Francisco) and the University of Michigan.
Scholars in Health Policy Research alumna and program site director Paula Lantz shares her story:
Scholar in Health Policy Research Tiffany Joseph shares her story:
Program scholars Michael Sauder, C. Daniel Myers, and Laura Lopez-Sanders discuss some of their favorite features of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholars in Health Policy Research program:
- Have received a doctoral degree in economics, political science or sociology during the time period noted below. Preference will be given to applicants who have not previously worked extensively in the areas of health or health policy research.
- Applicants must have received a doctoral degree after January 1, 2009, but no later than July 15, 2014. For those expecting to receive degrees in 2014, all degree requirements must be completed by July 15, 2014.
- Be a United States Citizen or Permanent Resident Green Card holder at the time of application.
The Scholars in Health Policy Research program gave me the time and resources, as well as a network of colleagues and advisors, to expand my research at a critical point in my professional development. Whenever I asked for anything, ‘no’ was not in the program's vocabulary. As a result, my career has taken off in leaps and bounds.