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:
Beginning in 2014, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) will develop new programs that strive to increase the number of scholars/fellows/leaders we support annually. As part of this transition, we will wind down and conclude ten Human Capital programs, including Scholars in Health Policy Research.
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The program has opened up a new research agenda for me on the politics of public health restrictions, such as those on alcohol, tobacco, drugs and fats. The RWJF Scholars in Health Policy Research program has helped me in several ways—most importantly, by giving me the time to learn about prohibition politics, which has become a key part of my book manuscript on parties and ideology.