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Health Policy Research Scholars applications now open!

Posted by on Monday, January 22, 2018 in Announcements .

Health Policy Research Scholars is a leadership development opportunity for second-year full-time doctoral students from underrepresented populations and/or disadvantaged backgrounds—students whose ethnicity, socioeconomic status, ability, and other factors allow them to bring unique and diverse perspectives to their research. They want to apply their research to advance health and equity, and their innovation helps build a Culture of Health, one that enables everyone in America to live longer, healthier lives.

The Health Policy Research Scholars program includes scholars from disciplines as diverse as psychology, architecture, transportation, sociology, social welfare, environmental health and many others. For this year’s cohort, we’re looking for even broader representation from any research-focused discipline that can advance a Culture of Health.

Each year, Health Policy Research Scholars welcomes up to 50 new scholars.

Over the course of the program, scholars will:

  • Receive an annual stipend of up to $30,000 for up to four years. They may continue in the program, without the annual stipend, during the fifth year or until completion of their doctoral program, whichever occurs first.
  • Receive training in health policy translation, dissemination, communication, health equity, and population health.
  • Develop high-level leadership skills through professional coaching, networking, and an advanced leadership curriculum, including in-person leadership sessions as well as distance-based learning using interactive technology.
  • Continue working from their home institution and applying new learnings in real time.
  • Receive dissertation support and mentoring.
  • Establish and strengthen professional ties to public health and industry leaders.
  • Be eligible for a competitive dissertation grant of up to $10,000.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

The Health Policy Research Scholars program is open to full-time, second-year (as of September 2018) doctoral students from underrepresented populations and/or disadvantaged backgrounds, from any research-focused discipline. Eligible second-year students must have at least three years remaining in their doctoral program, and must not be expecting to graduate before September 1, 2021. Students must be interested in learning to apply their discipline-based research to affect health policy research. Prior experience or knowledge in health policy is not required or expected. Health Policy Research Scholars is not intended for students pursuing a clinical doctorate without a research focus. Rather, the program is designed for doctoral students from any academic discipline (e.g., urban planning, political science, economics, ethnography, education, social work, sociology) in a research-focused program.

Examples of eligible individuals include, but are not limited to, first-generation college graduates; individuals from lower socioeconomic backgrounds; individuals from racial or ethnic groups that are underrepresented in doctoral programs; and individuals with disabilities.

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN FOR THE 2018 COHORT! For more information and to apply:

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