Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellows

2019-2020 Call for Applications

    Release Date: September 7, 2018 | Application Deadline: Wed, 7 Nov 2018


The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Health Policy Fellows program provides the nation’s most comprehensive learning experience at the nexus of health, science, and policy in Washington, D.C. It is an outstanding opportunity for exceptional mid-career health professionals and behavioral/social scientists with an interest in health and health care policy. Fellows participate in the policy process at the federal level and use that leadership experience to improve health, health care, and health policy.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

  • Exceptional mid-career professionals from academic faculties, government (including military, U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs, U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, and state offices who are not considered government officials under Section 4946 of the Internal Revenue Code)* and nonprofit health care organizations who are interested in experiencing the health policy process at the federal level are encouraged to apply.
  • Applicants must have earned an advanced degree in one of the following disciplines: medicine; nursing; public health; allied health professions; biomedical sciences; dentistry; economics or other social sciences; health services organization and administration; social and behavioral health; or health law.
  • Applicants whose official job description or responsibilities are primarily government relations or advocacy are not eligible to apply.
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents at the time of application. Because the RWJF Health Policy Fellows are placed in assignments in the federal government, changes in federal policy or law may necessitate that we consider adjustments in eligibility and grant terms, as well as placements in the program.
  • Individual candidates for receipt of award funds cannot be related by blood or marriage to any Officer** or Trustee of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, or be a descendant of its founder, Robert Wood Johnson.

***See the full CFA for additional information.

Key Dates

September 25, 2018 (11 a.m. ET) and October 25, 2018 (2 p.m. ET)
Optional applicant Web conference calls. Registration is required. Please visit the program’s website for complete details and to register.

November 7, 2018 (3 p.m. ET)
Deadline for receipt of applications.

January 15, 2019
Selection of finalists.

February 6, 2019 (3 p.m. ET)
Deadline for receipt of full applications.

February 26, 2019
Board interviews of finalists.

February 27, 2019
Selection and notification.

September 1, 2019
Start of grants.

Total Awards

Up to six awards of up to $165,000 each will be made in 2019. Fellowship funds of up to $104,000 may be used for the residential stay (not to exceed the fellow’s salary prior to entering the program) from September 1, 2019, through August 31, 2020. The continuation of fringe benefits at levels corresponding to the level of stipend support being requested may be covered with the award, and sponsoring institutions may supplement fellowship funds.

Application is Now Closed

Application closed as of:
November 07, 2018, 3:00 p.m. ET