Health and Aging Policy is inviting applications for 2018-2019 fellowships, a year-long program designed to provide healthcare professionals with the experience and skills necessary to make a positive contribution to the development and implementation of health policies that affect older Americans.
The program offers fellows the opportunity to participate in a residential track or a nonresidential track. The residential track allows fellows to participate in the policymaking process on either the Federal or state level as legislative assistants in Congress, professional staff members in executive branch agencies, or policy organizations. The nonresidential track allows fellows to remain at their home institution but work on a policy project that involves brief placement(s) throughout the year at relevant sites. Core program components focused on career development and professional enrichment are provided for fellows in both tracks.
Fellows also have the opportunity to apply for second-year funding to continue components of their fellowship experience/project either at their placement sites, at the state/local levels, or with nongovernmental organizations.
Stipends for residential fellows vary and are commensurate with each individual’s current base salary (up to $100,000 annually). In addition to a stipend, financial support will be provided for relocation (up to $4,500), and health insurance, if not able to be covered by institution (up to $400/month).
Nonresidential fellows may receive up to $10,000 to cover approved project related expenses and travel costs. It is expected that applicants will secure institutional, in-kind support that will allow them to commit 20 percent of their time to their policy project. Nonresidential applicants who are early in their career and cannot secure full institutional, in-kind support for their fellowship participation may apply for partial salary support from the Health and Aging Policy Fellows program, up to a maximum of $15,000.
Travel costs to fellowship-related meetings for all fellows will be reimbursed by the NPO and are in addition to fellows’ stipends and non-residential fellows’ budgets.
Applicants at all career stages are eligible to apply. The program has a broad interdisciplinary focus and past fellows have included physicians, nurses, social workers, psychologists, dieticians, healthcare administrators, epidemiologists, economists, and lawyers from academic and practice settings.
Candidates from underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants must be United States citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. or its territories who have career plans that anticipate continued work in the U.S. after the fellowship period.
Visit the Health and Aging Policy website for complete fellowship guidelines and application instructions.