RWJF Accepting Applications for Health Policy Research Scholars

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is accepting applications for its 2017 Health Policy Research Scholars program.

The goal of the annual program is to create a large cadre of diverse doctoral students from a wide variety of research-focused disciplines — students whose research, connections, and leadership will inform, influence, and move policy toward a Culture of Health. Specifically, the foundation aims to recruit doctoral students from a variety of field/disciplines (e.g., urban planning, political science, economics, ethnography, education, social work, sociology) who are training to be researchers.

In 2017, the program will enroll up to fifty scholars from underrepresented populations and/or disadvantaged backgrounds who are interested in learning to translate their research into health policy. Examples of eligible individuals include but are not limited to first-generation college graduates, individuals from lower socioeconomic backgrounds, individuals from racial and ethnic groups underrepresented in doctoral programs, and individuals with disabilities. Scholars in this program — which is designed to enhance and enrich the doctoral program — will complete the program concurrently with their doctoral program.

Each scholar will receive an annual stipend of $30,000 for up to four years. Participants may continue in the Health Policy Research Scholars program, without the annual stipend for a fifth year, or until they complete their doctoral program, whichever occurs first. Scholars also will be eligible for dissertation grants of up to $10,000 if the proposed dissertation is related to health policy research.

RWJF will host an information webinar for interested applicants on February 16, 2017, at 12:00 p.m (EST). Registration for the webinar is required.

See the RWJF website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.

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