How to Apply

The 2016-2017 Call for Applications is now open. Deadline for receipt of applications via the RWJF online system is November 12, 2015, at 3:00pm ET.

2016-2017 Call for Applications



Key Dates and Deadlines

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

The fellowship requires, at a minimum, a 12-month residential experience in Washington, D.C., with additional support for health policy leadership development activities. The program will select up to seven fellows.


Informational Web Conference calls

If you are interested in participating in the informational web conference calls to learn more about the program, please complete the registration.

  • For the first call, register by 3:00pm ET on October 1, 2015.
  • For the second call, register by 3:00pm on November 2, 2015.

You will receive an email with the webinar information from the National Program Office (NPO) a few days prior to call.



September 9, 2015
Launch of Call for Applications for 2016-2017 fellowship.

October 6, 2015 at 11:00am ET
Information web conference call.

November 5, 2015 at 2:00pm ET
Information web conference call.

November 12, 2015 at 3:00pm ET
Deadline for submission of applications.

January 7, 2016
Selection of finalists.

January 29, 2016 at 3:00pm ET
Deadline for submission of full application for finalists.

February 10, 2016
Board interviews of finalists.

February 11, 2016
Selection and notification.

September 1, 2016
Start of grants.

Phone: (202) 334-1506

Direction and technical assistance for this program is provided by the National Academy of Medicine (NAM), which serves as the NPO under the direction of the RWJF Health Policy Fellows Advisory Board.

A complete application includes:

  • An up-to-date curriculum vitae (no more than 5 pages).
  • A one-page biographical sketch (not the form submitted for NIH grants, but an essay).
  • Two separate essays on the following topics:
    • The reasons you want to be an RWJF Health Policy Fellow, including a discussion of
      your major strengths and qualifications for the program and how this fellowship
      experience will fit with your career plans (300 words).
    • A brief essay on a contemporary health policy topic (250–500 words).

Applicants who become finalists will be invited to complete a full proposal that will include a proposed budget of $165,000.

Track 1 applicants will also submit a letter from their sponsoring institution’s chief executive officer affirming the institution’s willingness to serve as an adviser to the applicant; to cultivate the fellow’s growth as a health policy leader during the funding period of up to 24 months; and to administer the grant and comply with RWJF’s grant reporting requirements.

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RWJF does not provide individual critiques of applications submitted.