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Health Policy-Related Fellowships

Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellowships Program

This is the nation’s most prestigious learning experience at the nexus of health science, policy and politics. Sponsored by the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies since 1973, the non-partisan Fellowship offers exclusive, hands-on policy experience with the most influential congressional and executive offices in the Nation’s Capital. The Fellowship is an outstanding opportunity for exceptional mid-career health professionals and behavioral and social scientists with an interest in health to experience and participate in health policy processes at the federal level and to use that experience to provide leadership to improve health, health care, and health policy at the national, state or local levels. Up to 10 Fellows are selected annually. Each Fellowship includes a one-year residential experience in Washington, D.C., which prepares individuals to influence the future of health care and accelerate their own career development. Fellows are able to continue their health policy activities for up to two years after the Washington placement period.

AcademyHealth Career Center

AcademyHealth has a listing updated daily of health policy related fellowships inside and outside of government.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Training & Fellowship Opportunities

This booklet codifies all the fellowship opportunities in public health and health policy throughout CDC, with links to further details and resources.

FDA Commissioner’s Fellowship Program

The FDA offers a two-year fellowship program, which provides an opportunity for health professionals and other scientists to receive training and experience at the FDA. Fellows will train at FDA’s new state-of-the-art White Oak campus in Silver Spring, Maryland or at other FDA facilities. Salaries are extremely competitive, and travel funds are available to attend scientific meetings. Applicants must have a Doctoral level degree (M.D., D.O., D.V.M., D.D.S., D.P.M., Pharm. D., or Ph.D.) to be eligible. Applicants with a Bachelor’s degree in an engineering discipline will also be considered.

SAMHSA’s Minority Fellowship Program

The purpose of the MFP is to both facilitate the entry of ethnic minority students into mental health careers and increase the number of psychologists, psychiatric nurses, psychiatrists, and social workers trained to teach, administer, and provide direct mental health and substance abuse services to ethnic minority groups. Through this program, the Center for Mental Health Services provides grants to encourage and facilitate the doctoral and post-doctoral development of minority nurses, psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers.

General Resources on Fellowships


Experience.com offers a one-stop portal listing more than 50 Fellowships within the Federal Government, with opportunities available to students (high school through doctoral level) and mid-career professionals. This site provides a description of each opportunity and links to obtain further details.

Internships, Fellowships, and Other Work Experience Opportunities in the Federal Government

This (Congressional Research Service) report describes Internet resources on internships, fellowships, and work experience programs within the federal government. It is intended as a selective guide for students of all levels: high school, undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate.

Presidential Management Fellows

(U.S. Office of Personnel Management) This program was established in 1977 to attract outstanding individuals from a variety of academic disciplines who have a clear interest in, and commitment to, excellence in the leadership and management of public policies and programs. This two-year program has helped agencies meet their workforce and succession planning needs by attracting masters, law, and doctoral students to federal service.

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