Selection Criteria

The 2021-22 Call for Applications (CFA) for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Health Policy Fellows is now open! The deadline to submit your application electronically via MyRWJF is Monday, November 9 at 3:00pm ET.

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 improving health, equity, and well-being in the nation;
• Interpersonal and communications skills;
• Individual plans for incorporating the fellowship experience into specific career goals.

By mid-January 2021, the advisory board will select finalists from the applicants for in-person interviews* in Washington, D.C., which will be held on February 23, 2021. Applicants who are selected for interviews will receive details about the remainder of the process upon invitation.

*Due to COVID-19 related restrictions, finalist interviews may move to a virtual format


The Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidates for this fellowship have deep subject matter expertise and extensive experience in a domain related to health. While many applicants come from traditional health and health care backgrounds, individuals with diverse and unique perspectives are strongly encouraged to apply. Successful applicants have a record of exceptional professional accomplishment and are a recognized expert within their profession, community, institution, or organization. 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, and fast learners tend to be more successful. A positive attitude, confidence, sense of humor, humility, listening skills, discretion, and patience are highly regarded. Those with strong emotional intelligence and networking skills will be able to maximize the value of this experience in their subsequent roles as leaders and influencers committed to building a healthier and more equitable future for the nation.

Key Information

The Call For Applications is now closed and will reopen in September 2021