Eligibility

The 2017-2018 Call for Applications (CFA) is now closed.  The next CFA will become available in September 2017.  

Exceptional midcareer professionals from academic faculties, government (including military, Veterans Administration, 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: allied health professions; biomedical sciences; dentistry; economics or other social sciences; health services organization and administration; medicine; nursing; public health; 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, permanent residents, or individuals granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) status by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services at the time of application. Additionally, 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.

* For these purposes, government officials are defined as any person who holds one of the following:

  1. An elective public office in the executive or legislative branch of the Government of the United States;
  2. An office in the executive or judicial branch of the Government of the United States, appointment to which was made by the President;
  3. A position in the executive, legislative, or judicial branch of the Government of the United States— (A) which is listed in schedule C of rule VI of the Civil Service Rules, or (B) the compensation for which is equal to or greater than the lowest rate of basic pay for the Senior Executive Service under section 5382 of title 5, United States Code;
  4. A position under the House of Representatives or the Senate of the United States held by an individual receiving gross compensation at an annual rate of $15,000 or more;
  5. An elective or appointive public office in the executive, legislative, or judicial branch of the government of a State, possession of the United States, or political subdivision or other area of any of the foregoing, or of the District of Columbia, held by an individual receiving gross compensation at an annual rate of $20,000 or more, and a significant part of whose activities include “the independent performance of policy-making functions.”
  6. A position as personal or executive assistant or secretary to any of the foregoing; or
  7. A member of the Internal Revenue Service Oversight Board.

Prior to selection, any finalist who is a government employee will be required to furnish a letter from the applicant’s supervisor confirming that the applicant is not a government official under this definition.

** The Officers are the Chairman of the Board of Trustees; President and CEO; Chief of Staff; Executive Vice President; General Counsel; Secretary; Assistant Secretary; Treasurer; and Assistant Treasurer of the Foundation. Applicants may apply from an eligible sponsoring institution (Track 1—see Administration of Fellowship Funds on page 5 or as an individual (Track 2). Sponsors may be either nonprofit health care organizations that are tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, governmental offices, or academic centers based at nonprofit, tax-exempt or public institutions of higher education.

Key Information

Placements of the 2016-2017 Fellows

The national program office is pleased to announce the placements of the 2016-2017 RWJF Health Policy Fellows! View their placements.