Health Policy Research Scholars

2017 Call for Applications

    Release Date: January 4, 2017 | Application Deadline: March 29, 2017, 3:00 p.m. ET

Purpose

The goal of Health Policy Research Scholars is to create a large cadre of diverse doctoral students from a wide variety of research-focused disciplines—students whose research, connections, and leadership will inform and influence policy toward a Culture of Health. Specifically, we aim to recruit doctoral students from a variety of field/disciplines (e.g., urban planning, political science, economics, ethnography, education, social work, sociology) who are training to be researchers. For the 2017 cohort, the Health Policy Research Scholars program will enroll up to 50 scholars interested in learning to translate their research into health policy and who are from underrepresented populations and/or disadvantaged backgrounds. Examples of eligible individuals include, but are not limited to, first-generation college graduates, individuals from lower socioeconomic backgrounds, individuals from racial and ethnic groups underrepresented in doctoral programs, and individuals with disabilities. Scholars in this program which is designed to enhance and enrich the doctoral program—will complete the Health Policy Research Scholars program concurrently with their doctoral program.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

The Health Policy Research Scholars program is open to full-time doctoral students from underrepresented populations and/or disadvantaged backgrounds, entering the first or second year of their doctoral program (by September 2017), from any research-focused discipline. Students must be interested in learning to apply their discipline-based research to affect health policy research. Prior experience or knowledge in health policy is neither required nor expected. Health Policy Research Scholars is not intended for students pursuing a clinical doctorate without a research focus. Rather, the program is designed for doctoral students from any academic discipline (e.g., urban planning, political science, economics, ethnography, education, social work, sociology) in a research-focused program.

Examples of eligible individuals include, but are not limited to, first-generation college graduates, individuals from lower socioeconomic backgrounds, individuals from racial or ethnic groups that are underrepresented in doctoral programs, and individuals with disabilities.

Key Dates

January 6, 2017 (11 a.m. – Noon ET)
Webinar for potential applicants of all four leadership programs; recording available here.
Webinar slides are available here.

February 16, 2017 (12–1pm ET)
Webinar for interested applicants for the Health Policy Research Scholars program; recording available here.
Webinar slides are available here.

March 29, 2017 (3 p.m. ET)
Deadline for receipt of full applications.

May 10–31, 2017
Semifinalist applicant interviews.

Mid-June 2017
Finalists notified of funding recommendations.

July 12, 2017
Deadline for receipt of finalist supplemental applications.

September 1, 2017
Program begins. Stipend funding initiated for program participants.

October 13–15, 2017
Mentoring Institute, Nashville, TN.
For home institution mentors. In-person participation required.

October 13-17, 2017
Fall Leadership Institute, Nashville, TN.
For scholars. In-person participation required.

Total Awards

The Health Policy Research Scholars program will award stipends for up to 50 scholars for the 2017 cohort. Each scholar will receive an annual stipend of $30,000 for up to four years. Participants may continue in the Health Policy Research Scholars program, without the annual stipend, for a fifth year, or until they complete their doctoral program, whichever occurs first. Scholars will also be eligible for dissertation grants of up to $10,000 if the proposed dissertation is related to health policy research.

Application is Now Closed

Application closed as of:
March 29, 2017, 3:00 p.m. ET

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