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Commonwealth Fund Fellowship

Fellowships to USA Physicians for Academic Work that Will Lead to
Better Health Care for Disadvantaged and Vulnerable Populations

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Fellowships of $60,000 to USA physicians for participation in a one-year academic program related to improving the health of underserved populations. Fellows will receive a Masters in public health or public administration at the end of the program. The program is designed to prepare physicians, particularly physicians from groups underrepresented in medicine, to become leaders who improve the health of disadvantaged and vulnerable populations through transforming health care delivery systems and promoting innovation in policies, practices and programs that address health equity and the social determinants of health.

Fellows will complete academic work leading to a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and gain exposure to, and understanding of, major health issues facing vulnerable and disadvantaged populations through fellowship activities.  The Fellowship also offers a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree at the Harvard Kennedy School to physicians already possessing an MPH.

The program will:

  • Provide strong academic training and coursework, including an MPH or MPA, for highly qualified physicians.
  • Enhance the leadership ability of physicians, offering them substantive knowledge in health policy and management, while creating a network of physician-leaders capable of advancing successfully among the public, nonprofit, and academic sectors.
  • Provide each fellow with mentoring by Harvard senior faculty and administrators as well as access to national leaders in health policy and public health practice.
  • Bring together the faculty and resources of Harvard Medical School, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and Harvard Kennedy School to provide an enhanced core curriculum addressing transformation of health care delivery systems, health policy and practice, health provision and managed care, and health quality improvement, particularly as they relate to minority health issues.
  • Utilize resources at HMS, including the Office for Diversity and Community Partnership (DICP) and MFDP, to enhance the networking, career development, and career advancement of fellows.
  • Link to program activities co-sponsored with the HSPH Division of Policy Translation and Leadership Development.

Applications will be reviewed for:

  • Academic and training qualifications
  • Commitment to a multicultural perspective in program planning, program implementation, and policy analysis
  • Experience in projects devoted to increasing quality care and access and improving the capacity of the health care system to address health needs of minority, disadvantaged and vulnerable populations
  • Evidence of leadership potential

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 183620

Number of Grants:

Ordinarily, up to five fellowships will be awarded per year.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Each fellowship provides: $60,000 stipend, full tuition, health insurance, books, travel, and related program expenses, and financial assistance toward the support of a practicum project.

Term of Contract:

The program is a 12-month program beginning July 1 at the start of the summer session of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Physicians who have completed residency in the U.S., either BE/BC. Additional experience beyond residency, such as chief residency, is preferred.
- Experience or interest in addressing and improving the health needs of minority, disadvantaged and vulnerable populations as well as in advancing system change in ways that improve the health for all populations, but with particular emphasis on vulnerable populations.
- Strong evidence of leadership experience or potential, especially as related to community efforts, quality improvement, transformation of health care delivery systems, and/or health policy.
- Intention to pursue a career in policy, public service, and/or academia.
- U.S. citizenship or U.S. permanent residency.

The fellowships are intended for full-time study, and the extensions to complete degrees and the Fellowship on a part-time basis are not acceptable.

Pre-proposal Conference:

A webinar will be held on October 16, 2019.

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Pre-Application Information:

Fellowship Application Deadline: December 2, 2019.

Applicants are required to complete applications to both The Commonwealth Fund Fellowship in Minority Health Policy at Harvard University and the MPH program at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Fellowship participation is contingent upon acceptance to both, although applicants not accepted to the Fellowship will still be eligible for admission to the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

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Program Coordinator
The Commonwealth Fund Fellowship
c/o Minority Faculty Development Program
164 Longwood Avenue, 2nd Floor
Boston, MA 02115-5818
Phone: 617-432-2922

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming