Selection Criteria

The 2018-19 Call for Applications (CFA) is now closed.  The next CFA will become available in September 2018. 

Members of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellows advisory board assess each applicant, based on the following criteria:

  • Professional achievements
  • Potential for leadership in health policy
  • Potential for future growth and career advancement
  • Potential for significant contributions to building a Culture of Health
  • Interpersonal and communications skills
  • Individual plans for incorporating the fellowship experience into specific career goals.

The advisory board will select finalists from the applicants in mid-January and interview them in mid-February in Washington, D.C.  All applicants will be notified of their status in mid-January.  Applicants who are selected for interviews will receive details about the remainder of the process upon invitation.


The Ideal Candidate

While the program highly values diversity in many areas, including professional, geographic, racial and ethnic, gender and political views, there are certain characteristics that tend to be associated with a more successful fellowship experience.  Because of the unique nature of working on Capitol Hill or in the executive branch and the uncertainty that often accompanies the legislative process, individuals who are flexible, team players, quick studies, with raw processing power as well as a sense of humor tend to be more easily assimilated into the process.  Also highly regarded are a positive attitude, confidence, humility, listening skills, discretion and patience.  Those who are adept at networking, including the use of social media, will be able to maximize the value of this experience in their subsequent roles as leaders in promoting the health of the nation.

Key Information

Appointment of Gregg S. Margolis as New Director 

The national program office is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Gregg S. Margolis as the new director! Read more.