The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is accepting applications for its Health Policy Research Scholars to cultivate transformational leaders from diverse backgrounds with doctoral training—representing a wide range of research-focused disciplines—who will inform and influence policy toward a Culture of Health.
Donor Name: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)
State: All States
Size of the Grant: $30,000
Health Policy Research Scholars (HPRS) is a four-year national leadership development program for full-time doctoral students from nonclinical, research-focused disciplines in which policy is a key lever for change (e.g., urban planning; political science; economics; anthropology; education; social work; sociology). HPRS is designed for students who are committed to ensuring their research is aligned with the health needs of communities. The program is focused on doctoral students who want to improve health, well-being, and equity; challenge longstanding, entrenched systems; exhibit new ways of working; collaborate across disciplines and sectors; and bolster their leadership skills. By providing training in health policy, how to think strategically, and how to craft an actionable research question that can inform solutions to advance health equity—as well as mentorship, career and leadership coaching—HPRS will develop a new community of research leaders who will build a Culture of Health in their disciplines and communities.
Specifically, the foundation aims to recruit doctoral students from a variety of fields/disciplines (e.g., urban planning; political science; economics; anthropology; education; engineering; geography; and lab/bench sciences) who are seeking to use policy change to advance population health and health equity. They strongly encourage applications from non health-related disciplines; having scholars from diverse fields is critical to advancing a Culture of Health.
- Number of scholars in the 2023 cohort: up to 40
Grant funds from RWJF will include:
- Award Funds: $30,000 per year for up to four years or until you complete your doctoral program(whichever is sooner).
- Administrative fee: Home institutions may include an administrative fee of $1,000 per year ($4,000 in total) to the grant amount to cover the administrative costs of managing the award.
Eligibility and Selection Criteria
- Applicants must be starting full-time, second-year doctoral studies in fall 2023 at a degree-granting institution based in the United States or its territories;
- Applicants must have at least three academic years remaining in their doctoral program and not expect to graduate before spring/summer 2026;
- Applicants must be from populations underrepresented in specific doctoral disciplines and/or historically marginalized backgrounds. Examples of marginalized backgrounds include, but are not limited to, first-generation college graduates; individuals from lower socioeconomic backgrounds; individuals from communities of color; and individuals with disabilities. If an applicant is applying because their background is underrepresented in a specific discipline, or from a marginalized background not listed above, the applicant must clearly describe how they meet the eligibility criteria in the application form;
- Applicants cannot be a recipient of a national fellowship program that prohibits participation in additional programs such as HPRS;
- Applicants must be at least 21 years old as of September 1, 2023;
- Federal, state, tribal, and local government employees are eligible to apply unless they are considered government officials under Section 4946 of the Internal Revenue Code;
- Applicants must be U.S. citizens, permanent residents, individuals granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Status or Temporary Protected Status (TPS) by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services at the time of application. As federal policy or laws change, we may need to consider adjustments in eligibility and grant terms;
- Applicants cannot be related by blood or marriage to any Officer, Manager, or Trustee of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, or be a descendant of its founder, Robert Wood Johnson.
For more information, visit Health Policy Research Scholars.