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 fields/disciplines (e.g., urban planning, political science, economics, ethnography, education, social work, sociology) who are training to be researchers. For the 2018 cohort, the Health Policy Research Scholars program will enroll up to 40 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, second-year (as of September 2018) doctoral students from underrepresented populations and/or disadvantaged backgrounds, from any research-focused discipline. Eligible second-year students must have at least three years remaining in their doctoral program, and must not be expecting to graduate before September 1, 2021. 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 not required or 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.
January 23, 2018 (3–4 p.m. ET)
Webinar for potential applicants of all four leadership programs; a recording is available here.
February 1, 2018 (12–1pm ET)
Webinar for interested applicants for the Health Policy Research Scholars program; a recording is available here, and slides are available here.
March 14, 2018 (3 p.m. ET)
Deadline for receipt of full applications.
April 30–May 25, 2018
Semifinalist applicant interviews.
Finalists notified of funding recommendations.
July 11, 2018
Deadline for receipt of finalist supplemental applications.
September 1, 2018
Program begins. Stipend funding initiated for program participants.
October 5–7, 2018
HPRS Fall Institute for mentors and scholars (in-person participaton required).
January 11–15, 2019
HPRS scholar meeting and RWJF Annual Leadership Institute, Indianapolis. (in-person participation required).
The Health Policy Research Scholars program will award stipends for up to 40 scholars for the 2018 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 14, 2018, 3:00 p.m. ET