The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) is working with others to help build a Culture of Health that provides everyone in America a fair and just opportunity for health and well-being. In moving toward this goal, we must acknowledge that many people in this country do not have the same opportunities as others, and work to remove barriers to good health—such as poverty, discrimination, and powerlessness. The nonpartisan RWJF Health Policy Fellows program strives to build and maintain strong and diverse leadership and a workforce skilled in health policy.
Initiated in 1973, the RWJF Health Policy Fellows program seeks outstanding midcareer health professionals, behavioral/social scientists, and others who have a record of exceptional professional accomplishment and are recognized experts within their profession, community, institution, or organization. While many applicants come from traditional health and health care backgrounds, ideal candidates having diverse and unique perspectives are strongly encouraged to apply.
Fellows actively participate in the formulation of national health policies in congressional or executive branch offices and accelerate their careers as leaders in health policy. The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) conducts and administers the fellowship, with funding support from RWJF. While the NAM assists fellows in scheduling interviews for placements, final placements are determined solely by the fellows and the offices to which they apply.